Universtiy of Miami Miller School of Medicine Graduate Studies

Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD)

The University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine’s Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) provides a rich training environment that fosters the development of exceptional students to become both biomedical researchers and clinicians. The ability to understand disease processes and translate this knowledge into innovative and effective approaches to ameliorate disease can be best provided by individuals formally trained in both basic science and clinical medicine. Furthermore, there is a need for more clinicians with epidemiology and public health training who are able to understand and evaluate the incidence, distribution, and determinants of health and disease in populations, as well as assess the impact of treatments and healthcare policy. In a seven to the eight-year training program, our dual degree students obtain both an MD and a PhD in biomedical research. This uniquely positions them to become physician-scientists who will become the future intellectual leaders in medicine dedicated to improving health through research.

The MSTP provides an integrated experience that takes advantage of outstanding basic and translational research opportunities, combined with the superb clinical training available at the Miller School and its partners, Jackson Memorial Hospital and the Miami VA Medical Center. Students can pursue PhD training in the 8 Programs in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS), as well as degrees in Public Health and Biomedical Engineering. The Program also provides excellent mentoring, professional development and other activities that prepare students for their future careers and build a strong community of physician-scientist trainees. There is full financial support, including stipend, tuition, and health insurance, offered throughout the program.

Affiliated PhD Programs

  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Cancer Biology
  • Cellular Physiology & Molecular Biophysics
  • Human Genetics & Genomics
  • Microbiology & Immunology
  • Molecular & Cellular Pharmacology
  • Molecular Cell & Developmental Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Public Health Sciences (Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Prevention Science)

The University of Miami MSTP is a wonderful place for MD/PhD training! The MSTP is passionate about training physician-scientists in a wide range of biomedical fields, and there are many mentors who are supportive and encouraging, resulting in students who are productive, successful and competitive for prestigious residency programs. The camaraderie among the MSTP students is wonderful and one of the best parts of the program.

Michelle Caunca
Student, Medical Scientist Training Program