The University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine’s MSTP Program is designed to be a 7-8 year path with components that allow for an integrated experience throughout the training period. The program combines training through the well-known medical education offered at the UMMSM and its diverse biomedical doctoral programs. Students are able to select among ten PhD graduate training programs, including traditional basic sciences and interdisciplinary graduate programs, as well as Epidemiology and Biomedical Engineering.
The program starts with the first two years of medical school (MS1 & MS2), which consists of core basic science modules, a study of integrated organ systems, problem-based learning, and the Clinical Skills Program. During MS1 & MS2 there are also meetings designed to facilitate contact with potential faculty research mentors and learn about PhD programs. MS1 and MS2 students carry out research rotations during the summers and during the academic year. Students are encouraged, but not required, to begin the program in June prior to MS1 to complete a first research rotation before medical school classes begin in early-August. Students also participate in a 1st and 2nd year MSTP monthly journal club. By the time of matriculation to the PhD phase, most MSTP students have selected their graduate training program and their research mentor. Students must also take and pass USMLE Step 1 prior to entering graduate training.
During the PhD phase students continue to participate in all MSTP activities. They may elect to carry out a longitudinal clinical experience to reinforce their medical skills and/or to gain experience in a specific clinical discipline. All MSTP students are expected to apply for research fellowships offered through agencies such as the NIH NRSA predoctoral programs (F30 and F31), AHA, etc.
After defending their PhD dissertation, MSTP students return to MS3 & MS4 years of medical school where there is one year of required clinical rotations and one year of clinical and/or research electives. Students use research elective time to complete research and papers from their dissertation work or to explore new research areas. USMLE Step II is usually taken in the fall of MS4. Senior MSTP students also continue to participate in all program events.