Combined Degree Programs (MD/PhD)
The Vanderbilt Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) prepares students for faculty and research positions of leadership in the biomedical sciences. At the heart of our MSTP is the conviction that the approach to problem-solving characteristic of Ph.D. training is the most effective pathway to educate first-rate medical scientists. Our program provides students with an integrated curriculum that features a strong core education in medicine and intensive training in scientific inquiry. Successful completion of the program leads to both the M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. The Vanderbilt MSTP builds on the existing strengths of Vanderbilt University to meet national needs for well-trained basic and clinical biomedical investigators.
The MSTP-Clinical Investigation Track (MSTP-CIT) is designed to facilitate the training of investigators in clinical and translational research within the Vanderbilt MSTP. The goal of the MSTP-CIT is to provide comprehensive scientific training for physician-scientists engaged in translational and patient-oriented research. Students can enter the MSTP-CIT after the third year of medical school or during the later stages of residency or fellowship.