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The central goal of the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine is to train leaders in academic medicine. Our program is based on solid clinical and research training and is designed to foster the development of independent physician scientists. We provide students with an integrated curriculum comprising 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 most important outcome of a training program is the success of its graduates. As of December 2023, 345 students have competed the MD/PhD program at Vanderbilt. Seventy percent (70%) of our total graduates with established careers hold academic or private-sector research positions, including the founding president of the Gladstone Institute, 3 deans, 3 department chairs, 30 full professors, 3 MSTP Directors, and 18 industry leaders. Of the 192 graduates in the last 15 years, 60% are still in residency/fellowship training at excellent institutions; of the other graduates with active careers, 76% are in research-related positions (academic medicine, private-sector, or government) and 24% are in clinical private practice.