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This archived information is dated to the 2009-10 academic year only and may no longer be current.

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Medical Scientist Training Program

The Medical Science Training Program (MSTP) provides medical students with an opportunity to pursue an individualized program of research and course work leading to both the M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. It is designed to equip students for careers in academic investigative medicine, and emphasizes individualization of curricular and research programs for each trainee. Training for a combined M.D./Ph.D. should include the same content encountered by students who pursue each degree separately, but the total training time should be less than the sum of the time normally required for each degree. The flexible curriculum at Stanford's School of Medicine allows each student, in consultation with a preceptor and other advisers, to pursue a plan of study that satisfies the requirements for the M.D. degree and allows performance of doctoral-level research leading to the Ph.D. Students interested in joining the MSTP are considered for admission at the time of their application to the School of Medicine M.D. program and are asked to provide supplemental information relevant to their research background. Current Stanford M.D. students may also apply for admission to the MSTP. Further information regarding admission may be obtained from the MSTP administrator; details about the MSTP may be found at

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