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Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD)

A joint venture of IU School of Medicine and Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University, the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at IU School of Medicine—Indianapolis is a dual degree program (MD/PhD) that integrates state-of-the-art clinical medical training with cutting-edge biomedical research.

In this highly selective program, MSTP students are provided with strong mentorship, an incredible breadth of research opportunities and a unique curriculum. The program is designed to help learners gain insight to the molecular pathogenesis of disease with the goal of developing therapies through strong clinical acumen and knowledge of the basic sciences.

Academic programs span from the traditional sciences of anatomy and cell biology to next-generation programs in biomedical engineering, medical biophysics and medical neurobiology. New to the program are sociomedical and behavioral science training opportunities with the Indiana Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (IARD) Medical Scientist Training Program. Learners receive guidance throughout the program from nationally recognized experts in one of the most prestigious programs in the Midwest.

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71 Current MSTP Students
7 Average Number of Incoming Students Each Year
107 Training Faculty

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MSTP Featured News

Three MSTP students recognized among the IUPUI Elite 50

Hendrik Greve was named among the IUPUI Premier 10 while Hayley Drozd and Gregory Grecco were recognized among the IUPUI Elite 50, all three demonstrating beyond the classroom in areas such as campus leadership, scholarly work and community engagement.

Directors of the Alzheimer's Disease program for MSTP

New grant creates the Indiana Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias Medical Scientist Training Program for MD/PhD students

The IARD MSTP structure will leverage the strengths and significant funding of IU's Alzheimer's disease research infrastructure, which includes the IU Center for Aging Research at Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana Alzheimer's Disease Research Center. "This program is one of the few MD/PhD programs in the country that will focus on social and behavioral science training in Alzheimer's disease. This is crucial to grow the pipeline of scientists trying to tackle the complex clinical, social and policy issues of Alzheimer's disease," said Dr. Nicole Fowler.

MSTP student recognized as Research Team Member of the Year for the Indianapolis Student Outreach Clinic

Olivia Murray, MSII, was honored for her contributions to the Indianapolis Student Outreach Clinic, one of the largest interdisciplinary student-run free clinics in the country.

2022 MSTP graduate publishes study on new ways to treat asthma

"While spending time in the high-risk asthma clinic at Riley Hospital for Children, I observed many patients had a more intermittent disease course. We went into the lab and developed models to more accurately define allergic memory and recall response in the lung," said Ben Ulrich, PhD, MSTP student and lead author on the study.

Student's Work Highlighted in NIH Director's Blog

Biomedical Engineering MSTP student Sarah Lipp's award-winning tissue images were praised by Dr. Francis Collins in one of his last posts as NIH director.

New drug could reverse effects of brain parasite

A study led by MD/PhD student Jennifer Martynowicz identified a drug to reverse the effects of Toxoplasma gondii—a single-celled parasite that infects approximately one-third of the world’s population and causes severe neurological effects.

Medical training gauntlet leads student to St. Louis

After eight years in the medical scientist training program, few students look forward to Match Day more than MD/PhD graduates. Learn more about Stefan Tarnawsky, class of 2019, and his journey toward becoming a physician scientist.

Outstanding Research Facilities

Students in the Medical Scientist Training Program train in modern facilities that offer the resources needed to succeed as a future physician-scientist.

Residency Placement of MD-PhD Graduates

Graduates of the IU School of Medicine Medical Scientist Training Program place in the most competitive residencies throughout the United States. View residency placement information since 2013 below.
  • 2021

    Psychiatry: Mayo Clinic
    General Surgery: Johns Hopkins
    Anesthesiology: Massachusetts General Hospital
    Radiation Oncology: Stanford
    Pediatrics: Washington University in St. Louis
    Emergency Medicine: Resurrection Hospital in Chicago
    Internal Medicine: University of Colorado-Denver Health-PC
    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

  • 2020

    Physician Scientist Training Program: Internal Medicine/Endocrinology at Cedar-Sinai
    Pathology: Massachusetts General
    Anesthesiology: Mayo Clinic
    Internal Medicine-Pediatrics: University of South Florida
    Internal Medicine: University of Texas-Southwestern
    General Surgery: Indiana University
    Internal Medicine: Brigham & Women’s Hospital—Boston, MA

  • 2019

    Radiation Oncology: University of Michigan
    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: University of Pittsburgh
    Psychiatry: Indiana University
    Neurology: Mayo Clinic
    Physician-Scientist Training Program: Washington University St. Louis
    Physician-Scientist Training Program: Emory University

  • 2018

    Pathology: Johns Hopkins University
    Radiology: Indiana University
    Radiology: University of Colorado

  • 2017
    Neurology: Indiana University School of Medicine
    Dermatology: University of Alabama-Birmingham
    Psychiatry: Indiana University School of Medicine
    Otolaryngology: University of Michigan
    Dermatology: Yale University
    Pediatric Neurology: Baylor University
    Radiology: Indiana University School of Medicine
    Neurology: Cornell University
  • 2016
    Vascular Surgery: Washington University St. Louis
    Ophthalmology: University of Pittsburgh
    Family Medicine: Fort Wayne, Indiana
    Pediatrics: Indiana University
  • 2015
    Physician-Scientist Training Program: University of Utah
    Neurosurgery: Indiana University School of Medicine
    Internal Medicine: Indiana University School of Medicine
    Neurology: Mayo Clinic
    Pediatrics: Indiana University School of Medicine
  • 2014
    Emergency Medicine: Rutgers, New Jersey
    Psychiatry: Indiana University School of Medicine
    Neurology: Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis
    Psychiatry: Indiana University School of Medicine
    Dermatology: Pennsylvania State
  • 2013
    Pediatric: Children’s Hospital, Boston
    Family Medicine: University of Florida-COM
    Dermatology: University Medical Ctr., Chicago
    OB/GYN: Ohio State University
    Dermatology: Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis