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The Clinical Scientist Training Program (CSTP) offers clinical research training and scholarships to University of Pittsburgh medical students who are committed to careers in clinical investigation. Students may complete the dual MD/MS in clinical research or the MD/Certificate in clinical research.

The CSTP involves a research year taken typically between the third and fourth year of medical school and sometimes between the second and third year of medical school depending on the candidate. We expect most CSTP candidate to take their research year after completing their core clerkships in the third year of medical school in order to ensure that their research will be informed by their clinical knowledge. However, we recognize that there may be candidates who have identified their research interests and project early and have compelling arguments for choosing to do the CSTP between their second and third years.

The CSTP year would begin on July 1st of the year of acceptance and last until June 30th. Students will not be enrolled in medical school during this year and thus cannot schedule any rotations during this time period, The research year includes:

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