MD/PhD in Clinical and Translational Science
The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) of the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University offers exceptionally talented individuals the opportunity to undertake a physician-scientist training program tailored to their specific research interests. During a period of 6–8 years, students meet the degree requirements of both a graduate school and the medical school, thus acquiring the knowledge, skills, and experience to begin careers in some of the most exciting areas of medical research.
The PhD Program in Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, in collaboration with the Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE), is 1 of 18 participating graduate programs that foster the development of future biomedical researchers by providing the highest quality of graduate medical training. The PhD Program in Clinical and Translational Science was created to produce the next generation of multidisciplinary academic leaders whose innovative research will apply combinations of basic, clinical, and population sciences to the current problems of health and medical care.
The graduate program provides students with the advanced knowledge of research concepts and the skills they need to develop into independent clinical and translational science (CTS) investigators. The program has several important attributes:
- The training program is highly multidisciplinary, with faculty and students drawn not only from a wide range of departments and disciplines but also from multiple schools of the health sciences.
- The curriculum is diverse and draws on biostatistics, clinical research methods, and laboratory- and population-based sciences.
- The program focuses on the conduct of clinical and translational research and requires the planning, execution, and completion of an independent research project by each PhD candidate.
MD/PhD Curriculum Overview
As part of the program, students will:
- Participate in monthly MSTP/CTS PhD seminars beginning in their first year of medical school.
- Conduct full-time mentored research for 8 weeks between their first and second years of medical school.
- Take a leave of absence from medical school courses to enroll in the graduate arm of the School of Medicine between the second and third years of medical school and to complete the PhD coursework, conduct research, and defend their dissertation.
For an overview of the MD/PhD curriculum, click here.
Course and Examination Requirements
- Course requirements.
- Program handbook (examination requirements are outlined in Section VIII, Program Milestones).
- For a list of faculty members, click here.