The first year of the program combines both medical and graduate school classes. Students then typically begin their PhD thesis research work and return to the second year of medical school after a successful defense. This structure ensures a focused, intensive research experience and preserves the continuity of clinical training. On average, MSTP trainees complete both degrees in eight years.
Graduates of the MSTP are awarded a MD from the Pritzker School of Medicine and a PhD from the graduate studies arm of the MSTP. The Pritzker School of Medicine is one of the top medical schools in the nation, and the curriculum is taught in small study groups that emphasize active learning and scholarship. Students earn the PhD degree in our one-of-a-kind and highly respected Interdisciplinary Scientist Training Program (ISTP). This unique and highly adaptable program allows you full access to the graduate programs within the Division of Biological Sciences, the Division of Physical Sciences, and the Division of Social Sciences.