MSTP | Graduate Outcomes

Graduate Outcomes


 Upon graduating from the program, virtually all3 of our students choose to continue their training through medical residency, and our graduates go on to some of the most outstanding fellowships and residencies in the country. The figures in the sidebar show the specialties and institutions recent UChicago MSTP alumni have chosen for their residencies.
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Career Data

The University of Chicago MSTP has a long and distinguished history of training outstanding and highly impactful physician scientists. During its 51 years of continuously funded existence, 290 students have graduated with PhD’s in diverse specialties including Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (63), Pathology (44), Immunology (40), Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology (30), Neurosciences (24), Pharmacology (17), Biophysics (13), Genetics (8), Chemistry (8), Economics/Social Sciences (10), Organismal Biology & Anatomy (11), Cancer Biology (8), Microbiology (6), Medical Physics (5), and Developmental Biology (5) Of our graduates that have completed residency and are still active in their careers (n=223), 77% are in research-intensive or research-related positions, including 143 current academic appointments. Among these are 4 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 5 current or former MSTP directors , 34 leaders in academic medicine, 6 CFO/CEO or CMOs and one university president (University of Redlands). 

296 dual degree graduates
68 current students
Patrick O. Brown, AB’76, PhD’80, MD’82
Arthur Weiss, PhD’78, MD’79
Thomas Wellems, PhD’80, MD’81
Christopher Walsh, PhD'83, MD'85
Mark Anderson, PhD’92, MD’94, University of California, San Francisco
Mark Krasnow, PhD’83, MD’85, Stanford University
Raghavendra Mirmira, AB’86, PhD’91, MD’93, University of Indiana
Christopher Walsh, PhD’83, MD’85, Harvard-MIT
Arthur Weiss, PhD’78, MD’79, University of California, San Francisco

Some of Our Notable Alumni

Anupam B. Jena, PhD’06, MD’09 
Ruth L. Newhouse Associate Professor of Health Care Policy
Harvard Medical School

Patrick O. Brown, PhD'80, MD'82
Professor Emeritus - Department of Biochemistry
Stanford University
Founder & CEO
                    Impossible Foods, Inc.

Justine Lee, PhD’04, MD’06
Assistant Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Bernard G. Sarnat Endowed Chair in Craniofacial Biology
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine

William McDade, PhD'88, MD'90
American Medical Association Board of Trustees
Executive Vice President & Chief Academic Officer

Ochsner Health System

Mary Dinauer, PhD’79, MD’81
Professor of Pediatrics and Pathology & Immunology
Fred M. Saigh Distinguished Chair in Pediatric Research
Scientific Director, the Children’s Discovery Institute
                   Washington University in St. Louis

Mark Krasnow, PhD’83, MD’85
Professor of Biochemistry
Executive Director of the Wall Center for Pulmonary Vascular Disease
Stanford University School of Medicine

Tammie Benzinger, PhD'98, MD'00
Director, Knight Alzheimer Research Imaging Program
Associate Professor, Departments of Radiology and Neurological  Surgery

Washington University in St. Louis

156 students. This includes students who have completed less than one year of PhD research.


2Are MD–PhD Programs Meeting Their Goals? An Analysis of Career Choices Made by Graduates of 24 MD–PhD Programs - Academic Medicine, April 2010


Two graduates of 153 since 2000 have declined residency in favor of postdoctoral fellowships

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