The Northwestern University Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) trains the next generation of leaders in research and medicine. The Program’s roots go back to 1928, when Eric Oldberg received the MD and PhD degrees from Northwestern University with a thesis entitled “An Attempt to Auto-transplant the Adrenal.” The 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s saw an average of 10 students per decade received the MD and PhD degrees from Northwestern. In 1964, Northwestern University, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and New York University were awarded the first Medical Scientist Training Program grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
To date, 242 physician-scientists have received MD-PhD dual degrees from Northwestern University. Graduates of our Program can build their career by combining research, teaching, clinical medicine, and academic administration in unique ways that suit their personal goals. Learn more about our Program via the following links.
View our curriculum timeline to better understand how the Program integrates training for the two degrees and adds a variety of courses and activities to complement those curricula.
- MSTP Courses
Learn about our MSTP-specific courses that make the Program experience unique.
- PhD Programs
Learn more about the research component of the Program, including details on frequently chosen tracks of study.
"The Feinberg MSTP offers an unparalleled opportunity to learn at the intersection of medicine and basic science. The level of integration helps us develop the unique insight to translate medical questions into basic science answers, and advances in the basic sciences into medical realities--skills that are crucial for the next generation of physician-scientists."