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Medical Scientist Training Program

The MSTP - UT Houston provides students pursuing careers as physician-scientists the unique opportunity to earn dual MD/PhD degrees in a six to eight year integrated Program offered by McGovern Medical School at UTHealth and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

The Program

The University of Texas Medical Scientist Training Program at Houston (MSTP - UT Houston) is a dual degree program of The University of Texas McGovern Medical School and MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The program educates physician-scientists and draws from faculty expertise at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and MD Anderson Cancer Center. This rich training environment—encompassing laboratories, hospitals, and clinics in the Texas Medical Center—ensures that our graduates are uniquely prepared for careers in translational research, where basic research is applied to improving patient care and promoting well-being, and observations/samples from patients are taken to the laboratory to improve understanding of disease mechanisms.

The Program was established in 1982 and is unique in its approach to allow students to complete their first three years of Medical School before starting their dissertation research. The Program considers this critical to the students’ success as it is not until the third year of Medical School that students actually evaluate patients, diagnose problems and recommend treatment plans, and are thus prepared to understand the limitations of current methods for preventing, diagnosing and treating disease and to appreciate the importance of clinical and translational research.

Participating Institutions/Entities

McGovern Medical School.  UTHealth is a comprehensive academic health sciences university comprised of six schools (McGovern Medical School, biomedical sciences, public health, health information sciences, dentistry and nursing) and research expenditures that exceed $191 million annually.  The McGovern Medical School admits 240 students annually.  To be re-directed to the medical school’s website, click here: 

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive centers for cancer treatment and research. Its faculty includes over 500 physicians and scientists, and its physical facilities include a 514-bed teaching hospital and over 475,000 square feet of active research space.  To explore MD Anderson Cancer Center’s website, click here:

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is a unique partnership between The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). This partnership in graduate education has existed for more than 50 years. The GSBS currently has 392 active degree-seeking students enrolled. Click here for more information on the GSBS

The Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS) was established to promote clinical and translational research at UTHealth, MD Anderson and the Memorial Hermann Hospital System. It is one of the original 12 such centers funded by NIH in 2006 when it received initial funding of $36 million.

MSTP Spotlight

Cullen Symposium June 20, 2020 (Video recording)
0:0:0- 1:36:43 : Research talk by 2018 Nobel Laureate Dr. Jim Allison (UT MD Anderson Cancer Center)
1:36:44- end : MD/PhD application workshop (Dr. Dianna Milewicz, UTHealth and Dr. Sharon Plon, BCM)