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What are the requirements for applicants?
Applicants to the program must have completed a minimum of 90 credit hours at approved institutions of higher learning. They should have one year courses (or equivalent AP credit) in biology, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry (a course in biochemistry can substitute for a semster of organic) physics, and calculus through differential equations (a course in statistics can substitute for a semester of calculus). In addition they must sit for the MCAT. The GRE is not required. The equivalent of two semesters of research experience is required.
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What are the minimum standards for a successful applicant?
Competitive applicants will have a strong record of academic achievement. There are no minimum GPA or MCAT requirements. Over the past 5 years, program matriculants have had an average GPA of 3.85 and an average MCAT of 36R. Please remember that these are averages: the range for GPA over that period has been 3.1 to 4.0; the MCAT range has been within the sixty-eighth and ninety-ninth percentile.  Please see the Statistics page under the Admissions tab for a histogram of GPA and MCAT for last year's WUStL MSTP applicant pool. 

The most important criterion for admission is the potential to become an independent researcher. Successful applicants demonstrate excellence in substantial, independent research projects. Typically, they have engaged in research projects beginning in their sophomore year, or earlier. Long-term research projects (i.e., a minimum of one year) are preferred over multiple short-term experiences. Publication of work in scientific journals is not required; fewer than 15% of applicants have a publication.
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Are non-US citizens eligible for support?
WUStL's MSTP is interested in recruiting the best physician-scientist trainees in the world, and welcomes applications from international students. Currently, 17 students are citizens of foreign countries. It should be noted that these students completed bachelor's degrees at institutions in the United States or Canada. Individuals who completed undergraduate degrees at foreign institutions outside must also have at least two full years of study at a college or university in the United States or Canada . All students receive the same financial package of a stipend, full tuition remission and health coverage, regardless of their citizenship status.

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Do applicants from certain schools have an advantage?
No. Washington University's MSTP has drawn students from over 120 undergraduate institutions: from Agnes Scott to Yale, Stanford to South Dakota State, and everything in between. What matters is individual's potential to go places in the future, not where they were in the past. Individuals from schools that are less research-intensive often engage in summer research experiences at other institutions or do post-baccalaureate research to strengthen their research credentials.

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What are my chances of getting into the program?
Each year, ~500 individuals apply for admission, of which 100 or so are interviewed. The quality of interviewed candidates is quite high, and 99% of them are accepted by at least one MD-PhD program. Our goal is 25 new matriculants every year. This is a flexible target, however, and offers are made to all individuals thought to be appropriate for the program. As a result, the size of the MSTP entering class has varied between 18 and 32 over the past decade.

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How do I apply?
Applying to the MSTP at Washington University consists of three simple steps:

1) You must apply to AMCAS. When you select Washington University on the list of schools you wish to apply to, you should indicate "M.D./Ph.D. Program". Doing so, will give you access to the MD/PhD essay questions that are part of the AMCAS application. You need not wait to be "invited" to apply. If you do not complete the AMCAS MD-PhD essays, we will not be able to consider you for our program.

2) You must submit the Washington University School of Medicine secondary application. Under the degree objective field on the secondary application, you must indicate either "MSTP Only" or "MD or MSTP".

We expect letters of recommendation from all research mentors with whom you have had significant research experiences. These letters should be submitted to the AMCAS letter service. Individuals who are carrying out research in a new lab the summer they apply must have a letter of recommendation from that mentor. Occasionally, an applicant will have difficulty in obtaining letters of recommendation from all their significant research mentors. If you find yourself in this situation, please contact the MSTP office at 314-362-7190 or mstp.wustl.edu for guidance.

3) Apply early. The application period runs nearly six months; waiting until the October 31 deadline significantly diminishes the likelihood of an interview for even the most outstanding applicant. Interview are offered on a rolling basis, with the first invitations being issued in early August.

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Does the outcome of my MSTP application affect my medical school application?
In most cases, the answer is no. On the WUSOM secondary application you will be asked to indicate your program interest. If you state an interest in BOTH the MD and MD/PhD pathways then the outcome of your MSTP application has no bearing on the decision made by the Medical School Admissions Committee. (It is not unusual for someone not accepted by the MSTP to receive an offer of admission by the MD program.) If you state that you are interested in ONLY MD/PhD, then the Medical School Admissions Committee will not consider you for the MD program if the MSTP declines to offer you a position.

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How are admissions decisions made and what is the application deadline?
Pre-interview decisions are made by the MSTP Committee and are communicated promptly to applicants by email. Applicants who are invited to interview will have successfully traversed a 3-stage review process. Because the evaluators are faculty with active research programs and, in some cases, clinical responsibilities, and because the decision to interview must be by consensus, the process is both rigorous and time-consuming. Therefore, the time to complete the entire 3-stage review process can take several weeks.

A small number of applicants may be placed on an interview wait list for a period of time to allow the MSTP Committee to efficiently manage our limited number of interview slots. The application deadline is October 31. We encourage early application, however, as applicants are interviewed as early as September 19. By the October 31 deadline, it is common for fewer than 15 interview slots to be unfilled.

Not infrequently, the Medical School Admissions Committee will complete its review of an application before the MSTP and offer an MD interview to an applicant. This is not the same as the MSTP interview; the MSTP Executive Director, Mr. Brian Sullivan is the only person authorized to make MSTP interview offers. Most individuals in this situation decide to wait for the MSTP Committee's decision, and will only schedule an MD interview with the Medical School if they are not invited to interview with the MSTP. Individuals who receive an interview invitation from the Medical School might wish to contact the MSTP to determine the status of their application.

For interviewed candidates, the MSTP Committee consults with the Washington University School of Medicine Committee on Admissions (WUSOMCOA), to make a decision on admission. The decision is based on a review of the candidate's credentials and an evaluation of the interview reports. The MSTP will issue acceptances on a periodic basis through February. In order to better regulate the size of the entering class, the MSTP Committee will place a limited number of interviewees on a wait list. In the past, some waitlisted candidates have subsequently been offered admission.​
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Year 1 Curriculum

Summer Research Rotation (Optional)

Fall Medical School Classes:
• Human Anatomy
• Cell and Organ Systems Biology
• Molecular Foundations of Medicine or Biochemistry/Molecular  Biology Module
• Practice of Medicine I
• CPC
• Clinical and Basic Science Selectives 

*Biochemistry/Molecular Biology Module:
MSTP students may substitute the following Graduate School courses for Molecular Foundations of Medicine
• Fundamentals of Molecular Cell Biology--satisfies core course requirements in the PhD programs in Biochemistry, Developmental, Regenerative and Stem Cell Biology, Computational and Molecular Biophysics, Molecular Cell Biology, Molecular Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis, and Neurosciences, as well as being recommended by the program in Immunology.

Spring Medical School Classes:

• Cell and Organ Systems Biology
• Genetics*, Immunology*, Microbes and Pathogenesis*, Neural Sciences*
• Epidemiology and Medical Statistics
• Humanities
• Clinical Medicine I
• Medicine and Human Values I
• CPC
• Clinical and Basic Science Selectives
 
*All four Medical School courses have either corollary Grad School courses or satisfy Grad School program requirements in a number of PhD programs.
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Year 2 Curriculum

Summer Research Rotation

Fall/Spring Medical School Courses:
• Pathology
• Pharmacology
• Pathophysiology of Organ Systems Sequence
• Practice of Medicine II
• CPC
 
USMLE Step I Exam

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Year 3 Curriculum

Summer Research Rotation (If Needed)

Fall/Spring Graduate School:
• Core Graduate Curriculum and Electives (individualized according to background, PhD program and research interests of student)
• Thesis Research
• Graduate Course Electives
• Mentored Teaching Experience
• Qualifying Examination

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Years 4/5/6

Graduate School:
• Thesis proposal by Dec. 31 of Year 4
• Thesis Research
• Graduate Course Electives, including Research Ethics
• Clinical Mentorships (Optional)
• Travel to Scientific Meetings
• Thesis Defense
• Clinical Warm-up

MSTP Ungraduation Party (End of fourth year)
Participate in APSA/ASCI/AAP Meeting

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Years 6/7

3rd Year Clinical Clerkships:
• Surgery and Surgical Subspecialties 3 months
• Medicine 3 months
• Maternal and Newborn Health 3 months
• Neurology 1 month
• Psychiatry 1 month
• Ambulatory Medicine 1 month

4th Year Electives:
• A minimum of 3 months of electives must be completed
 
​Clinical Capstone Course

Clinical Competency Exam
 
USMLE Step II Exams

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All Years

All Years:
MSTP Retreat (Spring)
• Journal Clubs according to student interest
DBBS Seminars
MSTP Weekly Meeting
MSTP Meet the Assistant Professors Seminar (Monthly for 1st & 2nd years)
MSTP Winter Dinner
• MSTP Summer Social
Yearly Class Function

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Research Rotations

• Summer before year one of Med School (Optional)
• Spring semester of 1st year (Optional)
• Summer between 1st & 2nd year
• Summer between 2nd & 3rd year

 

MSTP students must complete two research rotations. However, some students will do three or, in a few instances, may petition to do four rotations. 
 
 

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How long does it take to complete both degrees?

The program can be completed in as little as 6 years; however, 7 or 8 years is more typical. The usual program sequence is 2 years of preclinical medical training, 3 or more years of biomedical research, and 15 months of clinical training.

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Can I do a PhD in clinical research?

No, MSTP students may do either a PhD in Biomedical Engineering or a PhD in one of the programs of the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences (see Doctoral Programs page). Special arrangements can be made to do doctoral work in other disciplines, such as Anthropology, Chemistry or Physics.

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How are MD/PhD students supported?

The MSTP uses a combination of resources to support students. The program holds the largest NIH Medical Scientist Training Program grant in the nation. In addition, the program receives substantial support from an endowment established by the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Foundation. Finally, many students are supported by mentor and other institutional funds. MSTP students are guaranteed continuous support from enrollment through graduation. 

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What is the current support package for students?

All students will receive a stipend of $30,000, and our program boasts one of the best stipend to cost-of-living ratio of any MSTP in the nation. In addition, students receive full tuition remission, and free health and disability coverage for both medical and graduate phases of the program. Medical coverage for spouses, domestic partners and dependents is available. Travel funds are also available to MSTP students who have completed the thesis proposal.

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What do I tell Aunt Minnie when she asks why I want to do this program instead of being a fulltime MD?

Well, just tell her that you really love creating new things and discovering how stuff works. The MD/PhD training will not only allow you to touch the lives of your patients, but also to potentially affect the lives of people around the world. In addition, you can tell her that the great fund of knowledge that you will learn in medical school exists only because thousands of women and men have devoted their lives to carrying out clinical and basic science research. You are doing the MSTP because you want to do your part to advance knowledge for future generations.

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MSTP Committee Interview

This 20-minute panel interview will focus on your research. Since the Committee will direct the discussion, you should not prepare a talk or a presentation. No slides, handouts or use of the whiteboard is permitted. A list of the current Committee can be found here.
 

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Individual Faculty Interview

A series of 30 to 45-minute interviews with faculty members you have selected. The format of these interviews will be a discussion of your research and the research being carried out by your interviewer. The interviewer will provide the MSTP Committee with feedback.
 

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Medical School Interview

A 45-minute interview with a member of the Medical School Admission Committee. The interviewer will provide an evaluation to the Medical School Admissions Committee. If a candidate has previously interviewed for an MD-only position at Washington University, they will not have a second medical school interview.
 

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MSTP Wrap-up Interview

A 30-minute follow-up interview at the end of the day with a member of the MSTP Committee.
 
 

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SAMPLE INTERVIEW SCHEDULE FOR WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY MSTP

Thursday
12:00 PM
Applicant Lunch

1:30 PM
Orientation with Dr. Wayne Yokoyama -  
MSTP Director and MSTP Administrators

2:45 PM
Facility tour with current MSTP students

5:00 PM
MSTP Weekly Meeting
 
6:05 PM
Shuttle to the Chase Park Plaza Hotel
 
7:15 PM
Dinner with current students
 
Friday
8:20 AM
Shuttle to the Medical School
 
9:00 AM to 9:45 AM
Faculty Interview with Dr. Jean Schaffer - Molecular Cell Biology Program
 
10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
Faculty Interview with Dr. Andreas Burkhalter - Neurosciences Program
 
11:20 to 11:40 AM
MSTP Committee Interview
 
12:00 PM
Lunch with current students
 
1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
Medical School Interview with Dr. Valerie Ratts - Associate Dean for Admissions
 
2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
Faculty Interview with Dr. Tamara Doering - Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis Program
 
3:00 PM to 3:45 PM
Faculty Interview with Dr. David Gutmann - Neuroscience Program
 
4:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Wrap up with Dr. Samuel Achilefu - Medical Scientist Training Program
 
5:00 PM
Shuttle to the hotel
 
7:30 PM
Dinner and social activity with current MSTP students

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