Interview Visit​ 


Transportation and hotel charges will be paid by the MSTP, as are meal expenses incurred as part of the interview process. All travel arrangements are handled by the MSTP office.


Typically, nine applicants are invited for each interview session, which consists of an orientation and a tour of the Medical facilities on Thursday afternoon and a full day of interviews on Friday. The types of interviews are as follows:  

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.

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.

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.

MSTP Wrap-up Interview

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

Student Interactions

MSTP students host lunches and dinners for applicants during the interview weekend, as well as lead the Thursday facilities tour. These interactions allow applicants to discuss the program informally with current students. Social activities on Thursday and Friday nights hosted by students also give the applicants a chance to learn more about St. Louis and the quality of life enjoyed by students. 


12:00 PM 
Applicant Lunch

: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 
Depart for the Parkway Hotel

7:15 PM
Dinner with current students

8:20 AM 
Depart from the hotel for the Medical School 

9:00 AM to 9:45 AM 
Faculty Interview with Dr. Samantha Morris - Developmental, Regenerative, and Stem 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. Joseph Corbo - Medical Scientist Training Program

5:00 PM
Return to the hotel

7:30 PM
Dinner and social activity with current MSTP students