MSTP: Medical Scientist Training Program

The goal of the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Virginia is to train individuals who will be both outstanding biomedical scientists and data-driven physicians, pioneering major advances in medical practice through research. The goal is intimately aligned with a central mission of the University of Virginia’s School of Medicine: to conduct outstanding biomedical research and to pioneer developments in the practice of medicine. Importantly, and in keeping with the broader career training vision of the NIH for trainees, our long-term goals for our graduates include training not only future academic researchers, educators, and administrators but also leaders in other non-traditional careers in the private and public sector that advance our understanding of human disease, help develop more effective medical therapies, or affect policy in these areas. The impressive successes and wide-ranging professional avenues that our alumni have pursued is testimony to the positive outcomes of this philosophy.

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Student Achievements

More than 10 MSTP students have been recognized for outstanding work in the last two years.

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Student Publications

Under the guidance of the MSTP mentors, UVA MSTP students have published well, quantitatively and qualitatively.

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5 UVA MSTP students to attend the 35th Annual MD/PhD National Student Conference

Five UVA MSTP students, Ashley Bolte (Grad 3), HeeJin Cheon (Grad 2), Russell "Rusty" Hawes (Med 1), Amanda Ward (Grad 4), and Briana "Bri" Wilson (Grad 3), will attend the…

ASCP recognizes Dr. Rebecca Obeng (UVA MSTP 2013) as a “40 Under Forty Honoree”

The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) recently recognized Rebecca Obeng, MD, PhD, MPH, FASCP, a 2013 UVA MSTP graduate (PhD research conducted in the laboratory of Dr. Vic Engelhard,…

Congratulations, 2020 Wagner Fellowship Awardees!

Congratulations to two MSTP students, Ashley Bolte (Grad 3, Lukens Lab) and Brandon Podyma (Grad 3, Deppmann Lab), who were among the 10 recipients of the 2020 Robert R. Wagner…

Gustavo Pacheco featured in Nature

Gustavo Pacheco (Grad 1, DeSimone Lab) was featured in Nature for his work in UVA's Department of Cell Biology and Cell & Developmental Biology Graduate Program to support Black students…

Congratulations, Class of 2020!

Congratulations to the MSTP students who graduated this past weekend! View Match Results. Pictured below: Top row: Anne "Annie" Carlton, George "Bert" Cortina, Allissia Gilmartin, and Ali Khan Bottom row:…

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IDEA-Cancer workshop

[Zoom ] For further information, please contact Karolina Ayres

GI Translational Research Meeting

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Cancer Immunology Group Meeting (Journal Club)

[MR6 Room G501] Lydia Kitelinger and Claire Conarroe

Cancer Center Seminar / Paul Northcutt, PhD

[Pinn Hall 1014 or Zoom ] Paul Norhtcutt, PhD Zoom: Meeting ID: 997 5164 6928 Passcode: 278105