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Dual Degrees

Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD)

A joint venture of IU School of Medicine and Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University, the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at IU School of Medicine—Indianapolis is a dual degree program (MD/PhD) that integrates state-of-the-art clinical medical training with cutting-edge biomedical research.

In this highly selective program, MSTP students are provided with strong mentorship, an incredible breadth of research opportunities and a unique curriculum. The program is designed to help learners gain insight to the molecular pathogenesis of disease with the goal of developing therapies through strong clinical acumen and knowledge of the basic sciences.

Academic programs span from the traditional sciences of anatomy and cell biology to next-generation programs in biomedical engineering, medical biophysics and medical neurobiology. New to the program are sociomedical and behavioral science training opportunities with the Indiana Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (IARD) Medical Scientist Training Program. Learners receive guidance throughout the program from nationally recognized experts in one of the most prestigious programs in the Midwest.

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71 Current MSTP Students
7 Average Number of Incoming Students Each Year
107 Training Faculty

MSTP Featured News

Hester Scholarship winners Burgess and Chu

MSTP students receive IUSCC Merilyn Hester Scholarship to pursue research

Future physician-scientists, Breanne Burgess and Michelle Chu received the prestigious Merilyn Hester Scholarship as they pursue their studies and research in pediatric oncology and pediatric hematology. The scholarship recognizes students’ strong academic records, outstanding character, and well-defined professional goals and provides funds to attend scientific conferences and offset lab expenses.

Three MSTP students recognized among the IUPUI Elite 50

Hendrik Greve was named among the IUPUI Premier 10 while Hayley Drozd and Gregory Grecco were recognized among the IUPUI Elite 50, all three demonstrating beyond the classroom in areas such as campus leadership, scholarly work and community engagement.

Outstanding Research Facilities

Students in the Medical Scientist Training Program train in modern facilities that offer the resources needed to succeed as a future physician-scientist.

Residency Placement of MD-PhD Graduates

Graduates of the IU School of Medicine Medical Scientist Training Program place in the most competitive residencies throughout the United States. View residency placement information since 2013 below.
  • 2022

    Family Medicine: St. Vincent, Indianapolis

    Internal Medicine PSTP: Northwestern

    University Psychiatry: Indiana University

  • 2021

    Psychiatry: Mayo Clinic
    General Surgery: Johns Hopkins
    Anesthesiology: Massachusetts General Hospital
    Radiation Oncology: Stanford
    Pediatrics: Washington University in St. Louis
    Emergency Medicine: Resurrection Hospital in Chicago
    Internal Medicine: University of Colorado-Denver Health-PC
    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

  • 2020

    Physician Scientist Training Program: Internal Medicine/Endocrinology at Cedar-Sinai
    Pathology: Massachusetts General
    Anesthesiology: Mayo Clinic
    Internal Medicine-Pediatrics: University of South Florida
    Internal Medicine: University of Texas-Southwestern
    General Surgery: Indiana University
    Internal Medicine: Brigham & Women’s Hospital—Boston, MA

  • 2019

    Radiation Oncology: University of Michigan
    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: University of Pittsburgh
    Psychiatry: Indiana University
    Neurology: Mayo Clinic
    Physician-Scientist Training Program: Washington University St. Louis
    Physician-Scientist Training Program: Emory University

  • 2018

    Pathology: Johns Hopkins University
    Radiology: Indiana University
    Radiology: University of Colorado

  • 2017
    Neurology: Indiana University School of Medicine
    Dermatology: University of Alabama-Birmingham
    Psychiatry: Indiana University School of Medicine
    Otolaryngology: University of Michigan
    Dermatology: Yale University
    Pediatric Neurology: Baylor University
    Radiology: Indiana University School of Medicine
    Neurology: Cornell University
  • 2016
    Vascular Surgery: Washington University St. Louis
    Ophthalmology: University of Pittsburgh
    Family Medicine: Fort Wayne, Indiana
    Pediatrics: Indiana University
  • 2015
    Physician-Scientist Training Program: University of Utah
    Neurosurgery: Indiana University School of Medicine
    Internal Medicine: Indiana University School of Medicine
    Neurology: Mayo Clinic
    Pediatrics: Indiana University School of Medicine
  • 2014
    Emergency Medicine: Rutgers, New Jersey
    Psychiatry: Indiana University School of Medicine
    Neurology: Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis
    Psychiatry: Indiana University School of Medicine
    Dermatology: Pennsylvania State
  • 2013
    Pediatric: Children’s Hospital, Boston
    Family Medicine: University of Florida-COM
    Dermatology: University Medical Ctr., Chicago
    OB/GYN: Ohio State University
    Dermatology: Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis