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Dual Degrees

Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD)

The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at IU School of Medicine—Indianapolis, a collaboration between IU School of Medicine and Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University, offers a dual MD/PhD degree. This unique program integrates advanced clinical medical training with cutting-edge biomedical research. 

MSTP students benefit from strong mentorship, diverse research opportunities and a distinctive curriculum in this highly competitive program. Its goal is to deepen understanding of molecular disease mechanisms and to foster the development of new therapies by combining strong clinical skills with expertise in the basic sciences. 

Academic offerings range from foundational disciplines like anatomy and cell biology to innovative fields such as biomedical engineering, medical biophysics and medical neurobiology. The program has recently expanded to include training in sociomedical and behavioral sciences through the Indiana Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias (IADRD) Medical Scientist Training Program. Throughout their journey, students receive personalized guidance from nationally recognized leaders, making this one of the premier programs in the Midwest.

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Interested applicants can start the application process for a combined MD/PhD degree.

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68 Current MSTP Students
8 Average Number of Incoming Students Each Year
100+ Training Faculty

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MSTP Class of 2023

MSTP receives $4.6 million NIH grant to train more physician-scientists

The Indiana MSTP received $4.6 million in renewed grant funding from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to sustain and expand its efforts throughout the next five years. A joint venture between Indiana University School of Medicine and the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University, the program seeks to meet the growing need for more physician-scientists and physician-engineers in health care.

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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 are placed in the most competitive residencies throughout the United States.

Residency placements since 2013