Medical Scientist Training Program

Welcome to the Stanford MSTP where you will find a rich environment and unparalleled opportunities for developing a career dedicated to biomedical research.

You may already be familiar with Stanford's tradition and reputation for academic excellence, scientific innovation, and stunning environment; in addition, there are some very special aspects to the program. Stanford is a true University, with Schools of Medicine, Engineering, and Humanities & Sciences located on a single campus that facilitates and encourages interaction between scientists from different disciplines. It was the thesis work of a former MSTP student that helped provide the impetus for the development of the Bio-X program and the Clark Center, which bridges the life, physical, and mathematical sciences to address current challenges in medicine and biology with new ways of thinking.

Medical school at Stanford—for MSTP and non-MSTP students alike—is also unique. With major clinical training centers in tertiary care, county hospital, and HMO settings, our students learn about different types of patient care and how best to care for their patients. Most Stanford students spend an extra year pursuing interests in laboratory research, public health, or community service; as an MSTP student you will be surrounded by colleagues whose interests go beyond a traditional curriculum. More 

Finally, Stanford has a well-deserved reputation for interaction, cooperation, and collegiality that extends across educational levels (staff and faculty), training programs (departmental and interdisciplinary), and Schools (medicine and computer science). On a bike ride through campus, or a walk to the "Dish," you will encounter fellow students, Deans, and Nobel laureates, all of whom hold in common a love for an intellectual environment that fosters creativity, critical thinking, and discussion.

Stanford MSTP students join a community of scientists dedicated to biomedical research; the group is global but the degrees of separation are few. Welcome to that community!

PJ Utz, MD
Director, MSTP
Professor, Medicine - Immunology and Rheumatology

Matthew Porteus, MD, PhD
Associate Director, MSTP
Associate Professor, Pediatrics - Hematology/Oncology

Katrin Chua, MD, PhD
Associate Director, MSTP
Associate Professor, Medicine - Endocrinology, Gerontology and Metabolism

Catherine Blish, MD, PhD
Assistant Director, MSTP
Assistant Professor, Medicine - Infectious Disease

Julien Sage, PhD
Associate Director Admissions, MSTP
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, and Genetics  


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