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Our goal is to produce physician-scientists who will make major contributions to the understanding and improvement of human health. The program, drawing from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and the UW-Madison Graduate School, works to ensure that students take full advantage of the remarkable resources and opportunities present at UW-Madison for both medical education and graduate research training. Our program is funded in part by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, MSTP T32 GM008692.

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In the news

Researchers probe cell division defects to gain insight into cancer

07/09/2019

Mark Burkard and UW Carbone Cancer Center colleagues are leading efforts to better understand chromosome segregation and its contributions to disease.

Local women, researchers changing face of metastatic research

06/07/2019

Inspired by patients who have lived up to 40 years after their initial diagnosis, Associate Director Mark Burkard's research is aimed at developing strategies to help women with metastatic breast cancer survive longer.

Zachary Morris receives 2019 Shaw Scientist Awards

06/04/2019

Morris, an assistant professor of human oncology and faculty trainer in the cancer biology and cellular and molecular pathology graduate programs, received $200,000 in seed funding to support his research and career development.

2019 graduates come full circle as health sciences programs celebrate commencement

05/22/2019

UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank highlighted Andy Voter's success during her graduation speech for PhD, medical degree and honorary degree candidates.

OncLive presents State of the Science Summit on breast cancer

05/15/2019

Mark Burkard, MSTP associate director, was a presenter at the conference, which features medical experts from across the nation discussing cancer treatment options.

A new way to wind the development clock of cardiac muscle cells

05/15/2009

MD-PhD student Mitch Biermann is the lead author on a study seeking to speed up the process of converting skin cells to induced pluripotent stem cells using an FDA-approved compound called polyinosine-polycytidylic acid, or pIC, a double-stranded RNA molecule that activates a cell’s innate defense system.

Wisconsin a leader in cutting-edge Alzheimer's research

05/03/2019

In the wake of $3 million in new federal funding, MSTP student Nick Vogt visited Green Bay to share the latest research on the disease.

MRI effective for monitoring liver fat in obese patients

04/17/2019

The study was co-authored by B. Dustin Pooler, MD, adjunct assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Acting the part: professionalism do’s and don’ts during clinicals

07/09/2018

UW Medical Scientist Training Program student Michael Rigby chimes in on best practices during clinicals.

TB traced and compared to early human migration

06/14/2018

A team from UW worked with researchers from the University of Iowa and the Norwegian Institute of Public health to perform genetic studies of tuberculosis and compare its transmission with early human migration.

Inflammation study wins NIH grant

06/07/2018

David Beebe and longtime collaborator Anna Huttenlocher, director of the Medical Scientist Training Program, are set to explore links between chronic inflammation and a host of conditions and diseases.

Highlights from the National MD-PhD Program Outcomes study

05/08/2018

The AAMC's recent National MD-PhD Program Outcomes Study highlights results of a comprehensive research project that tracks the careers of most combined degree MD-PhD program graduates over the past 50 years.

MSTP Director Anna Huttenlocher discusses how she works

04/27/2018

MSTP Director Dr. Anna Huttenlocher is the first interviewee for the 2018 article series “How Cell Biologists Work” from the The American Society for Cell Biology.

Learn about Angela Gibson's inspiring path to a physician-scientist career

04/15/2018

2009 MSTP graduate Angela Gibson and current faculty in the Department of Surgery had an unconventional path to the physician-scientist career. Her story was documented in the Wisconsin State Journal.

Congratulations to MSTP student Amelia Haj

04/09/2018

Haj, a second-year graduate student, is one of 14 medical students chosen for the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE), a two-week program in Germany and Poland examining the conduct of physicians in Nazi-occupied Europe to reflect on medical ethics today.

MSTP associate director leads study of 'extreme survivors' of metastatic breast cancer

04/03/2018

Peg Geisler's story inspired UW Carbone Cancer Center oncologist Dr. Mark Burkard, who now is hunting the world for other survivors like her.

MSTP creates new medical school course in clinical and translational research

05/01/2014

The purpose of this course is to provide an opportunity for students to develop an understanding of how to conduct clinical research through an apprenticeship-style learning experience with a physician-scientist mentor.

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Last MCAT test date considered for the 2018 admissions cycle

Oct. 15

Deadline for submitting the AMCAS application

Dec. 1

Deadline to submit the MSTP secondary application
Our people
The Medical Scientist Training program is led by Anna Huttenlocher, MD, and is overseen by a team of directors who have strong backgrounds in clinical practice and basic research. Students may study under the direction of faculty advisors from a multitude of graduate training programs.
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Madison, Wisconsin, is a city for all seasons (yes, even winter). From relaxing lakeside at Memorial Union Terrace to enjoying the natural splendor of the UW Arboretum, Madison is the perfect place to live, study and play.