Medical Scientist Training Program graduates can be found making meaningful contributions in medicine, in research, in government and in industries across the country. Find out more about our alumni and program outcomes.

UW MSTP contributes to development of MD-PhD programs nation-wide

Several program evaluation projects have been initiated and driven by our trainees, reflecting broad programmatic support for trainee-oriented goals and outcomes. Published in peer-reviewed journals, these publications share our efforts and best-practices with the national MD/PhD training community.

Gender study

Our MSTP team of students, directors and administrators published study data in 2020 regarding gender influences in MD-PhD training using our MSTP as a case study in the Journal of Women’s Health.

  • Heffron AS, Braun KM, Allen-Savietta C, Filut A, Hanewall C, Huttenlocher A, Handelsman J, Carnes M. Gender Can Influence Student Experiences in MD-PhD Training. Journal of Women's Health. 2020 Apr 28. Doi:10.1089/jwh.2019.8094. [epub ahead of print]. PMID: 32349608; PMC Journal – In Process.

Physician-scientist preceptorship

Our MSTP team of students, directors and administrators published outcomes data in 2019 for Medicine 902: Physician-scientist preceptorship in BioMedCentral Medical Education.

This innovative curriculum was developed by M4 Jon Stefely, Director Anna Huttenlocher and Administrator Chelsea Hanewall. Together with M4 Erin Theisen and Co-Directors Mark Burkard and JP Yu, they co-authored the publication.


 Current students UW MSTP graduates
National MD-PhD programs
  N=74 N=115  
Female 45%  41%  35%
Male 55%  59%  65% 
Race/ethnicity underrepresented in medicine 18%  12%  10% 
First generation college students 10% 10%  

*latest national data available in Akabas, 2019, Figure 1

Career outcomes

National outcomes
Graduates who completed postgraduate training  N=57 N=8,441
Academia full time 54.4% 57.2%
Academia part time 17.5% 2.5%
NIH, federal agency, other institute 1.8% 4.5%
Industry 5.3% 6.9%
Private practice 19.3% 24.3%
Other & consulting/law/finance 1.8% 4.6%

*national data in Brass, 2019, Figure 1

Training snapshot

Areas of graduate study

*Data below is for 2015-20 UW MSTP graduates; N=51

14 Cellular and Molecular Biology
11 Neuroscience
5 Cellular and Molecular Pathology
4 Biomedical Engineering
3 Biochemistry
2 Epidemiology
2 Microbiology
2 Population Health Sciences
1 Chemistry
1 Clinical Investigation
1 Comparative Biomedical Sciences
1 Computer Sciences
1 History of Science, Medicine & Technology
1 Medical Physics
1 Physiology
1 Psychology

Time to degree: 8.19 years

Publications: 450 total, 8.8 average; 4.3 average first-author

Fellowship success rates

59% funding success for 2015-20 graduates who applied for external fellowship funding

MSTP students have been awarded a total of 51 external fellowships since we started tracking in 2006:

  • F30 (37)
  • F31 (5)
  • American Heart Association (5)
  • R36 (2)
  • UNCF Merck (1)
  • U.S. Department of Defense (1)


From 2014-2020, 60 graduates entered residency training. Two entered post-doctoral research fellowships.

Research during residency

Physician-scientist training programs: 11

Research track, research-in-residency: 25

Elective research during residency: 15

Research during residency = 85%