MD/PHD Medical Scientist Training | Curriculum | MUSK

The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) is designed to be flexible, challenging, and rewarding. The study program is specially designed to meet the particular needs and research interests of the student. The graduate student advisory committee approves their program design. The program sequence is coordinated to include basic science and clinical rotations in medical school, as well as graduate study and enough time to complete a significant research project leading to the doctoral degree.

Flexible pre-clerkship program

The first 18 months of the program follow the newly implemented flexible integrated medical program. Students spend the summers before their freshman year familiarizing themselves with MUSC’s research labs. Stage I of the National Board Examination is taken in the early spring of the second year. After completing the NBME Step I exam, students begin a second lab rotation.

Graduate studies, third year and beyond

After completing a second lab rotation, students can either complete a third lab rotation or choose their lab and pursue graduate studies leading to a Ph.D. diploma. During this period, students must carry out all the research and scientific work necessary for a thesis. Research training leading to a doctorate. the degree can be pursued in the following departments or programs, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Cell injury and repair; Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics; Drug discovery and biomedical sciences; Lipidomics; microbiology and immunology; Molecular and Cellular Biology and Pathobiology; Neuroscience; Pathology; Proteomics; public health sciences; regenerative medicine and cell biology; and structural biology.

MSTP students take selected sections of the core curriculum offered to first-year graduate students. These are both compulsory sections and elective sections, the latter being chosen in consultation with the coordinator and the graduate mentor. Courses cover broad topics dealing with professional development, rigorous experimental design techniques, learning from the literature, entrepreneurship, responsible conduct of research, and grant writing principles.

All Ph.D. requirements must be completed before the student can retake the third year of medical school.

Translational Sciences Clinic

The goal of this requirement is for MSTP students to learn how to better integrate the basic sciences and their area of ​​research interest with meaningful clinical/translational experience. Students are expected to discuss patient issues from a literature and research perspective. They will work in a clinic, half a day per week, with an externally funded clinician-scientist who is chosen based on their demonstrated commitment to research. All MSTP students must enroll in two (2) semesters of this clinic. It is suggested that the student attend the clinic during their second or third year of graduate studies. The student receives 2 weeks of junior selective credit for the 2 semesters. Mentors in this option could help students with a potential clinical study that may arise from their basic science project.

Medicine, third and fourth years

Years 3 and 4 are designed to provide clinical experiential learning in a variety of clinical settings, including all core clinical disciplines to ensure competence and prepare graduates to begin residency. Ongoing evaluation of curriculum effectiveness and student learning outcomes informs continuous quality improvement of our clinical education program. The 3rd year program includes seven core clinical externships, consisting of six weeks of internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, family/rural medicine, surgery, neurology and rehabilitation medicine, and psychiatry. During externships, emphasis is placed on the development of clinical, interpersonal and professional skills. Students also choose two selections (2 weeks each) which offer the possibility of discovering various specialties with a view to choosing a career path. All Core Internships are classified as Honors/Pass/Fail, and Selective Internships are classified as Pass/Fail. Students must complete all of their 3rd year requirements at major affiliated hospitals on the MUSC campus. In addition, all students must complete and pass the Clinical Competency Examination (CCX) and complete the Longitudinal Curriculum in Ethics, Geriatric Medicine, Public Health, and Medical Delivery Systems within the Fundamentals of Patient Care. patients.

In Year 4, students complete a minimum of 32 weeks of rotations, a 3-week capstone course, Internship 101, and a longitudinal Fundamentals of Patient Care program. Each student must complete the following three rotations on campus: a clinical externship, a primary rotation in internal medicine, and an elective rotation in advanced surgery (another institution may be approved for this rotation in special cases). The remaining five blocks are electives that can be taken at LCME-accredited medical schools or COM-approved sites statewide or nationwide. Students who complete the clinical program at MUSC – AnMed Health Regional Medical Campus complete the three required rotations at the Anderson Campus. 4th year rotations are categorized as Pass/Fail/Honors; Internship 101 is graded pass/fail.

All courses of study required for the medical degree must be successfully completed in order to graduate. No cumulative grade point average is calculated and no class ranking is produced.

Year Semester Course credit hours
1 Summer CGS-970 To research 15
Total semester hours 15
1 Falls MD Curriculum – See MD Curriculum 32
Total semester hours 32
1 Spring MD Curriculum – See MD Curriculum 32
Total semester hours 32
2 Summer Medicine program 32
Total semester hours 32
2 Falls MD Curriculum – See MD Curriculum 32
Total semester hours 32
2 Spring MD Curriculum – See MD Curriculum 32.5
Total semester hours 32.5
3 Summer CGS-712 Essential Science Practices III 2
CGS-970 To research 13
Total semester hours 15
3 Falls CGS-768 Technical & Experimental Desi 2
CGS-700 Introduction to biostatistics 4
DEPT-970 To research 9
Any additional service-specific requirements
Total semester hours 15+
3 Spring CGS-772 Learn from literature 2
CGS-770 Practical Principles & Prof 2
DEPT-970 To research 11
Total semester hours 15
4 Summer DEPT-970 ESearch 15
Total semester hours 15
4 Falls CGS-727 Designing rigorous research 1
DEPT-970 To research 14
Any additional service-specific requirements
Total semester hours 15+
4 Spring DEPT-970 To research 15
Any additional service-specific requirements
Total semester hours 15+
5 Summer DEPT-970 To research 15
Any additional service-specific requirements
Total semester hours 15+
5 Falls DEPT-970 To research 15
Any additional service-specific requirements
Total semester hours 15+
5 Spring DEPT-970 To research 12.5
MDCOR-871 MSTP Translational Sciences 2.5
Any additional service-specific requirements
Total semester hours 15+
6 Summer DEPT-970 To research 15
Any additional service-specific requirements
Total semester hours 15+
6 Falls DEPT-970 To research 12.5
MDCOR-871 MSTP Translational Sciences 2.5
Any additional service-specific requirements
Total semester hours 15+
6 Spring DEPT-970 To research 15
Any additional service-specific requirements
Total semester hours 15+
seven Summer DEPT-990 Thesis 15
Total semester hours 15
seven Falls MD Curriculum 33.5
Total semester hours 33.5
seven Spring MD Curriculum 33.5
Total semester hours 33.5
8 Falls MED-832 A month in the Research Nexus 5
MD Curriculum 18
Total semester hours 23
8 Spring MD Curriculum 23
Total semester hours 23
Total Credit Hours 483+