Resources for Students – UCSD Medical Scientist Education Program


Welcome to the UCSD Medical Scientist Education Program. The abundant resources and research centers affiliated with UCSD provide a unique opportunity to pursue training in various fields such as neuroscience, biomedical science, epidemiology, biophysics, bioengineering, to name a few. -ones. We hope this website helps eliminate some of the confusion that can arise from being an MD/Ph.D. raised.

From the director

The mission of this MSTP is to train students as medical scientists by combining classroom and clinical training at the UCSD School of Medicine with training in a graduate program at UCSD. This mission is driven by our vision that this breadth of training will provide students with the knowledge and experience necessary to function as academic physicians ultimately ready to train future generations of science and medical students. By its nature, medical school training is quite broad, ranging from molecular science disciplines to humanistic areas, such as behavior, ethics, and the cultural bases of health and disease. In contrast, higher education offers a narrower focus but with much greater depth both in terms of coursework and current thinking in a discipline as well as in the development and execution of a doctoral dissertation problem . The main objectives of the program are that MSTP students learn to use the scientific method, to think imaginatively and creatively, to read critically, and to prepare to work as independent medical scientists. Students will also have experiences in one or more teaching locations during their time in the program and thus gain skills in each of the three main areas of an academic doctor, namely research, teaching and care. clinics. Several career paths are available to graduates, but most will choose to continue their training in one of the specialty areas of medicine, while a smaller number will do post-doctoral work in a fundamental science area. Based on the long-term track record of this program, it is expected that at least 95% of graduates will obtain positions as physician-scientists in academic health centers or research institutes. I hope you find this handbook, prepared by our current students, a useful way to learn about aspects of our MSTP and life at UCSD and La Jolla.

We are here to support you

The MST program office is located in the Medical Teaching Facility (MTF), room 180, which is the student affairs office for the School of Medicine. The office is always open to you for anything you might need; do not hesitate to pass. We are more than happy to assist you whenever needed; program representative Mary Alice Kiisel can be reached by phone at 534-0689 and by email at [email protected]

The MSTP mailing address is:

University of California, San Diego

Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)
9500 Gilman Drive MC 0606

La Jolla CA 92092-0606

Phone: 858-534-0689 1-800-925-8704
Fax: 858-534-8556