Introduction to MD-PhD Training

Before we discuss the CWRU MSTP, let's provide some general background on MD-PhD training. MD-PhD programs are designed for students who want to become research physicians, also known as physician-scientists. Each side of the dual degree training informs the other side. Students are trained to recognize new ways that clinical care can benefit from research, and to see how research discoveries can be translated to the clinical level. MD-PhD candidates are trained for careers in which they will spend most of their time doing research, in addition to caring for patients. Graduates of MD-PhD programs often go on to become faculty members at medical schools, universities and research institutes.

If you're a student considering a career as a physician-scientist, we highly recommend taking a look at this page on the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) website . You'll find lots of information on dual degree programs here. For an excellent overview on MD-PhD training and careers, see the AAMC's PowerPoint presentation, MD-PhD: Is It Right for Me?