During this time the MSTP student rejoins the traditional medical students to complete his or her clinical clerkships. This is the primary clinical segment of the program. Because of state licensing requirements, students take a minimum of 18 months of clinical training before they graduate. The remaining time can be used to pursue additional electives that can include either PhD research, other research projects, or clinical training. Step 2 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination is also taken during this time.
Following completion of all requirements and upon graduation, the MD is awarded.