Training Tomorrow's Physician-Scientists
Through the MD/PhD Medical Scientist Training Program at Penn State College of Medicine, you’ll gain the tools and training you need to become a successful physician-scientist.
You’ll experience the breadth of clinical science while designing experiments and conducting biomedical research with modern technology.
The program, typically completed in eight years, will prepare you for a successful career in medical research, academic medicine, or a related field.
About the Program
The MD/PhD program integrates medical and graduate education, providing flexibility for students to design a tailor-made educational experience.
Students take several graduate courses during the first two years of medical school, and participate in ongoing patient experiences through the Clinical Exposure Program in the research portion of their training.
Throughout the program, students are exposed to topics in clinical, basic and translational research. Learn more about the MD/PhD curriculum.
Why Choose Penn State?
Supported by the NIH
The Penn State College of Medicine Medical Scientist Training Program is supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, awarded to the top MD/PhD programs in the country.
The award supports the MD/PhD program to train medical scientists interested in pursuing careers in biomedical research and academic medicine. The College of Medicine also provides support to ensure ongoing and future success of the program.
Leading the Way in Personalized Medicine
Penn State College of Medicine is home to one of the first personalized medicine centers in the country.
As an MD/PhD student, you’ll have the opportunity to conduct research through the Institute of Personalized Medicine, which provides scientists with the resources they need to develop treatments tailored to the individual.
Translating Research Findings into New Health Benefits
The Penn State Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) is an independent, multidisciplinary academic engine for clinical and translational science.
The ultimate goal of CTSI is to develop, implement and make available new ways to predict, prevent, and treat human disease.
Applying to the MD/PhD Program
In addition to the standard requirements for admission to the MD Program, we consider applicants who have:
- Outstanding grades and MCAT scores
- Sustained interest and experience in research
- Strong letters of support
We take a holistic approach in reviewing applications, considering all aspects of a prospective student’s background.
International students are welcome to apply to the MD/PhD Program. Applicants must have completed all academic requirements for admissions in an accredited United States or Canadian college or university. Additionally, they must:
- Follow the same application procedures
- Adhere to the same timeline as domestic applicants
Apply NowImportant Dates
- AMCAS application deadline is November 15
- Secondary applications must be completed by January 15
More About Penn State College of Medicine
What's New in the MD/PhD Program
Penn State College of Medicine strives to create the best culture of respect and inclusion for our students. A number of programs, services and facilities are available.
- Cognitive Skills Program
- Culture of Respect in Education Initiative
- Disability Services
- Harrell Health Sciences Library
- Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
- Simulation Center
- Student Health
Penn State College of Medicine offers housing in its University Manor East or University Manor West apartments to full-time students, residents, postdocs and visiting scholars.
Life in Hershey, PA
Penn State College of Medicine is in Hershey, PA, a town known as the home of the HersheyPark amusement park and the Hershey Chocolate Factory.