Duke Medical Scientist Training Program

The Duke Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), conducted under the auspices of the Duke University Graduate School and the Duke University School of Medicine, trains highly qualified students as physician-scientists, equipping them for solving problems in human disease using the approaches and techniques of the basic biomedical and social sciences. The program, which leads to both the MD and PhD degrees and typically takes seven to eight years for completion, combines graduate education in a basic biomedical science with the full clinical curriculum of the School of Medicine. One of forty-four such programs funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Duke MSTP was one of the first three such programs established by the NIH in 1966 and is widely regarded as one of the best. Learn more about the strengths of the Duke program.


 MSTP is pleased to announce the 2014 residency matches.




MSTP Participating Faculty Receive Various Honors and Awards: 

Joseph Heitman, MD, PhD, and Sallie Permar, MD, PhD, elected to the Duke University School of Medicine chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society

Kenneth Poss, PhD and Hai Yan, MD, PhD - receive Endowed Professorships

Richard Mooney, PhD and Sallie Permar, MD, PhD  - recognized for Research Mentoring and Scientific Awards

Farshid Guilak, PhD; Michael Kastan, MD, PhD; David Kirsch, MD PhD; and
Sallie Permar, MD, PhD receive Honor and Awards

MSTP Student Receives AOA Membership

Matthew Kearney, GS2, elected to the Duke University School of Medicine chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society

Events and Opportunities

Please note all lunches will be held on Friday, at 12:10 pm, TSCHE Room 4067, unless otherwise indicated.



March 6th-     Anand Lagoo, MD, PhD, Pathology Residency Program Director
March 13th-Junior Faculty Seminar, Georgia Tomaras, PhD, Duke Human Vaccine Institute (DHVI)
March 20th-MSTP Symposium - Match Day
March 27th-Gerard Blobe, MD, PhD, Department of Medicine


MSTP Student Dissertation - Stephen Harward
"BDNF-TrkB Signaling in Single Spine Structural Plasticity"
March 6th, 2:00 PM - 103 Bryan Research