Cincinnati--The University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine
Physician Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD program) was recently
designated as a prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded
Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) with the award of a five-year
NIH training grant. The UC College of Medicine will receive $1 million
over the next five years to provide stipend and tuition support for up
to 10 MD/PhD students by the fifth year. It becomes the 40th
MSTP-designated program from over 120 medical schools nationally.
competitive NIH award represents peer recognition of the excellence in
both basic and biomedical research opportunities as well as clinical
training at the UC College of Medicine and the potential for future
growth. It will also provide greater national visibility and additional
finances to attract the very best students into the UC program.
Establishment of a strong and vital MD/PhD training program as a
flagship program has always been a high institutional priority and this
award recognizes the ongoing commitment and abilities of faculty,
students and administration and further reinforces UC's position as a
major academic clinical and research training center.
director of the Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP) and
principal investigator of the training grant is Leslie Myatt, PhD, who
is also a professor of obstetrics and gynecology. Robert Colbert, MD,
PhD, is the associate director of the program and an associate
professor in the UC's Department of Pediatrics at the Cincinnati
Children's Hospital Medical Center.
UC's PSTP is a rigorous and
prestigious program that culminates in the award of both MD and PhD
degrees. It educates and graduates exceptional men and women with
knowledge and skills in clinical practice and biomedical research.
"These individuals join the small pool of physician-scientists who make
disproportionate contributions to the scientific and technological
advances in chemistry, molecular biology and informatics and also apply
this information in a rigorously tested manner to improve the
understanding, treatment and prevention of disease in a true bench to
bedside manner," said Dr. Myatt. MD/PhD's are an exceptionally
well-trained and successful group of individuals. They comprise only
2.5 percent of medical school graduates yet hold 50 percent of all NIH
grants held by physicians.
UC's Physician Scientist Training
Program has been in existence since 1985 and has graduated 31
individual MD/PhDs. Currently there are 38 students enrolled in the
program who are recruited from prestigious universities including
Harvard, Yale, Duke, Stanford, Brigham Young and Massachusetts
Institute of Technology. Five to six students are recruited each year.
Combined MD/PhD training takes seven to eight years, of which the first
five to six years is used to complete the basic science requirements of
medical school and all PhD course work, qualifying exam and generation
and defense of a research thesis. The final two years is spent
completing the clinical training requirements of medical school.
Previous MD/PhD graduates from UC have all gone on to residencies and
fellowship training in major academic medical centers, including Baylor
University Medical Center in Dallas, Tex.; Duke University Medical
Center in Durham, NC; Stanford University Medical Center in Stanford,
Calif.; Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.; The Mayo Clinic in
Rochester, Minn.; and the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in