The Miller School of Medicine Medical Science Training Program (MD-PhD Program) provides a unique training environment for exceptionally qualified individuals who want to pursue careers in academic medicine and research.  The curriculum comprises the school’s outstanding preclinical and clinical training, rigorous PhD graduate training and several elements, including professional development workshops and other activities, specifically designed to enhance the MSTP training experience.  There has been a long tradition of research excellence and physician scientist training at the Miller School of Medicine.  With the opportunities for basic and clinical research here, Miami’s diverse population and access to Latin America and the Caribbean, the backdrop of a vibrant city, make the Miller School a unique place for MSTP training.

PhD Programs

The following doctoral programs, described elsewhere in this bulletin, participate in the MSTP.  The MSTP office can provide you with further information about these programs and the research interests of their faculty.

Contact Information

Sandra Lemmon, PhD,  Program Director
Alessia Fornoni, MD, PhD,  Associate Program Director
Theresa Votolato, MS,  Senior Program Coordinator

University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
MD/PhD Program Office
PO Box 016189
Miami, Florida 33101-6189
305 243 6278

Admission Requirements

Admission to the MSTP is highly competitive, and interested applicants are advised to apply early in the fall.  AMCAS applications must be received by the Medical Admissions Office no later than December 15.  Applicants must complete the minimum course requirements of the MD Program to be considered for the MSTP.  The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for matriculation into the MSTP.

Competitive applicants will have the following:

  • Completed AMCAS &  Secondary Application for MSTP
  • Excellent academic record
  • Strong MCAT scores
  • Significant research experience 
  • Co-authorship on abstracts and / or peer-reviewed papers is desirable
  • Strong letters of recommendation from research mentors and other scientists who can specifically address the applicant's potential as a physician scientist
  • Motivation to pursue a career as a physician scientist

Applications from under-represented groups, including minorities, individuals with disabilities and women, are encouraged.

All MSTP applicants are reviewed by both the MD Program Admissions Committee and the MSTP Program Admissions Committee.  These evaluations proceed independently, and a student will still be considered for the MD program even after an unfavorable review by the MSTP.  A successful applicant is granted admission to both the MD Program and the MSTP.

Full application instructions can be found here.  

Curriculum Requirements - Medicine

MDR 501Molecular Basis of Life4
MDR 502Cellular Function and Regulation4
MDR 503Host Defense, Pathogens, and Pathology6
MDR 504Human Structure8
MDR 506Neuroscience and Behavioral Science8
MDR 507Cardiovascular System7
MDR 508Problem Based Learning I0.25
MDR 509Problem Based Learning II0.25
MDR 518Doctoring I the Art and Practice of Medicine I4
MDR 519Doctoring II: The Art and Practice of Medicine II4
MDR 530Epidemiology I1
MDR 610Respiratory System5
MDR 612Renal System5
MDR 613Endocrine and Reproductive Systems5
MDR 614Gastrointestinal System and Nutrition5
MDR 615Hematology/Oncology5
MDR 616Dermatology and Ophthalmology2
MDR 619Case Based Learning - Infection and Inflammation4
MDR 620Problem Based Learning III0.5
MDR 621Problem Based Learning IV0.5
MDR 628Doctoring III: The Art and Practice of Medicine III4
MDR 629Doctoring 4 the Art and Practice of Medicine4
MDR 630Epidemiology II1
MDR 702Interprofessional Patient Safety1
MDR 703Core Family and Community Medicine4
MDR 705Core Generalist Primary Care Clerkship4
MDR 706Core Internal Medicine Clerkship8
MDR 707Neurology Clerkship4
MDR 708Core Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship6
MDR 709Core Pediatrics Clerkship6
MDR 710Core Psychiatry Clerkship6
MDR 711Core Surgery Clerkship8
MDR 712Anesthesiology Clerkship2
MDR 812Emergency Medicine Clerkship4
MDR 909Radiology Clerkship4
MDR 957Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine Clerkship4
Sub-Internship A4
Sub-Internship B4
800+ Elective14
Total Credit Hours170.5

Sub-Internship A Options

MDR 819Family Medicine Sub-I4
MDR 847JMH Medicine Sub-I4
MDR 857Maternal Fetal Medicine Sub-I4
MDR 892Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Sub-I4
MDR 897Pediatrics Sub-I4
MDR 958UMH Medicine Sub-I4
MDR 959JFK Medicine Sub-I4
MDR 961MIA VAMC Medicine Sub-I4
MDR 1028HCH Medicine Sub-I4

Sub-Internship B Options

MDR 852Neurosurgery Sub-I4
MDR 856Gynecologic Oncology Sub-I4
MDR 863Orthopedic Trauma Sub-I4
MDR 875Otolaryngology Sub-I4
MDR 917Burn Unit Sub-I4
MDR 919Cardiothoracic Surgery Sub-I4
MDR 920General Surgery EI Sub-I4
MDR 921General Surgery EII Sub-I4
MDR 922General Surgery EIII Sub-I4
MDR 927Pediatric Surgery Sub-I4
MDR 937Urology Sub-I4
MDR 941HCH Cardiothoracic Surgery Sub-I4
MDR 943General Surgery E IV Sub-I4
MDR 944MIA VAMC General Surgery Sub-I4
MDR 948JFK Surgery Sub-I4
MDR 1029Plastic Surgery SUB-I4

Elective Options

Electives may include any 800+ level course EXCEPT the following:
MDR 805Geriatrics: Morse Center Palm Beach2
MDR 812Emergency Medicine Clerkship4
MDR 909Radiology Clerkship4
MDR 957Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine Clerkship4
MDR 990HCH Emergency Medicine Clerkship4
MDR 1003Public Health Sub-Internship4
MDR 1030Transition to Clinical Rotations1

Curriculum Requirements - PHD

The following doctoral programs, described elsewhere in this bulletin, participate in the MSTP.  Follow the link for each program's curriculum requirements:

Suggested Plan of Study

The University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine’s MSTP Program is designed to be a 7-8 year path with components that allow for an integrated experience throughout the training period. The program combines training through the well-known medical education offered at the UMMSM and its diverse biomedical doctoral programs. Students are able to select among ten PhD graduate training programs, including traditional basic sciences and interdisciplinary graduate programs, as well as Epidemiology and Biomedical Engineering.

Medical Studies : Years One and Two

Plan of Study Grid
Year OneCredit Hours
PIB 700 Journal Club 1
PIB 731 Laboratory Research 3
MDR 501 Molecular Basis of Life 4
MDR 502 Cellular Function and Regulation 4
MDR 503 Host Defense, Pathogens, and Pathology 6
MDR 504 Human Structure 8
MDR 506 Neuroscience and Behavioral Science 8
MDR 507 Cardiovascular System 7
MDR 518 Doctoring I the Art and Practice of Medicine I 4
MDR 519 Doctoring II: The Art and Practice of Medicine II 4
MDR 530 Epidemiology I 1
 Credit Hours50
 Total Credit Hours50
Plan of Study Grid
Year TwoCredit Hours
PIB 700 Journal Club 1
PIB 731 Laboratory Research 6
MDR 610 Respiratory System 5
MDR 612 Renal System 5
MDR 613 Endocrine and Reproductive Systems 5
MDR 614 Gastrointestinal System and Nutrition 5
MDR 615 Hematology/Oncology 5
MDR 616 Dermatology and Ophthalmology 2
MDR 619 Case Based Learning - Infection and Inflammation 4
MDR 620 Problem Based Learning III 0.5
MDR 628 Doctoring III: The Art and Practice of Medicine III 4
MDR 629 Doctoring 4 the Art and Practice of Medicine 4
MDR 630 Epidemiology II 1
 Credit Hours47.5
 Total Credit Hours47.5

Graduate Studies : 

MSTP students complete their PhD coursework and research between Medical School Years 1 & 2 and 3 & 4. Suggested plans of study for PhD programs can be found via the following links:

 Medical Studies : Years Three and Four

Plan of Study Grid
Year ThreeCredit Hours
MDR 702 Interprofessional Patient Safety 1
MDR 703 Core Family and Community Medicine 4
MDR 705 Core Generalist Primary Care Clerkship 4
MDR 706 Core Internal Medicine Clerkship 8
MDR 708 Core Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship 6
MDR 709 Core Pediatrics Clerkship 6
MDR 710 Core Psychiatry Clerkship 6
MDR 711 Core Surgery Clerkship 8
 Credit Hours43
 Total Credit Hours43
Plan of Study Grid
Year FourCredit Hours
MDR 707 Neurology Clerkship 4
MDR 712 Anesthesiology Clerkship 2
MDR 812 Emergency Medicine Clerkship 4
MDR 909 Radiology Clerkship 4
MDR 957 Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine Clerkship 4
Sub-Internship A 4
Sub-Internship B 4
800+ Elective 14
 Credit Hours40
 Total Credit Hours40