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 combining 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, clinical case reviews, MSTP symposium and other activities, specifically designed to provide an integrated research/clinical training experience for MD/PhD students.  There has been a long tradition of research excellence and physician scientist training at the Miller School of Medicine.  With the opportunities for basic, translational 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 physician scientist 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

Daniel Liebl, PhD,  Associate Program Director 
Santos I. Cayetano, Assistant Director

University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
MD/PhD Program Office
1600 NW 10th Avenue, Room 1129
PO Box 016189
Miami, Florida 33101-6189
305 243 2478

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

MD Degree Requirements (136 credits)
Phase 1: Pre-Clerkship
MDR 550Introduction to the Medical Profession3
MDR 526Biomedical Principles of Health I5
MDR 527Biomedical Principles of Health II5
MDR 531Medicine as a Profession 14
MDR 532Medicine as a Profession 24
MDR 533Medicine as a Profession 31
MDR 520Symptoms, Signs, and Disease 13
MDR 521Symptoms, Signs, and Disease 24
MDR 522Symptoms, Signs, and Disease 36
MDR 523Symptoms, Signs, and Disease 43
MDR 524Symptoms, Signs, and Disease 56
MDR 525Symptoms, Signs, and Disease 65
Phase 2: Integrated Clerkships
MDR ### Transition to Clerkships1
MDR 715Integrated Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology12
MDR 716Integrated Surgery, Emergency Medicine, and Anesthesiology12
MDR 717Integrated Medicine12
MDR 718Integrated Psychiatry, Neurology, and Family Medicine12
MDR ### Medicine as a Profession Clerkships 11
MDR ### Medicine as a Profession Clerkships 23
MDR ### Medicine as a Profession Clerkships 32
Phase 3: Advanced
MDR ### Sub-Internship 4
MDR ### Clinical Selective 4
MDR ### Integrated Science Selective 4
MDR ### Critical Care Selective 2
MDR ### Transition to Residency 2
MDR ### Specialty Boot Camp 2
Electives 14
PhD Requirements60
See individual programs for full curriculum.
PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
PhD in Biomedical Engineering
PhD in Biostatistics
PhD in Cancer Biology
PhD in Epidemiology
PhD in Human Genetics and Genomics
PhD in Microbiology and Immunology
PhD in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology
PhD in Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology
PhD in Neuroscience
PhD in Physiology and Biophysics
PhD in Prevention Science and Community Health
Total Credit Hours196

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