The NYU Medical Scientist Training Program is ambitious in its overarching focus on educating students in two very divergent sets of skills: the creative ability to analyze human biology from both the physician's and from the scientist's perspectives. The life of an MD/PhD physician-scientist begins with the right frame of mind: intense curiosity, self-discipline, and compassion. It then takes training to develop intellectual rigor and intuitive insight, mastery of minutiae, and a comprehension of the larger clinical or biological context. The lab and the clinic each requires a distinctive combination of art and science—both of which the NYU MSTP seeks to nourish.
In order to do so, MD/PhD students develop skills to dissect complex phenomena into fundamental and testable hypotheses so that they can build on the expertise and vision of a basic scientist when approaching biological questions. They are also prepared to be first-rate physicians, with the medical knowledge, experience, skills, and well-honed instincts to recognize, comprehend, and analyze clinical phenomena.
The usual course of study in the NYU MD/PhD Program includes the first 1.5 years of medical school integrated with summer research rotations, followed by approximately four years of thesis studies, culminating with a PhD degree.
Predoctoral research training at NYU School of Medicine is offered by the Sackler Institute of Biomedical Sciences, a division of the Graduate School of Arts and Science of New York University. Sackler graduate programs have evolved into multidisciplinary clusters that involve work across individual academic departments and reflect the multifaceted interdisciplinary collaborations of the faculty at the NYU School of Medicine. Students work with faculty members who have appointments in basic science or clinical departments, with associated faculty located at the Washington Square Campus (the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, and Center for Neural Science). Interdisciplinary training is offered in thirteen distinct programs described in the Graduate Programs section.
In recent assessments, the Chronicle of Higher Education determined that NYU ranks in the top 10 for faculty productivity in the general biomedical sciences, with particularly outstanding work achieved in immunology, oncology, molecular pharmacology, microbiology, physiology, computational biology, and structural biology. In a related study, the NYU MSTP was ranked among the top 11 of individual performing programs in the general biomedical sciences category.
After the PhD degree, fellows continue with clinical clerkships and electives in the affiliated hospitals of NYU Langone Medical Center: Tisch Hospital, Bellevue Hospital, NYU Hospital of Joint Diseases, and the VA Medical Center. NYU Langone Medical Center is ranked amongst the nation’s best in 13 specialty areas in the 2012-2013 U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of “Best Hospitals” in America. The Medical Center is also ranked the #2 hospital in the New York metro area based on the number of nationally recognized specialty areas.
All MSTP students receive an annual stipend to defray living expenses. For the academic year 2012-13, the stipend will be $33,000 per year plus full tuition remission, and annual cost-of-living increases are planned. Students are also eligible for campus housing, health insurance coverage, and other benefits.
Please consult our curriculum for a general timeline of the MD/PhD course of study.