as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program
at Virginia Commonwealth University's Medical College of Virginia Campus in Richmond.
This paper describes what the medical scientist training program
(MSTP) is, how a student decides whether to apply for the MSTP, practical questions to ponder in considering a dual degree career, MSTP training, National Institute of Health (NIH) and other funding opportunities, and M.D./Ph.D career paths.
The concern around the decline in the number and focus of clinician-scientists have led to several important initiatives over the last few decades including increasing early exposure to research at the medical school level, initiating medical scientist training programs
, fostering research in sub-specialty fellowships and developing clinician-scientist/early career awards.