Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)

Medical Scientist Training Program

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Sean Campbell

Einstein has the right idea in having students take graduate school, medical school, and MSTP courses throughout their first year. When I started in the lab I already had my graduate class requirements out of the way and I was able to be productive immediately. Productivity results in learning and graduating in a timely fashion.


The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Einstein) is one of the nation’s oldest. From the start, our goal has been to train a diverse group of outstanding students to become future leaders of academic medicine and medical research. Continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1964, the Einstein MSTP has 406 illustrious Alumni with careers spanning the spectrum from basic science research to clinical medicine and many variations in between.

Today, the Einstein MSTP is still unique. Larger than most other MSTPs, it fosters a strong academic and social community within the college. While large enough to be an independent academic unit, the program is still small enough to provide students with the individual attention their unique careers require.

The current training program recognizes that the successful physician-scientist training is not simply medical school plus graduate training. The program integrates MSTP-specific courses with medical and graduate courses, during the first two years of preclinical course work. Integration continues in the PhD thesis years through weekly involvement in the MSTP Continuity Clinic and monthly Clinical Pathological Conferences and MSTP Career Paths seminars.

Students have outstanding publications and residency placements.

Awards & Accomplishments

  • Kim Ohaegbulam, NIH NRSA F31 Individual Predoctoral Fellowship Award for a project entitled "Tumor expressed B7x accelerates disease and is a novel target for immunotherapy" (Sponsor, Xingxing Zang, Microbiology & Immunology)
  • Jennifer Schloss, NIH NRSA F30 Individual Predoctoral Fellowship Award for a project entitled "Use of beta cell epitopes in preventing type 1 diabetes in humanized mice" (Sponsor, Teresa DiLorenzo, Microbiology & Immunology)
  • Onyi Uchime, NIH NRSA F31 Individual Predoctoral Fellowship Award for a project entitled "Novel investigation of the mechanism of BAX modulation" (Sponsor, Evripidis Gavathiotis, Biochemistry)
  • Philip Campbell, NIH NRSA F31 Individual Predoctoral Fellowship Award for a project entitled "Polarized transport in nervous system development and disease in zebrafish" (Sponsor, Florence Marlow, Developmental and Molecular Biology)
  • Jaime Schneider, NIH NRSA F30 Individual Predoctoral Fellowship Award for a project entitled "The Role of Chaperone-Mediated Autophagy In Vivo" (Sponsor, Ana Maria Cuervo, Developmental and Molecular Biology)

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  • publicationsPark C, Suh Y, Cuervo AM. Regulated degradation of Chk1 by chaperone-mediated autophagy in response to DNA damage. Nat Commun. 2015 Apr 16.
  • publicationsFrame IJ*, Deniskin R*, Rinderspacher A, Katz F, Deng SX, Moir RD, Adjalley SH, Coburn-Flynn O, Fidock DA, Willis IM, Landry DW, Akabas MH. Yeast-Based High-Throughput Screen Identifies Plasmodium falciparum Equilibrative Nucleoside Transporter 1 Inhibitors That Kill Malaria Parasites. ACS Chem Biol. 2015 Mar 20. (*Contributed equally).
  • publicationsKlein ME, Castillo PE, Jordan BA. Coordination between Translation and Degradation Regulates Inducibility of mGluR-LTD. Cell Rep. 2015 Mar 3.
  • publicationsNicholas MP, Höök P, Brenner S, Wynne CL, Vallee RB, Gennerich A. Control of cytoplasmic dynein force production and processivity by its C-terminal domain. Nat Commun. 2015 Feb 11.

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