The Medical Scientist Training Program (combined M.D./Ph.D. program) was established at Vanderbilt University in 1964. It is designed to develop teachers and investigators in the clinical and basic medical sciences. The program provides students with the opportunity to study a basic biomedical science in depth and to do advanced research in some aspect of that subject while concurrently pursuing studies leading to the medical degree. This training develops the academic skills and the laboratory techniques that are necessary for an effective experimental approach to problems in basic and clinical medical sciences. The program is designed for students aspiring careers in academic medicine and medical research.
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges