Message from the Director

U of MN MSTP Director Yoji Shimizu, PhD

The University of Minnesota Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD) is dedicated to training future leaders in academic medicine who will combine clinical medicine with the discovery of new knowledge through research.

Our integrated training program has been supported since 1988 by a Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) grant (T32 GM008244) from the National Institutes of Health. The University of Minnesota is one of the largest public research universities in the country and one of only a few university campuses with a Medical School and five other health professional schools.

The Medical School and the broader University is in the midst of an unprecedented expansion in construction of research and clinical facilities. As a result, our students have access to an extraordinary diversity of research opportunities in biomedical science. The Medical School provides medical education that encompasses everything from health care delivery innovations to state-of-the-art medical technologies, as well as comprehensive clinical training at sites throughout the Twin Cities.

But what most distinguishes our program are the people within it: a cadre of collaborative research and clinical mentors, and a cohesive group of outstanding students. This strong sense of community ensures the development of meaningful friendships and collaborations. Our commitment to mentoring and career development, together with this supportive community of scholars, enhances your career success. As an added bonus, the quality of life in the Twin Cities is among the highest of any major American city.

Successful pursuit of the M.D./Ph.D. requires intellect, passion for science and medicine, and stamina. The long-term return on your commitment is unlimited. Your training will place you at the forefront of clinical investigation and the practice of medicine. We invite your application to enter an exciting and substantive career as a scientist, physician and teacher.

Yoji Shimizu, Ph.D.


B681 Mayo Building, MMC 293
420 Delaware St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone: 612-625-3680 | Fax: 612-626-5994