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The Iowa Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at the University of Iowa is among 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 1977, the Iowa MSTP has 225 alumni with careers spanning the spectrum from basic science research to clinical medicine and many variations in between.

We have developed a blended curriculum that integrates scientific investigation and clinical training while emphasizing the connections and intersections between science and medicine at all stages of training. Integration is achieved through innovative enrichment activities, such as MSTP Mondays, MSTP Grand Rounds, Conversations in Research, Clinical Connections, and Creative Communications Workshop.  These activities capitalize on our dynamic faculty, encourage innovation and teamwork, facilitate career development, and continually emphasize connections between science and medicine. Within our integrative training program environment, we focus on advising individual trainees during transitions between the clinical phase and graduate phase of training.

The Iowa MSTP 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.

Excellence through Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The University of Iowa’s status as a premier research university depends on the robust exchange of ideas. The diversity of our students, faculty, and staff helps us fulfill our mission to explore, discover, create, and engage. 

The University of Iowa prohibits discrimination in employment, educational programs, and activities on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, associational preferences, or any other classification that deprives the person of consideration as an individual.

The university also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to university facilities.

For additional information on nondiscrimination policies, view the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity site: https://diversity.uiowa.edu/office/equal-opportunity-and-diversity.  At the University of Iowa, we achieve excellence through diversity, equity, and inclusion


For publications, please site the MSTP Grant # T32 GM007337.


Scherer A, Stephens VR, McGivney GR, Gutierrez WR , Laverty EA, Knepper-Adrian V, Dodd RD. Distinct Tumor Microenvironments Are a Defining Feature of Strain-Specific CRISPR/Cas9-Induced MPNSTs. Genes (Basel). 2020 May 23;11(5). doi: 10.3390/genes11050583. PubMed PMID: 32456131; PubMed Central PMCID...
Rogers KJ , Shtanko O, Stunz LL, Mallinger LN, Arkee T , Schmidt ME, Bohan D, Brunton B, White JM, Varga SM, Butler NS, Bishop GA, Maury W. Frontline Science: CD40 signaling restricts RNA virus replication in Mϕs, leading to rapid innate immune control of acute virus infection. J Leukoc Biol. 2020...
2020 UI Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Retreat Clinical Trials & Cancer Outcomes Winner: Wade Gutierrez, M5G Epigenetic Combination Therapy Improves Survival in Soft Tissue Sarcoma by a Novel Immune-independent Mechanism