The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a 5-year, $1.5 million training grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of General Medicine Sciences to fund MCW's Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). The MSTP provides clinical and research training as an educational foundation for future academic physician scientists.
Joseph T. Barbieri, PhD, professor and interim chair of microbiology and molecular genetics at MCW, and director of the MSTP, is the recipient of the training grant. Gilbert C. White II, MD; Calvin B. Williams, MD, PhD; and Nita H. Salzman, MD, PhD are associate directors of the program and Carol Knapp is the MSTP office administrator.
There is a shortage of physician scientists who conduct research in the basic sciences and also have academic careers in medicine. This training grant supports students seeking a dual MD-PhD degree by providing a stipend and full tuition scholarship during all years of graduate and medical studies.
"MCW is one of the largest private medical schools in the nation, and also one of the fastest growing medical schools in the field of research. Our MSTP students gain knowledge and experience through a combination of classroom training, hands-on patient care, and a variety of research experiences, which puts our graduates on top-tier career paths," said Dr. Barbieri.
This project is funded by NIH grant 2T32GM080202-06.