The purpose of the Medical Scientist Partnership Program (MSPP) is to develop a diverse pool of combined doctoral degree students (e.g., M.D./Ph.D., D.D.S./Ph.D., D.V.M./Ph.D.) who will conduct their Ph.D. dissertation research at research laboratories in the NIH Intramural Research Program. MSPP Scholars will gain experience in the basic, translational, and clinical biomedical sciences to prepare them for leadership positions in biomedical careers. The combined degree experience will provide the recipients with a strong understanding of the rigorous research study design, critical thinking, experimental methods and rigor, quantitative approaches, bioethics, and data analysis. MSPP Scholars will receive a mentored research experience, extensive career and professional development, mentoring, and networking opportunities. This program thus provides the knowledge, professional skills, and experiences required to identify and transition into careers in the biomedical research workforce that utilize the combined doctoral degree.
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