MSTP Community


In addition to MSTP socials, vertical mentoring groups, retreats, and BBQs, the MSTP features two student-run groups: CUPS and MSTP Women Physician Scientist Group.

MSTP Socials

We hold about 8 socials per year organized by each MSTP class for the purpose of getting to know their classmates and the MSTP Council faculty, and to have a good time.  Some past socials include: Bowling, Holiday Cookie Decorating, BBQ at Administrator’s home, Hikes in Marin, Beach Party.

MSTP Community of Underrepresented Physician Scientists (CUPS)

Formed in the Spring of 2014, CUPS is a student committee devoted to supporting and promoting diversity within the MSTP at UCSF. They have two overarching goals they are striving to achieve: 

  1. Developing an even more diverse MSTP student body through outreach and recruitment efforts, including attending conferences such as the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS).
  2. Building and fostering a stronger community vertically within the existing student population. 

CUPS hopes to build community across all levels of physician scientist training at UCSF, as well as facilitate opportunities to learn from peers who have faced the same challenges. They pursue this initiative through topic-based dinners, workshops and faculty discussions. See the Events page for information on upcoming CUPS events.

MSTP Women Physician Scientist Group

Once a month, the MSTP Women’s Group organizes lunch talks and mini-workshops for students to get to know the female faculty at UCSF. The MSTP Women’s Lunch alternates between structured talks given by female faculty and informal sessions with students to discuss topics such as: clinical vs. basic research, independent development plans, academia vs. industry vs. national labs, managing PIs, and more. See the Events page for information on upcoming MSTP Women's lunches.