Program Timeline

Mozzeyar Etemadi, Class of 2016

First Year

Summer prior: 6 week Lab Rotation (optional)

Trainees are encouraged (but not required) to spend 6 weeks of the summer prior to their first year completing a laboratory rotation at UCSF, which can later be applied toward the two-rotation requirement for graduate school. The MSTP office can provide advice and assistance in arranging your rotation, and stipend support from the MSTP grant is available beginning June 15.

  • MSTP Faculty Advisor Assignments are made in the first year.
  • First-year SOM curriculum allows trainees time during the Essential Core to take graduate courses
  • MSTP Big Sib Assignment

 

FALL QUARTER

WINTER QUARTER

SPRING QUARTER

Required SOM Courses

Required SOM Courses

Required SOM Courses

MED 170.09 - Seminar Series*

MED 170.09 - Seminar Series*

MED 170.09 - Seminar Series*

Graduate Courses/Electives

Graduate Courses/Electives

Graduate Mini-Courses/Electives

MSTP Journal Club*

MSTP Journal Club*

MSTP Journal Club*

Meet with Program Directors*

Meet with MSTP Advisor*

By March, choose summer lab rotation mentor

Meet with MSTP Advisor* 

 

Meet with MSTP Advisor*

   

Attend MSTP Annual Retreat*

* Required

Second Year

Summer prior: 8-10 week Lab Rotation*

  • Communication with mentors, including letter from the MSTP Director when trainee joins a lab and status report at 2.5 years
  • Earlier choice of thesis labs (80% choose at end of 2nd year)
  • MSTP Little Sib Assignment

FALL QUARTER

WINTER QUARTER

SPRING QUARTER

Required SOM Courses

National Board Examination: USMLE Step 1 - January

Meet with MSTP Advisor*

MSTP Journal Club

Graduate Courses/Electives

Graduate Mini-Courses/Electives

Prep for USMLE Step 1

Choose Graduate Program*

8-10 week Lab Rotation or Join Thesis Lab*

Meet with MSTP Advisor*

Meet with MSTP Advisor*

Attend MSTP Annual Retreat*

National Board Examination: USMLE Step 1 - December (optional)

8-10 week Lab Rotation or Join Thesis Lab*

 

* Required

Summer After Second Year
Lab Rotation or Join Thesis Lab

Third Year

  • Join Thesis Lab by this time.
  • Complete Qualifying Examinations by end of third year (Encouraged)
  • Form Thesis Committee (one member must be from the MSTP Council)
  • Thesis Committee Meetings - MSTPS are required to meet with their Thesis Committee every six months.
  • Clinical Preceptorship: MED 160.04 (1-3 Quarters)
  • Clinical Case Reviews (Optional)
  • Attend MSTP Annual Retreat*

 

Fourth Year

  • Complete Qualifying Examinations (Required by end of 4th year).
  • Form Thesis Committee (one member must be from the MSTP Council)
  • Thesis Committee Meeting every 6 months.*
  • Clinical Preceptorship: MED 160.04 (1-3 Quarters)
  • Clinical Case Reviews (Optional)
  • Apply for F30/31 Fellowship* (some time during PhD years)
  • Attend MSTP Annual Retreat*

 

Fifth and Sixth Years

  • Thesis Project, Complete PhD Requirements
  • Thesis Committee Meeting every 6 months.*
  • Projected PhD Completion every January
  • Clinical Preceptorship: MED 160.04 (1-3 Quarters)
  • Clinical Case Reviews (Optional)
  • Apply for F30/31 Fellowship* (some time during PhD years)
  • PhD Completion by end of 6th Year (Encouraged)    
  • Attend MSTP Annual Retreat*                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

 

Sixth through Eighth Years

  • Complete PhD
  • Late March/Early April - "Into the Clinic" Course: MED 170.0
    • Taught by MSTP Med 4s*
  • Return to School of Medicine
  • Complete MD Requirements
  • Apply for Residencies
  • Attend MTP Annual Retreat*
  • Graduation!

 

Year-Around MSTP Events

  • MSTP Big Sib Assignment
  • Weekly MSTP Basic Science Faculty Seminar
  • Monthly MSTP socials hosted by each class
  • MSTP Vertical Mentoring Groups organized by research interest
  • MSTP Community of Underrepresented Physician Scientists (CUPS) Quarterly Events
  • MSTP Women's Physician Scientists Committee Quarterly Events 
  • MSTP Trefethen Visiting Professor Seminar and MSTP Banquet
  • Clinical Advisors Program for MSTP's returning to SOM