Graduate students on graduation day

M.D./Ph.D. Program

A Note to 2021-2022 Applicants

In this time of uncertainty related to the impact of COVID-19, we realize that many of you are facing unexpected circumstances and may need to adjust your plans in preparation for the upcoming cycle.

We understand the challenges many of you are facing with MCAT testing availability and/or current coursework, including the potential shift to alternate grading systems or rubrics. While letter grades for coursework are preferred, we recognize the difficulty this may pose for many. As such, we will accept Pass/No Pass grading for Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Fall 2021 coursework.

Our Admissions Committee assures you that these unforeseen circumstances will be understood in the context of the current situation.

At this point, our timeline and requirements remain the same. We will be conducting virtual interviews for first visits and in person second visits to those accepted for admission.  

If you have specific questions, as always, please contact Amy Connolly


The M.D./Ph.D. program at MUSC is an NIH funded Medical Scientist Training Program with the goal of training future leaders in academic medicine.

Mission: Train the future generation of physician-scientists and leaders in academic medicine.

Funding: The MUSC MSTP is funded in part by a training grant from the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences, the Colleges of Medicine and Graduate Studies and numerous scholarships. Trainees receive a stipend of $30,500 a year and tuition, fees and health insurance are paid for. This financial package allows the students to have a comfortable lifestyle in Charleston. The College of Graduate Studies provides a $1,500 bonus for each year that a trainee receives a NIH NRSA fellowship. The MUSC MSTP was ranked third in the nation, per capita for obtaining the highly competitive NIH NRSA individual fellowships.

Commitment to the trainees: We are committed to maintaining the highest standards for both the PhD and MD degrees. Our program provides a collegial and nurturing environment in which each student’s intellectual and personal potential is nurtured, encouraged and challenged. This ensures that our trainees achieve their full potential. Upon completion of their training, our students go on to the highest quality internships, residency training programs and post-doctoral research fellowships followed by outstanding career positions.

Program of study: The MSTP offers maximum flexibility and guidance for the student to select a mentor and training experience. There are also several mechanisms available that allow the trainee to get significant exposure to clinical and translational research during the graduate years in addition to time in medical school. They include but are not limited to the Translational Sciences Clinic (during graduate years), Translational Medicine Seminar Series, a Month in the Research Nexus (during senior year) and the CARES Clinic, an evening clinic serving the medically indigent. Our students publish their research in top tier journals and receive numerous honors and awards for their research. 

Contact Us

Medical Scientist Training Program
68 President St., BE 101
MSC 501
Charleston, SC 29425
Phone: (843) 876-2405
Fax: (843) 876-2416

Nancy Klauber DeMore, M.D., FACS
Director of M.D./Ph.D. program

Amy Connolly
Assistant Director MSTP
Contact for appointments with the Dean or issues regarding the M.D./Ph.D. program

Colleen Cannon 
MD Admissions Coordinator