medical scientist training program

preview of supplemental application

Our MD-PhD supplemental online application does not become available to applicants until we have received a completed AMCAS application. We provide information here so that applicants and potential applicants have a preview of what to expect on the supplemental application.

To complete the MD-PhD supplemental application you will need to provide:

  • Graduate Group Information

    Indicate which graduate group most closely matches your interests. Note that our program is flexible and students often apply to transfer from one graduate group to another after matriculation as their research interests evolve. The choice on the application is a starting point but does not limit you in the future.

  • Intended Area of Specialization

    List key words or phrases to describe your current research interests.

  • Research Summary

    List all of your research experiences (dates; name of institution; topic; time commitment; mentor). (This section will need to be entered in the appropriate fields in the on-line supplemental, so it is not necessarily helpful to prepare the list as a word processing document).

  • Letters of Recommendation

    Letters of recommendation are a significant aspect of your application, and we encourage you to solicit at least 3 letters which will specifically address your research ability and potential. Included in these should be letters from mentors who have guided you through your most significant research experiences. If a letter will not be provided from a mentor, we ask that you explain the reason.

  • Recent and current year activities

    If you are not a full-time undergraduate student at the time of application, you will be asked to describe your activities since graduation and your plans for the current year.

  • Additional Required Essay for Applicants to these Graduate Groups ONLY:

    • Anthropology
      Please note that this statement will primarily be read by Anthropology Department faculty and should be written assuming your readers are fluent in social science/humanities theory. Please also note that some Anthropology faculty may be asked to read your statement of purpose without reviewing other aspects of your MSTP application. In your anthropological statement of purpose, we ask you to include a discussion of your 1) background in anthropology, social sciences and/or other related disciplines, 2) theoretical/topical interests and potential directions for dissertation work (most students change their topics during their training--but a statement of purpose should reveal an ability to think and frame questions anthropologically/theoretically), and 3) personal experience or previous employment/career that informs your topical/theoretical interests. (Limit 6,000 characters).
    • History and Sociology of Science
      Please note that this statement will primarily be read by History and Sociology of Science faculty, who may be asked to review it without seeing other aspects of your MSTP application. Please provide a personal statement addressing the factors that have encouraged you to seek an education from the History and Sociology of Science Graduate Group and a statement of your research interests. The latter could include potential directions for dissertation work (understanding we do not expect students to commit to a particular direction until much later in their training) and/or problems, time periods, scientific disciplines, geographic areas, etc. which interest you. (Limit 6,000 characters).

There are some additional items of information which will also be requested on the supplemental.

Note that if you are applying in History and Sociology of Science, you must take the GRE in addition to the MCAT. Health Care Systems (Wharton) requires the GRE or GMAT. Applicants to Anthropology are strongly encouraged to take the GRE.