Medical Scientist Training Program

Advising Overview

MD-PhD Faculty Advisors

MD-PhD students have access to many different levels of mentoring. The MD-PhD program assigns all students an individual advisor. The group of people who serve as advisors are members of the Penn faculty who themselves have both an MD and PhD, or who have an MD and are also scientists. First and second year students are expected to meet with their advisors at least twice a year. Students in year three and beyond must meet with their advisors a minimum of once a year. All students are strongly encouraged to be in touch with their advisors more often -either through additional meetings or by e-mail or phone. Our vision is that the MD-PhD program advisor will help provide mentoring and guidance on many issues, particularly those unique to MD-PhD training and careers. Check out the Directory of Program Advisors.

Other Faculty Advisors

MPHD Student on BeachIn addition to the MD-PhD program advisor, students will receive guidance from a wide variety of other sources:   the Medical School Associate Deans, Graduate Group Chairs and advisors, thesis mentors, thesis committee members, and other faculty members. We strongly encourage you to network and talk with a diverse group of faculty members about your training and career plans.

Staff and Students

You will also meet individually at least once a year with Maggie Krall, Director of Administration. Among other things, she can help students connect with other students in the program who have insights on particular issues.

Events and Meetings

Each year the program holds class meetings and panel discussions, which also serve as sources of guidance through each phase of the program.

Women's Group

Association of Women Student MD-PhDs (AWSM) — The program hosts a number of informal discussions throughout the year for MD-PhD physician-scientist students, residents, fellows and faculty members. The goal is to provide a comfortable forum for conversation about issues that affect women physician-scientists and MD/PhD students in unique ways.