Thank you for your interest in giving to the "Best MSTP in the Galaxy™"!

With over 660 alumni — including esteemed figures like Rutgers University President Robert Barchi, GR’72, M’72, INT’73, AAAS Fellow Jeannie Lee, M’90, GR’93, and Lasker Award recipient Gregg Semenza, M’82, GR’84 — the Perelman School of Medicine’s Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) has in its 60 years of existence established itself as one of the largest, most influential and prestigious MD/PhD programs in the country.

Reliable support for the Perelman School of Medicine’s Medical Scientist Training Program is key to continuing its position at the forefront of MD/PhD programs nationwide. For example, faculty thesis mentors must support their students’ stipends — amounting to more than $30,000 per year and rising — which can limit everyone’s opportunity to engage in breakthrough work. In FY2016, the MSTP’s T32 grant from the NIH provided 17% of funding, down from 21% in 2011. The remaining 83% of FY2016’s funding came from PSOM, research and training grants, faculty support, and individual student fellowships, all of which fluctuate year-to-year.

For more information, see the April 2019 article in Pulse: 60 Years of Building the Physician-Scientists of Tomorrow: A Q&A with Penn MSTP Director Skip Brass


To contribute, please consider::

  1. Donate to the Combined Degree Scholarship Fund
    This fund was started by a generous donation from one of our alumni. The fund is used every year to support MSTP students to attend MD/PhD-oriented conferences, which provide unique opportunities for students training for physician-scientist career paths.
  2. Donate to the MD/PhD Program Fund
    This fund was created to support MD/PhD Program events, retreats, activities, and awards.
  3. Donate to the Liesel Baker Scholarship Fund
    This fund was created in honor of Liesel Baker to provide financial aid support to Penn MD/PhD students pursuing a course of study in non-basic science disciplines. 
  4. Participate in MD/PhD program events (if you are an alum(na) of the program)If you are an alum(na) of the MD/PhD program and are located in (or traveling to) the Philly area, you are welcome to participate in some of our program events like our Monthly Events series and Annual Retreat. Let us know if you plan to join us for a particular event.

Thank you for your support!

supporter highlights

Learn more about some of our program's supporters:

Theo Wilson, MD
"Of Memories and Gratitude" article in Penn's Philanthropy in Action