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The Duke Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), conducted under the auspices of the Duke University Graduate School and the Duke University School of Medicine, trains highly qualified students as physician-scientists, equipping them for solving problems in human disease using the approaches and techniques of the basic biomedical and social sciences. The program, which leads to both the MD and PhD degrees and typically takes seven to eight years for completion, combines graduate education in a basic biomedical science with the full clinical curriculum of the School of Medicine. One of fifty such programs funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Duke MSTP was the fourth such program established by the NIH in 1966 and is widely regarded as one of the best.

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Eight members of Duke SOM appearing on Inspiring Black scientists list

Eight School scientists make Cell Mentor's 1,000 Inspiring Black Scientists list

Three of Duke's MSTP Faculty appear on this list for their contribution to the scientific community: Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD (also Duke MSTP Alum), Samira Musah, PhD, and Gustavo Silva, PhD.

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MSTP Faculty

COVID tested resilience of Duke's Research

In a time of so much uncertainty, Duke's faculty discuss how they have adapted to maintain research and productivity, while also looking beyond at the community's wellbeing.

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Study suggests 80% of COVID-19 cases in the US went undetected in March

2020 MSTP graduate Justin Silverman chatted to CNN about his findings regarding a possible large under-diagnosis of COVID-19 cases in the US in the month of March alone.

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Building a Better Protein Trap

Scott Soderling, PhD, Professor in Cell Biology, Chair of the Department of Cell Biology, and an MSTP participating faculty, has founded a Duke spin-out company: CasTag BioSciences, based on technology that marks proteins of interest using a genome-editing tool in a completely innovative way.

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Dean Klotman and Shree Bose

A Conversation with MSTP Student 
Shree Bose