Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)

Requirements

The following are minimal academic requirements for all applicants to the MSTP. None of these requirements can be waived for any candidate, and failure to comply will result in withdrawal from consideration or rescission of acceptance on grounds of ineligibility. In addition, all accepted applicants must confirm that they are able to fulfill the Technical Standards described below.

All applicants must take the MCATs within three years prior to making application. For example, the oldest set of scores acceptable for applicants applying in 2017 (for the 2018 entering class) is 2015. We accept either old or new format MCATs. Only completed applications, including MCAT scores, will receive a preliminary review.

Applicants should have completed at least three years of study toward a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in the U.S. or Canada as well as the following course work for which letter grades are available (not Pass/Fail, unless college policy):

 
 

Premedical Course Requirements

One year, including laboratory instruction, of each of the following (AP credit is accepted): 

  • Biological Sciences
  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry or 1 semester of Organic Chemistry and 1 semester of Biochemistry*
  • Physics

*The semester of Biochemistry would not require a laboratory component. Molecular Biology, would not be an acceptable alternative, although coursework in Molecular Biology is encouraged. We encourage all applicants to have at least one semester of Biochemistry.

and one year of:

  • College-Level Mathematics (Statistics and Computer Science are acceptable but Calculus is preferred)
  • English (Canadian Grade 13 English satisfies the requirement)

Applicants who completed all of their pre-medical course requirements five years prior to the time of application must show evidence of participation in either academic or work experience in the biological sciences. Academic experience should include at least one course in a discipline such as cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, immunology or neuroscience. Work experience may include research in the biological or physical sciences or clinical investigation.

 
 

Research Experience

Successful applicants will have at least one year of laboratory, clinical or theoretical research experience during or following college. Successful applicants who have taken time off after college will most often have worked in a research setting following college. Most applicants will also have at least one summer research experience. These experiences may be in a single lab or in multiple labs.

 
 

Technical Standards for Admission, Retention, Promotion, and Graduation

All students accepted into the MSTP must be able to meet the Technical Standards established by the College of Medicine. After a decision is made to offer an acceptance to a given applicant, that candidate is required to certify his/her ability to meet the Einstein College of Medicine Technical Standards, but at this juncture (prior to matriculation) the candidate is required to indicate whether or not he/she is able to satisfy the Technical Standards without accommodation; or if the candidate asserts a disability, whether that disability necessitates provision of accommodation(s). In the latter case, the Office of Student Affairs directs the review of medical and other documentation as provided by and/or required of the candidate and Einstein College of Medicine must then determine if “reasonable accommodation” can be provided, and if so, acceptance and matriculation is approved. Formal applications for specific accommodations by matriculated students are encompassed within the by-laws of the Committee on Student Promotions and Professional Standards (CSPPS). 

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