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The students and leadership of the UMASS MD/PhD program categorically denounce the most recent example of the racism and brutality that plagues our nation. In 8 minutes, George Floyd’s life was extinguished by the focused weight of centuries of injustice. Injustice engendered by the blatant ignorance and implicit bias that for far too long have perpetuated a culture of racism, at enormous cost to the health and wellbeing of many in our community.

The faculty and students of the UMASS MD/PhD program are committed to developing and engaging in concrete actions to mitigate our own ignorance and implicit biases. As physician scientists, established or in training, we have the opportunity to directly address these injustices and train the generation that will help eliminate them.

We will begin this effort by incorporating into our curriculum, through our weekly Physician Scientist’s Forum, a focus on race and injustice in our medical system. We will analyze the ways that minorities are disproportionately affected by disease burden and the social determinants of health. We will talk about the roles of physician scientists in clinical investigations and study the large clinical trials that have not incorporated race as a variable. We will use these lessons to ask whether the clinical trials taking place at UMASS have incorporated race as a variable, and if not, why? We will talk about violence and brutality, about why abuse engenders violence, and about why violence is allowed to persist in societal institutions. We will seek expert opinions on where the bottlenecks are, and how we could widen them in our community to achieve progress faster.

We all wish we could do more during difficult times like these. But we have the opportunity to meet this moment with intellectual fortitude and discipline, and commit to using our program to advance this righteous cause.

Above all, we want to recognize the hurt and exhaustion that many of our peers are experiencing. We emphatically state that we are here for you in this community, and want to honor the spirit and support for one-another that lies at the heart of our program.

MSTP MD/PhD Program

The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) funded MD/PhD program offers exceptional training opportunities for those interested in pursuing a career as a physician/scientist.  It combines the curriculum of the School of Medicine (SOM) and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) to provide a structured foundation of diverse topics, with the flexibility necessary to meet the needs of the individual student. 

Program Overview




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MD/PhD Students take to Zoom to host Physician Scientist Forums - VIRTUALLY!

MD/PhD students collaborate with expert faculty to discuss patient cases to educate but also to stimulate new research ideas, particularly those focused on non-bench research that might be appropriate to pursue during this time of social distancing.


UMMS COVID-19 Forum - Remdesivir

This Forum focuses on remdesivir — currently a very scarce but potentially effective treatment for COVID-19 — to discuss the ethical, social, and policy implications of resource allocation during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

UMMS COVID-19 Forum - Hypertension & Diabetes

This Forum focuses on co-morbidities that greatly increase the lethality of COVID-19, including Hypertension and Diabetes. We review what is known about COVID-19 pathology and basic biology, and discuss what mechanisms could explain clinical and epidemiological observations.

UMMS COVID-19 Forum - Epidemiology, Pathology & Biology

This Forum features brief highlights summarizing what is known about COVID-19, including the epidemiology, pathology, and biology of coronavirus, as well as research on COVID-19 that is currently being conducted at UMMS. 




Director's Message

Our MD-PhD program (MSTP) offers exceptional training opportunities for future physician scientists in areas ranging from molecular principles to human population health policy, within the uniquely collaborative and successful environment of the UMass Medical School.

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