The Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP) seeks applicants who have demonstrated excellent academic performance and significant research experience.  Students are required to have at least one reference letter written by a mentor of their research experience.

Prospective PSTP students are encouraged to begin investigating early which graduate group would be most appropriate for their Ph.D. research and more specifically identifying faculty whose research aligns with their own. 

It is the responsibility of each prospective PSTP student to complete applications to both the M.D. (School of Medicine) and Ph.D. (Graduate Studies) programs at UC Davis (see below).

The PSTP does not accept international students and does not accept students who are, or have been, enrolled in a doctoral (Ph.D.) program.

Further information in this area can be obtained at the following site:

Application Process

M.D. Application:  Prospective PSTP students will apply to the M.D. program at the UC Davis School of Medicine and proceed through the regular admissions process. This includes completing the AMCAS application and specifying interest in the M.D.-Ph.D. program (PSTP) at UC Davis.  Applicants will need to complete the M.D.-Ph.D.-specific essays as part of their AMCAS application.  Some applicants will be asked to complete a secondary application.  Top applicants will receive interview invitations.  PSTP applicants invited to interview will participate in both a standard M.D. interview (MMI) as well as a PTSP-specific interview during their visit to UC Davis.  All standard M.D. interviews (MMI) occur on Fridays whereas the PSTP-specific interview will occur in the afternoon of the preceding Thursday.

Ph.D. Application:  Students matriculating into the PSTP will apply to UC Davis Graduate Studies in the fall of their 2nd year of medical school and start their graduate studies after successful completion of Year 2 and having taken their USMLE Step 1 exam.  Students are expected to explore and identify a Graduate Group and Mentor during their first 2 years of medical school.

For the list of Graduate Group application deadlines, please visit

NOTE: Most graduate groups will permit the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to be substituted by the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).  Students should self-report their MCAT scores as "other" scores.

Students who are not admitted to the PSTP will still be considered for the regular M.D. program and will still have the opportunity to pursue a research pathway once in medical school.  Specific research pathways include the Medical Student Research Fellowship Program and various NIH T32 training fellowship programs.