Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

Medical Scientist Training Program


A Message from the Director
There is a national shortage of physician-scientists who can care for patients and conduct state-of-the-art research. Our MD/PhD Program was established in 1983 and our mission is to support medical and research training culminating in the receipt of both an MD and a PhD degree while assisting to reduce the cost associated with your training experience. Learn More

About Our Program

Program matriculated first class
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Institutions that have NIH-NGMS T32-MSTP status
Approximate number of students enrolled
Approximate number of years to complete program

Additional Information

  • We are located in a suburb of Milwaukee, WI on a great lake and 90 minutes from Chicago.
  • We currently have students from 31 different undergraduate institutions across 17 states.
  • Our students have a variety of undergraduate majors including; biology, biochemistry, chemistry, biomedical engineering, math, physics, microbiology, neuroscience, genetics, biological sciences, psychology, philosophy and english
  • We have a commitment to inclusion. Our students are diverse in many aspects including ethnicity, religion, outside interests and much more – we welcome diversity and all that it has to offer!
  • We matriculate approximately 6 students per year and if accepted and remain in good standing, all trainees are provided a tuition scholarship, a generous stipend, along with health insurance paid for by our Program.
  • We invite applicants who are US citizens as well as international applicants who have completed their undergraduate work at an accredited institution in the United States or Canada. We also welcome medical students from our M-1 class to apply.
  • Our alumni are currently in successful positions at a variety of institutions across the United States including Harvard, Yale, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt, Emory, UCLA, Stanford, MD Anderson, Mayo Clinic, University of Washington and many more including positions on our campus at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Froedtert Hospital and the Blood Research Institute.
  • Our alumni choose a wide variety of specialties for their residency, fellowship and faculty positions including Medicine, Pediatrics, Radiation Oncology, Radiology, Anesthesiology, Cardiovascular Medicine, Hematology/Oncology, Endocrinology, Surgery, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Psychiatry, Dermatology, Orthopedic Surgery, Pathology and more.

Welcome to our incoming trainees!

Pictured in back from left to right: Kyler Crawford, Moujtaba Kasmani and Stephen Mazurchuk; front, left to right: Suma Samudrala, Matthew Hadiono, Kelsey Meacham and Paytsar Topchyan. Not pictured Wasif Osmani.

Contact Us

Medical Scientist Training Program
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226


MSTP Office Administrator

Carol Knapp
(800) 457-2775
(414) 955-8641



Joseph T. Barbieri, PhD
(414) 955-8412

Associate Directors

Nita H. Salzman, MD, PhD
(414) 456-4244


Gilbert C. White, II, MD
(414) 937-3899


Calvin Williams, MD, PhD
(414) 955-8641

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