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September 23 2009

Postgraduate Choices of Graduates From Medical Scientist Training Programs, 2004-2008

JAMA. 2009;302(12):1271-1273. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1355

To the Editor: There have been questions about the efficacy of Medical Scientist Training Programs (MSTPs) in training the next generation of physician-scientists.1,2 Although studies have identified postgraduate specialty choices of a subset of these students,3,4 to our knowledge none have generated data based on a complete evaluation of graduates from all MSTPs. To better understand postgraduate choices of all National Institutes of Health (NIH)–sponsored MSTP graduates, we conducted a census of graduates from 2004 to 2008.