Application Process

How to Apply

Prospective students must apply individually to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) and complete the PSTP online application. To be eligible to begin a PSTP application, applicants must first receive an interview invitation from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Admissions Committee. The criteria for acceptance to the PSTP include an outstanding academic record , laudatory letters of recommendation, and evidence of commitment to a career as an academic physician. Students currently enrolled in the PSTP have an average undergraduate GPA of 3.75 and an average Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) score of 517. (These scores are for general assessment purposes only.)

Every year, the PSTP expects to receive about 60 applications for a maximum of eight available positions. The application review committee screens each completed application and well-qualified applicants are invited for an interview in Pittsburgh at our expense. We also require two letters of recommendation submitted online from instructors and/or scientists who are conversant with the student's training. Previous research experience and commitment to a career as a physician-scientist is crucial in the evaluation of applications. Additionally, a bachelor's degree or equivalent must be completed prior to matriculating.

For additional information contact:

Blair Douglass, Program Administrator
University of Pittsburgh PSTP
593A Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Telephone: (412) 624-6074
Fax: (412) 624-2211

PSTP Application Deadline: February 15, 2018
For application instructions click here
Deadline for letters of recommendation: February 15, 2018

After review of the written application, including letters of recommendation, approximately 20 applicants are offered interviews. Interviews are required for full evaluation. The PSTP interviews are in addition to the medical school interviews. At the time the applicants are invited to interview, they are requested to identify specific investigators in Pittsburgh with whom they would like to meet. Based on the applicant's stated field of interest, the program staff will bring to the student's attention additional appropriate investigators. Candidates meet with at least three members of the PSTP admissions committee, in addition to faculty members with shared scientific interests. At the end of the day, applicants have a more informal interview with a PSTP student who serves on the admissions committee. The student interviewer is matched to the applicant's research interests whenever possible.


Applicants are ranked and notified of the following action:
1) Acceptance into PSTP with partial tuition assistance for four years of medical school, plus a stipend for the 2 summer laboratory rotations and the research year
2) Wait-listed for acceptance into PSTP with funding
3) Not accepted into PSTP

The PSTP award remits partial tuition for all four years of medical school; a stipend for the two summer lab rotations; and a stipend for the research year, of which a portion (50%) is supplied by the mentor. The PSTP also covers health insurance during the research year and supplies support to attend national scientific meetings. The University of Pittsburgh PSTP also accepts a small number of matriculated second-year medical students into the training program based upon their outstanding performance and demonstrates progress in research pursuits during their medical school experience.