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Commitment to Diversity

The UC San Diego MSTP provides research and clinical training to highly qualified students for whom prior exposure to medicine and strong research experiences indicate a commitment for a career in academic medicine. In keeping with the extensive variety and collaborative nature of research in the La Jolla biomedical community, the UC San Diego MSTP offers a wealth of scientific opportunities for its students and a flexible educational program for individual trainees.


The UC San Diego MSTP, a federally funded program, actively seeks women and underrepresented students and is committed to enrollment of a diverse body of talented students. Out-of-state residents are considered on an equal basis with other applicants. Applicants should have previous experience in both the research and clinical aspects of science and medicine. Trainees must be US citizens, or have permanent, legal residence in the United States.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

In addition to offering MD/PhD training, the UC San Diego MSTP has developed a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. The MSTP-SURF is targeted to undergraduates from underrepresented minority groups and provides an opportunity to conduct biomedical research and to have clinical experiences for 8 weeks during the summer.

SURF Program


Nondiscrimination Policy

The University of California, in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, or age in any of its policies, procedures, or practices; nor does the University discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, University programs and activities, including but not limited to, academic admission, financial aid, educational services, and student employment.