Student's Welcome

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Welcome to the UCLA-Caltech MSTP! 

We are excited to share with you some of the assets of our program, and hope that this site can help you to better understand why we have chosen to establish our clinical and scientific foundation here at UCLA. The program selects individuals for their personal traits as well as their academic strengths, and as such our community is composed of students who are passionate about both science and service and committed to uniting the two throughout our years at UCLA.

With a curriculum that draws on students’ ability to think independently and collaboratively, we see the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA as a particular strength of the program, rather than a rite of passage that must be endured.  By cultivating critical thinking about scientific, clinical, and ethical questions, the first two years of the medical school curriculum already establish the groundwork for graduate training; furthermore, the minimal class time allows interested students to conduct laboratory research during the academic year.  The avenues for graduate study seem boundless, and the clinical years provide rigorous training at multiple hospitals affiliated with UCLA.

The academic environment is thus invigorating in all the years of training, and the palm trees and the Pacific Ocean make for a beautiful backdrop for our intellectual and personal pursuits. The amazing year-round weather is also a plus.

Our contact information can be found on the Students section of this site; please feel free to send an email if you have any questions that the site hasn’t addressed. 

Good luck!

- "The UCLA MSTP has a rich community of talented students and faculty. I valued the close interaction with so many outstanding individuals." - Ryan Schmidt, MSIV

- "Training in the UCLA MSTP is a uniquely enriching experience.  As medical students, we are exposed to the full range of medicine, from primary care to subspecialties to global health, and we can learn from LA’s amazingly diverse patient population.  As graduate students, we benefit immensely from the broad array of physician-scientist mentors, research topics and labs, as well as a truly collaborative and supportive scientific atmosphere" - Cynthia He, PhD1

- "My research training thus far has been invaluable in my personal and professional development! Not only does UCLA have a rich and diverse research environment, but through the medical school, I've also had the opportunity to pursue interests in teaching, preparation for academic medicine and treating underserved populations." - Onika Noel, PhD4