Prior to applying to the M.D.-M.S. Program, you are required to submit a letter of interest to the postdoctoral education specialist by 5 p.m. Central time on Feb. 1. Applicants are encouraged to submit their letters by Dec. 1 or earlier.
In the letter, include:
- An introduction of yourself
- A synopsis of your prior education and research experience
- A summary of your current research interests. Be as specific as possible.
- A list of potential mentors (if known)
The most critical role of your mentor is to guide you in the research experience portion of the program.
Your mentor must be an investigator at Mayo Clinic with extensive clinical or translational research experience. He or she must have, or meet the criteria for, master or full level faculty privileges including an academic rank of associate professor or higher; must have demonstrated NIH or R01 funding; and must have successful previous experience mentoring scholars.
Mentors must be chosen from within Mayo Clinic. Resources to identify and directly contact potential mentors include the following:
- A copy of your current CV
The postdoctoral education specialist will review the letter of interest and assist in connecting you with potential mentors. Once a mentor is chosen, he or she will provide assistance in completing the research component of the application.
Please email all application materials for the M.D.-M.S. Program to the postdoctoral education specialist, Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS), by 5 p.m. Central time on March 1.
A small number of competitive funding awards for the M.D.-M.S. Program are available each year. You will automatically be considered for an award when your application is reviewed.
Note: M.D.-M.S. applications are not expected to have this information completed on the form:
- Mayo Clinic posting account unit (PAU)
- Name and signature of your clinical or research administrator
- Name and signature of your department or division chair
Applications will be reviewed by the CCaTS Education Resources Predoctoral Programs Committee. You will be notified before April 15 as to whether you've been accepted into the program for a start date of July 1 and whether you've been offered a funding award.
Develop your research proposal
Your research project must meet National Institutes of Health (NIH) criteria for clinical or translational research and follow the format given in the M.D.-M.S. Scholar Research Proposal Guidelines. After admission to the program, you will begin communicating or meeting with your mentor to develop your research proposal.
The proposal must be submitted by July 15 for review and approval. Coursework will begin in July.