Application Process

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.

Application components

  • A completed application with signatures. Email your completed program application with the supporting materials outlined on the first page of the application to the postdoctoral education specialist. Please indicate at the top of the second page that you are applying for the Master's Degree Program.
  • A cover letter. Describe your career plans and how earning a master's degree through the M.D.-M.S. Program will enhance your career development. Also describe any other similar funding for which you've applied.
  • The Initial Mentoring Agreement.
  • A copy of your medical school transcript.
  • Your curriculum vitae and bibliography.
  • Letters of recommendation. Three letters of recommendation, addressed to CCaTS Predoctoral Programs Director Anthony J. Windebank, M.D., are required from three specific people.
    • Your research mentor. This letter must address:
      • The candidate's potential for success
      • The mentor's qualifications as a mentor (include the mentor's curriculum vitae and bibliography)
      • The mentor's support for the candidate, such as how often you will meet, available space, supplies and research support
      • That the candidate's work will represent a significant intellectual contribution toward the design, conduct and analysis of the research and that the candidate will be first author on the manuscript or thesis resulting from it
    • Your medical school dean or associate dean. This letter must indicate that you are in good standing and a good candidate for the M.D.-M.S. award.
    • A faculty member. This should be a faculty member with whom you've conducted research.

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

Selection process

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.