A professor of surgery and pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Dr. Mark Holterman formerly served as an attending pediatric surgeon at Rush University Medical Center and as the surgeon-in-chief at Advocate Children’s Hospital. Mark Holterman, MD, started his medical career at the University of Virginia in the National Institutes of Health Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP).
Funded through the Ruth L. Kirschstein Grant, the MSTP program supports the training of qualified students who are seeking dual doctorates (MD and PhD) and are motivated to pursue biomedical research and other research-related careers in academia, industry, and government. Benefitting from an education that integrates biomedical sciences with clinical training, 900 trainees at 48 sites are funded through the MSTP program.
Students can choose research projects in a wide array of specialties, including biology, chemistry, behavioral science, and computer science. Those who prevail in the highly competitive grant selection process typically spend eight years obtaining their dual degrees. MSTP grant winners receive a stipend and tuition allowance.