What is NIH Comparative Biomedical Scientist Training?

While somewhat akin to programs where training in medicine is combined with training in research investigation, such as training for medical clinician-scientists and traditional M.D./Ph.D. programs, the NIH CBSTP combines interdisciplinary cross-over training in animal and human health. Research benefits are derived when an investigative foundation established through training in clinical veterinary medicine, which imparts a comparative perspective oriented around delivery of health care to multiple animal species, is fused with a shared vocabulary and skills in basic medical research.

Opportunities for novel research training in comparative molecular pathology are open to individuals with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, as part of the NIH Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP). Our DVM/PhD Comparative Biomedical Scientists truly fulfill a cross cutting, interdisciplinary niche—leading and collaborating at the scientific forefront of discovery. They contribute to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of both human and animal diseases, while playing a role in the development and translation of new therapies.

The program is offered through an educational consortium that includes 4 NIH institutes and the University of Maryland, University of Illinois, Michigan State University, North Carolina State University, and Purdue University.