The 2021 National MD-PhD Student Conference will be a virtual event from July 9-11 (Friday-Sunday). We look forward to Zooming with you this summer and are excited to welcome you back to the Rocky Mountains in 2022.

The annual National MD-PhD Student Conference is a unique assembly that unites MSTP students, alumni, and faculty from across the country to explore the intersections of research and medicine, focusing on diverse careers, healthcare policy, and scientific breakthroughs. The conference offers prestigious keynote speakers, student oral and poster sessions, a diverse career panel, and breakout sessions that encompass various topics of interest to MD-PhD students. Every year, this is a great event to meet colleagues and mentors, learn about opportunities available to MD-PhDs, and discuss exciting science.

Click here to register now!

Register by June 4 to be considered for a talk and by June 25 to submit a poster.

Registration fee: $75.
Please note that diversity awards are given as refunds of the registration fee;
details regarding abstract submission and diversity awards are available via the registration form.

2021 MD-PhD student conference Zoom logo

Questions? Concerns? Contact the 2021 conference planning committee:

Keynote speakers

Friday, July 9th

Robert Langer, ScD

David H. Koch Institute Professor
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Kandice Tanner, PhD

Senior Investigator, Center for Cancer Research
National Cancer Institute



Saturday, July 10th

Lynda Stuart, MD, PhD

Deputy Director, Vaccines & Human Immunology
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Maike Sander, MD

Director, Pediatric Diabetes Research Center
University of California San Diego



Sunday, July 11th

Rafael Yuste, MD, PhD

Director, NeuroTechnology Center
Columbia University


Conference Agenda

(all times in MDT)


10 AM — Opening remarks

10:30 AM-noon — Keynote: Robert Langer, ScD (extended Q&A begins at 11:30 AM)

11:30 AM-12:30 PM — Poster session #1

1-2 PM — Student speakers #1

2-3 PM — Poster session #2

3-4:30 PM — Keynote: Kandice Tanner, PhD (extended Q&A begins at 4 PM)

4-5 PM — Student social hour


9-10 AM — "What Works in Wellness?" featuring David Vago, PhD; Zirui Song, MD, PhD; Bill Scheidler, MD

10-11:30 AM — Keynote: Lynda Stuart, MD, PhD (extended Q&A begins at 11 AM)

11 AM-noon — Student speakers #2

12:30-2:30 PM — Breakout sessions featuring Jean-luc Doumont, PhD, on communicating data visually; Matthew Wynia, MD, on research ethics and opportunities during public health emergencies; Raimond Winslow, PhD, on computationally-informed medicine; career panel

2:30-4 PM — Keynote: Maike Sander, MD (extended Q&A begins at 3:30 PM)

3:30-5 PM — PSTP showcase and breakout rooms


9-10 AM — PSTP showcase and breakout rooms

10-11 AM — Student speakers #3

11 AM-noon — Diversity panel

noon-12:30 PM — Diversity small groups

1-2:40 PM — Keynote: Rafael Yuste, MD, PhD (extended Q&A begins at ~2:10 PM following closing remarks)

Special gratitude to the CU Cancer Center, CU Medical Oncology, CU Surgical Oncology, CU Pediatric Surgery, 10X Genomics, Novus Biologicals, and NIH R13 GM060664 for their generous support of this conference.