Dr. Mary-Claire King partnered with Dr. Valerie Montgomery-Rice, president of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) in Atlanta, GA to create a dual degree MD/PhD program where students complete their MD at MSM and their PhD at University of Washington. 

When King received the Lasker Foundation Award in 2014 for her work in breast cancer genetics and human rights, she selected Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) for a visiting professorship. 

During her time at MSM, she met a number of outstanding medical students who were interested in biomedical research.

But with few research labs, MSM faced a challenge in training medical students in fundamental research.  

In contrast, the University of Washington Medical Scientist Training Program, with continuous NIH support since 1970, is recognized as one of the most outstanding MSTPs in the country.


Dr. King and President Rice decided to work together to create a collaborative MSTP between their schools.

Read more about the program and the students here: