Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)

Interview and Revisit


Below is a description of our interview process before COVID-19. Unfortunately, in the COVID-19 era we will be conducting virtual interviews for the class entering in June 2022. We will be using Zoom software for our group meetings and individual interviews. We understand that internet access is variable and identifying quiet places for interviews may be an issue for both applicants and interviewers, so do not worry if you have trouble identifying an ideal location for your interviews. We will all have to be flexible and understanding to get through this process in an optimal manner. If you have any concerns please feel free to contact us prior to your interviews.




The interview day begins with breakfast followed by a group meeting with the program director. The rest of the day consists of two formal interviews with members of the MSTP Steering Committee and a series of informal meetings with faculty of the applicant’s choice. Applicants have lunch with current MSTP students during the interview day. Hotel accommodations are provided for the night before the interview. The evening before the interviews, applicants are invited to an informal dinner with current MSTP students and to a social held after dinner at a current student’s apartment.


Day Before the Interview Day

  • Arrival. Typically MSTP applicants arrive in New York in the afternoon of the day before their interview. Applicants are provided accommodation at the Radisson Hotel located in New Rochelle.
  • 6:30 p.m. Applicants meet outside the Radisson Lobby for bus transportation to an informal dinner with current MSTP students (casual dress). After boarding the bus, the driver will be making a stop at Einstein to pick up the MSTP students and other applicants before heading to the restaurant. After dinner, you will be given an opportunity to view an on-campus apartment. At the end of the evening, applicants will be returned to the hotel.

Interview Day

  • 7:45 a.m. Applicants meet outside the Radisson Lobby for bus transportation to Einstein. Applicants should take all of their personal belongings with them as they will not be returning to the hotel.
  • 8:15 a.m. When you arrive at Einstein, Security will request to see some form of identification and will have you sign in. You will receive your Einstein Visit Pass for the day. You will be instructed to go to Belfer Room 207 Conference Room. You will be greeted by the Program Coordinator, Maria Cuesta, and will be given your personalized schedule for the day. Breakfast will be served.
  • 8:30 a.m. Presentation of “Life at Albert Einstein College of Medicine” followed by a question-and-answer session with a current MSTP Student.
  • 9:00 a.m. Meet with Dr. Myles Akabas, Director of the Medical Scientist Training Program.
  • 10:00 – 12:00 a.m. Individualized interviews that reflect the applicant’s interests.
  • 12:15 p.m. Meet at 207 Belfer for a campus tour and lunch with current MSTP students.
  • 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Interviews with faculty continue. Your day will be over by 5:00 p.m.


Applicants who are accepted by the MSTP program will be invited to revisit Einstein. The revisit date will be March 25, 2022. We hope that it will be an in-person revisit, but the COVID situation may alter this. If you are unable to attend on the revisit date you should contact us and we can make individual arrangements. Travel expenses and hotel accommodations for the revisit are paid by the program. The revisit begins in the evening with a dinner hosted by current MSTP students. The following day you will have an opportunity to meet with the Director, MSTP students and additional faculty of your choice. This is an opportunity to speak with potential thesis research mentors. This visit will provide you with a more relaxed opportunity to appreciate the strengths of the Einstein MSTP program than you had on your initial visit on Interview Day.

Information on traveling to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine can be found here.


Important Dates for Accepted Applicants

  • Revisit Date - Friday, March 25, 2022
  • Deadline for submitting $100 refundable deposit - April 1
  • Multiple Accept Deadline - April 30 (see below)
  • Housing move in dates - Sat. June 11 - Wed. June 15, 2022
  • MSTP Orientation - Thurs. June 16 - Fri. June 16, 2022
  • MSTP Anatomy Course Begins - Tues. June 21, 2022

Multiple Accept Deadline On or before April 15, please narrow your selection(s) to no more than three schools or programs, and withdraw your acceptance(s) from all other schools or programs. By AAMC Rules # 9 & 10, the multiple accept deadline for MD-PhD programs is April 30. As of April 30 you may only hold one acceptance in an MD-PhD or MD program. As of April 30th, you are not required to withdraw from programs where you are waitlisted, however, if you plan to attend the Einstein MSTP, you must withdraw from all other MD-PhD and MD programs to which you have been accepted by April 30. As of April 30th, if you plan to matriculate in the Einstein MSTP, you must choose "Plan to Enroll" in the AAMC Choose your Medical School tool. If this creates a significant hardship please contact the Program Director, Myles Akabas. Likewise, we would appreciate knowing at the earliest possible time if you have decided to matriculate elsewhere. By May 20, 2022 we require that all applicants who plan to matriculate in the Einstein MSTP will choose "Commit to Enroll" in the AAMC Choose your Medical School tool. Acceptances will be rescinded if you do not choose "Commit to Enroll" by May 20, 2022. You may choose "Commit to Enroll" at any time during the admission process, but if you do so we expect that you will have withdrawn your application from all other MD and MD-PhD programs including waitlists.

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