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Graduate Studies Technical Standards

SUNY Upstate Medical University strives to select students who possess the intelligence, integrity and personal and emotional characteristics that are considered necessary to become effective health professionals or biomedical scientists. Students admitted to the University should have the intellectual and physical abilities to acquire the knowledge, behaviors and skills taught in each program of study. The curricula are designed to provide the general education necessary for the students selected field. Students will learn the fundamental principles, develop critical judgement, and apply principles and skills wisely in solving scientific and health related problems. Curricular goals and/or minimal graduation requirements have been developed to fulfill these objectives and to prepare graduates to pursue further education, if desired.

In addition to satisfactory academic performance in all coursework, students are expected to fulfill the non-academic essential functions of the curriculum in a reasonably independent manner. These functions are specified by the physical, cognitive, and behavioral standards (referred to collectively as technical standards) necessary for the completion of the program. Technical standards are available in the Student Affairs Office, Room 202, Campus Activities Building.

The SUNY Upstate Medical University will consider for admission and advancement any individual able to perform pursuant to the standards, which are used as guidelines. Reasonable accommodations will be provided to qualified individuals with a disability in accordance with applicable laws and policies, while maintaining the integrity of program standards. Requests for accommodations will be determined on a case by case basis.

College of Graduate Studies Technical Standards

The College of Graduate Studies' curricula are designed to provide formal Ph.D. or M.S. education in one of six fields of study (anatomy and cell biology, biochemistry and molecular biology, microbiology and immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and physiology). Each field requires a broad general background, as well as in-depth research and academic training necessary to produce biomedical research scientists in these areas of study. Included in this educational process are opportunities to prepare students to teach knowledge of her/his research area.

Technical Standards

  • acquire information presented through demonstrations, lectures, laboratory and other types of experience in each area of training.
  • acquire information from written documents and computerinformation systems (including literature searches and data retrieval) and identify information presented in images from paper, films, slides, or video.
  • employ the different methods of scientific inquiry of each area of study, interpret the data and information gathered, and use these methods to create new knowledge.
  • communicate effectively and efficiently with colleagues, individually and in groups, as called for under the circumstances.
  • measure, calculate, reason, analyze, synthesize, and problem solve using scientific information, including the comprehension and understanding of three-dimensional relationships.
  • teach, prepare and give scientific presentations (e.g. seminars, poster sessions), write and evaluate scientific papers and grant proposals, and conduct an independent research program.