About the MD/PhD Program
Students enrolled in the MD/PhD Program at SUNY Upstate Medical University will receive training in both medicine and basic scientific research.
Graduates of this program receive a dual degree, the MD/PhD degree. Our graduates go on to careers as physician scientists, combining their knowledge of basic research and clinical practice to enhance the treatment of disease, very often in an academic setting.
This program is structured so that entering students complete the first two years of the Medical School curriculum, participating in research activities during the summer. Students then select a laboratory for their doctoral research and complete their PhD thesis before returning to Medical School for their 3rd and 4th years of clinical training.
"With my background in psychology, I've always been fascinated by the workings of the human mind; I wanted to understand how things go wrong in psychiatric illness. In light of the growing evidence that immune and inflammatory systems play a role in mental health problems, I decided to apply for dual degree programs. I believe that an education in the science and practice of medicine will provide me with a better context for understanding diseases that afflict both the body and mind. Additionally, it will prepare me to ask the right kinds of research questions; those that are positioned to bring about advances in prevention, diagnosis and treatment."
"I ultimately chose Upstate for my training as a physician-scientist, because of the close fit between my research interests and those of the faculty members in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neuroscience. When I met the professor who would later become my research adviser, I was immediately impressed by how personable and friendly he was. In fact, all my experiences with the teaching and research faculty have lead me to believe that Upstate is a close-knit and cooperative community. It would be harder to find this at other schools."