The MD/PhD program at SUNY Upstate Medical University is designed for college graduates who seek the medical training and advanced research skills required for careers in academic medicine and medical research.
This is a highly integrated program designed to fully prepare students to be trained physician scientists. Courses and seminars specific for MD/PhD students provide information on cutting edge research, training in grant writing and presentation skills, and a formalized structure for the integration of the medical and graduate components of the MD/PhD training.
Students in the program receive a full tuition waiver and an annual stipend of $24,513.
SUNY Upstate Medical University is part of the State University of New York, the largest university system in the United States, with 427,000 students on 64 campuses. SUNY is one of the Top 25 US Institutions for patents issued each year. Our scientists are committed to discovering fundamental, new knowledge (basic science) as well as devising new treatments for illness and disease (clinical science). Our research impacts the treatment of dozens of conditions including AIDS, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cerebral palsy, diabetes, fetal alcohol syndrome, hepatitis C, HIV, leukemia, lupus, macular degeneration, meningitis, multiple sclerosis, post-polio syndrome and tuberculosis.
Big University, Individual Attention
More than 9,000 people — professors, doctors, nurses, scientists, allied professionals — work at SUNY Upstate
Medical University, making it the largest employer in the region.We offer dozens of medical services and clinical trials unique to
Central New York, drawing patients from throughout the state, northern Pennsylvania, Vermont, and parts of Canada.
Our faculty members encourage and support each student's academic success, and provide an intellectually challenging environment. The success of our academic programs is evident in our students' licensures, residencies and post-doctoral positions.
Still, each student receives individual attention from the co-directors of the MD/PhD Program and other faculty members. SUNY Upstate works diligently to be sure each student receives assistance whether it be academic advising, help with scheduling, selecting a laboratory, or figuring out finances. Visiting applicants cited the friendliness of students and staff as one of our most appealing features.
Granting institutions include the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Science Foundation, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and numerous private corporations.
Seye Adekeye completed the PhD phase of the MD/PhD program in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, studying retinal degeneration. While working in the lab of Principal Investigator Barry Knox, PhD, Seye received a fellowship from Fight for Sight, a not-for-profit that provides promising scientists with funding for eye and vision research.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed this experience,” Seye said. “I look forward to the last two years of medical school and applying to a research-oriented residency program.”