How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in the MD/PhD Program at SUNY Upstate Medical University! Please click on each item for step-by-step instructions.

1. Applying

Upstate Medical University, like nearly all accredited medical schools in the United States, participates in the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS).

You must complete the AMCAS application online at www.amcas.com External link and submit it to AMCAS along with your official college transcripts and MCAT scores. AMCAS will forward your application to Upstate.

Deadline for submitting the AMCAS application is October 15th.

2. Submit a SUNY Upstate Medical University Secondary Application

Once your application is received from AMCAS, a link to the Secondary application will be sent you. The supplemental Application must be submitted to Upstate Medical University by December 1.

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3. Submit Letters of Recommendation

Applicants must submit a letter of evaluation from their Health Professions Advisory Committee or Pre-health Advisor AND three letters of recommendation from those familiar with your academic record and potential for investigative research.  SUNY Upstate Medical University participates in the AMCAS Letter of Recommendation Service. Appropriate letters of recommendation (link to LOR page) must be submitted to AMCAS by October 15th. All letters must be submitted directly to AMCAS.

4. Incomplete Applications

Missing information emails will be sent every two weeks to let students know what is needed to complete their application.

5. Complete Applications

Once an application is complete, students will receive an email letting them know that their application is complete and will be reviewed by the MD/PhD Program Admissions Committee. When the review is complete, applicants will be notified by email or letter, as to the status of their application.

6. Invitation to Interview

Each year the MD/PhD Program schedules three interview sessions –one in November, one in December and one in January.  Candidates will be required to be on campus from a Sunday evening until Tuesday afternoon to complete the various interviews and laboratory visits.  There will be an opportunity to meet with current students.

7. Admissions Committee

Following the interview, applications are reviewed by the MD/PhD Admissions Committee. The committee is made up of faculty members, and SUNY Upstate administrators. The Admissions Committee is looking for:

  • well rounded students with strong academic records and MCAT scores
  • applicants motivated to pursue a career in academic medicine
  • applicants with research experience in addition to the required laboratory courses
  • publications are not necessary

8. Decisions

Students will be notified of the Committee's Decision on a rolling basis.  Final decisions may not be sent until May. One of the following decisions will be made for each interviewed applicant:

  • Accept:
    Students will receive an email and/or a phone call that they have been accepted. Official acceptance letters and other relevant information will be mailed out. Once students have paid their deposit, they will receive an email with information on how to log onto MyUpstate.
  • High Priority Alternate:
    Students placed on the high priority alternate list may be called at anytime, up to and including the day of registration. The admissions office does not release information regarding individual placement on the alternate list. This is an active alternate list and one we pull students off of every year, but where we get on this list will vary from year to year.
  • Reject:
    Students who are not accepted by the admissions committee will receive letters by mail.

9. You have been admitted

Once you have been admitted and paid a deposit, you will have access to health clearance forms, orientation materials, registration and housing information through My Upstate.

You will also be invited to attend the 2nd Visit Day offered at Upstate Medical University. On this day you will have mini-presentations about the curriculum, student affairs, campus activities, and even get a chance to see what it is like in our clinical skills and anatomy labs. There will also be a student panel to answer any questions that you may have. It will provide you with an opportunity to decide if SUNY Upstate Medical University is the right medical school for you!

Application Deadlines
AMCAS: Applications must be submitted to AMCAS by October 15
Upstate: Applications to the College of Medicine must be complete by December 1
Sam Mackenzie

Sam Mackenzie

"I like the research process, and I want to make that part of my career," said Sam Mackenzie, whose mentor is Blair Calancie, PhD, professor of neurosurgery. "I picked this lab largely because of the human subjects component to it, in that I like the element of working with patients and integrating that with more basic research." Mackenzie is working on developing a model to repair acute injuries to the cauda equina, a collection of nerve roots in the lower portion of the spine. "I would like to continue studying movement disorders in the future," he said.

Download the MD/PhD 2013-14 Brochure. PDF document