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<p>Our students earn their MD/PhD through a single, well-integrated curriculum that prepares you to work as a clinical translational scientist.</p>
<p>The international focus on translational research and rapidly putting laboratory discoveries to use in improving patient care has created a high demand for physician-scientists.</p>
<p>Students in our program:</p>
<p>- Learn interdisciplinary skills and acquire the comprehensive perspective translational research demands.</p>
<p>- Collaborate with accomplished physicians and scientists working to deliver advanced clinical care, investigate the causes of disease, and translate new biotechnologies into improved treatments.</p>
<p>- Benefit directly from faculty involvement with our school’s well-established translational research programs, many of which are internationally recognized for their sustained excellence and notable discoveries.</p>
<p>Because our program combines a traditional medical curriculum with a doctorate in the biomedical sciences, you can earn your MD/PhD in the same time it takes to earn a PhD. On average, our MSTP students graduate in seven years. Students train in both tracks concurrently throughout their MD/PhD program, cross-applying their insights into research and patient care. During the medical curriculum, students participate in laboratory research and seminars. During the PhD years, students have opportunities to continue clinical training.</p>
<p>Our highly selective program selects fewer than 30 MD/PhD candidates, so our students share a close, supportive camaraderie. Our size ensures that students receive individual guidance and attention from faculty, and that they have a wide choice of thesis mentors. </p>
- Mike Weaver
- Dr. Suzanne Laychock, PhD
- Arlene Albrecht
- Biweekly seminars where scientists and clinicians from a variety of disciplines share their expertise and experiences. In addition to giving students the chance to meet these professionals, many of whom are themselves physician-scientists, our MSTP seminars help students identify prospective lab mentors. Some seminars include presentations from students in their graduate or clinical years. Additionally, other seminars focus on career development for MD/PhD students. All seminars include coffee and cookies.
- Summer picnic to welcome new students.
- Funded opportunities to attend and participate in large conferences, such as those held by APSA (American Physician Scientists Association).
As of 2016, UB is now a recognized chapter of APSA (American Physician Scientists Association). UB will be hosting the 2016 Northeast APSA Regional Conference.