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Our students earn their MD/PhD through a single, well-integrated curriculum that prepares you to work as a clinical translational scientist.
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.
Students in our program:
- Learn interdisciplinary skills and acquire the comprehensive perspective translational research demands.
- Collaborate with accomplished physicians and scientists working to deliver advanced clinical care, investigate the causes of disease, and translate new biotechnologies into improved treatments.
- 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.
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.
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.
- 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.