About the MD/PhD Program

All accepted students receive a tuition waiver and a stipend of $22,845 for each year of their training.

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.


Dan Tylee

Dan Tylee

"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."

SUNY Upstate Medical University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, color, creed, age, national origin, disability, marital status or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty or staff; in the recruitment of students, or in the operation of any programs or activities, as specified by federal and state laws and regulations. For more information contact: Office of Diversity & Affirmative Action, 711 Jacobsen Hall, 315 464-5234
Seye Adekeye

Seye Adekeye
PhD

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.”

11 great reasons to choose upstate
Download the MD/PhD 2013-14 Brochure. PDF document