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Message from the Co-Directors

MD/PHD Program
Weiskotten Hall
Rm. 3118,
766 Irving Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13210
Map & directions
Phone: 315 464-7719
Name: Jennifer Plencner
Email: plencnej@upstate.edu

Our MD/PhD Program at SUNY Upstate Medical University is committed to providing exceptional training in both clinical medicine and basic scientific investigation to prepare you for an exciting career as a physician-scientist.

Our program is based on an integrated curriculum with opportunities to conduct research during the summers before and after the first year of medical school, and to attend and present research-in-progress seminars with faculty and fellow MD/PhD students. You will also take a research course based on the NIH Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series, featuring prominent national speakers. As a second year medical student you will take a grant-writing course and gain experience in how to write and prepare a competitive grant application. In recent years, our students have been quite successful in obtaining NIH Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Awards in a number of different areas of research, including Immunology, Microbiology and Neuroscience.

Leszek Kotula, MD

Leszek Kotula, MD, PhD
Program Co-Director

Andras Perl

Andras Perl, MD, PhD
Program Co-Director


Throughout your training here at Upstate, you will participate in a course specifically designed for MD/PhD students, "Grand Rounds: Integrating Clinical Care with the Study of Disease." This course meets bi-weekly and affords students the opportunity to combine knowledge from the bench with experiences from the clinical setting.

Our students publish their work in peer-reviewed journals, are supported for travel to national and international meetings, and are often accepted to their first choice of Residency programs (typically research residencies).

SUNY Upstate Medical University employs more than 9,000 people - professors, doctors, nurses, scientists, allied professionals - making it the largest employer in the Central New York region. Still, each student receives individual attention from the Co-Directors of the MD/PhD Program and other faculty members. One-on-one mentorship is an important component of our training. Students often note the friendly and supportive atmosphere of our institution and the availability of faculty as key elements that distinguish our program from others.

Please feel free to contact either of us to discuss the MD/PhD Program in more detail.