With two years of medical school and a doctorate from Upstate already on her resume, MD/PhD student Anna Nichols has transitioned to the final two clinical years of the program. Nichols will earn a dual MD/PhD degree, and start on a career that she hopes will strike a balance between research and clinical practice.
The opportunity to combine research with a career in medicine appealed to me immensely, she said. Im fascinated by development, and pediatric neurology appeals to me on both an academic and personal level.
Nichols said her choice of the MD/PhD program at Upstate was easy. I was extremely impressed by the faculty here, the institutions dedication to educating future physician scientists and the ability to pursue my training in Upstate New York, close to my family, she said.
"Upstate's MD/PhD program is dedicated to students success and offers students a rich and supportive environment."
Anna Nichols, Class of 2012
Nichols came to Upstate after graduating from SUNY Plattsburgh.
I was fortunate enough to be mentored by extraordinary professors at Plattsburgh, she said. During my time there, I was exposed to a great deal of research, both on campus and during internships at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and NASAs Johnson Space Center.
Upstate's MD/PhD program is dedicated to students success and offers students a rich and supportive environment, Nichols said.
The medical side of the program is very strong, the national board scores and the rigorous residency programs that attract our graduates each year testify to this, she said. The research that emerges from Upstate is respected nationally and internationally, and the quality of the resulting publications is impressive.Summary of Upstate MD/PhD Student Anna Nichols' Research