Admissions Committee

The MD/PhD Admissions Committee is comprised of:

  • Basic Science Faculty
  • Clinical Faculty
  • Director of Admissions for the College of Medicine
  • Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and VP for Research

The Admissions Committee considers many factors when evaluating candidates:

  • Strong academic background, including competitive MCAT scores
  • Motivation to pursue a career as a physician scientist
  • Research experience in addition to laboratory courses and a true passion for research
  • Character
  • Volunteer and clinical experience
  • Communication and writing skills


Application Deadlines
AMCAS: Applications must be submitted to AMCAS by October 15
Upstate: Applications to the College of Medicine must be complete by December 1
Sam Mackenzie

Sam Mackenzie

"I like the research process, and I want to make that part of my career," said Sam Mackenzie, whose mentor is Blair Calancie, PhD, professor of neurosurgery. "I picked this lab largely because of the human subjects component to it, in that I like the element of working with patients and integrating that with more basic research." Mackenzie is working on developing a model to repair acute injuries to the cauda equina, a collection of nerve roots in the lower portion of the spine. "I would like to continue studying movement disorders in the future," he said.

Download the MD/PhD 2014-15 Brochure. PDF document