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About the MD/PhD Program

15 Great Reasons to Choose Upstate

Student Profile:

Laura Szczesniak, MD/PhD

"I joined Upstate in June 2015 as an MD/PhD student." View more...


Students enrolled in the MD/PhD Program at SUNY Upstate Medical University will receive training in both medicine and basic scientific research.

Graduates of our program receive a dual degree: the MD/PhD. Our graduates pursue careers as physician scientists, combining their knowledge of basic research and clinical practice to enhance the treatment of disease--typically in an academic setting.

This program is structured so that entering students complete the first two years of the Medical School curriculum, while 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.

All accepted students receive a tuition waiver and a stipend of $32,000 for each year of their training. This amount typically increases every year.

Current MD/PhD Student, Laura Szczesniak

I chose Upstate Medical University because of the sense of community on campus. One of the many areas you can see the Upstate community in action is in our research. The professors are always willing to help in conducting experiments related to your research focus and we have access to core facilities and equipment.


My classmates have helped me learn new techniques in the lab that I have applied in my research. Upstate is helping me grow into a well-rounded scientist and I am confident I will be a highly qualified physician scientist when I graduate!

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