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Norton College of Medicine

The Norton College of Medicine offers several options for students who may want to expand upon the traditional MD degree.

Alpha Omega Alpha

Medical students have the opportunity to be elected into membership of the national medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha, (AOA).

Gold Humanism Honor Society

The Gold Humanism Honor Society honors senior medical students for demonstrated excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service.

Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award

A Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award for Teaching Residents, and election of the members of Upstate's chapter of the national Gold Humanism Honor Society.


Medical students at SUNY Upstate Medical University can earn a Master of Public Health degree while earning their MD degree. The program is structured that the MPH year is completed first and then students transition into the four years of medical school and are awarded both degrees upon completion of both.


The MD/PhD program combines academic medicine and medical research, and offers students a wide selection of research areas for their laboratory work.

MPH & Certificate of Advanced Study in Public Health

The Master of Public Health is a professional degree which provides a population-based perspective and is designed to prepare students to investigate and manage public health problems. The Certificate of Advanced Study in Public Health (CASPH) is a 5 course (15-credit hour) program of study. The certificate can be completed in as little as two semesters but students have up to five years to complete the requirements for the program.

Rural Medical Scholars Program

SUNY Upstate Medical University is committed to addressing the shortage of doctors in small town communities and rural areas across our region. In fact, the University has provided rural training opportunities to medical students since the 1960s. The Rural Medical Scholars Program (RMSP) was created in 2007 to actively identify, recruit, and nurture those interested in future rural, or small town, practice. The University’s commitment to rural training means that the Office of Admissions seeks small town applicants and provides a holistic review of those applications for the College of Medicine. Interested applicants apply by selecting the Rural Medicine Supplemental option on Upstate’s secondary application.

RMSP is not a clinical track program, but indeed offers four years of elective courses focused on rural health issues. Once admitted into the College of Medicine, RMSP students are automatically enrolled in the preclinical course: Introduction to Rural Health (FAMP1646). RMSP students may elect to participate in subsequent rural health courses including: Rural Immersion Week (FAMP1651) during second year, Rural Medical Education (FAMP1650) during third year, and Rural Medicine Community Health AI (FAMP1652) during fourth year. Further information about each course is available in the College’s Course Selection Book or found at the Family Medicine website.

Medical students not admitted through RMSP are welcome to join rural health electives upon approval from the head of Rural Medicine, Dr. Lauren Meyer.