Welcome to the Medical Scientist Training Program
The Medical Scientist Training (MD/PhD) Program provides training for some of the most demanding and rewarding careers available today. Typical careers combine the excitement of discovery with the satisfaction of helping people. Success in such careers requires many talents and considerable commitment. Thus, your choice of university for preparation is a major decision.
Two features of the Rochester medical school really stand out to me. One is the Double Helix curriculum, which places students in clinics in their first year. This really helps put the basic science material into context. The second is Rochester's commitment to the biopsychosocial model. Studying the psychosocial dimensions of health place the art of medicine on firm foundations.
At Rochester, we develop talent through interactive research, teaching, patient care, and individual mentoring. The University is a medium sized, private research university with an endowment of more than $1.5 billion dollars. There are roughly 5,600 undergraduate, 4,200 graduate, and 400 medical students. Research and training occurs under the single roof of the Medical Center and immediately adjacent departments of the Schools of Arts, Sciences, and Hajim Engineering. Clinical aspects of medicine are intertwined with coursework and research from the beginning to the end in Rochester's MD/PhD Curriculum. Many research projects are collaborations between scientists and physicians in different departments, thus facilitating the interdisciplinary approach necessary to solve complex problems in medicine. Rochester's size and physical layout allows an interactive, cooperative, informal, and supportive atmosphere that optimizes both intellectual and personal growth.
Program students take advantage of outstanding opportunities in a wide range of areas, reflecting an appreciation that research aimed at understanding human health and disease takes many forms. Rochester is committed to providing the very best environment for research. For example, well over $500 million dollars has been invested in the past 10 years to construct and populate two new research buildings, a new Biomedical Engineering building, new state-of-the-art research floors in the Wilmot Cancer Center, and the newly established Saunders Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, effectively increasing research opportunities by more than 50%. New training programs in Epidemiology and Cardiovascular Medicine have been established. To keep pace with these changes, the University expanded its MD/PhD program, increasing the number of new trainees from 2 or 3 per year in 1999 to 8 in 2004. The National Institutes of Health has consistently recognized Rochester as an outstanding place for MD/PhD training: we are entering our 37th year as an MSTP funded institute.
Developing the skills and expertise required to become a physician-scientist requires a great deal of time and effort. The thrill of discovery and the satisfaction of bringing science and medicine together, however, provide rewards that are matched by few endeavors. Rochester's program and environment are designed to maximize this synergism. We invite you to consider our institute for your combined degree training.