Each year we receive over 200 applications for admission to the MD/PhD program at Rochester. Applicants are selected for interview based on a number of factors. Grade point averages and combined numerical MCAT scores for students matriculating to Rochester are typically above 3.7 and 32 or greater. However, there are no set minimum requirements and anyone with a passion for research in the context of caring for people is encouraged to apply. Indeed, a major factor in selection is demonstrated passion for research as evidenced by significant laboratory experiences, essays, and letters of recommendation from mentors familiar with your efforts.
The students at U of R are some of the friendliest I’ve come across. In addition to the collegial atmosphere, the faculty are extremely knowledgeable and accessible; as long as you are willing to learn, there is never a shortage of mentors/teachers. The students are respected as individual thinkers.
Based on these criteria, 60-70 students are invited to visit for 2 days, with both days devoted to interviews with faculty representing the medical school and graduate programs as well as members of the MD/PhD Admissions Committee. Current MD/PhD students host these visits and take visiting applicants to dinner on Thursday night. Lunch on Friday provides an opportunity for applicants to meet with the Program Director, Dr. O'Banion, and Associate Director, Dr. Turner, to discuss the program at Rochester and have questions answered. A supplement of up to $300 is provided to defray interview travel expenses.
The MD/PhD Admissions Committee evaluates all interviewed candidates on the basis of their application file and interviewer evaluations. Candidates will learn, typically within 6 weeks or less, whether they have been selected for admission or wait-list status. Admitted students are invited to return to Rochester at the program's expense for a
Revisit Weekend which provides an additional and extended opportunity for students to explore the Rochester community and the programs, people and environment that constitutes the University of Rochester. Ultimately, we aim to bring eight individuals into the program each year.
Many factors go into making a decision about where to pursue MD/PhD training. We recognize that this is a two-way choice and that a
best fit is the preferred outcome, both for you and us. Thus we encourage applicants to contact us at any time during the process with questions about the Program or the community.
Interview Dates 2013-2014
- September 26th - 27th
- October 10th - 11th
- October 17th - 18st
- October 31st - November 1st
- November 21st - 22nd
- December 5th - 6th
- December 19th - 20th
- January 9th - 10th
- January 30th - January 31st
- February 6th - 7th
Revisit Weekend 2014
- April 11th - 13st
For more information and details on how to apply please visit the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS).