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Our People

The Medical Scientist Training Program's greatest asset is the sense of community fostered by its talented students, dedicated faculty, and distinguished alumni.

Our students are devoted to biomedical science and medicine, participating in the MD Double Helix Curriculum, a wide variety of graduate programs, and co-curricular events of the MSTP. In addition, our students volunteer in a range of medical and scientific outreach activities and take an active role in program administration.

As of May 2023, the program boasts over 215 graduates and produces an average of eight new physician-scientists each year. The 2023-2024 academic year will mark our 50th consecutive year of MSTP funding and 65th year training physician-scientists.

Throughout the entirety of the program, students are continuously guided by our Program Directors and University faculty. Students ultimately choose a faculty mentor and participate in the faculty's lab research throughout their degree.

AnkitAnkit Dahal, G3, IMV

What are some of the reasons you chose Rochester?
"The supportive and nurturing community from the administrators down to the students!"

How would you describe the Rochester community?
"Supportive, approachable, helpful. It is very easy to approach faculty members and many go out of their way to support and mentor you."

How have you been able to embrace or express the unique characteristics of your personality while at Rochester? 
"There are so many unique groups and organizations in Rochester, both on campus and in the city. Community outreach has always been important to me, and I have been able to tutor refugee kids from the area every Saturday on campus and work with kids interested in science to compete in science fairs. I am also thinking about joining an improv acting group in Rochester once the city opens back up!"