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BURROW MD/PhD Conference

Atrium Poster Session

Saturday, October 22, 2022

School of Medicine & Dentistry

Flaum Atrium, Class of '62 Auditorium, Adolph Auditorium and Alumni Hallway

Registration is free and open to all affiliated, interested parties:



What exactly is the BURROW MD/PhD Conference, and what does it stand for?

The University of Rochester MD/PhD Program is proud to be this year's host of the BURROW MD/PhD Conference (formerly Tri-Institutional Conference). Pairing with SUNY Upstate Medical University and University at Buffalo MD-PhD Programs, it will be our first in-person meeting of the three institutions since 2019. The conference is an annual gathering of MD/PhD students from the University of Rochester, SUNY Upstate Medical University and the University at Buffalo to present research and posters, engage in workshops, hear from renowned physician-scientists and faculty, and gather to discuss common interests in the field of physician-scientists. Having held numerous titles over the year, the meeting has been renamed Buffalo, Upstate, Rochester: Research Out West(ern NY), or BURROW.

Who can attend the meeting?

MD/PhD students and faculty from the University of Rochester, SUNY Upstate Medical University, and the University at Buffalo are typically in attendance. Other students in medical and/or graduate training are also invited to attend, including current medical students in research, current MD/PhD students from other APSA Northeast Institutions, and any other interested individuals.

Tentative Schedule of Events

**Please note that this schedule is tentative. Check back for updates to the schedule, and the final schedule of events will be sent out to all registered attendees closer to the event.**

9:00am - Registration & Poster Set Up
9:45am - Welcome Remarks
10:00am - External Keynote Speaker

  •  Michael Chin, MD, PhD, Research Director, Tufts Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center, Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine, Director Tufts Medical Scientist Training Program (URMC MSTP Class of 1991)

11:00am - Break
11:15am - Breakout Session #1 (Choose 1/3)

  • At the Helm: Management 101 for Physician-Scientists, Making the most of collaboration with a statistician, F30 student panel

12:00pm - Lunch and Poster Session
1:00pm - Student Talks
2:00pm - Break
2:15pm - Internal Keynote Speaker

  • Hiroshi Miyamoto, MD, PhD, Attending Surgical Pathologist, URMC, Director of Genitourinary Pathology, URMC, Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine and Urology, URMC

3:15pm - Breakout Session #2 (Choose 1/3)

  • PSTP and post-graduate training, JEDI: Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, Mentor Relationships 

4:00pm - Closing Remarks
TBD - Post-Conference Social at a Local Bar/Restaurant

Abstract Submission for Poster Session & Oral Talks

All participants are encouraged to submit abstracts for the poster session(s). Interested participants may submit abstracts in the registration form. If you would like to also be considered for a student oral talk, please indicate so on the registration form. Abstracts will be reviewed by a student committee, and those who are selected to present an oral talk will be notified no later than Friday, October 14th. Abstracts are limited to one per registrant. Please limit abstracts to 300 words, and include title, authors, and affiliations. The abstract deadline is Friday, October 7, 2022. 

Transportation, Parking & Contact Information

The meeting will take place in the School of Medicine (415 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14642). It is important that you use 415 Elmwood in your GPS rather than our mailing address of 601 Elmwood, otherwise it will take you to the hospital entrance. There is a bus loop with a silver clock in the center as a landmark. We have reserved spaces in the visitor parking lot (MRB) right as you pull into the School of Medicine main entrance. Any further instructions will be sent out to registered attendees the week of the conference. 

If you have any questions regarding the conference including registration, transportation, schedule, etc., please contact the MSTP Administrator, Alysha Taggart at