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A Message from the Director

Dr. O'Banion

Welcome, and thank you for considering Rochester for your physician-scientist training!

The Medical Scientist Training (MD/PhD) Program provides training for some of the most demanding and rewarding careers available today.

At Rochester, we develop talent through interactive research, teaching, patient care, and individual mentoring. 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.

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.

I personally invite you to consider our institute for your combined degree training in order to develop the skills and expertise needed to become a physician-scientist. The thrill of discovery and the satisfaction of bringing science and medicine together provide rewards that are matched by few endeavors and here at Rochester, our program and environment are designed to maximize this synergism.

M. Kerry O'Banion, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Medical Scientist Training Program

A Safe, Welcoming and Supportive Environment for Graduate Study

We encourage students to investigate the academic and social climate in which they will be working. We recognize that recent allegations and an independent investigation may have raised questions about choosing the University of Rochester for your graduate studies. The University is deeply committed to providing a safe, inclusive and supportive learning environment for graduate students. We are taking steps to further strengthen that commitment.

  • The CARE network—our nationally recognized program for expressing concern about any person, incident or issue in the University community and getting support to address it—serves all graduate and post-baccalaureate students as well as University undergraduates.
  • Our Ombudsperson Program for graduate students and postdoctoral appointees adds a layer of confidential and independent support for discussing any concern and also for reporting inappropriate behavior.
  • The Office for Inclusion and Culture Development promotes diversity and is tasked with ensuring that policies and practices to support learners are clear, consistent, and communicated effectively across all medical center education programs.

Our goal is to provide a first-class research and training environment in which faculty, learners and staff are united by mutual respect and the love of science. You’ll see this in Dean Mark Taubman’s response to the independent investigator’s report and the welcome message from Richard Feldman, interim president designate for the University. Find more resources and information on this website or talk to your program representative if you have questions.