The Medical Scientist Training Program at Rochester has a long tradition of excellence training physician scientists, with the 2020-2021 academic year marking our 63rd year training physician-scientists and 48th year of continuous NIH funding. At Rochester, we emphasize an integrative, evidence-based approach throughout the program. The medical school exemplifies this by incorporating George Engel’s biopsychosocial model of medicine and by the Double Helix Curriculum. In this curriculum, medical students will be exposed to basic science and clinical training throughout all four years of medical school. The MD/PhD curriculum extends this to integrating research throughout the program, including laboratory rotations, the Scientific Reasoning in Medicine (SRM) journal club, regular dinner seminars, Medical Scientist Research Symposia (MSRS), annual retreats, regional MD/PhD Student Conferences, and participation in the American Physician Scientist Association (APSA).
Furthermore, the Rochester MSTP’s strengths include rapidly expanding opportunities for basic and translational research, highly qualified and motivated students who take an active role in program administration, and a highly livable city for when you aren't working in the clinic, the classroom or the laboratory.