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Mandatory Event/Course Requirements


First Year Medical School

Scientific Reasoning in Medicine - 8 per semester

Community Service (optional)

Dinner Seminars - 3 per semester (attend at least 2)


Summer Lab Rotation


Second Year Medical School

Scientific Reasoning in Medicine (SRM)

Primary Care Clerkship (PCC) Journal Club

Dinner Seminars – 3 per semester (attend at least 2)

PCC Master Clinician Rounds


2nd Humanities Seminar (Ethics & Professional Integrity in Research, IND501/IND506, which is mandatory in Grad 1 will satisfy this requirement)

Summer Lab Rotation(s)

Stress Adaptation and Transition (April-May)


PCC (April-May) - Except Longitudinal Preceptor

Community Service (optional)

Graduate School

Dinner Seminars

Various courses (Depends on department - Check MSTP Handbook)

MD/PhD Grant Writing Course


MD/PhD Longitudinal Rounds


Longitudinal Clerkship Experience (get special elective form from Student Services to sign up)

Ethics & Professional Integrity in Research (IND 501 and IND 506) – held in Fall each year (MANDATORY)


3rd Year Medical School

Dinner Seminars

Community Service

4th Year Medical School

Dinner Seminars

CHIC (Community Health Improvement Clerkship), Community Service

MSTP-specific Conferences:  All are coordinated by MSTP students; we encourage you to become involved so they continue!

  • Retreat (mandatory) - One day of student talks, posters, keynote speaker at off-site venue usually the Friday before medical school orientation starts.  Event Chair on Student Council coordinates this.
  • MSRS (Medical Scientist Research Symposium) - (mandatory) - half-day session held in January at UR SMD each year with national keynote speaker, student poster session, wine & cheese reception
  • MSTP Student Body meetings – entire MSTP student body should attend, not just those holding offices in the Student Council.  These are important meetings where changes such as curriculum are voted upon and it is YOUR student council. 
  • MSTP Outreach Conference – held at UR SMD every other year for high school and undergrad students to learn what an MD/PhD degree involves. 
  • MSTP Tri-Institutional Conference – 3 MD/PhD Programs join together every other year:  University at Buffalo, UR and Upstate Medical College (Syracuse) for a day of student talks, a keynote speaker.  Each program rotates as host.   

Other things to remember

MD/PhD Training Funds ($300 per year, $2400 total); each student is allotted upon matriculating into MD/PhD Program.  Purpose is to fund things not normally covered by graduate advisors/departments (i.e. clinical conferences, USMLE study software, etc.).  When in graduate school, always request other funds from graduate advisor/dept. first before using these.  Always check with MSTP Administrator or Recruitment Coordinator to be sure expense is appropriate for reimbursement before turning in receipts. 

Mailbox numbers  - you will keep these for the duration of training, regardless of whether you’re in medical or graduate school.

Immediate response required for Director, Administrator, Recruitment Coordinator emails! (if response is warranted).  Especially important for NIH grant material…If you are appointed to the MSTP grant (there are 11 slots this year), you will be required to use X-train in the eRA Commons on the NIH website.

Annual Compliance – If you don't comply with any of the following, you will be placed on administrative probation and not allowed to continue taking classes.  This is necessary in graduate school as well, so do not ignore! 

  • Online Hospital In-service Exam, CPR, UHS Health Update (PPD and TB Mask Fitting), Affirmation Statement

Online Payroll System -

  • Allows you to view/download paystubs (esp. important if purchasing home, car, etc.), change address, phone number, tax withholding, any other personal information at the University.  You must keep this updated in order for Payroll to send your W-2 form to the correct address at the end of the year. 

Always refer to the MSTP Student Handbook and Forms for answers to questions before coming to the MSTP Administrator or Recruitment Coordinator. All required Longitudinal Clerkship and Laboratory Rotation evaluation forms can be also be downloaded that you and your advisor/preceptor are required to fill out and turn in to the MSTP office (as well as SMD Registrar for Longitudinal Clerkship and Graduate Education Office for Lab Rotations).