The first aspect of the U of R¹s MSTP program that struck me was the incredible warmth of its faculty. They are all very open and easily accessible. Faculty here are happy to help with a wide range of issues, such as identifying potential laboratories for research rotations or offering insight about candidate neighborhoods when house hunting. The students are equally as inviting, and it is great to know that you¹ll spend the next 7 or 8 years in good company surrounded by friendly, like-minded students with goals similar to your own.
Regarding the program itself, I know I could not have made a better choice. Students may pursue their Ph.D training in a number of departments, allowing the flexibility needed to explore, discover, and develop their research interests and abilities. The Scientific Reasoning in Medicine course is a great way to encourage scientific thinking and dialogue between students and faculty during the first two medical school years of training. Lastly, Rochester itself provides the amenities of a city with a multitude of outdoor recreational activities, ensuring you¹ll never have a shortage of study break endeavors.