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MD/PhD Program Events: Opportunities for Student and Faculty Interaction

  • Yearly Retreat in August
  • MD/PhD Dinner Seminars—held three times each semester, these meetings alternate between an informal faculty presentation, a presentation by residents or fellows, and a visiting faculty lecture.  The Events Chair of the Student Council is responsible for scheduling speakers and selecting food.  These sessions represent outstanding opportunities for students to interact in a scientific, collegial forum.  Students are expected to attend at least 2 sessions each semester as detailed in the Student Council Guidelines (page 9).  Some sessions are devoted to career choices.  A popular forum from past years is a round table discussion with faculty and fellows at different career stages discussing their integration of research and clinical training.
  • Medical Scientist Research Symposium (MSRS) and Revisit Weekend—our MD/PhD students play a very active role in recruiting potential matriculants through their extensive involvement with hosting applicants, and planning/participating in both the MSRS and Revisit Weekend activities. Attendance at the half-day MSRS symposium is mandatory unless excused by Dr. O’Banion.  Specific MSRS/Revisit Weekend activities include a combined luncheon and poster session by current MD/PhD students, as well as an elegant dinner at a historic mansion that is attended by a large number of faculty, program directors and administrators.
  • Local and National Meetings—in addition to attending meetings in their specific fields, our students take advantage of opportunities to interact with MD/PhD students from other programs.  Locally, Drs. O’Banion, Halterman and MD/PhD students attend the Annual Tri-Institutional MD/PhD Research Conference, held jointly with MD/PhD students from Syracuse and Buffalo. We also send 6 students to the National MD/PhD Student’s Conference in Colorado each summer and encourage attendance at the American Physician Scientists Association Annual meeting held in Chicago each April. These represent outstanding opportunities to learn about other programs, current research, and career options.  Details about student travel support are provided in the next section. 
  • Longitudinal Rounds Course— throughout their graduate years, MSTP students are required to participate in Longitudinal Clerkship Experiences. During each academic year, the MSTP hosts a Longitudinal Rounds Course once a month, which allows all graduate students currently in a Clerkship Experience to present medical cases with current faculty, and their fellow trainees. Students must attend a minimum of three (3) LR sessions and present at least one (1) patient encounter during the course of each LCE.
  • Social Events—throughout the year, MSTP students organize events about every other month.  These include outdoor activities such as white-water rafting or downhill skiing, an annual maple sugar pancake excursion, holiday parties, and dinner or brunch for students graduating from the program in May.  These are always well attended and enjoyed by spouses, significant others, program directors and our administrators.