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MD/PhD Curriculum

Our integrated curriculum helps you earn your MD and PhD in seven to eight years.

MD Program Year 1

In the first two years, your training parallels medical students’ with the addition of the MSTP Research Seminar, a course that integrates your clinical and research training from the beginning of your studies. Distinguished university faculty present biweekly seminars on current advances in basic and clinical research across the biological and medical disciplines, and you will participate weekly in a supervised clinical experience.

Fall

  • Gross Anatomy
  • Clinical Practice of Medicine
  • Medicine and Society
  • Fundamentals I: Molecules, Cells and Molecular Genetics
  • Fundamentals II: Underlying Principles
  • MSTP Research Seminar

Spring

  • Clinical Practice of Medicine
  • Gastrointestinal System and Metabolism
  • Urinary Tract and Renal System
  • Musculoskeletal System and Integument
  • Hematology
  • MSTP Research Seminar
  • Laboratory Rotations

Summer

  • PhD Laboratory Rotations

MD Program Year 2

Fall

  • Clinical Practice of Medicine
  • Human Cardiovascular System
  • Pulmonary System
  • Neuroscience and Behavior I
  • MSTP Research Seminar
  • Laboratory Rotations

Spring

  • Clinical Practice of Medicine
  • Neuroscience and Behavior II
  • Endocrine and Reproductive Systems and the Life Cycle
  • MSTP Research Seminar
  • Identification of Laboratory and limited research
  • Laboratory Rotations

Summer

  • PhD Thesis Research

PhD Program

From this basis, you undertake your thesis research and defense, which takes three to four years:

  • PhD thesis research
  • Completion of advanced coursework in selected basic science discipline
  • Weekly Grand Rounds in clinical program of choice or clinical alternative
  • MSTP research seminars

You must meet all requirements of the UB Graduate School for completion of the PhD degree (specific course requirements vary by department).

You should complete the preliminary/proposition examination within 12 to 18 months of entering the PhD component. Thereafter, you are required to complete an original research project and prepare and defend a dissertation based on this work.

MD Program Year 3

To complete your medical education and earn your MD, you return to our standard third and fourth year medical curriculum, with the MSTP Research Seminar integrated alongside your other courses:

  • Family Medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Pediatrics; Gynecology and Obstetrics
  • Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Dilemmas in Medicine
  • MSTP Research Seminar
  • Electives (2)

MD Program Year 4

  • Basic Neurology
  • Advanced Clerkship in Medicine
  • Surgical Specialties
  • MSTP Research Seminar
  • Electives (5)