Category Archives: MD/PhD

MD-PHD Interactive Q&A Session (July 27th)

The American Physician Scientists Association (APSA) is proud to invite all prospective applicants and interested parties to an interactive Q&A session about 2017 MSTP and MD-PhD applications.  Our featured experts are Dr. Robin Lorenz from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Dr. Skip Brass from the University of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Kerry O’Banion from the University of Rochester.

The session will be hosted via GoToMeeting ( on Thursday, July 27 at 6pm EST. GoToMeeting may be accessed via phone or computer and a meeting specific call-in number will be made available before the session.

There will be a follow-up discussion forum on Medstro ( the following week for further discussion and questions.


Is an MD-PhD Right for Me?

Do you want the opportunity to train in both medicine and research? An MD-PhD allows you to do just that. But what does it mean to become a physician scientist? We asked AAMC experts to explain why you might want to consider this type of training.

Read the rest of the article.


Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) Webinar

Are you a college freshman or sophomore seeking a summer career-enrichment opportunity within the health professions?  Register today to join the upcoming Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) webinar and get an in-depth look into all the program has to offer.  The webinar will occur Thursday, January 26, 2017 @ 5 PM EST. Register today for the SHPEP webinar to learn the first-hand experience of past SHPEP scholars who successfully completed the 6-week summer career-enrichment experience! Webinar panelists will include SHPEP alumni and ambassadors who will discuss the academic possibilities they obtained, thanks to their educational experience at the SHPEP. The University of Iowa will also offer great tips and insight to potential applicants eager to apply.

Formerly SMDEP (Summer Medical and Dental Education Program), the program expanded in 2016 to include a broader range of health professions beyond medicine and dentistry to include pharmacy, nursing, optometry, public health, physical therapy and physician assistant.  Participation in the summer enrichment program may better position students for acceptance into advanced degree programs.  Students should visit to learn more and apply to the SHPEP today.  The application deadline is March 1, 2017.


Spring 2017 Prehealth Committee Application Now Open


The ONLINE application is available to you from NOW to MARCH 15. 

Please remember to go to for full Committee details.

This announcement is for students applying to the professional health schools of medicine (MD and DO), dental medicine, podiatry, optometry, and chiropractic for fall 2018 intended admission.                                                                                                                                            

Many times, because of application deadlines, our applicants to optometry, podiatry and chiropractic schools are able to use our fall (September 1) Committee cycle if they wish. ***Please note that applicants to US MD and DDS schools are NO LONGER able to use our annual fall cycle with a deadline of September 1.***

If you have any questions or concerns about this Committee policy, please set an appointment with a prehealth advisor *well before* the spring deadline MARCH 15, 2017.

A brief PowerPoint and detailed instruction guide have been added to the prehealth website to assist you.

Please go to and

You will be **unable** to come through the spring Committee process if you do not submit your ONLINE application by this deadline.   

Once you submit your application, you will be unable to make any changes to it.

  • Please go to
  • You will be directed to provide an email address (preferably UB) and hit SUBMIT.
  • You will then receive an email that provides you with the URL of the application. You will see in the email that your username to log-in will be the email address you provided.  Your password will be temporarily assigned to you.  You can then click on the URL to log in to the application.
  • At the log-in screen, you will be asked to change your password.  PASSWORDS WILL BE CASE SENSITIVE.

These instructions are also be available on the website at


Once you initiate your application, please go to the section titled “References.”  If you type in the names of your prospective letter writers, we will place a “Y” for YES next to each when the letter of recommendation is received by our office.

This way, you can easily track the receipt of your letters through your application.

You want to assure that you have at least 4 letters submitted to our office by APRIL 15, 2017.


Information will be forthcoming about the specific dates in the spring of 2017 when you can come by 109 Norton Hall to complete some additional, important paperwork for the Committee as well as pay the Committee fee.


Several information sessions have been scheduled to inform you about the full Committee process and answer your questions.  We strongly encouraged you to attend so that you may sign the “Prehealth Committee Intent Form” so we know to expect you through this upcoming cycle.  The Prehealth Committee Student Meetings are designed to provide you with all you need to know for applying for a Prehealth Committee Letter and detail how the process will work. The application deadline is March 15, 2017, so be sure to attend a session!

Thursday, February 9 4:00pm-5:00pm 210 Student Union
Tuesday, February 14 4:00pm-5:00pm 210 Student Union
Wednesday, February 15 4:00pm-5:30pm 210 Student Union
Wednesday, February 22 4:00pm-5:00pm 210 Student Union
Monday, February 27 2:00pm-3:00pm 210 Student Union
Tuesday, March 7 3:00pm-4:00pm 210 Student Union

Prehealth Assistant

Please note that Jennifer Rosseland, formerly the prehealth assistant in the Office of Prehealth Advising Services in 109 Norton Hall is no longer working in our center.  If you email her, she is *unable* to assist with your inquiries.  You need to contact Carl Lam at 716-645-6012 or via email at for procedural items related to the Prehealth Committee as well as inquiries regarding your letters of recommendation.  For all other prehealth matters, please do reach out to prehealth advisor via email or set either an in person or telephone appt by calling 716-645-6013 or stopping by 109 Norton Hall any time from 8:30-4:30 Monday through Friday.

Re-Applicant Information for 2018 Admission

If you are anticipating *reapplying* in 2017 for fall 2018 admission and have previously come through the Prehealth Committee, please do not open another Committee application but instead set a phone or in-person appointment with a prehealth advisor in the spring of 2017 (before May) to help assess your preparedness to reapply.  The professional health schools expect a “significantly different application” from any previous applications to warrant an acceptance.  Reapplication is time consuming and costly.   For further information for re-applicants who have previously gone through the UB Prehealth Committee, please go to   We will begin to accept re-applicant addendum forms in May of 2017.


BRUSH Summer Research Program at Michigan State University

The Biomedical Research for University Students in Health Sciences (BRUSH) program at Michigan State University is a Summer Research Program for students from populations underrepresented in biomedical research. The BRUSH Program is suitable for students interested in biomedical research, and it is also valuable for students interested in human medicine or veterinary medicine.


During the 12-week BRUSH Program students conduct research under the guidance of a faculty mentor and also participate in ancillary activities to help them explore research as a career and succeed in the conduct and presentation of their research. The program is best suited for students who have completed their sophomore or junior year of undergraduate studies, although applicants with less college credit will be considered.


Students in this program are paid $4,800 for the summer, and additional funds are available to cover the cost of program related expenses (housing and conference travel).

For BRUSH Program details see



Ohio State SUCCESS Summer Research Program

The Ohio State University College of Medicine

SUCCESS Summer Undergraduate Course

Creating Excellence in Scientific Study

May 22, 2017 – July 29, 2017

10 Weeks


  • Laboratory Research
  • Professional Development/Ethics Training
  • Includes Housing, Travel Allowance and a generous stipend!


  • Increase Diversity in BioMedical Sciences
  • Prepare students to be more competitive in MD/PhD programs


  • Expected College Graduation date in 2018 or 2019
  • Enrolled in a U.S. 4-year


  • Available online October 2016
  • Application deadline January 7, 2017


Gateways of the Laboratory Summer Program

Applications for the 2017 Gateways to the Laboratory Summer Program for Pre-MD-PhD students are now being accepted.

Find out more about the Gateways to the Laboratory Program and its unique blended learning format by clicking here.

The Gateways to the Laboratory Program is for:

  • Freshman and sophomores (at time of application) only;
  • Underrepresented minority and/or disadvantaged backgrounds or have a disability;
  • US Citizens/Permanent Residents;
  • Students who wish to pursue the combined MD-PhD degrees after college.

The application deadline for this and most other summer programs is February 1.

There are also two podcasts “Tri-I Pod” (available on iTunes) related to the Gateways to the Laboratory Program. Episode 3 of the podcasts specifically talks about the unique mentoring program “Big Sibs” practiced in Gateways. Episode 4 of the podcast discusses the unique journal club they offer and the incredible support system that guides it.

MD/PhD Program Outreach Symposium

MD/PhD Program Outreach Symposium at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at the University of Rochester is hosting a MD/PhD Program Outreach Symposium on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. This event is for both high school and college students, and parents are also welcome to attend. Registration is FREE for this event; however, everyone should register on-line at by Monday, October 17, to ensure a seat and free meals for the day (breakfast and lunch).

The MSTP, part of the medical school, is a federally funded MD/PhD program for students training for both medical (MD) and research (PhD) degrees. The goal of the conference is to let interested undergraduate and high school students know about MD/PhD programs as a route to a career in medical research.  The program director and associate director will be giving an overview of MD/PhD programs and admissions. Dr. Jason Mendler, a UR MSTP alumnus, will be giving the keynote address, to share his experiences as a physician scientist. Students at each stage in their training will present their perspectives and showcase some of their exciting research. In addition, small group sessions will be able to provide tailored advice to the students, ranging from how to approach the early undergraduate years with an MD/PhD in mind to more specific questions about admissions and the interview process.