Faces and Voices

Megan Murray

UB's personalized approach has helped Megan Murray reach her full potential.

What motivated you to pursue an MD/PhD?

As an undergraduate I participated in research and worked at a newborn screening lab. I enjoyed pursuing answers to basic science questions, so I thought I would pursue a PhD. However, during my junior year I realized that I also loved day-to-day contact with a variety of people, and research alone would not necessarily afford that.

What would you tell others about your PhD education at UB?

It has been incredibly positive. The Department of Immunology bends over backward to make sure you’re happy, help you find a lab and assist you with paperwork and anything else you need to accomplish during the program. There are meetings twice a semester to get student feedback and reevaluate the program.

Can you think of an example when faculty proved especially helpful?

Faculty and administrators spent significant time guiding me to find a lab that was a perfect fit, with the result being a happy placement in Dr. Kelvin Lee’s lab. Their personalized approach to help each student reach their potential shines through even in small details. In the first year of the program, they write a letter to each student evaluating your strengths and weaknesses and offering encouragement and advice. This hands-on guidance made me realize that UB is the perfect fit for me.

What are your impressions of UB Medical School?

The Medical School goes out of its way to include students on committees and panels that have a direct impact on how the school is run. The classes are well coordinated and interesting, and the fact that you have contact with patients in your first year of training is invaluable.

What are your future goals?

A residency in internal medicine or ob/gyn, a stint with Doctors without Borders, running my own lab, a professorship at a university and eventually opening a free clinic in Buffalo to help the underserved. Personally, I would like to get a dog, get married and raise a family—preferably in that order!

Is there anything else you'd like to share about yourself?

I have a life outside of school! I live with my boyfriend and cat, and spending time with them makes me happier than just about anything. I’m an avid cyclist, and I volunteer with Literacy Services of Buffalo, teaching people how to read. I’m a total foodie, and I spend quite a bit of time trying new restaurants and recipes with friends.