From your entry into our program, mentors will work closely with
you to maximize the benefits from your clinical training and
Your MSTP faculty advisor will help you maximize your educational experience throughout your studies. Once you enter the PhD program, your thesis advisor will guide your research and further career preparation.
Your MSTP faculty advisor helps you select courses, balance extracurricular activities and find appropriate electives, and evaluates your performance and progress, especially during the MD component.
Your advisor will be a member of the MSTP steering committee, although other faculty members can participate in this role under exceptional circumstances and when justified. Your MSTP faculty advisor may also serve as a non-voting member of your PhD thesis committee.
In your second MD year, you select your PhD thesis advisor and committee.
Once these are approved, you matriculate into the graduate department and begin your PhD work the summer following your second MD year.
Your PhD thesis advisor will maintain close contact with you and the MSTP steering committee regarding your progress through the PhD program to safeguard against potential problems.
You must keep your MSTP faculty advisor and your PhD thesis advisor informed of all research activities and problems or events that might affect your progress.
The MSTP steering committee is composed of some of the leading basic and clinical scientists at UB as well as two student representatives. The steering committee supports and encourages positive attitudes in our students and reinforces the quality and standards of the program.