Future Students

Students in Anatomy Lab.

How It Works

Our program's structured curriculum and one-on-one advising give you the resources to succeed on your path to becoming a clinical translational scientist with an average program duration of seven to eight years.

First Two Years: MS 1 & 2

  • Clinical and didactic coursework alongside medical students
  • Laboratory Rotations
  • Bi-weekly MD-PhD Seminar

PhD Training: Avg 3-5 years

  • Advanced basic science coursework
  • PhD thesis research
  • Longitudinal clinical mentoring program
  • Bi-weekly MD-PhD Seminar

Final Two Years: MS 3 & 4

  • Clinical rotations and electives
  • Prepare for Residency or Post-Doc
  • Bi-weekly MD-PhD Seminar

Experience Immersive Clinical Training

students in Behling Simulation Center.

Our medical curriculum sets the stage for a gratifying career and lifelong learning.

Your clinical training begins right from Day 1 and continues through the PhD portion of your training with our Longitudinal Clinical Mentoring Program.

Academic Health Center

The University at Buffalo Academic Health Center brings together the talents of clinicians, educators, and researchers to provide superb research and educational environments to foster basic discovery in the biosciences, health-sciences translational research, preventive and interventional clinical trials, superb clinical care, and training of the next generation of health care practitioners in these disciplines.


  • We are distinct and one of only a few that include the full complement of health schools.
  • We provide a unique environment by merging educational training, patient care, health-sciences translational research, and clinical trials.
  • We are committed to collaboration with our centralized location in downtown Buffalo at the new home of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Explore Broad Research Possibilities

Diverse research opportunities form the heart of our program.

Whether your calling is in the basic sciences, public health, engineering, or cancer sciences, we're sure you'll find your fit here.

MD-PhD student.

PhD Program Options

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedical Informatics
  • Genetics, Genomics & Bioinformatics
  • Microbiology & Immunology
  • Neuroscience
  • Oral Biology
  • Pathology & Anatomical Sciences
  • Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Physiology & Biophysics
  • Structural Biology

School of Public Health and Health Professions

  • Epidemiology
  • Nutrition & Exercise Science

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical & Biological Engineering
  • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

  • Cancer Prevention
  • Genetics and Genomics
  • Tumor Immunology
  • Cell Stress and Biophysical Oncology
  • Experimental Therapeutics

Connect Medicine to Research

You will train in both tracks concurrently throughout your MD-PhD program, cross-applying your insights into research and patient care.

The international focus on translational research, rapidly putting laboratory discoveries to use in improving patient care, has created a high demand for physician-scientists.

As a student in our program, you will:

  • learn interdisciplinary skills and acquire the comprehensive perspective translational research demands
  • collaborate with accomplished physicians and scientists working now to deliver advanced clinical care, investigate the causes of disease and translate new biotechnologies into improved treatments
  • benefit directly from faculty involvement with our school’s well-established translational research programs, many of which are internationally recognized for their sustained excellence and notable discoveries

Admissions Statistics: Incoming Class of 2021

165 applications.
53 interviews.
4 incoming class.
50% female:male ratio.
4000 average research hours.
750 average clinical hours.

Ready to start your journey?