Why Earn an MD/PhD?
As a researcher, there's no better way to understand challenges in clinical medicine
than to become an M.D. You'll apply the insights you gain at patient bedsides into
problems that can be solved in the lab.
Why Earn an MD/PhD from SUNY Downstate?
Since 1967, our trailblazing MD/Ph.D. program has launched the careers of many graduates.
You'll conduct high-level research, while also gaining the same intensive clinical
experience as a medical student.
You'll be choosing a rigorous path—but one that will find you at the nexus of world-class
care and discovery. As a medical student at the only academic research center in Brooklyn,
you'll work with a team of physicians, nurses and other specialists as you sharpen
your understanding of health care problems that affect our diverse community. And
as a researcher, you'll have access to advanced laboratories committed to breakthroughs
that narrow health disparities in urban populations.
What You Will Learn
- You'll follow the basic medical school curriculum, Foundations of Medicine, during
the first 18 months of your studies. At the same time, you'll work in research labs
during your first two summers.
- Over the next three to four years, you will focus on your research through the School
of Graduate Studies, ultimately writing your doctoral thesis.
- After completing your Ph.D., you'll return to the College of Medicine to earn your
- Downstate has long been a leader in cardiovascular biology, neuroscience, bioengineering-instrumentation
and molecular and cellular biology. Specific strengths include learning and memory
mechanisms; pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and cardiomyopathy; HIV/AIDS; immunology;
pain and addiction; neurology; ophthalmology; and optical tomography imaging technology.