MD/PhD in Medicine and Nanoscale Science - FAQs


Applicants must have successfully completed a bachelor's degree and have met the minimum requirements for admission for both the SUNY Downstate College of Medicine and SUNY Poly. This is a highly competitive program attracting top-flight talent from around the world - successful applicants will have demonstrated proficiency in the life sciences, humanities, and communication (English). Those with diverse training and experience as well as non-traditional students are encouraged to apply.

SUNY Poly has a rolling admissions process. Applicants should adhere to the SUNY Downstate College of Medicine application cycle:

  • June 1: Earliest date to complete an AMCAS application
  • August 1: Latest date for Early Decision applicants to file an AMCAS application
  • August 17: Latest date for Early Decision applicants to have a completed application on file
  • December 15: Latest date for applicants to have a completed application on file at AMCAS
  • December 15: M.D./Ph.D. Latest Date to complete application with School of Graduate Studies
  • February 1: Latest date to have a completed application on file in the Office of Admissions
  • May 3: Latest date to request a deferred acceptance


The number of applicants interviewed and admitted each cycle depends on the number of currently open slots, the quality of the applicant pool, and available funding.

A representative of the program will contact you once your application is accepted or rejected. You may contact the SUNY Poly CNSE Office of Student Services at any time for an update on the status of your review.

The program is structured such that both degrees will be completed in approximately seven years. This may be extended under certain circumstances where additional time is needed to complete the training.

Full-time students MD/PhD candidates receive financial support in the form of a full tuition scholarship and a graduate assistantship (stipend). The basic stipend for the 2019-20 academic year (paid as a graduate assistantship as long as the student remains in good academic standing) was $31,212 annually. Stipends are provided to entry-level PhD and MD/PhD students from SUNY Downstate school-wide resources for the first two years. In subsequent years, stipends are provided by training grants, pre-doctoral fellowships, or research grants awarded to individual researchers.

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Yes, students will begin their laboratory rotations during the summer before starting medical school and between years one and two of medical school. After the completion of the second summer experience, the student will then decide on their PhD thesis advisor.

Applicants to the MD/PhD in Nanomedicine Program must take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) but are not required to take the GRE.

Yes. Applicants will be interviewed in person at one of the two institutions or both.

Prior experience in scientific research is preferred, but not required.

Yes, representatives from each institution will assist you with relocation and housing options to ensure smooth transitions during your training.

Yes, although it is expected that most students will complete their thesis project in the nanobioscience constellation. However, if a student has particular interest in nanoscience or nanoengineering, he/she may select a mentor in one of those constellations.








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