New York Medical College
Administration Building
40 Sunshine Cottage Road
Valhalla, New York 10595
Phone: 914-594-4000


Technical Standards for Admissions and Enrollment

In order to be seriously considered for admission, promotion, and graduation, candidates must demonstrate academic accomplishments at the undergraduate level, including completion of all required coursework. In addition, candidates must maintain sensory, motor, communication, intellectual, behavioral, social, and moral ability sufficient to complete the course of study.


I. Sensory Ability: The candidate must have discriminatory ability in the senses of vision, hearing, touch, and smell sufficient to learn information presented, assess patients, and assess diagnostic material. Examples include, but are not limited to, observing demonstrations in the classroom, laboratory, or clinical setting; viewing microscopic and gross specimens of normal and pathological anatomy, tissue, and cultures; and using all these senses to assess a patient both at a distance and close at hand.


II. Motor Ability: The candidate must have fine and gross motor skills sufficient to perform quick precise movements, manipulate medical instruments, manipulate patients' limbs and bodies, and maintain equilibrium and sustained forceful movements. In addition, the candidate must have stamina sufficient to complete normal duty hours, courses, and clinical rotations within the time frame required by the school. Examples of sufficient motor ability include, but are not limited to, performing venipuncture or other procedures to obtain diagnostic materials; perform anatomical dissection, from making precise cuts with a scalpel to rolling over a cadaver; perform basic and advanced cardiac life support tasks such as chest compressions, artificial respiration, intubation, and administering medication in an emergency situation; and carry out a normal shift of clinical work.


III. Communication Ability: A candidate must have the ability to speak, listen, write, draw, and observe sufficient to elicit and convey written, verbal, and non-verbal information to and from patients, family, health care team members, faculty, and administrators. They must be able to convey and collect information rapidly, accurately, and with clarity and sensitivity. Examples include, but are not limited to, taking a patient's history and assessing their mood, posture, and intellectual functions; teaching and learning from patients, faculty, and peers; giving a patient bad news with empathy and sensitivity; and presenting a case history, physical, and treatment plan.


IV. Intellectual Ability: The candidate must have conceptual, integrative, and quantitative abilities sufficient to learn, teach, create, analyze, synthesize, extrapolate, make objective and subjective judgments, solve problems, organize, and implement plans. Examples include, but are not limited to, doing statistical analysis of data; calculating dietary requirements; comparing, selecting, and defending with rational arguments a treatment plan from among a large set of possibilities; satisfactory completion of all exams and reading, written, and computer course assignments; and being able to understand abstract concepts and three-dimensional spatial relationship between anatomical structures.


V. Behavioral Ability: The candidate must have mature behavior and social abilities sufficient to be composed, adaptable, resilient, punctual, decisive, thoughtful, candid, receptive, diligent, persevering, and tolerant. Examples include, but are not limited to, being able to adapt to frequent changes in clinical clerkship sites, work environments, and teams; being able to prioritize numerous tasks and maximize productivity to achieve multiple goals in a timely fashion including educational, administrative, and patient care; being able to exercise good and consistent judgment in complex situations; remain nonjudgmental about cultural beliefs, spiritual beliefs, or sexual orientations different than their own; be able to examine the entire patient, male or female, regardless of the candidate's cultural, social, or religious beliefs; be able to develop mature, sensitive, professional, responsible, and effective relationships with patients; accept criticism and respond by appropriate modification of behavior; and to continue to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of patients.


While technological compensation can be made for some handicaps in certain of these areas, the College must be fully satisfied that a candidate can perform in a reasonably independent manner and complete the essential functions of the entire curriculum of required courses and electives. The use of a trained intermediary to substitute for any of the functions above is not acceptable because the candidate's judgment would be mediated by someone else's power of observation, selection, and interpretation.



Effective August 1, 2012








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