The Committee on Admissions of New York Medical College selects an entering class of approximately 195 students from an applicant pool of more than 13,000. The Committee’s goal is to accept those applicants it feels hold greatest promise of becoming outstanding physicians.
All candidates are required to take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). This test is viewed by the Admissions Committee as evidence of academic competence and as an achievement test which allows appropriate comparisons. The MCAT must be taken between January 2012 and November 2014. MCAT scores from tests taken prior to January 2012 will not be accepted. If there are more than one set of MCAT scores for an applicant, the most recent one is given greater consideration. See the Secondary Application Instructions for specific dates of acceptable MCAT scores.
Applicants often ask what will help them get into medical school. “Is volunteering in an emergency room a good thing to do? Which is better, clinical or laboratory research? Does a two-week medical mission count as community service? These questions suggest a “formulaic” approach towards applying to medical school. Unfortunately, there is no prescribed professional development checklist for getting into medical school. Successful applicants first need to confirm for themselves – and then provide evidence to an admissions committee – they have the aptitude, preparation, motivation, and maturity to embark on career dedicated to the health and well-being of people in an increasingly culturally diverse world. Whether it is laboratory research, working as a nurse’s aide, volunteering in a hospital, shadowing in a clinic, teaching health education, joining AmeriCorps, Vista or the Peace Corps, applicants must demonstrate they have taken concrete steps to learn more about medicine, science, and people from different cultures.
Updated: May 30, 2014