The Committee on Admissions of New York Medical College selects an entering class of 194 students from an applicant pool of more than 12,000. The Committee’s goal is to accept those applicants it feels hold greatest promise of becoming outstanding physicians.
Full consideration is given to scholastic criteria, such as academic performance and MCAT scores. Successful applicants typically demonstrate a solid history of academic excellence. Although the majority of our students have undergraduate majors in the sciences, this is neither a requirement nor a factor in the selection process. Applicants who have a broad education in the humanities or may have completed their premedical requirements in a post baccalaureate program are given equal consideration.
In addition to academic credentials, the committee considers factors that point toward an applicant’s potential to become an informed and caring physician. These factors include but are not limited to intellectual curiosity, character, personality, and dedication to the service of others. Evidence of an applicant’s motivation and preparation for a career in medicine is evaluated through a careful examination of the breadth and quality of extracurricular, community service, research and work experiences. Qualities of character and personality are evaluated from letters of evaluation, the applicant’s personal statement, and impressions about the applicant gained during the interview process. Finally, the committee does not consider any applicant who has had scholastic difficulty, withdrawn or been dismissed from any medical school.
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 1) between January of 2011 and September 2013. MCAT scores from tests taken prior to January 2011 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: June 3, 2013