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Basic Medical Sciences–Traditional (Interdisciplinary Basic Medical Sciences)

Program Director:
Ken Lerea, Ph.D.Web_BMS

Basic Sciences Building - Room 248
(914) 594-4097

The traditional program track is for students intending to apply for admission to a variety of professional programs such as medicine, dentistry, physician’s assistant, veterinary, or to programs linked to a research career. This competitive program exposes students to a broad range of fields that cut across traditional disciplinary boundaries. The design of this program allows students to strengthen their knowledge base in core disciplines, enhance written and oral communication skills, and gain self-directed learning skills. Students are closely mentored by faculty of the medical and graduate schools. Courses are scheduled in the late afternoon/evening, allowing students the opportunity to work during the day or participate in activities that supplement their application to professional programs.

Recent graduates of the program have enrolled in medical school (LCME-accredited allopathic schools, osteopathic schools, Caribbean schools), dental school, ARC-PA accredited physician assistant programs and nursing school, joined the pharmaceutical industry, and entered doctoral programs.

NYMC GSBMS-SOM Guaranteed Interview Policy 

By agreement between the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences (GSBMS) and the NYMC School of Medicine (SOM), students in the Accelerated Master’s Program, two-year discipline-based Master’s programs within each of our basic sciences departments and the two-year interdisciplinary Basic Medical Sciences Master’s Program, or applicants who have completed one of these programs, and who seek admission to the NYMC SOM will be guaranteed an interview if they meet certain academic performance benchmarks.

Criteria for Guaranteed Interview:
Students must have applied to the SOM following the normal procedures specified by the SOM and have met the following benchmarks:

  • MCAT and GPA thresholds:
    • MCAT ≥ 506
    • For AMP students, graduate GPA ≥ 3.4 (at the completion of Block I OR overall GPA for students who have completed the entire course of study)
    • For two-year Master’s students, graduate GPA ≥ 3.4 (after completion of three semesters OR overall GPA for students who have completed the entire course of study)
  • Applicants must maintain professional and academic standards of integrity to be considered for interview and admission by NYMC SOM.

Kaplan Test Prep

We have partnered with Kaplan Test Prep to allow GSBMS students in good standing to register for one of Kaplan’s MCAT prep courses at a substantial discount from the regular retail price. Online courses are available throughout the year; our academic advisors help you decide if/when such a course would best fit into your schedule and planned application to medical school. If there is sufficient interest, an in-person course, with a live instructor, can also be arranged. We believe this is a real value-added element to consider on top of the already excellent curriculum and counseling you will receive in the Basic Medical Sciences Traditional Master’s program. 



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