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Selection Criteria

It is the policy of the NYMC School of Medicine to seek to admit a diverse class with respect to gender, race, ethnicity, cultural and economic background, and life experience.  The School believes a diverse student body provides a valuable educational experience that prepares its medical students for the real world of medical practice in a multicultural society.

The Committee on Admissions has the difficult task of selecting an entering class from thousands of applicants. There are many more applicants who meet the qualifications for the study of medicine than can be admitted to an incoming class. Each applicant is subject to an individualized holistic review  - defined by the AAMC as a process of assessing an applicant’s capabilities by which balanced consideration is given to foundational experiences, personal attributes and academic metrics and, when considered in combination, how the individual might contribute value as a medical student and physician.

The Committee strives to select those candidates who demonstrate proficiency in the Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students that have been endorsed by the AAMC Group of Student Affairs (GSA) and Committee on Admissions (COA).  These competencies fall into four categories: (1) Interpersonal; (2) Intrapersonal; (3) Thinking and Reasoning; and (4) Science.  The Committee believes these foundational competencies are essential for success in medical school and future professional practice.

Future medical student candidates should have a college education that includes premedical science coursework required for medical school as well as broad exposure to the humanities and social sciences. Academic competence to succeed in medical school is assessed by the applicant’s college record including GPA and MCAT scores.

An applicant must also demonstrate excellent observation and communication skills as well as the motor function and conceptual, integrative and quantitative skills required for the study of medicine. As a future physician, an applicant must have the physical capacity and emotional maturity to complete medical school and practice medicine independently. These skills are outlined in the NYMC School of Medicine Technical Standards for Admissions and Continued Enrollment.