Medical Schools in New York City with Degree Program Overviews

There are 8 schools within 50 miles of New York City that have medical training programs. Read an overview of the programs, requirements, and admission info for 3 schools within 15 miles of the city center, and find out which school is the right one for you.

New York City Medical Schools

There are many highly regarded medical schools that call New York City home, and this article examines 3 that are no more than 20 minutes from the heart of downtown and the medical degree programs they offer. Prospective students can refer to the table of information about each institution. Found at the end of this article, this table will give them facts on school type, medical school enrollment and tuition.

  • In addition to a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree, New York University offers MD/Master of Public Health (MPH), MD/Master of Science in Clinical Investigation, MD/Master of Arts in Bioethics, MD/Master of Business Administration (MBA)General Management and MD/Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. This school is about 4 miles from downtown.
  • Weill Cornell Medical College, 6 miles from downtown New York City, offers MD, MD/MBA and Tri-Institutional MD/PhD degree programs. It also has a Master of Science in Health Science degree program for physician assistants.
  • About 11 miles from the downtown area, Columbia University medical students have the option of earning an MD, MD/MPH, MD/MBA and an MD/PhD.

New York University

NYU's Langone Medical Center, the core training facility for the School of Medicine, is located on Manhattan's East Side and offers several notable programs: in 2013, U.S. News and World Report ranked the medical school as #26 nationally in research and #74 for primary care. As of 2012, NYU's medical school employed 4,256 full- and part-time faculty members, and the faculty-student ratio was roughly 2:1. The International Health Program at NYU allows students to travel and research public and clinical health initiatives abroad, while the School of Medicine Honors Program includes completion of an additional 18 weeks of research culminating in a thesis.


NYU's MD degree can be earned in 3 or 4 years. Its disease-centered and patient-focused 'Curriculum for the 21st Century' (C21) is comprised of 4 stages, including the core foundation, core principles, clerkships, and electives. Each level builds students' medical knowledge through lectures, research, professional development, and integrated clinical skills. In addition, the first 18 months of the program rely on thematic pillars and case studies. Pillars include the study of cancer biology, microbial pathogenesis, metabolism and obesity, and cardiovascular health; cases explore diabetes and colon cancer. Sub-internships, electives, and a 12-week concentration allow students to individualize their curriculum.

Dual MD/Master's Degrees

Students have the option to participate in a dual degree program, earning an MD as well as 1 of 5 master's degrees offered through partnerships with other NYU institutes and departments. The MD/Master of Public Health (MPH) program trains doctors to take leadership in public health crises, with studies exploring disease prevention, community-based health programs, epidemiology, bioterrorism, and health behavior. An MD/Master of Public Administration (MPA) program can be completed in 5 years, giving physician graduates an additional background in management, finance, and health policy. Students can prepare for careers with government health agencies, non-profits, and consulting organizations.

The 5-year MD/Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) focuses on training student physicians in translational research. Core courses include epidemiology, grant writing, research design, drug design, and biostatistics. The program culminates in a thesis. Another option is an MD degree with a Master of Arts in Bioethics, for which tracks in environmental bioethics and health ethics are available. Students complete a practicum in bioethics, a mentored research project, or a master's thesis, and they are prepared to work as doctors on global public health issues, public policy, or bioethics research.

Finally, those interested in both medicine and business can choose the MD/MBA program. Students are trained in general management and business strategy principles, as well as in clinical patient care. Graduates may pursue medical director or consulting careers.


NYU's Medical Scientist Training Program leads to both Doctor of Medicine and PhD awards. Students in the program complete 2 years of medical school training and research rotations before spending about 4 years working on the PhD thesis. There are 13 doctoral research areas, such as biomedical informatics, immunology and inflammation, molecular biophysics, and stem cell biology. The program culminates with a return to medical school for a year of clinical clerkships in hospitals.

Weill Cornell Medical College

U.S. News and World Report ranked this medical school at #16 in research and #58 for primary care as of 2013. Located in the 'science corridor' of New York City, the Weill Cornell Medical Center is affiliated with New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The school had a faculty-student ratio of 5:1 in 2012, with a full- and part-time faculty of 5,296. In addition, all students of the medical center are guaranteed housing on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

MS in Health Sciences for Physician Assistants

This program prepares students for careers as physician assistants (PAs), who practice medicine under the supervision of licensed doctors. The curriculum consists of 26 months of intensive study divided into pre-clinical and clinical phases. During the first 10 months, students complete pre-clinical coursework, including anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, pathology, and surgery. The clinical phase requires rotations in general surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, emergency medicine, family practice, psychiatry, and geriatrics. Graduates are prepared to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE).


The first-year curriculum of Cornell's MD program focuses on 4 core courses in the basic sciences, including the study of cells, human structure, host defenses, and medical history in society. The second year continues with the study of the brain and mind, as well as the basis of disease. Students then prepare for clinical rotations with introductory courses for 5 weeks.

At the end of this period, students begin clerkships in primary care, medicine, psychiatry, anesthesia, surgery, and neurology, among other fields. During the fourth and final year of the curriculum, students complete 16 weeks of electives and a sub-internship, as well as courses in the advanced biomedical sciences. Honors studies are available, including an honors research program that includes a supervised laboratory or clinical research project.


The MD/MBA dual-degree program is offered through the Medical College and Cornell's Johnson School of Management. Students must complete the first 3 years of the medical school's curriculum before taking 12 months to pursue the MBA degree. After earning the degree in management, students then complete the fourth and final year of the MD program. GMAT scores are no longer required for acceptance to this program. Graduates are prepared for careers with biotechnology firms, pharmaceutical companies, and major health organizations.

Tri-Institutional MD/PhD

The Tri-Institutional MD/PhD is a unique training program for physician-scientists offered through the partnership of Weill Cornell Medical College, the Sloan-Kettering Institute, and Rockefeller University. Students must earn the MD degree through Cornell, but are allowed to choose from the 3 graduate schools for their research and graduate studies. Roughly 14 candidates are accepted annually, and each receives full funding from the National Institutes of Health's Medical Scientist Training Program.

This program is divided into 3 parts. Participants spend their first 2 years of study in medical school at Cornell. At the end of this time, they must choose the thesis lab necessary for their chosen field of biomedical research. Next, they pursue a doctoral education for at least 3 years. Formal requirements for the PhD degree program, such as defending a written thesis, must be successfully completed before embarking on the final 2 years of medical school at Cornell.

Columbia University

The College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S) at Columbia University was ranked at #8 in research and #49 in primary care by U.S. News and World Report in 2013. The college provides a faculty-student ratio of roughly 3:1, with a faculty of 4,564 employed both full- and part-time. In addition, this school is affiliated with New York-Presbyterian University Hospital, Stamford Hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and Harlem Hospital Center. The college also has more than 10 centers and institutes, as well as 70 student organizations.


Unlike most MD programs, the curriculum at Columbia is divided into 3 major segments. The fundamentals segment focuses on the basic sciences. Students can expect to study anatomy from a radiologist's perspective, the function of organs, the impact of disease, physical diagnosis, dermatology, and psychiatric medicine. Next, students embark on the major clinical year (MCY) segment. Clerkship blocks lasting anywhere from 5-10 weeks are required in various fields, such as psychiatry, pediatrics, gynecology, and neurology. Students must also participate in mechanisms/practice classroom-based intersessions between each clerkship.

The final segment is known as differentiation/integration and lasts 14 months. This phase is comprised of clinical and non-clinical electives, as well as a 4-month scholarly project on a chosen concentration. A final clerkship in either a surgical subspecialty or senior medicine is required as well. Medical students can also participate in 2 unique programs offered at Columbia. The Columbia-Bassett Program provides students the chance to gain clinical experience in a rural environment, while the Daniel Noyes Brown Primary Care Scholars Program focuses on community-based outpatient sites.

Dual MD/Master's Degrees

Columbia's medical school participates in 2 dual medical degree programs. A dual MD/MPH degree is offered in partnership with the Mailman School of Public Health. In addition to medical studies, this program explores clinical ethics, women's health, emergency medicine, global AIDS policy, malaria epidemiology, and communicable disease. Students interested in a healthcare or medical school administration career can earn an MD/MBA degree to gain a background in operations management, financial accounting, marketing strategy, and decision models.


The MD/PhD program is for training physician scientists and can be completed in 6-8 years. Students begin this program with 2 years in medical school, then shift to 3-4 years in graduate school. While participating in clinical research during graduate school, students also continue clinical tutorials. After earning the PhD in their chosen concentration, students return to medical school for final clinical clerkships and electives. They must complete a clinical competence program to earn both degrees.

Comparison of Schools

Aspiring medical students will want to consider many factors when choosing a school for their training. The following table offers important information on these 3 New York City schools to help them make an informed decision.

New York University Weill Cornell Medical College Columbia University
School Type 4-year; private not-for-profit 4-year; private not-for-profit 4-year; private not-for-profit
Total Medical School Enrollment (2012) 651** 409** 662**
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Medical School Tuition and Fees per Year (2013-2014) $51,060*** $51,388**** $57,056-$57,261*****

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **U.S. News & World Report, ***New York University, ****Weill Cornell Medical College, *****Columbia University

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