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New York Medical Schools with Degree Program Overviews

Jul 31, 2019

Essential Information

Individuals in New York have a good number of schools to choose from when seeking to earn a medical degree. All of the following institutions offer medical doctorate degrees and many offer combined or dual degrees, often with a specialization. Competition is usually tough for admission into a medical school; prospective students are encouraged to choose a medically-related undergraduate degree, such as pre-med, and earn very good grades for consideration. All medical degrees emphasize practicum requirements.

Career Requirements

One of the criteria to practice medicine in the United States is to earn a medical degree. For the first two years of medical school, students get most of their training in the classroom. In the final two years, students treat patients under the supervision of a licensed physician.

Below are detailed profiles of the 10 largest medical schools in New York. Find also a comparison table with schools' tuition costs and setting information.


Columbia University in the City of New York

Columbia University in New York, ranks 6th in women's health care by U.S. News and World Report. The school also ties for 8th in research. Students will have the opportunity to participate in research opportunities throughout their program including summer and year-long programs. Individuals interested in global health can take advantage of one of several programs that focus on patients for whom English is a second language and/or live outside of the United States. Students who wish to focus on rural health can apply for the Columbia-Bassett program where 10 medical students are selected to complete their clerkship in Cooperstown, New York.

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York, is ranked 18th by U.S. News and World Report, and is also ranked number one in geriatric care. Students interested in geriatric care will have access to the Alzheimer 's Disease Research Center, the Geriatric Nephrology Research Program and the geriatric program. Students will have opportunities to participate in research, including a summer program; or they may take a year from their coursework to complete a year of research. As part of their instruction, pupils take a two-year course where they are paired with chronically ill patients to gain a first-hand view of the patient experience.

New York Medical College

Located in Valhalla, New York Medical College is affiliated with facilities in New York and Connecticut, including Westchester Medical Center, Benedictine Hospital and Norwalk Hospital.

The school focuses on research in the areas of cardiovascular disease, cancer, kidney disease, infectious disease and neuroscience. Students can participate in research during summer research programs, and submit their findings at the annual Student Research Forum.

New York University

NYU , in New York, is ranked number 21 in research by U.S. News and World Report. The school is home to teaching tools that include a virtual microscope and an interactive digital human called the BioDigital Human. Students may also elect to gain medical training outside of the U.S. as part of the International Health Program. In their own backyard, pupils will have access to hospitals and medical centers throughout the city that include the New York City Free Clinic, Bellevue Hospital and the Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System.

Stony Brook University

Located in Stony Brook, New York, Stony Brook University School of Medicine is affiliated with Stony Brook University Hospital. Students can collaborate with researchers and physicians in several academic and research centers that focus on diabetes and metabolic diseases, family violence education or genetics, among others. The school also collaborates with researchers at the nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Medical students wanting to study abroad can choose programs in India, Korea or Nicaragua, among others.

SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Located in Brooklyn, New York, SUNY Downstate Medical Center is home to the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative and the Center for Treatment and Study of Endometriosis, where medical students will have access to studies relating to niche areas of medicine. Graduates of the program can choose to pursue their residencies at the hospital which offers post graduate programs in areas that include nephrology, neurology, pediatrics and dermatology. Research opportunities are offered during all four years of a medical student's time at the school, including a summer between the first and second years.

University at Buffalo

The University at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York, offers a medical degree as well as several joint medical degrees. The school is home to interactive labs with electronic and multimedia capabilities, as well as the Brain Museum. Also known as the Museum of Neuroanatomy, the Brain Museum houses more than 80 brain specimens. Students interested in research can find a faculty mentor to help identify and conduct research related to their professional goals.

University of Rochester

Located in Rochester, New York, the school is ranked 16th in patient care by U.S. News and World Report. The school admits 100 students per year. The University of Rochester has developed a type of curriculum that incorporates clinical and classroom coursework throughout the four year program. For example, first year students take introduction to clinical medicine and begin training in behavioral counseling skills.

Upstate Medical University

The Upstate Medical University is part of the SUNY system and is located in Syracuse, New York. Participants will complete their first two years at the Syracuse campus, but one-fourth of third year students will begin their clinical study on the Binghamton campus. On the Binghamton campus, aspiring physicians will complete clinical rotations at one or more of four clinical affiliates including a cancer hospital. Students staying at Syracuse will have access to the Gamma Knife Center, the Clark Burn Center and the Joslin Diabetes Center. Students will also have access to a VA facility and psychiatric hospital.

Yeshiva University

The Albert Einstein College of Medicine, at Bronx, New York's Yeshiva University is open to a diverse student body. Students can pursue a medical degree or a joint MD/PhD (also known as an MSTP). The school of medicine is affiliated with medical centers, long-term care facilities as well as mental health facilities, offering students a range of ways to earn clinical training. The Children's Evaluation & Rehabilitation Center provides students with the chance to work with children and adults with learning, developmental and physical disabilities.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Medical Degrees Offered Graduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)
Columbia University in the City of New York 4-year; private not-for-profit; city MD
MD/PhD,
MD/MS Public Health,
MD/MBA,
MD/Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery,
MD/Oral Pathology
$48,390*
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 4-year; private not-for-profit; city MD
MD/PhD
$27,636*
New York Medical College 4-year; private not-for-profit; suburb: MD,
MD/PhD,
MD/MS Public Health
$31,101*
New York University 4-year; private not-for-profit; city MD
MD/MS Public Health,
MD/MS Public Administration,
MD/MS
MD/MA,
MD/MBA
$45,426*
Stony Brook University 4-year; public; suburb MD
MD/PhD,
MD/MS Public Health,
MD/MBA
$13,007 in-state, $24,567 out-of-state*
SUNY Downstate Medical Center 4-year; public; city MD,
MD/PhD,
MD/MS Public Health
$11,701 in-state, $23,261 out-of-state*
University at Buffalo 4-year; public; city MD
MD/PhD,
MD/MS Public Health,
MD/MBA
$13,705 in-state, $25,265 out-of-state*
University of Rochester 4-year; private not-for-profit; city MD,
MD/MS Public Health
MD/MBA,
MD/MS in Medical Neurobiology
MD/Combined Master's
$40,328*
Upstate Medical University 4-year; public; city MD,
MD/PhD,
MD/MPH
$11,991 in-state, $23,551 out-of-state*
Yeshiva University 4-year; private not-for-profit; city MD,
MD/PhD
$35,100*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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