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Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Medical School Admissions

Admissions Policies and Procedures

Details on the policies, preferences, criteria, factors, and procedures used in the admission process. Data appear as originally submitted by this school.

 

Columbia's role as a world leader in education, research, and clinical practice stems from our dedication to diversity of all kinds - background, thought, education, and geography. We seek individuals who have demonstrated academic achievement, broad interests, and leadership potential. In recent classes, mean GPA has been 3.77 and mean total MCAT score between 35 and 36. No in-state preference.

Admissions Information

Director of admissions  Stephen Nicholas, M.D.
Application fee  $85
AMCAS application accepted  Yes
AACOMAS application accepted  No
Applications accepted  June 1 (Begins)
October 15 (Ends)
Secondary application required  Yes
Personal interview required  Yes
Regular application acceptance notification  January 3 (Begins)
July 16 (Ends)
Students must respond to offer of admission within (weeks)  2
Deferred entrance available  Yes
Deposit to hold place in class due  N/A
Early decision plan offered  No
Early decision application period  N/A
Early decision plan notification date  N/A
Starting month (class of 2015-2016)  August

MCAT Scores, GPA, and Course Work Requirements

Median undergraduate GPA  3.79
Oldest MCAT considered  2010
Median MCAT Scores  36 MCAT total score
11 verbal reasoning
13 physical sciences
13 biological sciences
P writing
Required undergraduate course work
biology
English
organic chemistry
physics
general chemistry

Combined Degree Programs

Combined degree programs offered  M.D./Ph.D., M.D./M.B.A., M.D./M.P.H.
Combined college/M.D. program offered  No
Number of years to complete combined college/M.D. program  N/A
Combined college/M.D. program URL  N/A

* Medical School Admissions details based on 2013 data

Medical School Academics

Program Offerings

AIDS internal medicine
drugs/alcohol abuse pediatrics
family medicine rural medicine
geriatrics women's health

Student/Patient Interaction

How often do first-year students come into contact with patients through the school curriculum?  Very frequently
Are there opportunities for first- or second-year students to work in community health clinics?  Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during the course that teaches basic clinical skills (e.g., history taking/physical diagnosis)?  Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during an introductory course aimed at introducing students to medical practice?  Yes

Stress Relief Services Offered

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Services
expanded-hour gym access
peer counseling
professional counseling
religious support
support groups

Faculty

Full-time faculty-student ratio  2.9:1
Full-time faculty  1,923
Part-time faculty  2,578
Full-time faculty in basic sciences  231
Part-time faculty in basic sciences  71
Full-time faculty in clinical program  1,692
Part-time faculty in clinical program  2,507

2013 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions)  $366.4
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals  775
Principal investigators (PIs)  522
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants  723

Teaching Hospitals

Primary teaching hospitals affiliated with this medical school where clinical teaching or training is carried out.

Hospitals
Harlem Hospital New York State Psychiatric Institute
Helen Hayes Hospital New York Structural Biology Center
Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital New York-Presbyterian Hospital
Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida Stamford Hospital

Curricula Descriptions

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Four-year program curriculum

The Columbia Curriculum is in three phases. Fundamentals focuses on the science of health and disease and on developing clinical skills. The Major Clinical Year offers a survey of medical specialties in urban and rural settings. Differentiation & Integration provides advanced clinical training and an in-depth scholarly project. The curriculum balances scientific rigor with patient-centered care.

United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE)

Step 1: Number of students examined  161
Step 1: Percent passing  99%
Step 1: Average score  240
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Number of students examined  167
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Percent passing  100%
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Average score  244

Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA)

Level 1: Number examined  N/A
Level 1: Mean 3-digit score  N/A
Level 1: Mean 2-digit score  N/A
Level 2-CE: Number examined  N/A
Level 2-CE: Mean 3-digit score  N/A
Level 2-CE: Mean 2-digit score  N/A
Level 3: Number examined  N/A
Level 3: Mean 3-digit score  N/A
Level 3: Mean 2-digit score  N/A

* Medical School Academics details based on 2013 data

Medical School Ranking

Research Ranking Scores

Score  79
Peer assessment score (out of 5)  4.4
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5)  4.5
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions)  $366.4
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands)  $190.55

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score  55
Peer assessment score (out of 5)  2.8
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5)  3.9
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2011-2013 average)  34.0%

Ranking Admission Statistics

Median undergraduate GPA  3.79
MCAT total score  36
Acceptance rate  4.1%
Full-time faculty-student ratio  2.9:1
Total medical school enrollment  655

* Medical School Ranking details based on 2013 data

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director  Ellen Spilker
Financial aid phone  (212) 305-4100

Expenses

Tuition

Full-time: $51,484

Required fees  $5,777
Room and board  $16,437
Average indebtedness of 2012 graduates who incurred medical school debt  $130,043

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid  79%
Students receiving loans  55%
Students receiving grants/scholarships  65%
Students receiving work study  8%

For more information, please visit official site: http://ps.columbia.edu/

 

 

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1. Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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6. University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
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