Founded in 1860, by New York City civic leaders including William Cullen Bryant in order to improve upon the existing hospitals and medical education, the New York Medical College still thrives today in Valhalla, Westchester County, New York. This private health sciences university is composed of three schools, the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Basic Medical sciences, and the School of Health Sciences and Practice. The New York Medical College is especially dedicated to networking with affiliated hospitals from large urban medical centers to small suburban hospitals and regional tertiary care facilities. This both aids the community in which NYMC thrives and provides clinical training opportunities for medical students and residents across the tri-state area. Additionally, established area Medics thrive due to Continuing Medical Education programs, designed to advance and expand contemporary medical skills and knowledge.
Students interested in pursuing careers as physicians, scientists and healthcare professionals greatly benefit from the various schools’ degree awarding programs, offering master’s, doctorate, and doctor of medicine degrees. Students may choose from disciplines and specializations in areas like biochemistry & molecular biology, cell biology & anatomy, microbiology & immunology, experimental pathology, pharmacology, and physiology. Students are given plenty of hands-on experience in state of the art campus facilities like the Medical Education Center opened in 2001, and renovations to the Basic Sciences Building adding over 120,000 square feet of office and laboratory research dedicated space. A leading academic biomedical research institution, many of NYMC’s research programs are directly funded by the National Institutes of Health with strengths in cancer, cardiovascular disease, disaster medicine, kidney disease, the neurosciences and infectious diseases. The many internationally recognized centers and institutes of NYMC include the Brander Cancer Research Institute, the Cardiovascular Research Institute, the Center for Disability & Health, the Center for Disaster Medicine, the Center for Pediatric Hypotensive Disease, the Institute for Bioethics, the Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery, the Institute of Trauma & Emergency Care and the NYMC-WAKF Renal Research Institute.
The New York Medical College is accredited by the Middle States Associate of Colleges and Secondary Schools, the Council on Education in Public Health, the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, the Commission on Accreditation in Physical therapy Education, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. It is chartered by the Regents of the State of New York.
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Those interested in pursuing an advanced degree at the New York Medical College must apply directly to that of the three schools which they wish to attend. Each school is responsible for its own admissions process. Some admissions materials may be available online, but prospective students are encouraged to contact the Schools directly for specific and current admissions information.
Applicants to the School of Medicine must demonstrate superior intelligence, integrity and personal and emotional characteristics required to succeed as a physician. An Admissions Committee comprised of faculty members will select all entering students. Basic requirements include having completed premedical science courses, and humanities and social science courses. Prospective students will present GPAs and MCAT scores, display excellent observation and communication skills, and demonstrate physical capacity and emotional maturity.
Applicants to the School of Health Sciences and Practice will be interested primarily in entering the field of public health. Applicants for the M.S. Degree, M.P.H. degree and certificate programs may apply online or fill out a paper application. Those applying for the speech-language pathology and Doctor of public health in health policy management programs must follow specific guidelines when applying, as is the application for the physical therapy program. An undergraduate average of at least 3.0 is a requirement for all matriculated students, and admissions will be based on past academic performance, recommendations, work experience, community involvement and other individual factors. GRE scores may be required for admissions into some programs.
Applicants to the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences are seeking either a master’s degree, or to begin a Ph.D. program. All accepted students will hold a baccalaureate or higher degree and submit all official transcripts, valid GRE General Test and/or Subject Test scores in chemistry, biology, or biochemistry, or cell & molecular biology, and in some instances MCAT scores. Each applicant must provide two letters of recommendation, a complete application, and a personal statement.
Students interested in receiving private, federal or state financial aid should begin by contacting the NYMC Office of Student Financial Planning. Included in the Office of Student Financial Planning is a free debt management services department which extends its services to all NYMC graduates and residents. Students may qualify for grants, loans, federal work-study, and both internal and external scholarships depending on their student status, and the School into which they have enrolled.
Student housing is available for full-time matriculated medical and graduate students in an apartment complex and five suite-style buildings. All on-campus housing provides access to a student center with coin-operated laundry, and an exercise center. Students with families may choose from one, two and three bedroom apartments, and single students may elect either studio or single room apartments. All apartment student housing comes equipped with a full kitchen, and are rented carpeted and unfurnished. All utilities are paid via a monthly housing charge. Suite style housing, however, does come fully furnished. Access to telephone, cable TV and internet is available in each apartment. All students residing in campus housing must pay a telecommunications fee.
While NYMC does not provide a meal plan, various dining options are available nearby, including the campus venue Doc’s Café open weekdays.
The New York Medical College enrolls approximately 1,400 students, and 1,300 residents and clinical fellows each year. A self-proclaimed health sciences university in the ‘Catholic tradition’ NYMC emphasizes a special responsibility to the ‘underserved…with a deep awareness of the sacredness of all human life.’ Participate in campus life activities is encouraged and NYMC acknowledges the need for not only student networking, but relationship building. Some such activities include the Student Government, the In Touch publication, the Alpha Omega Alpha national honor medical society, and various recreational activities like sports, parties, dances, picnics and happy hours.
Students are offered a wide range of services while at NYMC. Some such services include student health services, health & disability insurance, counseling services for both student affairs and mental health, a campus bookstore, minority affairs, public relations, security, international students and scholars, info tech, and more.
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While NYMC does not field any intercollegiate competitive sports teams, students may participate in recreational activites while on campus nonetheless. There is a campus basketball court available to students, as well as basketball, football, softball, swimming, golf, skating, hockey and tennis facilities nearby. The immediate area also provides plenty of opportunities for downhill skiing, cross country skiing, horseback riding, bike riding, and hiking.