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School Nickname: P&S

Median MCAT: 36

Median GPA: 3.79

Associate Dean: Stephen Nicholas, MD

Dr. Nicholas is a pioneer in the care of HIV-infected children and an advocate for the medically underserved. In Harlem, Washington Heights, and the Dominican Republic, where his work has primarily taken place over the past 25 years, he has created innovative community-based educational experiences for medical and public health students and resident physicians. He was director of pediatrics at Harlem Hospital Center from 2000 to 2006, during which time he started the Harlem Children's Zone Asthma Initiative, funded by the Robin Hood Foundation.

Letter from the Dean: Highlights below

One of the most distinctive features of our medical school is the P&S Club, the most comprehensive student activities organization in American medical education.

New York City is a big draw for our students, and so is the vibrant neighborhood of Washington Heights, where P&S is located.

 

 

Top Residencies: 
anesthesiology orthopaedic surgery
emergency medicine pediatrics

Application: More here

Two-stage.  First stage MUST be done through AMCAS, with a deadline of October 15th.  There is then a secondary application for P&S with a deadline of November 15th.

It is rare that we admit individuals from foreign universities because the Admissions Committee does not have satisfactory means of evaluating premedical educaiton at universities outside of the United States and Canada.

Required Courses --

  • At least three full academic years at an accredited college in the U.S. or Canada
  • One year of English
  • One year of Biology with labs
  • One year of Physics with labs
  • Two years of Chemistry, one of which must be Organic Chemistry, both with labs
Applicants may apply if they lack one or two of the above prerequisites, but completion of these courses is a requirement for enrollment. 

A final grade lower than C minus in any required courses is not regarded by the Committee as satisfactory completion of our requirements.

Previous Year P&S Questions:

1. Please describe your parents' occupations: (250 char.)

2. If your first and last name is often mispronounced, how do you pronounce it? (250 char.)

3. Have you previously applied to P&S? (Yes/No)

If yes, briefly summarize your activities since your previous application:

This is an important field for reapplicants -- be sure and affirm that you have grown since your previous application, and use specific incidents and examples to talk about how you have grown.  Even small experiences can carry big lessons with them, so don't feel constrained just because it's been a relatively short period of time since you last applied.

4. If you took time off from your undergraduate studies, please briefly summarize your reasons for doing so. (250 words)

5. In what collegiate extracurriculars did you engage? (250 words)

6. Did you work for compensation during college during the year or the summer?
YesNo
If so, what did you do? How many hours a week did you work? (250 words)

7. If you have graduated from college, please briefly summarize what you have done in the interim. (300 words)

8. What challenges do you expect to arise from living and working in a complex urban environment? How will you meet them? (250 words)

This is an inversion of a typical "What's great about NYC" question -- simply, put, it's asking if you can handle the city.  Be specific about two concerns you expect to come up, and use examples from your past to illustrate why you'll be able to handle the pressure.

9. Is there anything else you would like us to know? (300 words)

 

 

Dr. Nicholas is a pioneer in the care of HIV-infected children and an advocate for the medically underserved. In Harlem, Washington Heights, and the Dominican Republic, where his work has primarily taken place over the past 25 years, he has created innovative community-based educational experiences for medical and public health students and resident physicians. He was director of pediatrics at Harlem Hospital Center from 2000 to 2006, during which time he started the Harlem Children's Zone Asthma Initiative, funded by the Robin Hood Foundation. - See more at: http://ps.columbia.edu/news/stephen-nicholas-appointed-associate-dean-admissions-0#sthash.NnViFJmr.dpuf
Dr. Nicholas is a pioneer in the care of HIV-infected children and an advocate for the medically underserved. In Harlem, Washington Heights, and the Dominican Republic, where his work has primarily taken place over the past 25 years, he has created innovative community-based educational experiences for medical and public health students and resident physicians. He was director of pediatrics at Harlem Hospital Center from 2000 to 2006, during which time he started the Harlem Children's Zone Asthma Initiative, funded by the Robin Hood Foundation. - See more at: http://ps.columbia.edu/news/stephen-nicholas-appointed-associate-dean-admissions-0#sthash.NnViFJmr.dpuf
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