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Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

New York, NY
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Visiting And Contact Information

Admissions Office, Room 1-416, 630 West 168th Street Box 41

New York, NY 10032

United States

Phone: 212-305-3595

Fax: 212-305-3601


Degrees / Programs
Degrees Offered / Length of Time: M.D. 4 years,
Combined Degrees Offered / Length of Time: M.D./Ph.D. 7 years, M.D./M.B.A. 5 years, M.D./M.P.H. 4-5 years
Grading System: Year 1: Pass/Fail Year 2-4: Honors/Pass/Fail
Academic Information:
The Columbia curriculum is multidisciplinary and integrated-it focuses on not only understanding the science, skills, and techniques of medicine, but also appreciating the art and ethics involved. Several joint-degree programs, such as the M.D./M.P.H. and M.D./M.B.A. are offered in conjunction with other schools and departments at Columbia. Qualified students interested in careers in scientific research may pursue a combined M.D./Ph.D., earning the doctorate in fields such as Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Cell Biology, Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, Pathology, Pharmacology, and Physiology. Medical students are evaluated with an Honors/Pass/Fail system. Successful completion of Steps 1 and 2 of the USMLE are required for graduation.
Basics Sciences:
The first two years provides information and experiences essential for all physicians. The majority of instruction is conducted in lectures and lab, but small-group teaching is increasingly emphasized. Students spend approximately 25 hours per week in scheduled activity. The first year (42 weeks) includes Gross Anatomy, Neural Science, Clinical Practice and an integrated course that covers Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, Human Development, and Physiology. The majority of the second year (40 weeks) is devoted to a multidisciplinary course that examines the basic concepts of Immunology, Pathology, Microbiology, and Pharmacology. Physical Diagnosis, Basic Psychiatry, and Clinical Practice are also taught. Columbia has extensive laboratory, informational, and computer facilities that enhance classroom learning. The Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library houses nearly 450,000 volumes and is one of the largest medical center libraries in the nation.
Clinical Training:
In the third year, students complete required rotations in the following: Medicine (10 weeks); Surgery (5 weeks); Pediatrics (5 weeks); Ob/Gyn (5 weeks); Primary Care (5 weeks); Psychiatry (5 weeks); Neurology (5 weeks); Anesthesiology (2 weeks); Orthopedics (2 weeks); Urology (2 weeks); Otolaryngology (1 week); and Ophthalmology (1 week). The fourth year consists of one- and two-month-long electives drawn from a large number of offerings and student-designed experiences. There are extensive opportunities for clinical electives abroad. Each student is also required to complete a “back-to-basic science” elective. These include one-month seminars in Advanced Pathophysiology, Clinical Pharmacology, or Clinical Pathology. Rotations are conducted at various medical centers and hospitals throughout the metropolitan area. Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, Harlem Hospital Center, Roosevelt Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital, and other institutions combine for a comprehensive clinical experience.
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