Three-Year MD Pathway FAQ

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The Three-Year MD Degree Pathway provides an accelerated track for a select group of eligible students. All students graduating from the Three-Year MD Degree Pathway will participate in the Main Residency Match and will be offered acceptance into an NYU Langone Medical Center residency program of their choice at the time of admission.

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There are numerous advantages to students who wish to avail themselves of this opportunity, including but not limited to: (A) the ability for students to save one year of tuition, housing and fees, thus reducing debt burden; (B) a continuum of training between undergraduate medical school and graduate residency training; (C) conditional acceptance to an NYU Langone Medical Center residency program; (D) early access to potential mentors within the student’s designated residency program, enriching the medical school experience.

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The bulk of the curriculum for the three-year pathway is identical to the core curriculum of the four-year pathway with a few modifications shown in the diagram below (in yellow).  3YMD pathway students will start the academic year 6 weeks earlier with a Special Topics in Medicine elective; they will also have the benefit of a mentor in their residency field from day one.  Similarly, they will spend the summer between their first and second year doing a summer fellowship in their chosen department.

Three-Year MD Pathway 

Three-Year MD Pathway

Four-Year MD Pathway

Four-Year MD Pathway

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One of the key objectives of the School of Medicine's patient-centered and disease-focused Curriculum for the 21st Century (C21) has been the development of individualized pathways for medical students, allowing them to customize their program at different points during the training, including three-, four-, and five-year (i.e. dual degree) options leading to the M.D. degrees.

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The Three-Year MD pathway is open to all applicants.

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Residency slots are limited in number, with most residency programs offering between one or two slots.

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In order to apply to the Three-Year MD Pathway, you must know which residency you are interested in pursuing. The Three-Year MD Pathway is one that is designed for students who already know what type of physician they wish to become.

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If you change your mind while in medical school as to which residency program you wish to pursue, you can either apply to an open slot in your new residency program of your choice (if available), or you can transfer to the four-year MD pathway and apply to your new residency program during your fourth year.  Students with academic difficulties would meet with the Dean of Student Affairs for further guidance.

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We are the first academic medical center in the nation to offer a Three-Year MD program that allows graduates to pursue a career in either primary care or the medical specialty of their choice. As such, all NYU Langone Medical Center residency programs are available.  These include: Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedic Surgery, Otolaryngology (ENT), Pathology, Pediatrics, Plastic Surgery, Primary Care, Psychiatry, Radiation Oncology, Radiology, Rehabilitation Medicine, Surgery, Urology.

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To apply, log into the applicant portal (https://amp.med.nyu.edu/) and complete the tertiary application by our deadline. On this application you will designate which residency program you are applying to, and will be required to complete two additional essays.

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Applications for the Three-Year MD pathway are available through the applicant portal beginning July 1st at 12:00 AM EST. Important deadlines to be aware of are as follows: (1) tertiary application deadline is February 16th by 11:59 PM EST; (2) interviews with residency program directors will occur in late March through April; (3) decision letters are sent by April 24th.

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If you apply to and are not accepted into the three-year MD pathway, rest assured that your acceptance and matriculation into our four-year MD is not impacted.

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The Three-Year Pathway will begin on July 1

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Annual tuition costs will be identical to the tuition costs associated with the four-year MD pathway students, with the exception being that there will be a slightly higher cost the first year that is a attributable to starting approximately six weeks earlier (e.g. six weeks of additional housing costs).

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You will be eligible for the same financial aid packages offered to our four-year MD pathway students provided you apply for financial aid on time.  Students will first receive a financial aid package covering their 4 years of training at NYU; should they be accepted into the three-year pathway, this financial aid award will be revised appropriately to include the additional 6 weeks of study and the lack of tuition/fees/etc. normally associated with the fourth year.

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Please contact MedEd@nyumc.org for questions pertaining to the curriculum of the 3YMD pathway, and admissions@nyumc.org for questions pertaining to the application and financial aid processes.

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The slides of the webinar are available for download here