Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program

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Transfer Policy

Policy for transfer into the Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan Kettering Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program.

  • Transfer from the Medical College into the MD-PhD Program.
  • Transfer from a single-degree MD or PhD Program.
  • Transfer from another MD-PhD Program due to the Recruitment of Thesis Advisor to one of the Institutions comprising the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program.
  • Transfer from another MD-PhD Program due to the Relocation of Spouse or Domestic partner.

Transfer from Weill Cornell Medical College into the MD-PhD Program

The Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan Kettering Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program ("Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program") welcomes applications from medical students enrolled in Weill Medical College who wish to transfer into the MD-PhD Program.

Eligibility

To be considered for transfer into the MD-PhD Program after having been accepted into Weill Cornell Medical College, a medical student must have completed at least one major research experience with a faculty member who has a Graduate School appointment in either the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, the David Rockefeller Graduate School or the Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Usually, therefore, applicants will be in Year 02 of their medical school training. In exceptional cases, applications from students in Year 01 will be considered. The Program will also consider applications for transfer from students in Year 3 and above, who usually would be expected to have taken a year, or more, research leave from their Weill Cornell Medical College training.

Applicants in Years 01 and 02 of their Medical College training must be in good academic standing at Weill Cornell Medical College and are expected to have participated satisfactorily in the Frontiers in Biomedical Science courses.

Application Procedure

  1. Any Weill Cornell Medical College student, who is contemplating applying for transfer into the MD-PhD Program, should contact the Program Office as soon as possible to meet with the Program Director.
  2. Applications for transfer should be received no later than March 1 in order to matriculate into the MD-PhD Program effective July 1. The application should include:
    1. A Personal Statement in which the applicant summarizes his/her research background and scientific interests, as well as the reasons for wanting to pursue the combined degree.
    2. Recommendation letters from at least two science faculty members who can evaluate the applicant's research potential and suitability for a combined degree program, including a letter from a member of the graduate faculty in the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program.
  3. Applicants also must ensure that their original medical school application package and medical college transcripts are forwarded to the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program Office by March 1. Students in Year 03 and above should also submit their USMLE Step 1 score.

Applicants also must ensure that their original medical school application package and medical college transcripts are forwarded to the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program Office by March 1. Students in Year 03 and above should also submit their USMLE Step 1 score.

Evaluation and Decision

Applications for transfer into the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program will be evaluated by the Program's Executive Committee. Applicants will usually be interviewed by the Committee members before a decision to accept or reject the application is made.

If the decision is made to invite the applicant to join the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program, the Program Director will consult with the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program's Executive Committee to devise a plan of study to ensure that the applicant's research training is comparable to that for all students in the Program. This plan will be spelled out in the Letter of Acceptance, which will be signed by the Program Director.

Transfer from a single-degree MD or PhD Program

Except for students matriculated in the MD Program at Weill Cornell Medical College, the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program does not accept applications for transfer from students enrolled in a single-degree MD or PhD Program.

Transfer from another MD-PhD Program due to the Recruitment of Thesis Advisor to one of the Institutions comprising the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program.

The Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program accepts applications for transfer from students in another MD-PhD Program only if the student is doing his/her thesis research in the laboratory of a faculty member who is recruited to one of the institutions comprising the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program.

Eligibility

To be considered for transfer from another MD-PhD Program into the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program, the applicant must satisfy the following two conditions: first, he/she must be enrolled in good standing at a MD-PhD program in an LCME-accredited medical school; and second, he/she must be conducting thesis research in the laboratory of an advisor who is being recruited to one of the three institutions, and who will be a member of the graduate faculty in the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program; and third, he/she must have qualifications comparable to those of current students. It is expected that the applicant is well underway in his/her thesis research in the advisor's laboratory-meaning that he/she has completed the first two years of medical school training, and at least one year of graduate school training. Usually, an applicant for transfer from another MD-PhD Program will have at least two years of laboratory research remaining before he/she is able to defend the thesis-meaning that a significant part of the thesis research will be conducted in the institutions comprising the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program. It is expected, but not required, that the applicant has completed all graduate school requirements, including the "qualifying examination" in the Program in which he/she currently is enrolled. e "qualifying examination" in the Program in which he/she currently is enrolled.

Application Procedure

  1. When a faculty member is recruited to the Tri-Institutional Campus, and the faculty member wishes to bring one or more MD-PhD students with him/her, the recruiting institution should contact the Tri-Institutional Program Office as soon as possible in order to arrange a meeting between the faculty member, the student(s) and the Tri-Institutional Program Director
  2. Applications for transfer should be received no later than March 1 in order to matriculate into the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program effective July 1. The application should include:
    1. A Personal Statement in which the applicant summarizes his/her research background and scientific interests.
    2. A research plan and tentative timetable for the completion of the thesis research.
    3. A letter of support from the applicant's research advisor.
    4. Recommendation letters from at least two science faculty members who can evaluate the applicant's research potential and suitability for a combined degree program.
    5. A letter of support from the Director of the MD-PhD Program in which the student currently is enrolled.
  3. Applicants must also ensure that their original MD-PhD and medical school application package, official undergraduate, medical and graduate school transcripts, and USMLE Step I score are forwarded to the MD-PhD Program Office by March 

Evaluation and Decision

The applicant is not guaranteed admission, and the application will be subject to the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program's usual review and discretion, including availability of institutional resources and funding.

Applications for transfer into the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program will be evaluated by the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program's Executive Committee with approval of the Committee on Admissions. Applicants will usually be interviewed by the three Graduate School representatives on the Committee, by the Medical College's Associate Dean for Admissions and by the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program's Director.

The applicant's admission to the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program will be subject to such conditions as may be determined by the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program, Weill Cornell Medical College and/or the appropriate Dean or Director of Graduate studies.

Transfer from another MD-PhD Program due to the Relocation of Spouse or Domestic Partner.

MD-PhD students who are enrolled in an MD-PhD Program outside the New York metropolitan region, and who wish to relocate to New York City because a spouse or domestic partner is moving to New York City, cannot transfer directly into the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program. Such students will only be considered for transfer into the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program if they have taken a leave from their MD-PhD Program and matriculated into one of the graduate schools associated with the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program in order to complete their research training. Upon successful completion of their research training, and subject to review for admission as a transfer to student to Weill Cornell Medical College, these students may be able to complete their clinical training for the MD degree as students in the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program.

Eligibility

Only MD-PhD students who are enrolled in a Program outside the New York metropolitan region, and who wish to relocate to New York City because a spouse or domestic partner is relocating to New York City will be considered for transfer under this policy. The applicant must be enrolled in good standing in a MD-PhD program in an LCME-accredited medical school, and is expected to have completed the first two years of his/her medical school training and no more than one year of graduate school training in the MD-PhD Program in which they originally matriculated. The applicants must have qualifications comparable to those of current students. The applicant must have applied to, and been accepted in one of the graduate schools associated with the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program. Once accepted in the graduate school, the student must complete at least two years of research training, and satisfy the graduate school requirements, before applying for transfer to the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program.

The Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program will not consider applications for transfer from applicants who wish to transfer due to the relocation of spouse or domestic partner, if they previously had applied to the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program and were not offered admission.

Application Procedure

    1. Any applicant who satisfies the above criteria, and who is contemplating applying for transfer into the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program, should contact the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program Office as soon as possible to meet with the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program Director.
    2. Applications for transfer must be received no later than March 1 in order to matriculate into the MD-PhD Program effective July 1. The application must include:
      1. A Personal Statement in which the applicant summarizes his/.her research background and scientific interests, as well as the reasons for wanting to pursue the combined degree.
      2. A research plan and tentative timetable for the completion of the thesis research.
      3. A letter of support from the applicant's research advisor..
      4. Recommendation letters from at least two science faculty members who can evaluate the applicant's research potential and suitability for a combined degree program.
      5. A letter of support from the Director of the MD-PhD Program in which the applicant originally had matriculated.
    3. Applicants also must ensure that their original MD-PhD and medical school application package, official undergraduate, medical and graduate school transcripts, and USMLE Step I score are forwarded to the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program Office by March 1.

    Evaluation and Decision

    Applications for transfer into the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program will be evaluated by the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program's Executive Committee and approved by the Committee on Admissions. Meritorious applicants will be interviewed by the three Graduate School representatives on the Committee, by the Weill Medical College's Associate Dean for Admissions and by the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program's Director.

    The applicant's admission to the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program will be subject to such conditions as may be determined by the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program, Weill Medical College and/or the appropriate Dean or Director of Graduate studies.