Transfer Policy

We do not accept transfers from outside Weill Cornell Medical College.

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

The Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program welcomes applications from post-clerkship medical students enrolled in Weill Cornell Medical College who wish to transfer into the MD-PhD Program. Typically, these students will have completed their third year at WCMC.


To be considered for transfer into the MD-PhD Program, 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 (WCGS), the David Rockefeller Graduate School (RU), or the Louis V. Gerstner Jr. Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSK). This may be in the form of an Area of Concentration (AoC) project.

All applicants for transfer must be in good academic standing in the Medical College.  Applicants must have completed their core clerkships, taken their USMLE Step 1 examination, and have developed a plan for taking USMLE Step 2 CK/CS before, or shortly after, transferring into the Program.

Application Procedure

The application deadline is May 1. Any student who is contemplating applying for transfer into the MD-PhD Program should contact the Program Office, as well as meet with the MD-PhD Program Director and the Medical College’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs to discuss their interest in transferring.

The application should include:

  • Recommendation letters from at least two science faculty members who can evaluate the applicant's research potential and suitability for a combined degree program. At least one letter should be from a member of the graduate faculty in the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program

  • The applicant’s original AMCAS medical school application package and Medical College transcripts, which the applicant should request be forwarded to the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program Office by the application deadline. Students 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.