Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program

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About the Gateways Program

Program Highlights

Every year, 15 students embark on a 10-week intensive journey of learning about the challenging and rewarding road of becoming a physician-scientist.

Over the summer, students will:

  • Spend 10 weeks living and studying in New York City
  • Work independently on a research project at Weill Cornell Medicine, The Rockefeller University, or Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Have on-going mentorship with a current MD-PhD student (a "Big Sib"), as well as with the Program's leadership
  • Partake in a Lab Techniques and Clinical Skills Workshops
  • Present and participate in weekly journal clubs
  • Participate in Career Development Workshops
  • Scrub in on surgeries at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospitals
  • Sit for a Mock MCAT exam
  • Learn how to and then give oral, written, and poster presentations of their research at national and local meetings

Who Is Eligible To Apply?

  • Current college freshmen and sophomores
  • US citizens and permanent residents (proof of status is required)
  • Members of groups historically underrepresented in medicine and science*:
    • Individuals from racial and ethnic minorities
    • Individuals from socioeconimically disadvantaged backgrounds
    • Individuals with disabilities

*It is important that you explain how you identify with one or more of these groups in your application

For admissions information, see our Gateways Admissions page.

Stipend and Housing

Students receive a stipend of $6,000, a $1,000 allowance toward on-campus housing, and reimbursement for their travel expenses. Gateways students are all housed in Weill Cornell Medicine student housing. 

Additionally, one family member is flown out to NYC for the final presentations and accommodated at a hotel in New York City.

Important Dates

Applications for the 2019 Gateways Program must be submitted before February 1, 2019 via The Leadership Alliance.

The 2019 Gateways Program will be held:Monday, June 3, 2019, through Friday, August 9, 2019

Check into housing will be on Sunday, June 2 and check out on Saturday, August 10.