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Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (VP&S) is the graduate medical school of Columbia University, located at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan with its affiliate NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital.

According to U.S. News & World Report, VP&S is one of the most selective medical schools in the United States based on average MCAT score, GPA, and acceptance rate.

Columbia is affiliated with New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the nation’s 5th-ranked hospital according to U.S. News & World Report.

Whether you are interested in VP&S as a new or prospective student, a potential faculty or staff member, a patient, or someone just wanting to learn more about us, I invite you to discover more about our medical school, medical center, and the individuals dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of patient care, research, education, training, and involvement in the world around us.
-Anil Rustgi, MD​
Interim Executive Vice President and Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine



Beginning in the fall of 2009, the medical school implemented a new curriculum that differed markedly from more traditional structures. The largest change involved a reduction in the number of preclinical months from twenty-four to eighteen and the expansion of the electives and selectives period to fourteen months. Each student now is required to spend four to ten months working on a scholarly project before graduation.

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Academic Programs

  • MD Program
  • MD Dual Degrees and Special Programs
  • Program in Genetic Counseling
  • Programs in Human Nutrition
  • Programs in Occupational Therapy
  • Programs in Physical Therapy
  • PhDs in Biomedical Sciences
  • Additional Master’s Degree Programs
  • Additional Educational Opportunities


Residencies, Fellowships, and Training

The Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (VP&S) and Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) offer a variety of graduate medical training opportunities throughout our departments and divisions.

The residency programs prepare future clinicians to excel in any hospital setting. Offered in partnership with New York-Presbyterian Hospital, (NYP) our residents receive instruction and supervision from leading physicians, all in a fast-paced setting at the preeminent hospital in the New York City area.

The wide array of fellowships and training programs are designed to create the next generation of leaders and innovators in medicine. fellows and trainees enjoy specialized clinical and research opportunities and learn from world-renowned Columbia faculty.

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