New York Medical College is a graduate health sciences university based in Westchester County, New York. The college comprises three schools: The School of Medicine, the School of Public Health, and the School of Basic Medical Sciences. It has a student body of 1,660 students, 1,350 full-time faculty members, and 1,450 part-time and voluntary faculty. The university has more than 12,000 alumni active in medical practice, healthcare administration, public health, teaching and research.
The main campus of the university is located in Valhalla, which is also the site of the university's main hospital, Westchester Medical Center. The college's second academic medical center is the Saint Vincent's Catholic Medical Center in Manhattan. The college oversees several other university hospitals in the greater New York City metropolitan area where students may rotate through over the course of their medical training. It is the leading academic biomedical research institution between New York City and Albany, with $44 million in research and programs funded by the National Institutes of Health, corporations and other sources. The university has specific strengths in the areas of cardiovascular disease, cancer, neuroscience and infectious disease.
A separate institution known as the New York Medical College for Women was founded a few years later in 1863. In 1867, it graduated the first female physician in the country, Emily Stowe. Three years later in 1870, Susan McKinney Stewart graduated as the first African-American female physician in New York State. When the Women's College closed in 1918, its students transferred to New York Medical College. In 1928 the College was the first medical school in the nation to establish a minority scholarship program.
The College occupied several different sites within New York City over the twentieth century, and finally relocated to Valhalla in the 1970s. The College became affiliated with the Archdiocese of New York in 1978, which helped provide financial stability and also established a shared commitment by the two institutions for the public good in the area of health care and the health sciences. The College now recognizes itself as in the Catholic tradition, and remains affiliated with several hospitals in the Archdiocese's health care network.
There are 774 actively enrolled students with 31% from the state of New York. Matriculates in the class of 2010 graduated from 93 college and universities across the U.S, are residents of 27 states. The class of 2010 received 9,647 applications for 194 positions. Students have an opportunity to earn joint degrees, combining the M.D. with an M.P.H., M.S. or a Ph.D. in the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences or School of Public Health. Grading at the school is Honors/High Pass/Pass/Fail. In 2008, the passing rate for the USMLE Step 1 exam was 98%, above the 94% national average.
New York Medical College School of Medicine awards approximately 190 Doctor of Medicine degrees per year. In the graduating class of 2008, 22% entered the field of internal medicine, 11% radiology, 10% emergency medicine, 10% general surgery, 10% pediatrics, 5% anesthesiology, 5% neurology, 5% ophthalmology, 5% family medicine, 4% physical medicine and rehabilitation, 3% orthopedic surgery, and 2% obstetrics and gynecology. To date, 13,270 physicians have graduated from the School of Medicine with 97% being board certified. Approximately 917 School of Medicine graduates currently serve on an American medical school faculty, including 18 department chairs.