Early, Conditional Residency Acceptance
Traditionally, students spend much of the fourth year of medical school taking electives to determine which residency to pursue and then applying for residencies. NYU School of Medicine’s three-year MD degree pathway is designed to provide students who have already decided on a career path accelerated entry into a variety of medical specialties.
If you are a candidate for admission to NYU School of Medicine, you can apply to the three-year MD pathway when you apply to the MD program. You can also opt in to the three-year pathway during your first year or just before your third year of medical school. Accepted students gain conditional acceptance into any one of our 20 residency programs.
Applying to the three-year program requires an additional application with essays that explain your choice for a particular residency. Residency program directors review submitted materials and decide which candidates to interview. You are notified of your acceptance by the end of April.
Although you don’t begin your residency until after the third year of training, you gain early access to potential mentors through rotations and electives in your designated specialty. This facilitates your transition from undergraduate medical school to graduate residency training.
Changing Residencies and Applying to Outside Programs
If your career interests change during your time in medical school, our flexible curriculum can accommodate your priorities. If positions are still available in the residency program you would like to switch to, you may be able to make the change and remain in the three-year MD program. If not, you can transfer into the four-year degree program.
As a three-year MD student, you match with NYU School of Medicine if you rank us as your first option in the National Resident Matching Program. However, you can still rank residency programs elsewhere, should you choose to do so.