New York medical school to roll out 3-year MD program this summer

The Stony Brook (N.Y.) University School of Medicine will begin accepting students to its accelerated three-year MD program this summer, according to The Statesman.

The three-year program will only be available to students accepted into the medical school's four-year LEARN curriculum. During its first year, officials expect to admit 15 students into the training program and offer them conditional acceptance into their residency program of choice, the report states.

Students admitted into the program will start one month earlier than their peers, and complete coursework during their first summer as well.

With its three-year program, Stony Brook University will join the ranks of several other institutions that offer accelerated medical school programs, including the NYU School of Medicine and the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, both in New York City. The goal of such programs is to eliminate the amount of time students spend on "audition rotations," as well as lower the amount of debt medical students incur, which can average up to $179,000, according to an October 2017 research letter published in JAMA.

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