Transfer Students

Students interested in transferring into SUNY Upstate Medical University's College of Medicine must be United States citizens or permanent residents. To be eligible for transfer, students must be in good standing and matriculated at a medical school approved by the New York State Department of Education. Individuals who have already earned an MD degree are not eligible to transfer.

Applications are accepted to the third year class from LCME (Liaison Committee on Medical Education) and WHO (World Health Organization) approved schools. The application for 2014 entry will be available starting January 15, 2014. The deadline to complete an application is March 15. Applicants do NOT apply through AMCAS but rather need only complete our online application. APPLY NOW Select First Time User Account Creation and from the Graduate Programs drop down menu, please select Medicine-Transfer.

The Admissions Committee takes into consideration as much information as possible that delineates an applicant's total qualifications for the study and practice of medicine. Decisions are influenced by a review of college records, medical school records, letters of recommendation, USMLE Step 1 scores, MCAT scores and other personal data—character, communication skills, personal experiences and scholastic and scientific aptitude.

We will consider medical school transfers from colleges listed in the LCME and WHO webpages.

Transfer Process

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Letters of Recommendation

  • A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s premedical college's Health Professions Advisory Committee must be forwarded to us. If the premedical college does not have a pre-health committee, then letters from faculty members in two different departments under whom courses have been taken will be acceptable (one of them must be from a science faculty).
  • A letter of recommendation from the Dean of Student Affairs at the medical school you are attending is required and must include certification that you are in good standing and eligible for promotion.
  • If you have completed a clinical experience in the United States, the person who supervised your work should forward a letter of recommendation to our Admissions Committee.

Admissions Requirements

Only applicants who qualify for admission to the first-year class, in terms of premedical education, will be considered for admission to the third-year class. Applicants must have the following prerequisite courses:

  • General Biology I & II w/labs (6-8 semesters hours)
  • General Chemistry I & II w/labs (6-8 semesters hours)
  • Organic Chemistry I w/lab (3-4 semester hours)
  • Biochemistry (3-4 semester hours)
  • General Physics I & II w/labs (6-8 semesters hours)
  • Writing/Composition (3 semester hours)
  • English elective (3 semester hours)
  • Statistics (3 semester hours)

Professional Education

In addition to meeting all premedical requirements, transfer applicants to the third-year class must have satisfactorily completed all courses, or the equivalent, which comprise the first two years of the curriculum at Upstate.

Test and Exam Scores

  • Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) External link: must be taken and the scores submitted to the Admissions Committee. Admission preference will be given to applicants who have scores within five years of the date of the transfer application.
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1: applicants applying for transfer to our College of Medicine must submit passing scores from the Step 1 USMLE no later than May 15.

Official College Transcripts

Official transcripts from all undergraduate, graduate, and professional course work are required.

Personal Interview

Invitations for a personal interview are issued only to those whose academic records and other qualifications appear sufficiently strong to justify more detailed study. The interview provides a means for both the school and the applicant to learn more about each other.  It also provides an opportunity for discussion and clarification of information submitted on the application form regarding academic record, extracurricular interests, etc. Interviews will be in early April.

Application Procedures

The following procedures must be followed:

  • Submit a Transfer Application no later than March 15 of the year for which admission is desired.
  • Submit a Personal Statement.  We are interested in why you want to transfer to Upstate's College of Medicine.
  • An application fee of $110 must be submitted with the application.
  • You must submit official transcripts from all undergraduate, graduate and medical colleges attended.
  • You must forward an official letter of recommendation from your Health Professions Advisory Committee. In the absence of such a committee, letters from faculty members in two different premedical science (biology, chemistry, physics) departments under whom courses have been taken will be acceptable. You may also submit additional letters of recommendation from your medical school faculty.
  • Forward an official letter of recommendation from the Dean of Student Affairs at your medical school.
  • Forward official scores of your Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).
  • If you have completed a clinical experience in the United States, the person who supervised your work should forward a letter of recommendation to our College of Medicine.
  • Decisions will be sent out in late April.
  • Clinical Orientation for admitted students will be May 21.

Accepted applicants are required to submit official score reports from USMLE Step 1. Acceptance to the third year is conditional upon receipt of a passing score by May 15.

David B. Duggan, MD, MACP, Dean

David B. Duggan, MD, MACP
Dean, College of Medicine

I am particularly honored to serve as Dean of the College of Medicine. As an alumnus of the Class of 1979 and a member of the faculty since 1986, I have been extraordinarily pleased at the growth of the Medical School over this time and proud of the work of its faculty and graduates.

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