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Transfer Students

  • Transfer Eligibility

    Admission to advanced standing at this College of Medicine is limited to United States citizens or permanent residents who are currently registered, matriculated, in good standing and in attendance as second year medical students in an LCME (Liaison Committee on Medical Education) accredited College of Medicine in the United States. Individuals who have earned the M.D. degree are not considered for transfer. Applications are accepted to the third year class only. Only applicants who could qualify for admission to the first year class, in terms of premedical education, will be considered for admission to the third year class.  In addition to meeting all premedical requirements, applicants for admission to the third year class must have satisfactorily completed all first and second year courses in their LCME medical school curriculum.

    The Admissions Committee takes into consideration as much information as possible regarding an applicant's total qualifications for the study and practice of medicine. Decisions regarding admission are based on a number of factors including prior academic performance, particularly in medical school; letters of recommendation; Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) scores; score on Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE); communication skills, character, personal skills and motivation for medicine, as demonstrated through letters of recommendation and the personal interview.

    Transfer Position Availability

    Transfer Applications are made available only in January of each year. At that time, we project what we anticipate will be the number of available openings in the summer. However, the final determination of available openings (if any) is not made until May. The website is updated to reflect current information, so this is your source for the most current information.

    Additional transfer information is available from the Association of American Medical Colleges’ website

    • There will be no transfer spaces available for the 2017 admissions cycle.
  • General Information

    The State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center is a major provider of medical education, health care, and research in the New York City region. Located on an urban campus in Brooklyn, SUNY Downstate Medical Center includes a College of Medicine, College of Health Related Professions, College of Nursing, School of Graduate Studies, School of Public Health, and the 372 bed University Hospital of Brooklyn. Almost 1700 students pursue certificates, Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Doctor of Public Health, Ph.D. and M.D. degrees.

    The Center is heir to a tradition that began more than a century ago, with the founding in 1860 of the Long Island College Hospital — this country's first teaching hospital and the prototype for all subsequent medical centers. SUNY Downstate Medical Center has a three-fold mandate: education to train physicians, nurses, research scientists and allied health professionals; research in the medical sciences; and the provision of clinical care to the population of New York State.

    This complex organization serves the needs of a larger and more diverse urban constituency than any other such center in the country. It upholds a special responsibility to solve difficult problems found primarily in urban areas, and to serve those who are underserved.

    Medical students in their final two years receive part of their clinical training at SUNY Downstate’s on-site teaching hospital, University Hospital of Brooklyn (UHB), and part at affiliated institutions in the surrounding area, including Kings County Hospital Center (KCHC). UHB’s main campus in East Flatbush opened in 1966 and is an eight story, 376-bed facility. It has 8 intensive care and step-down units, 12 operating rooms, an emergency services department, a diagnostic and ambulatory surgery facility, an ambulatory care center with some 75 clinics, plus 3 satellite Health Centers and a nearby Dialysis Center. In 2011, UHB acquired Long Island College Hospital, adding approximately 500 beds to its clinical care and teaching capacity.  UHB is a major cardiac care center, and has one of the largest kidney transplant programs in the United States. It is also a major referral center for pediatric surgery, neonatal intensive care, high risk obstetrics, oncology services and the neurosciences. KCHC is a large acute care hospital that is part of New York City’s municipal hospital system. It offers 627 beds and 200 clinics that provide a wide array of ambulatory care services, and operates a world-renowned Level 1 Trauma Center.  

    Complementing the clinical experiences available at University Hospital of Brooklyn and Kings County Hospital Center are a wide variety of hospitals throughout the metropolitan area. For a current listing of clinical sites, see our website at:

    For a current listing of clinical sites, click here.

  • Curriculum

    Educationally, SUNY Downstate provides opportunities for each medical student to pursue his/her academic interests.  During the clinical years, our students have excellent hands-on experience in a variety of settings which provide superior preparation for any residency program.

    Third Year and Fourth Year Curriculum

    Clerkship descriptions and sites are linked from the Office of Admissions website.

    Clerkships Number of Weeks in Rotation
    Transition to Clerkship 3 days to 1 week
    Medicine 10
    Surgery 8
    Anesthesia 2
    Pediatrics 6
    Women's Health 6
    Psychiatry 6
    Neurology 4
    Primary Care I: Family Practice or General 6
    Primary Care II: Geriatrics / Palliative Care 4
    Emergency Medicine 2
    Subinternship (Medicine or Pediatrics) 4
    Emerging Concepts in Medicine 2
    Transition to Residency 1
    Total Required Weeks 62
    Electives Number of Weeks in Rotation
    Number of Required Clinical Elective Weeks 20
    Total Clinical Requirement 82
    Number of "unscheduled" weeks 16

    In addition to the above clinical requirements:

    • Students are required to take the USMLE Step 2 CK and CS examinations no later than January 31st of their senior year.
    • Students are also required to successfully pass a mandatory standardized patient experience, which is scheduled in the  spring of the third year
  • Facilities

    The Health Science Education Building (HSEB) houses classrooms, laboratories, a 500-seat auditorium, and the Medical Research Library of Brooklyn. Included in the HSEB are two floors of study carrels, which serve as "home base" for medical students during their first two years. The carrels are located in multidisciplinary laboratory sites designed to foster small-group learning.  All carrels are equipped with private, lockable storage bins and 24-hour computer access.  In addition, there is a student space (the Library Information Commons) on the ground floor of the library, open 24 hours 7 days each week.

    Medical Research Library of Brooklyn

    The Library occupies three floors of the Health Science Education Building. The Library serves over 350,000 users on-site has over 16 million uses on-line per year. The nucleus of the holdings was formed when the Library of the Academy of Medicine of Brooklyn and SUNY Downstate combined in the 1960’s, forming what is today known as the Medical Research Library of Brooklyn. Resource Management Group consists of: Reference staff which is available to provide consultation and help in using both on-line and print bibliographic resources, including access to over 150 databases; InterLibrary Loan (ILL) where materials may be requested from other libraries; Technical Services which processes and catalogs all acquisitions; and Archives and Special Collections which houses the History of Medicine in Brooklyn collection. There is an Evidence Based Institute and an Expert Searching service available to faculty, residents, and graduate students. There is an excellent bio-statistics service via Scientific Computing, also available to faculty, residents, and graduate students. The Library provides classroom scheduling and AV delivery. The Library has over 100 public workstations available and provides 24/7 access to its electronic collection via its website.  The Library Information Commons provides 24/7 access to a library service and study space.

    Residence Halls and Student Center

    Complementing the academic facilities is a campus environment, which includes two Residence Halls with apartment-style accommodations and a Student Center with recreational facilities and extracurricular programed events.

  • Financial Aid

    SUNY Downstate Medical Center is committed to helping students meet their educational expenses through various types of financial assistance. Grants are offered on the basis of need, determined in accordance with Federal regulations. Some scholarships based on academic achievement are available.

    The major portion of our assistance is derived from federal and state funding. We offer grants, scholarships, loans and federal College Work Study. Loans are the most common form of assistance. The amount of assistance you may receive is determined by the cost of attendance. Although the primary responsibility for financing graduate education rests with you, we are able to provide assistance to all eligible students.

    To apply for aid, you must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1, 2012. To receive priority consideration for aid, you must apply before March 1, 2012. As a Graduate Health Professions student, you must submit parental information on the FAFSA in order to be considered for grants. We highly recommend you visit our website for further information regarding financial aid. If you are accepted to the College of Medicine, instructions for applying and the institutional application for aid will be mailed to you, but they are also available on the website.

    Costs of Education

    The 2011-2012 tuition, for the College of Medicine is $24,850 per year for New York State residents, and $48,770 per year for out of state residents. Required fees are approximately $589 per year. All charges are subject to change. Estimated budgets for each of the four years are posted here on the Financial Aid website.

    Living expenses will vary depending upon the type of accommodations and lifestyle selected by you; however, aid will only be based on your cost of attendance as determined by the Office of Financial Aid, not your lifestyle choices. You should always try to economize to the greatest extent possible so as to prevent unnecessary indebtedness.

    According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, private medical schools reported an average indebtedness level of their 2010 graduating students of $155,770. For 2011, the average medical school indebtedness of our graduates was $125,871.

    Additional information about the cost of education may be found here:

  • Admissions Requirements

    Premedical Education

    Applicants to the first year class must have completed at least 90 semester credits of study from a Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) regional accreditation association (e.g., Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools) college or university. Admissions preference is given to applicants who have earned a bachelor's degree in a regionally accredited college or university. Admissions preference is also given to applicants who have completed prerequisite courses in four year colleges/universities in the United States (not in study abroad programs); and to applicants who have completed science prerequisites in a traditional classroom setting (not through distance learning).

    Prerequisite courses required for entrance into SUNY Downstate Medical Center include:

    English* 6 semester credits
    General Biology or Zoology including labs 8 semester credits
    General Physics including labs 8 semester credits
    Inorganic Chemistry (Gen.) including labs 8 semester credits
    Organic Chemistry including labs 8 semester credits

    *In general, the Committee does not accept English courses taken abroad to fulfill the English admissions requirement. Courses which have the English department prefix are accepted to fulfill the English requirement. If you have an interdisciplinary course or if your college or university accepts other courses to fulfill writing or English requirements, please include a letter from your college stating this information.

    Criminal Background Check

    Acceptance into the third year class is conditional pending our receipt of a satisfactory criminal background check report. Details and instructions will be provided to accepted transfer applicants.

  • Application Procedures & Timeline

    1. Complete and submit a SUNY Downstate Transfer Application form after January 1 and prior to May 1st
    2. non-refundable SUNY Downstate Transfer Application Processing Fee of $80. Paying by Credit Card: Go to your SUNY Downstate applicant checklist and you will find the URL for credit card payment (Visa, Mastercard, or Discover), including credit card payments outside of the USA. Paying by Check: If you are paying by check or money order, make your check payable to “SUNY” and submit it with your SUNY Downstate Transfer Application.
    3. MCAT: Results of the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) must be submitted as part of the transfer application. If you have taken the MCAT previously, you may request that your scores be forwarded to our office. Additional information about obtaining an official score report from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) may be found here. Admissions preference will be given to applicants who have scores within five years of the date of transfer application.
    4. Transcripts: Forward official transcripts from all colleges attended: undergraduate, graduate and medical.
    5. Letters of Recommendation:
      1. A letter from the premedical college’s Health Professions Advisory Committee must be forwarded to us. If your premedical college does not have a committee, then letters from faculty in two different premedical science (biology, chemistry, or physics) departments in which you have taken courses will be acceptable.
      2. A letter of recommendation from the Dean’s Office (academic or student affairs dean) of the medical school which you are attending is also required and must include certification that you are matriculated, in good standing, and eligible for promotion.
    6. Submit a photocopy of your proof of registration to take Step 1, USMLE prior to July 1.

    The deadline for completed applications (except for Step 1 scores) to be on file in the Medical School Admissions Office is May 1st. If you decide to withdraw your application, notify the Admissions Office immediately to avoid further processing and to benefit fellow applicants. The review of transfer applications begins in June. All applicants are notified of their final status, in writing, by late June. We will not know the exact number of available transfer positions until mid-May.

    Personal Interview

    Interviews are ordinarily conducted by one interviewer. The interview provides a means for both the school and the applicant to learn more about each other and for the interviewer to appraise personal qualifications including communication skills and motivation of the candidate.. It also provides an opportunity for discussion and clarification of information submitted on the application form..


    Complete Transfer Application and submit all items 1-6 above.

    All transfer applications complete as of May 1 will be eligible for an initial review after May 1. There will be no action on transfer applications prior to May 1. 

    Mid-May to early June: Selected applicants will be invited for interviews if transfer positions are available.

    Acceptance decisions are made in late May/June.

    The third year begins with a mandatory course entitled “Transition to Clerkship,” which will be held during the 1st week of July. Matriculation is conditional pending our receipt of passing scores on Step 1, generally in August. Therefore, clerkship rotations for accepted transfer students will generally begin August.

    • Availability of transfer positions for 2014 will be posted in January 2014.
  • Other Information

    Research & Student Research Opportunities

    • See “History of Research,” “Research Overview,” and “Faculty Research Interests”

    Residence Life & On-Campus Living

    Residency Placement

    Student Life & Services

    Student Organizations

    Student Center

    University Police & Campus Safety Statistics

  • Contact Information


    Transfer Admissions:

    Send ALL application materials to:

    College of Medicine Transfer Admissions
    SUNY Downstate Medical Center
    450 Clarkson Avenue, Box 60
    Brooklyn, New York 11203-2098

    Fax: 718 270-4775


    We prefer email. Our email address is:

    Make certain that you include “transfer med” in the subject line to facilitate communication with the appropriate staff member

    Admissions Office Telephone: 718 270-2446
    Admissions Office Hours: Monday–Fridays, 9 am – 5 pm

    Office of Financial Aid

    State University of New York Downstate Medical Center
    450 Clarkson Avenue, Box 110
    Brooklyn, New York 11203-2098

    Telephone: 718 270-2488

    Office of Residential Life & Services

    State University of New York Downstate Medical Center
    450 Clarkson Avenue, Box 115
    Brooklyn, New York 11203-2098

    Telephone: 718 270-1466

    Office of Minority Affairs

    State University of New York Downstate Medical Center
    450 Clarkson Avenue, Box 1186
    Brooklyn, New York 11203-2098

    Telephone: 718 270-3033

    The State University of New York Downstate Medical Center does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, handicap, or status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era, in the recruitment of students or in the operation of any of its programs or activities, as specified by Federal and State laws and regulations. For more information, contact the Office of Opportunity and Diversity at (718) 270-1738 which is at 151 E. 34th Street.