For Prospective Students

Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine Application form.

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Admission Requirements

The Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine is specifically intended for a select group of medical school graduates who are highly qualified, have already demonstrated interest in clinical and/or basic research, and are motivated to pursue a research career that embraces both the basic and clinical biomedical sciences. The Elmezzi Graduate School admissions process considers both conventional graduate school admissions criteria, such as academic record, as well as the special abilities required to complete this ambitious program. Acceptance will be determined by the admissions committee based on the application, letters of recommendation, previous research experience and an interview.

Applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis, with no deadlines for submission. Interviews will be conducted and acceptance decisions announced in January, May/June and September. Applicants to the Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine should have an earned doctorate in medicine from an accredited American or International medical school within the past 8 years, and desire advanced scientific research training. All applicants are expected to have mastered advanced courses in biochemistry, chemistry and human biology, and be well versed in supporting disciplines such as mathematics and physics before entering the program. MCAT and USMLE scores are required as part of the admission materials for all graduates of US medical schools. Scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test are required as part of the admission materials for graduates of non-US medical schools.

The Elmezzi Graduate School strives to locate and attract individuals from underrepresented minorities and encourages members of underrepresented minorities to apply to its doctoral program. The faculty and graduate program administrators provide mentoring and guidance to ensure the successful progress of all students.

Tuition/Financial Support/Costs

All students in the Elmezzi Graduate School are employees of Northwell Health, holding the title of Elmezzi Scholar. Students are provided with a stipend equivalent to Medicaid-established salaries for residents, based on the amount of completed clinical training. The current range is $70,000 (PGY-1) to $81,000 (PGY-7) per year plus fringe benefits that includes health insurance and reasonable paid personal time off.

There is no tuition or fees for students admitted into the Elmezzi Graduate School for Molecular Medicine. Text books are made available in the Student Reading Room. Room and board are not provided. Rental housing in the local area generally ranges between $1,200 and $3,000/month for a studio, 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom apartments. Other living expenses including meals and transportation are approximately $1,000/month.

If a student withdraws from the program, either voluntarily or involuntarily, their stipend ends effective on their last day as a student. There is no reimbursement of any costs incurred by the student in relation to their participation in the program. All students are employees of Northwell Health, therefore the Human Resources policy of “Termination of Employment: Voluntary, Involuntary” applies.

Application Process

  1. Completion of the application form
  2. A current curriculum vitae that thoroughly describes the applicants academic history, clinical experience, research qualifications and a list of any publications, immediate and long-term career goals
  3. Official transcripts of all medical school and post-medical school studies
  4. Record of the scores on MCAT and USMLE step exams (graduates of US medical schools) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test (for graduates of non-US medical schools only); graduates of a non-US medical school should also submit USMLE scores, if applicable
  5. Confidential letters of recommendation from at least three (3) sponsors, one of which must be from a mentor from a research or clinical setting. A letter from the Dean of the applicant’s medical school is also encouraged
  6. $100 application fee
  7. Interview with the Admissions Committee

The Admissions Committee uses a number of criteria to evaluate and select applicants for admission to The Elmezzi Graduate School. The program is designed for a small group of highly qualified medical school graduates who have decided to pursue careers in disease-oriented and translational research. The strongest applicants have completed advanced education in biochemistry, chemistry and human biology, and a working knowledge of mathematics and physics. In addition to their academic record in medical school, MCATs, USMLE scores, and/or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test scores and letters of recommendation, applicants are evaluated on clinical and research accomplishments and their demonstrated commitment to scientific research. Promising candidates are invited for a personal interview to discuss his or her research interests and plans. The selection process is uniformly applied to all applicants without discrimination on the basis of age, color, religion, sex, race, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status or sexual preference.

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