About the MS in Biomedical Sciences PM track
The PM track within the biomedical sciences master's degree program is designed for premedical students who wish to strengthen their application to MD or MD/PhD programs.
In this track each student receives individualized guidance in the preparation for entry to medical school. Faculty work with each student to strengthen weaknesses (e.g., to prepare for the Medical College Admissions Test [MCAT] or strengthen the student’s academic record), to identify the medical schools to which the student has the maximum potential for acceptance, and to prepare for interviews.
First-year PM track students take courses along with first-year PhD and MD/PhD students in biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, as well as courses in biostatistics and methods focusing on basic techniques essential to contemporary biomedical research. After successful completion of these introductory courses, students complete advanced courses in the area of their research interest.
Students will pursue basic science research under the tutelage of a mentor. Each student project is expected to culminate in a co-authorship of a paper to be published in a peer-reviewed journal. Selection of a research laboratory occurs within the first month in the program through a number of planned events and in consultation with the director of the program.
An interview with Icahn School of Medicine is guaranteed for students who meet the following criteria:
- 3.5 undergraduate grade point average (GPA)
- 34 or higher score on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT); score no lower than 10 in each section
- 3.6 GPA in the master’s of science program