Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (VP&S) is one of the oldest and most celebrated academic medical institutions in the country. Our history reflects a deep commitment to expanding our understanding and mastery of medical science—many of today's medical disciplines can trace their origins back to VP&S. Our faculty and students embrace our shared mission of compassionate care, transformative research, and excellence in education. 

Consistently ranked among the best medical schools in the nation, VP&S boasts exceptional faculty that represent the highest level of excellence and experience in their fields. Our students learn in an environment that encourages critical thinking with a creative and purpose-driven curriculum.

In 2018, VP&S became the first medical school in the country to adopt a financial aid policy that guarantees debt-free graduation for its students, thanks to the Dr. P. Roy and Diana Vagelos endowment fund. 

With NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital serving as our primary teaching hospital, students gain invaluable experience working with a patient base that reflects the diversity of New York City—experience that prepares them for any challenge they may face as future clinicians and researchers.

We are a leading center for basic, translational, and population-based research with a tradition of innovation and discovery that has helped transform modern medicine. VP&S routinely ranks among the institutions with the highest NIH funding and counts many Nobel laureates among its alumni and faculty, including three current faculty members.

As part of Columbia University Irving Medical Center, we're proud to play an active role in our community here in Washington Heights, across NYC, and worldwide. Through our many outreach programs, clinics, and global health efforts, our students and faculty are helping to address health disparities and provide care for underserved communities. 

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MD Program

Choose a one-size-fits-you experience with research endeavors, university-wide electives, and the P&S Club: the broadest student activities organization for the arts, athletics, and community outreach in American medical education.

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Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

We offer a range of nationally top-ranked PhD Programs. Regardless of program affiliation, students have access to our more than 250 training faculty when selecting their research direction, ensuring that each student receives optimal training and research experience. 

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