Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Columbia University College Of Physicians And Surgeons

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Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

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Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, often known as, P&S, is a graduate school of Columbia University that is located on the health sciences campus (Columbia University Medical Center) in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. Founded in 1767 as the medical department of King's College (now Columbia University), the College of Physicians and Surgeons was the first medical school in the thirteen colonies and hence, the United States, to award the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree. Beginning in 1993, P&S also was the first medical school in the United States to hold a White Coat Ceremony.

According to U.S. News and World Report P&S is one of the most selective medical schools in the United States based on average MCAT, GPA, and acceptance rate. In 2010, 6,227 people applied and 1,253 were interviewed for 166 positions in its entering class. The average undergraduate GPA and average MCAT score for successful applicants in 2010 were 3.78 and 35.7, respectively. Columbia currently is ranked tenth amongst research-oriented medical schools in the United States by U.S. News and World Report. It is affiliated with New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the nation's sixth-ranked hospital according to U.S. News and World Report.

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