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The Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University 3YMD @ RSOM FAQs

3YMD students with teacher

What is 3YMD @ RSOM?

What are the advantages of the 3YMD program?

What are the disadvantages of the 3YMD program?

Are the academic requirements for the 3YMD track more stringent than those for the LEARN track?

Can a 3YMD student graduate and then take a year off for research?

Can a 3YMD student participate in a joint degree program (MD/MPH, MD/MBA, MD/MA)?

Are there special career advisors for the 3YMD track?

Can a 3YMD student switch GME programs?

Can a student switch from the three-year 3YMD track to the four-year LEARN track?

Can a student switch from the four-year LEARN track to the three-year 3YMD track?

How do I apply to the 3YMD program?

Is there a sample 3YMD schedule (schematic) I can see?

What are the Academic Performance Guidelines for the 3YD?

What is 3YMD @ RSOM?

3YMD@RSOM is a program that offers a limited number of students who have already been accepted into Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University four-year MD program the opportunity to complete their MD in three years. Students who are accepted into the 3YMD then enter a pipeline program that links them with the RSOM residency program of their choice. 3YMD students are required to complete four weeks of academic credits before Phase I classes begin in mid-August. 3YMD students are also required to complete ten weeks of academic credits within the graduate medical education (GME/residency) program of their choice during the summer between their first and second years. The completion of a total of 14 weeks of summer academic credits allows 3YMD students to fulfill the requirements for an MD degree, as designated by the LCME, in three years.

 

What are the advantages of the 3YMD program?

The 3YMD program allows students to complete the requirements for the MD degree in three years, thus saving the student time and money. The program also allows students early on to establish a longitudinal, professional relationship with the GME faculty in the student’s selected RSOM residency program.

 

What are the disadvantages of the 3YMD program?

Students have to make a decision regarding which GME program they want to enter before they start medical school. Some students may not be ready to make such a commitment this early on. 3YMD students have to start the program at least four weeks before students in the four-year LEARN curriculum begin Phase I. Because 3YMD students must also complete at least ten weeks of academic credits in the summer between the first and second years, they do not have a summer break in Phase I. While students in the four-year LEARN curriculum have ample opportunities to complete Phase III electives and participate in residency interviews at other institutions, these options are much more limited for students in the 3YMD program.

 

Are the academic requirements for the 3YMD track more stringent than those for the LEARN track?

The academic requirements for the two programs are very similar (Academic Policies and Procedures for the RSOM at SBU), however, students in the 3YMD program are expected to achieve additional explicit academic and professional standards (refer to the 3YMD Academic Performance Policies). Students in the 3YMD program who encounter academic difficulties will not be able to complete all of the requirements for the MD degree in three years. Such students will exit the 3YMD program and enter the LEARN track. Upon exiting the 3YMD program, these students will lose the GME spot that they held and must enter the main Match for securing a residency.

 

Can a 3YMD student graduate and then take a year off for research?

No. Graduation for this track is contingent upon obtaining a residency spot. If a 3YMD student has not acquired a residency spot by the time others in the program graduate, the student will be automatically placed in the four year LEARN program, and she/he must then complete all of the requirements needed to graduate in LEARN.

 

Can a 3YMD student participate in a joint degree program (MD/MPH, MD/MBA, MD/MA)?

No. Students in the 3YMD track must complete the requirements for the MD in three years and enter into a confirmed SBSOM GME program. Students who wish to enter a joint degree program will be automatically placed into the four-year LEARN track, and they must then complete all of the requirements needed to graduate in LEARN.

 

Are there special career advisors for the 3YMD track?

Dr. Lisa Strano-Paul, Assistant Dean for Clinical Education, is the 3YMD Career Advisor for students in this track. Additionally, each GME program will have a designated GME faculty advisor for those students who have chosen that particular GME program.

 

Can a 3YMD student switch GME programs?

Switching GME programs is difficult, but not impossible. The student will need to discuss her/his specific situation with Dr. Strano-Paul, the 3YMD Career Advisor.

 

Can a student switch from the three-year 3YMD track to the four-year LEARN track?

Yes, this is always possible.

 

Can a student switch from the four-year LEARN track to the three-year 3YMD track?

Students are typically selected for the 3YMD program at the beginning of the program. If there are open spots in any of the GME programs, there will be an Opt-In period in the spring of Phase I during which students in the LEARN program may apply. If, however, all available GME spots have been filled previously, there will be no such Opt-In option.

 

How do I apply to the 3YMD program?

Entry into the 3YMD program is only available to students who have been offered admission to RSOM’s four-year LEARN curriculum through the standard application process. Students who are interested in applying to the 3YMD program must 1) submit a 3YMD application, 2) specify the RSOM GME program they wish to pursue at the time of application, 3) interview with the selected RSOM GME program. Acceptance into the 3YMD track includes acceptance into the RSOM GME training program, which is conditional on the student’s achievement of explicit academic and professional standards. International students should check Stony Brook GME eligibility criterion

 

Is there a sample 3YMD schedule (schematic) I can see?

3YMD sample schedule

What are the Academic Performance Guidelines for the 3YD?

3YMD Academic Performance Policies