The College of Physicians and Surgeons
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons is guided by the principle that medical education is university education.
The acquisition of knowledge and skills is important in professional education, but far more vital is a profound understanding of the science, the art, and the ethic within which both knowledge and skill are applied. As a part of Columbia University, the College builds its curriculum, selects its officers of instruction, and marshals its enormous resources of equipment and clinical experience to develop in the student this understanding of medicine.
The College of Physicians & Surgeons is part of a unique collection of health sciences schools that make up the Columbia University Medical Center, an integral part of the Washington Heights community in upper Manhattan-one of New York City's most diverse neighborhoods. Every day P&S faculty, staff, and students work towards our mission-to care, to discover, to educate, and to make life better for people in need.
P&S provides international leadership in educating physicians, physician-scientists, and research scientists; in caring for patients ranging from those who can select any physician in the world to our neighborhood's most vulnerable residents; and in conducting basic, translational, and population-based research to improve human health.
One of the nation's most research-intensive medical schools, P&S is consistently ranked among the best medical schools in the nation. P&S attracts students with idealistic values and the highest aspirations for excellence. Students have MCAT scores and grade point averages that are among the highest in the nation, and P&S has one of the most diverse student bodies of any medical school in the U.S. Also, our graduate research programs have been judged among the most productive as measured by their scholarly contributions.
Our major teaching hospital affiliate, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, is ranked 6th among the nation's hospitals by U.S.News and World Report. P&S became part of the nation's first academic medical center in 1928 when P&S and Presbyterian Hospital (now NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital) moved to a 20-acre campus in New York City's Washington Heights neighborhood. The medical school and hospital were soon joined by the New York State Psychiatric Institute, renowned for pioneering treatments for some of humanity's most intractable mental problems.
P&S is broadly international while also being intensely local. We care for patients from around the world and sponsor multicenter, international clinical trials that change the face of medical care for millions who never step on our campus. At the same time, we are respected within our neighborhood, throughout our city and state, and across the nation for our historic contributions to medical progress and for our continued commitment to improve the health of individuals and populations.
Columbia University began as King's College, which was founded in 1754 by royal grant of George II of England "for the instruction of youth in the Learned Languages, and the Liberal Arts and Sciences." The American Revolution interrupted its program, but in 1784 it was reopened as Columbia College. In 1912 the title was changed to Columbia University in the City of New York.
King's College organized a medical faculty in 1767 and was the first institution in the North American Colonies to confer the degree of Doctor of Medicine. The first graduates in medicine from the College were Robert Tucker and Samuel Kissarn, who received the degree of Bachelor of Medicine in May 1769, and that of Doctor of Medicine in May 1770 and May 1771, respectively. Instruction in medicine was given until interrupted by the revolution and the occupation of New York by the British, which lasted until November 25, 1783. In 1784, instruction was resumed in the academic departments, and in December of the same year the medical faculty was reestablished.
In 1814 the medical faculty of Columbia College was merged with the College of Physicians and Surgeons, which had obtained an independent charter in 1807. In 1860, by agreement between the Trustees of the two institutions, the College of Physicians and Surgeons became the Medical Department of Columbia College; from that time on the diplomas of the graduates were signed by the President of Columbia College as well as by the President of the College of Physicians and Surgeons. The connection was only a nominal one, however, until 1891, when the college was incorporated as an integral part of the university.
In 1911, Columbia University entered into a Formal Agreement of Alliance with Presbyterian Hospital, a hospital founded in 1868 by James Lenox a New York philanthropist. It was this alliance that helped to pave the way for the creation of a new medical center format. In 1928, the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center opened its doors. Set on land in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center was the first place in the world to provide facilities for patient care, medical education and research all under one roof. Included in this project with Presbyterian Hospital were the Babies Hospital, the Neurologic Institute of New York, and the New York State Psychiatric Institute; these were then joined in 1950 by the New York Orthopaedic Hospital.
In 1997, the Presbyterian Hospital merged with New York Hospital (a partner of Weill Cornell Medical College) to form the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. This new hospital system has also incorporated many of the satellite hospitals and affiliated programs of these two institutions. While the two Ivy League medical schools remain independent of one another, there has been significant cross fertilization between the two campuses leading to increasing numbers of shared research experiences and training programs.
From the Dean
Welcome to the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, part of a unique collection of health sciences schools that make up the Columbia University Medical Center. We are proud to share this campus with, and be an integral part of, our Washington Heights community, one of New York City's most diverse neighborhoods. Each day our faculty, staff, and students work towards our overall mission-to care, to discover, to educate, and to make life better for people in need.
P&S is ranked consistently among the best medical schools in the nation and is one of the most research intensive. Our students have MCAT scores and grade point averages among the highest in the country.
P&S is the second oldest medical school in the U.S., and became part of the nation's first academic medical center in 1928 when P&S and Presbyterian Hospital (now NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital) moved to a 20-acre campus in New York City's Washington Heights neighborhood. Today this neighborhood represents a microcosm of our global neighborhood, which in turn leads to a very diverse patient population, especially for those interested in pursuing a career in family medicine in an urban environment.
P&S shares the Columbia University Medical Center campus with Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health, College of Dental Medicine, and School of Nursing, as well as many allied research centers and institutes. Our educational programs are integrated with one another to train the next generation of leaders in medicine, dentistry, nursing, public health, and biomedical research.
Whether you are interested in P&S as a new or prospective student, a potential faculty or staff member, a patient, or someone just wanting to learn more about us, I invite you to discover what I have learned since joining Columbia in 2006: P&S is filled with people dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of patient care, research, education and training, and involvement in the world around us.
Affiliated Hospitals & Institutions
Columbia University Medical Center is a leader in providing health care to the communities in the tri-state area and around the world. Through our affiliations with a network of hospitals, students will be able to learn at New York Presbyterian hospital, our major teaching hospital- be exposed to rural health care provided by Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown, New York- learn about global health experiences through our partnership with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and take advantage of the diversity of experiences at the many other hospitals in our networks.
Sites where students rotate include:
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