MARCY — SUNY Polytechnic Institute is partnering with SUNY Upstate Medical University as part of the Upstate Accelerated Scholars Program, allowing a seamless transition from SUNY Poly to Upstate’s M.D. program, SUNY Poly announced.
High school seniors interested in pursuing a doctoral medical degree at SUNY Upstate after earning a baccalaureate diploma at SUNY Poly may simultaneously be accepted to both in conjunction with the Accelerated Scholars Program.
The agreement allows up to five qualified high school students to enroll in any baccalaureate program at SUNY Poly, starting in fall 2020, and guarantees acceptance into SUNY Upstate’s College of Medicine upon completion of their undergraduate degree.
Accepted students would not be required to take the Medical College Admission Test and would be automatically enrolled in Upstate’s Doctor of Allopathic Medicine program.
To qualify for the Accelerated Scholars Program, a prospective high school student must have a minimum grade point average of 3.50, or 90 percent; an SAT score of 1360 or better, or an ACT score of at least 29; and participate in volunteer work and extra-curricular activities that demonstrate experience in a healthcare setting.
The program was designed to help mitigate an expected shortage of medical doctors by 2035 and attract a more diverse medical workforce with knowledge in areas outside of medicine, said Krystal Ripa, Director of Special Admissions Programs at SUNY Upstate.
“We’re seeing a need for physicians to also have training that’s more well rounded so they can serve a more diverse population of patients, which we consciously need to be thinking about as we are selecting applicants,” Ripa said.
SUNY Poly Interim Provost Steven Schneider said the partnership adds even more academic value to the institution’s health-related programs after SUNY Poly’s recent high rankings for affordability and quality in healthcare administration and management programs.