Nyu Langone Essay 3

Article by Ben Feuer. Photo by Barry Solow.

School Nickname: Langone

Median MCAT: 520

Median GPA: 3.91

Associate Dean: Rafael Rivera, MD

Specialties include Pediatric Radiology and Radiology. Earned his MD from Cornell in 1995, and his MBA from NYU in 2015.  Has published on Appendicitis and Magnetic Resonance Angiography.

Details on the School:Highlights below

In 2016, NYU Langone received two significant awards from Vizient—the Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award and the Ambulatory Care Quality and Accountability Award for demonstrated excellence in delivering high-quality, patient-centered outpatient care. We also received The Gold Seal of Approval® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America, reflecting a commitment to high-quality patient care.


U.S. News & World Report named us one of the top ten hospitals in the country for neurology and neurosurgery.


NYU offers an accelerated 3-year MD, which is uncommon among top medical schools.


Top Residencies: 


orthopaedic surgery

emergency medicine


Application: More here

Two-stage.  First stage MUST be done through AMCAS, with a deadline of October 15th.  There is then a secondary application that usually arrives between July and September.

It is rare that we admit individuals from foreign universities because the Admissions Committee does not have satisfactory means of evaluating premedical educaiton at universities outside of the United States and Canada.

Premedical Coursework


We recommend that MD program applicants demonstrate proficiency in the following premedical courses:


general biology with labs

general physics with labs

inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry with labs



We consider courses completed at schools of dentistry, nursing, veterinary medicine, or pharmacy as part of your application materials but do not provide credit for such courses.

If you’re invited for an interview, you participate in multiple mini interviews, in which you meet with several interviewers, rather than just one.

Previous Year Questions:

1. What unique qualities or experiences do you possess that would contribute specifically to the NYU School of Medicine community?

2. If you have taken any time off from your studies, either during or after college, please describe what you have done during this time and your reasons for doing so.

3. CHOOSE ONE: The most meaningful achievements are often non-academic in nature. Describe the personal accomplishment that makes you most proud. Why is this important to you?

CHOOSE ONE: Conflicts arise daily from differences in perspectives, priorities, worldviews and traditions. How do you define respect? Describe a situation in which you found it challenging to remain respectful while facing differences?

This is a ‘CHALLENGE’ essay, specifically focused on working with people who are different than you. What kind of different?  That depends – it could be a socioeconomic or cultural difference, a language barrier, or pretty much anything!  But in order to answer the question effectively, you need to break down your own thinking in detail – how did it feel to encounter someone so different from you?  What was your first response?  How did you overcome that initial resistance and eventually find an effective way to work with or help this person?

CHOOSE ONE: Describe a situation in which working with a colleague, family member or friend has been challenging. How did you resolve, if at all, the situation as a team and what did you gain from the experience that will benefit you as a future health care provider? 

4. The Admissions Committee uses a holistic approach to evaluate a wide range of student qualities and life experiences that are complementary to demonstrated academic excellence, strong interpersonal skills and leadership potential. 

5. If applicable, please comment on significant fluctuations in your academic record which are not explained elsewhere on your application.

6. The ultimate goal of our institution is to produce a population of physicians with a collective desire to improve health of all segments of our society through the outstanding patient care, research and education. In this context, where do you see your future medical career (academic medicine, research, public health, primary care, business/law, etc.) and why? Your answer need not be restricted to one category. If your plans require that you complete a dual degree program, please elaborate here. 

This question falls into a category we call ‘PRACTICE’ essays – they ask about your future intentions as a doctor. Some people have a tendency to get too detailed when answering this type of question, filling in details about their field of practice and specialty that they honestly don’t know yet. Others have a tendency to freeze up completely and feel they have nothing to say. But everyone has something to say about what kind of doctor they want to be, what they consider important or valuable about the practice of medicine, where they’d like to practice, and what kind of people they see themselves helping. So focus on that, and you’ll be fine!


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But if part-timers lose out on socializing, they win in real-life workplace actualization. “You can take the learning you experience in the classroom back to work and start applying it immediately,” Ivey says. And vice versa. “I can bring questions from work into class,” Xi says.

And of course, part-timers don’t have to shoulder the opportunity cost of losing two years of employment income.

That holds true for most of Stern’s part-time business students. Officially named the Kenneth G. Langone Part-Time Evening MBA program, to honor the Home Depot co-founder who endowed it with $6.5 million in 1998, the part-time program has actually been around since Stern’s founding in 1916. These days, Langone, as it’s called for short, has about 2,000 enrollees in any given year, whereas the full-time program has in the neighborhood 800.

Distinguished Langone alumni include 1994 grad Andrew Stenzler, co-founder and CEO of Kidville Inc., and 1996 grad Susan Jurevics, a senior vice president at Sony.


Of the MBA programs U.S. News and World Report ranks, Stern has the largest part-time program, exceeding Booth (1,473 part-timers) and Kellogg (813)–and its location in New York City makes its part-time students among the best in the world.

Langone students take classes weeknights or Saturdays in Manhattan. They can earn 1.5 to 3 credits by traveling overseas for one of the school’s intensive short-term immersion courses called “Doing Business in.”

Jessica Chan recently took two weeks off from her full-time job to participate in a DBi course in Hong Kong. It consisted of classes, such as “Deal Making in China,” at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, corporate visits, and a Chinese Kung Fu lesson, among many other activities.


“I had the opportunity to meet with the head of my firm in Hong Kong, so it seemed to make the world a lot smaller,” says Chan, a project manager at the Manhattan real estate services company Jones Lang LaSalle. “The class highlighted cultural and political aspects of how an expatriate like me could run a multinational.”

Students can also elect to take 75 percent of the courses via NYU Stern Westchester at SUNY Purchase in Purchase, New York.

Dan Kolodny earned his MBA part-time from Stern in 2011

On average, part-timers complete the MBA in three years, although some pack it into two years or stretch it out to six. Using the current 2013 per-credit rate, Langone MBA tuition adds up to $104,280 (plus fees), although the amount of tuition may change each year, so the total is dependent on how many years students take to complete their degrees. The program consists of 60 credits, priced at $1,738 per credit plus registration fees. Students generally tackle about 20 credits a year. (Using the current 2013 rates, full-time MBA tuition and fees for two years add up to $113,806, although annual tuition and fees may change in 2014.)

Chan plans to finish her MBA in 2.5 years. Like Xi, she finds the work-school-home travel triangle highly doable, and feels participation in Stern’s MBA clubs is vital. She belongs to the Part-Time Leadership Forum.


“At work, I’m working with mostly developers and financiers,” says Chan, who travels to Stern from her job in the Grand Central Station area, and then back to her home in Midtown after class. “But since Langone, my contacts have increased five-fold. They are from different fields and [there are] also people who work in the same field for competing firms.”

For 2011 MBA Dan Kolodny, his then-job with the NYU Division of Libraries, housed right next to the Stern building, mitigated the Langone logistics — but he still had to forfeit part of the MBA experience. Married with a little son, Kolodny wanted to head home to Astoria, Queens, an hour from campus, as soon as possible.

“The MBA program means you meet with people to do homework, so that was another chunk of two hours, so I really didn’t have time to take away from my family and do a Happy Hour,” recalls Kolodny, now a management consultant with Accenture in the San Francisco area. “The Langones were kind of split. I gravitated toward the married group with children. And then there was the group that was younger, maybe three years after undergrad, and they were far more involved with clubs related to Stern after school and on weekends.”

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