Columbia University Medical Center

Should medical school be shortened to three years?

NYU launched its program in September with Hill and 15 other students chosen from a pool of 50 applicants — nearly a third of the medical school’s 160-member class. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock graduated its first three-year class in 2013; its nine students are training in family medicine. Fifteen more students started this fall. In September, Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons launched a “fast track MD” for candidates who already hold doctorates in biology; there were 40 applicants for four slots.