Linkage Programs

Linkage Programs

Linkage is a formal agreement between the Postbac Premed Program and a medical school, which enables highly qualified Postbac Premed students with a strong interest in the school to accelerate the application process. A successful linkage applicant would matriculate in one of the 14 linkage schools in the academic year upon completion of the orgo/bio year.

Linkage Visits

To facilitate Postbacs’ inquiry into the schools with which Columbia maintains linkage agreements, the Postbac Premed Program schedules visits to the linkage schools each fall. While attending these visits is not required, we strongly encourage doing so. Visiting schools is one of the best ways to learn about them.

Guidelines for Linkage Visits

  • Show up promptly.
  • Dress appropriately: it is not necessary to wear a suit or business attire (save it for an actual interview), however jeans, sweatshirts, and sneakers should be eschewed in favor of business casual attire.
  • While linkage visits are not interviews, be mindful of your comportment. For example, do not send text messages while a panel or PowerPoint presentation is in progress. Try to remain interested and engaged.
  • If you sign up for a linkage visit, but are unable to attend, be sure to cancel your registration by clicking on the cancellation link included in the registration confirmation you received. If the deadline to cancel has passed (or the cancellation link does not work), email If you must cancel on the day of the visit, please contact the linkage school's Office of Admissions.
  • Don't be a no-show.