Linkage is a formal agreement between the Postbac Premed Program and a medical (or dental) 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, generally upon completion of the orgo/bio year.
To facilitate postbacs’ inquiry into the linkage schools, the Postbac Premed Program schedules visits to the schools each fall. While participating in 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Weill Cornell Medical College Linkage Visits
During the Fall 2014 semester, Weill Cornell Medical College will not hold separate linkage-specific visits, but will instead welcome potential linkage candidates to their regularly scheduled visits. These visits will occur from 12:15-3 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday from Sept. 15 until Dec. 1. No more than two Columbia Postbac linkage candidates may attend the same session. Registration is required by 5 p.m. on the Wednesday preceding the visit. To register, please email Dean Sunshine.