Dr. Armstrong-Coben

Message from the Dean:

Anne Armstrong-Coben, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Admissions


We realize how hard you have worked and how exciting, yet daunting, the process of applying to medical school can be.  We are committed to considering each applicant in a fair and personal manner.  Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons is honored that you are interested in joining our community.

VP&S is a special place.  People- our students, faculty, staff, and patients - are our strengths.  We are a place where all students will thrive no matter what their interests, background, or identity.  Diversity, inclusion, and belonging are core values, and we are a place that welcomes all.  We are a world-class research university while also providing the best medical care to diverse patient populations.  The faculty truly loves students, is invested in their education, and students leave here with lifelong mentors.  Living and learning in New York City is an opportunity that will contribute to your journey from student to doctor in unmeasurable ways.  For students interested in community service and service-learning, the local communities of Washington Heights, Inwood, and Harlem, as well as the greater NYC area, are rich with possibilities.  We have extensive global health possibilities that have been life-changing for our students.   We also prioritize balance in life.  The VP&S Club provides the opportunity to continue your extracurricular passions and to find new ones.

We look forward to receiving your application if you envision VP&S as the next step in your personal and professional journey.