The Norton College of Medicine at Upstate Medical University strives to select students who possess the intelligence, integrity and personal and emotional characteristics considered necessary to become effective physicians. Admitted students should have the intellectual and physical abilities to acquire the knowledge, behaviors and skills taught in the curriculum, all of which are necessary for graduate medical training in a variety of disciplines.
The Norton College of Medicine's curriculum provides the general education necessary for the practice of medicine. It permits students to learn the fundamental principles of medicine, to acquire skills of critical judgment based on education and experience, and to develop their ability to use principles and skills wisely in solving problems of maintaining health and combating disease.
Besides satisfactory academic performance in all course work, students are also expected to fulfill the "non-academic essential functions" of the curriculum which are the physical, cognitive and behavioral standards (often called technical standards) necessary for the satisfactory completion of the goals of this program.