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MedSET: Medical Science Education Transition Course

MedSET is the Medical Science Education Transition Course that provides a solid foundation for students to build their medical school career.

This four-week transitional course occurs the summer prior to matriculation. MedSET is designed to introduce students to the rigors of medical school while also giving them a preview of the academic structure and curriculum of the first year. Participants will be introduced to Gross Anatomy, Molecular Biology, Human Genetics, Physiology, and Microscopic Anatomy. Topics are intentionally selected to give students additional time with historically challenging material. In addition, students will be encouraged to experiment with a variety of learning strategies and academic skills designed to help students adjust to the discipline and environment of medical school.

Students in the MedSET course will also learn about campus and academic resources prior to the start of the fall courses and they will gain early exposure to experienced students and key campus personnel.

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Who should take advantage of this opportunity?

While any student may apply to this course, it will be especially beneficial for students who have been out of school for some time, those coming from non-science backgrounds, students who may have family or competing responsibilities, or who may feel unsure about their preparedness for the intense environment of medical school. Enrollment is limited due to the interactive nature of the course and the specific goals it seeks to meet.

How do I apply?

Students who are interested in applying for MedSET do so by filling out a brief application after their acceptance to SUNY Upstate and submitting it to the Office of Admissions & Financial Aid. All applicants are notified in early May regarding their selection to the Medical Science Education Transition Course.


Please contact MaryAnn Grandinetta, Director of Student Success Initiatives, 315-464-8855 or by email: grandinm@upstate.edu.

Additional Details

Students may live on campus Geneva Tower. Students who participate in MedSET and sign a lease for Geneva Tower may be eligible for a discounted summer rate. Students are also eligible to make their own off-campus housing arrangements.