Serving the underserved.
There is a continuing shortage of primary care physicians in this country, creating an urgent need for more family practitioners, general internists, pediatricians and obstetricians/gynecologists in many communities. The shortage of African-American, Hispanic, Native Americans and other underrepresented medical professionals in inner-city areas is particularly acute. Thus, recruiting and training a diverse workforce that represents the diversity of the patients being served in such communities is of utmost importance and ensures health equity across the continuum of care.
Over forty years ago, CUNY and City College decided to make a difference by developing the most unique physician and physician assistant training programs in the nation – The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. Since its founding in 1973, The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, now known as the CUNY School of Medicine/Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program continues its original mission to recruit underrepresented populations into medicine, increased medical services in underserved areas, and increased the availability of primary care physicians and physician assistants that reflect the diversity of our surrounding communities. This mission is currently served with an 85% enrollment rate of students from backgrounds that are Underrepresented in Medicine (URiM; e.g., African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American), greatly exceeding the current U.S. medical school average of 43%.
The CUNY School of Medicine encompasses an innovative accelerated BS/MD program that combines a Bachelor of Science degree and an M.D. degree in seven years and a 28-month Physician Assistant Program that leads to a Masters degree in P.A. Studies and eligibility to take the physician assistant national certification examination (PANCE).
The CUNY School of Medicine has two distinguished programs, both focusing on serving in medically underserved communities. Our BS/MD degree program admits students straight from high school into our accelerated undergraduate biomedical program with a seamless transition into the medical school curriculum removing the stresses of traditional medical school admissions. We are able to do this without compromising academic quality or clinical experiences.
Our seven-year curriculum focuses on developing compassionate, community-oriented physicians concerned with the health of all, especially those who come from the most vulnerable segments of our society. We truly believe this vision can be accomplished by recruiting students who themselves come from underserved communities, providing them the opportunity to pursue a medical degree and thereby increase the diversity in the medical profession. In fact, we aim to continue our tradition of having each cohort be as diverse as the city itself. Read more...
CSOM FAST FACTS
The CUNY School Of Medicine (formerly the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education) was established in 1973 . Located in Harlem, this new school was created to provide quality healthcare to underserved communities and produce highly skilled medical practitioners. Here's what you need to know about CSOM.
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