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CUNY School of Medicine 

Sophie Davis Biomedical Education and Physician Assistant Programs

The CUNY School of Medicine welcomed its first class of students in fall 2016. This innovative curriculum builds on the successful Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program, which was founded in 1973 to meet the health care needs of underserved communities and to increase diversity in the medical profession. Named in honor of Sophie Davis, the Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program has recruited more underrepresented populations into medicine, increased medical services in underserved areas, and increased the availability of primary care physicians. The current program fast tracks a Bachelor of Science degree and an M.D. degree in seven years. The Physician Assistant Program is a separate 28-month program leading to a master of science degree and certification as a physician assistant.

At a time when disparities in healthcare—who has access to care and who gets to practice—are increasing, philanthropy plays an even greater role in the success of our students. Your support will allow us to continue to recruit talented students, regardless of their financial background, into medicine. Through investments in our faculty and research programs, we will help train future generations of primary care physicians and meet the health care needs of our inner cities.


With donor support, we will be able to:

  • Provide financial assistance, such as scholarships and emergency grants, to all talented students.
  • Enrich the educational experience student activities funds and lectureship series.
  • Strengthen the research infrastructure for faculty and students through the creation of endowed professorships, fellowships, and seed funding grants.
  • Recruit and retain top educators and researchers through the naming and establishment of faculty chairs and professorships.

Contact for Giving

Robert M. DeMicco, Jr.
Executive Director
Office of Institutional Advancement
CUNY School of Medicine
Sophie Davis Biomedical Program
Harris Hall, Suite 10
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031
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