The Physician Assistant Program
The Physician Assistant Program at Harlem Hospital Center was developed in 1970 by a group of physicians at Harlem Hospital Center and the Columbia University School of Public Health. Their vision was that individuals with military civilian health care experience, could be trained to care for the residents of the community. In 1972, the program developed an academic affiliation with Antioch College, becoming one of the first baccalaureate degree-granting P.A. Programs in the nation.
The first class produced four graduates in 1973. From 1974 - 1978, the New School for Social Research assumed the academic affiliation. In 1978 the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education on the campus of the City College of New York (CCNY) became responsible for the program. Over 750 physician assistants have graduated from the program.
Our MissionThe mission of the Physician Assistant Program of the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education of The City College of New York is to improve the health of underserved communities and to eliminate healthcare disparity in these communities by providing increased access to physician assistant education to students from traditionally underrepresented populations. Through education and mentoring, we will create a workforce that will provide highly skilled primary health services to these communities.
·Patient Care –we are committed to practice high quality compassionate care, and to develop sensitivity and competence in communication skills with diverse populations
·Scholarship- We are committed to providing the skills necessary to apply new knowledge at the point of care and to engage in scholarly activity relevant to health and disease
·Community: We inspire graduates to work in health workforce shortage communities and with patient populations out of the mainstream of health care delivery. We encourage graduates to be advocates at the local, regional, and national level for the best care for patients and their community and to be activists for social justice.
·Leadership- We promote the assumption of leadership positions within the profession and the community.
·Professionalism- We are committed to creating an environment where collegiality, respect and ethical practice are fostered and valued.
·Interdisciplinary teams- We value collaborative learning and working styles that facilitate full participation in interdisciplinary medical teams.
·Life-long learning: We actively encourage intellectual curiosity and critical thinking necessary for life-long learning leading to the continual improvement of patient care.