We now celebrate the fruition of a dream to graduate the first MD class from the CUNY School of Medicine. Almost 47 years ago, The Sophie Davis Center of Biomedical Education enrolled its first class into a baccalaureate program that included the first two years of medical school curriculum. Students then transferred to cooperating medical schools to complete their MD degree. In 1978, CUNY added an established PA program as part of Sophie Davis School for Biomedical Education. The CUNY School of Medicine was built on the legacy of the Sophie Davis Program. We gratefully recognize Sophie and Leonard Davis for their philanthropy that supported the development of the program and for Dr. Robert Marshak, CCNY President and Dr. Thomas Haines, the Acting Director of the Center for Biomedical Education for believing in the importance of our mission and creating the Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program. Other faculty who were instrumental in the development of the school’s social mission were Dr. H. Jack Geiger and Pyser Edelsack. We also gratefully acknowledge the four Deans of the Sophie Davis program, Drs. Alfred Gellhorn, Leonard Meiselas, George I. Lythcotte and Stanford A. Roman for their commitment to the school and leadership in ensuring the continued success of the program. We also recognize the tremendous efforts of the founding Dean of the CUNY School of Medicine, Dr. Maurizio Trevisan, for having the vision and determination to succeed in evolving the Sophie Davis Program into the CUNY School of Medicine.
The graduation of the inaugural MD class of 2020 and conferral of the first MD degrees marks the success of a cohort of talented and passionate young adults who embody the mission of this great program and is the culmination of the longstanding dream of Sophie Davis’ founders, staff and faculty who helped make this dream a reality.