Dean's Message

Dean Erica Friedman

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. This exciting phase of our journey is based on the solid foundation of the Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program that since its founding in 1973, has graduated over 2,000 alumni who have become physicians, many of whom practice in underserved communities.

We also are proud of having one of the oldest physician assistant programs in the country.  Since the early 1970s, this program has graduated over 1,000 talented and compassionate physician assistants.  This accredited 28-month program retains the school's historic commitment to increasing the number of medical professionals from underrepresented groups who practice in underserved communities. 

I am proud to be serving as interim dean of this amazing school of exceptional and committed faculty, staff and students who will advance science and advocate for the necessary changes in our healthcare system to improve the health and quality of life of individuals in our neighborhoods, communities, state, and country. As we continue growing, we invite you to be part of our exciting future. 



Erica Friedman, MD, FACP
Interim Dean