Faculty Handbook: Academic Programs

Academic Programs

BS/MD Program Overview
The program offers a rigorous 7-year curriculum that integrates undergraduate studies in parallel with clinically-oriented basic sciences, population health, behavioral and socio-medical sciences, and clinical coursework that includes clinical clerkships. The program provides experiences in primary care and research in a variety of health care settings, and professional development leading to the Baccalaureate of Science and Doctor of Medicine (BS/MD) degrees.
In developing the curriculum, medical school competencies and educational objectives were defined as a framework, based upon the school’s mission. These competencies and educational objectives were approved by the CSOM faculty in March 2014 and approved by the University Board of Trustees as part of the full proposal for the MD program on December 1, 2014.
The curriculum of the BS/MD program is based on seven core competencies, including the six competencies of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) – Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Life-long Learning, Interpersonal Skills and Communication, Professionalism, and Systems-based Practice – plus a seventh competency of Population Health/Community-Oriented Primary Care. The educational program objectives and outcome measures within each of the seven competencies frame the overall integrated seven-year science and clinical curriculum.
All Faculty are required to be familiar with the Educational Program Competencies and their linked objectives, and to know how to access them.
Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies - Program Overview
The mission of the Physician Assistant Program is to improve the health of underserved communities and to eliminate healthcare disparity by providing increased access to physician assistant education to students from traditionally underrepresented populations. The goals of the 28-month program are as follows:
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 teamwork - 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.
  • Primary Clinical Affiliations
The CSOM has an affiliation agreement with St. Barnabas Hospital/Health System, which is its primary clinical partner for the BS/MD program. It also has affiliation agreements with several other hospitals and health centers, including Staten Island University Hospital (anticipated fall 2017), and Harlem Hospital as the principal partner of the PA program. The school also has numerous other clinical affiliates involved in teaching our students in the PA program and in the BS/MD program’s Practice of Medicine (POM) courses and the Community Health and Social Medicine (CHASM) department courses.