The Physician Assistant Program
The Harlem Hospital Physician Assistant Program was founded in 1970 as a joint project of the Harlem Hospital Center and the Columbia University School of Public Health. Our Program is one of the oldest in the country, founded only five years after the birth of the profession. The Program was developed to train individuals with prior health care experience to practice primary care in communities of greatest need. The first class was admitted in 1971, graduating in 1973.
In 1972, the Program developed an academic affiliation with Antioch College which continued until the New School for Social Research assumed responsibility from 1974-1978. In 1978, the Program partnered with the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education of the City College of New York (CCNY) and now is The CUNY School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program.
The mission of The City University of New York School of Medicine 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 underserved populations. Through education and mentoring, we will create a highly skilled workforce that provides primary health services to the communities of greatest need.
Meeting Our Mission
ALUMNI WORKING IN PRIMARY CARE
The CUNY School of Medicine PA Program encourages graduates to practice primary care in health workforce shortage communities. The PA program is located within the Central Harlem Community and fosters a strong connection between students and the surrounding community and healthcare institutions.
ALUMNI WORKING IN UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES