Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program at the CUNY School of Medicine

The Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program at the CUNY School of Medicine is one of the most unique medical education programs in the United States. The program brings together talented and committed high school graduates of diverse ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds to prepare them for careers as physicians.  It is an accelerated combined degree program with a specially designed curriculum where qualified students receive the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree after completing an integrated three-year education. Students then transition into the CUNY School of Medicine to earn their Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree.

Our unique Program includes:

  • Specialized undergraduate and clinical curriculum
  • Clinical training with our affiliates, St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, Staten Island University Hospital, Harlem Hospital, Jacobi/North Central Bronx and Forest Hills hospitals
  • Academic and personal support services to develop skills and abilities requisite for the successful physician
  • Affordable cost plus financial assistance for those who qualify so that finances are not a barrier to a medical career

The CUNY School of Medicine BS/MD program is committed to:

  • Producing broadly educated, highly skilled physicians who are prepared to undertake postgraduate training
  • Increasing the number of physicians of African-American, Hispanic/Latinx and other ethnic backgrounds who have been historically underrepresented in the medical profession and whose communities have been historically underserved by primary care practitioners
  • Encouraging students to become primary care physicians who will:
    • Provide superior preventive and therapeutic medical care to underserved communities
    • Plan for effective, comprehensive health care services in cooperation with community leaders, residents, and providers of health-related services
    • Serve as health care advocates for individuals and families living in the communities in which they practice

The Sophie Davis Biomedical Program at the CUNY School of Medicine is designed to attract students who have an outstanding academic performance in high school with a strong record in the sciences, mathematics, written and verbal communication skills and community service. Academically qualified students who demonstrate the maturity, integrity, compassion, and motivation needed to become dedicated and highly skilled professionals are those most likely to succeed in the program. A key factor considered in the admissions process is the applicant's potential and interest in pursuing a career as a primary care doctor in a physician shortage area. The School’s holistic admission review is based on the AAMC's standard of assessing students based on each individual’s experiences, attributes, and metrics with the goal of matriculating a diverse student body.