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AMA awards med school grant to develop community-based care curriculum

Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education Deputy Dean Erica Friedman serves as principal investigator of the project.

The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education/CUNY School of Medicine is one of 20 medical schools selected to be a member of the American Medical Association’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium for its project, “Growing Our Own: Partnering with Health Care Centers to Educate Practitioners for the 21st Century.”

In this three-year project, starting on Jan. 1, 2016, the school partners with Urban Health Plan, Inc., a South Bronx community health center, to develop and implement a curriculum that prepares medical students for modern-day practice in clinical sites that deliver primary care to underserved communities.

Once the three-year experiential curriculum is designed, a process expected to take a year, a group of students will be assigned to UHP to serve as patient navigators. In this role, students will accompany patients through all points of their clinic visit. During those visits, the students will begin to identify the multiple points of care, the various members of a health team and their specific roles. Those roles range from the front desk, to nursing and triage staff, the physician, pharmacists, social workers and nutritionists.

Students will remain at the UHP site for three years, including years four and five of the Sophie Davis program, which would be considered the first two years of a traditional medical school curriculum.

An AMA advisory panel received applications from 170 eligible medical schools for the $75,000, three-year grant, which intends to “advance the AMA’s innovative work aimed at transforming undergraduate medical education to better align with the 21st century health care system,” according to the grant application.

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Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. More than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture; the School of Education; the Grove School of Engineering; the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, and the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. U.S. News, Princeton Review and Forbes all rank City College among the best colleges and universities in the United States.


Syd Steinhardt