CUNY School of Medicine is part of Gov. Hochul’s $2.4M commitment to diversify physician workforce

The CUNY School of Medicine (CUNY Med) at The City College of New York’s Pathways to Careers in Medicine and Research Program receives increased funding due to Governor Kathy Hochul and the state’s commitment of more than $2.4 million to diversity programs managed by the Associated Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY), which is funded in part by the state Department of Health. 

This funding is expected to reach more than 800 students through new and existing diversity initiatives, including Bridges to Medicine, AMSNY's successful post-baccalaureate program at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University.

“A core CUNY Med value is that representation matters and we have worked hard to successfully diversify the health profession’s pipeline with numerous pathway programs, such as our Pathways to Careers in Medicine and Research Program, and by strategically removing barriers to entry,” said Carmen Renée Green, MD, dean of The CUNY School of Medicine.  “Through CUNY Med’s holistic admissions process, we are a national leader [ranked #5 in the nation and #1 in New York State] in producing excellent health professionals who are underrepresented in medicine and in helping transform the DEI landscape in medical education moving forward.”  

AMSNY, a consortium of the 17 public and private medical schools in New York State, launched its first diversity pipeline programs in 1985 and has continually provided opportunities for underrepresented students to prepare for and enter medical school. The state Department of Health has provided funding for these programs since 2002 in an effort to help broaden the demographics of people entering the medical profession in New York.
The goal of the CUNY School of Medicine’s Pathways to Careers in Medicine and Research Program through AMSNY is to enhance research methodology techniques, science and academic skills and clinical experiences of students in preparation for medical, science and other health professional graduate schools. 

The program places undergraduate students with faculty mentors who have received competitive grant awards for basic sciences research. The students become part of the mentor’s research teams and thus learn early in their careers the protocols and procedures necessary to perform research. These students continue their educational experiences through advanced degrees in basic sciences and medicine.

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