Sophie Davis medical students experience hospital life

Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education students in their fifth year rotation at St. Barnabas Hospital reflect the racial, geographical and aspirational diversity of City College of New York and of New York City.

Baho Sidiqi was born in Mazar Sharif, Afghanistan, grew up in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and moved to Queens with his family when he was eight. After graduation from Benjamin N. Cardozo High School, he moved to Hicksville. He hopes to become a doctor while also being involved in teaching and the policy aspect of medicine.

“As a second year medical student, having visits to St. Barnabas Hospital puts medicine in perspective,” he says.

Rego Park, Queens, native and Elmont (N.Y.) High School graduate Lori Hutchinson experienced the same feelings and is grateful for the guidance of her preceptor, Dr. Jimmy Truong.

“Dr. Truong has been extremely helpful and encouraging at the clinic sessions,” she said. “He watches us as we practice our medical interviewing and physical exam skills.”

Davina Kirschenbaum, who hails from Far Rockaway, Queens, and is a graduate of Hebrew Academy of Five Towns and Rockaway in Cedarhurst, N.Y., has been interested in medicine from a young age.

“Sophie Davis allows me to further expand on my medical experience by providing me with internships in underserved communities of NYC that involved working with mentally ill individuals, low-income patients at various community health centers, and a large variety of patients at St. Barnabas Hospital under the direct supervision of a physician,” she says.

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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.