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All students entering the Biomedical Science Program at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education must sign an Agreement on Post-Graduation Service Commitment promising to provide full term services as a primary care physician for two years in a designated primary care physician shortage area in New York State. Through their course work and field placements, students develop a first-hand understanding of the health care needs of underserved urban communities as they gain the satisfaction of working with and improving the quality of life of the people in those communities.
Upon completing their residency training in primary care, graduates fulfill their commitment by working as a full-time primary care physician in a community health center, clinic, private practice, or other ambulatory setting in a designated primary care physician shortage area. For many program graduates, this experience marks the beginning of a long-term dedication to service as a primary care physician in an underserved community.