Academic Departments

Academic Departments & Programs

The Department of Clinical Medicine serves as the academic home for faculty in clinical disciplines who provide oversight of students’ clinical instruction. Our affiliated faculty members are licensed health care professionals who provide clinical expertise in diverse specialties.

These specialties include:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Dentistry
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • OB/GYN
  • Pediatrics
  • Surgery

The CUNY School Of Medicine is unique among the nation’s medical schools in tailoring its curriculum towards preparation of students to become community-oriented primary care physicians who will serve in medically underserved areas. This mission is achieved through the School’s intensive three-year sequence of courses in Community Health and Social Medicine (CHASM), which include field placements in community medicine in partnership with community-based health centers and health-related programs in underserved areas of New York City.

Through field placements, course work, and independent study, CHASM provides students with the opportunity to go beyond traditional patient encounters and analyze and intervene in the health care of defined populations. The CHASM curriculum attempts to integrate the social perspective of community medicine with the clinical perspective of the primary care practitioner. Through the combination of classroom instruction, work in a unique computer laboratory integrating demographic, health and vital statistics data for all of New York City’s census tracts, and structured field experiences in urban communities, students prepare for their future service as physicians in four distinct but related roles:

  • as clinicians who provide first contact, continuing, integrated health care to individuals and their families in urban communities;
  • as community health promoters who serve to protect the health of all people in a defined population;
  • as agents of change, working with the community to improve its residents’ health by altering the social, biological, and physical environments and the distribution of health care resources; and
  • as researchers engaged in studies in primary clinical care, epidemiology, and social and institutional issues that affect the health of community residents.
Compassionate and competent – you have the traits to be a great healthcare professional. And our Physician Assistant Program is a direct, hands-on way to get there in just two and a half years.

You’ve started college. Or maybe you already have your B.S. degree. You may even already work in the medical field. Now you want to step it up and take on the responsibilities that move you to the next level. You want a career that enriches both your life and the lives of those you help.

There are other PA Programs, but we’re one of the most affordable in America – and our annual success rate on the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination exceeds the national average.

The Department of Medical Education oversees and enhances the school’s medical education program. The department’s vision is to provide high-quality education to students and create a collaborative environment that supports the growth of our faculty as scholars and effective educators.

We provide administrative support for designing, implementing, and evaluating courses and clerkships. Our faculty provide didactic sessions incorporating active learning strategies for several courses including Organ System Modules, Practice of Medicine, Longitudinal Clinical Experience, and Clinical Clerkships and Electives. Our faculty develop, administer and mentor students during patient simulation and the standardized patient experiences. In addition, our faculty serve as academic coaches for our students. The Department provides oversight for compliance with accreditation educational standards. We develop and manage institutional affiliations with our clinical partner sites and facilitate academic appointments for our affiliate faculty to the CUNY School of Medicine.

We partner with the Curriculum Committee and the Learning Resource Center by providing data and administrative support to facilitate course reviews and evaluation of the curriculum.

The Department engages in faculty development, and scholarly research into effective means to deliver medical education, and in continuous curricular quality improvement.


Michael C. Iannuzzi,
MD, MBA Deputy Dean and Chair of the Department of Medical Education
Office: Harris Hall 301F
Phone: (212) 650-8659
Email: miannuzzi@MED. CUNY.EDU

The Department of Molecular, Cellular & Biomedical Sciences participates in the teaching of the normal structure and function of the human body and nervous system and the molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlie medical physiology, human behavior, and tissue pathology. Knowledge of basic medical and neurological sciences provides the foundation needed to understand the mechanisms by which drugs exert their clinical actions.

Members of the Department are engaged in the teaching of cell biology, biochemistry, anatomy, histology, microbiology, immunology, infectious diseases, pathology, physiology, pharmacology, neuroscience and neuropsychiatry to medical students at the CUNY School of Medicine at CCNY. In addition, the Department is also responsible for teaching gross anatomy, microbiology and immunology to students in the Physician Assistant Program.

Faculty members of the Department are active and productive researchers. They are engaged in NIH-funded investigations in the areas of molecular, cellular and systems neurobiology, with a focus on behavioral neuropharmacology, psychopharmacology, neuronal plasticity and motor learning, spinal cord injury/recovery and neurodegenerative disorders. Faculty members also pursue investigations in immunology and autoimmunity, wound healing and regenerative medicine, experimental pathology, and cancer and cardiovascular biology. Departmental faculty mentor and guide doctoral students in the CUNY Graduate Center programs in: neuroscience and cognitive neuroscience, molecular, cellular, and developmental biology, and biochemistry. Graduate and medical students conduct research and are mentored in our laboratories which are located at CCNY. 

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Preparing the next generation of exceptional health care providers that our communities and children deserve.

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