BS/MD Degree Program

educating future physicians to serve our local communities

Preparing our graduates to provide outstanding preventive, diagnostic, and therapeutic services to individuals, families, and communities.

All students in the CUNY Med BS/MD program will be evaluated to a standard of professional competencies consistent with our educational program objectives.

The curriculum addresses the competencies of our educational program objectives, which fall into seven domains:

  • Obtain an accurate and thorough patient-centered medical history from patients, families, other health care providers, and electronic health records, including through a medical translator.

  • Perform an accurate and thorough physical examination of a patient as part of both a complete and/or a focused examination while maintaining patient’s emotional and physical comfort.

  • Identify appropriate diagnostic tests and procedures, and correctly interpret their results for a range of acute and chronic medical problems.

  • Demonstrate the use of sound clinical reasoning and current scientific evidence to formulate a differential diagnosis and treatment plan.

  • Construct appropriate preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic, and palliative management strategies for patients incorporating their cultural needs other relevant individual characteristics such as genetics, age, and social determinants of health.

  • Recognize patients with critical or life-threatening conditions and initiate appropriate therapy.

  • Collaborate with patients, families and healthcare professionals in a multidisciplinary approach to implement optimal and comprehensive patient care strategies.

  • Perform common procedures safely and correctly while attending to patient comfort, including participating in obtaining informed consent.
  • Describe the molecular, biochemical, and cellular mechanisms that underlie normal tissue function.

  • Describe the normal structure and function of the body as a whole and of each of its major organ systems.

  • Delineate how normal organ function changes during early development, adolescence, and aging.

  • Identify the causes and mechanisms of major categories of disease and injury, and the ways in which they present in clinical practice.

  • Incorporate the principles of pharmacology and therapeutics into clinical decision making.

  • Explain the scientific basis, interpretation, reliability, and validity of common screening, diagnostic and therapeutic modalities.

  • Identify strengths, deficiencies, and limits in one’s knowledge and expertise.

  • Incorporate learning and improvement goals into one’s educational practice.

  • Locate, critically appraise, and assimilate evidence from scientific studies and other resources related to patient and population health problems to guide thinking and practice, both in the classroom and clinical settings.

  • Use information technology to optimize learning and patient care.

  • Effectively communicate with empathy and respect with all individuals regardless of their backgrounds.
  • Educate patients and their families about the nature of their illness, prognosis, and treatment options.
  • Converse with patients regarding wellness, prevention, and behavior modification in order to maintain good health.
  • Present information in both written and verbal forms in a clear, concise, effective, and timely manner. 
  • Communicate with honesty, sensitivity, and compassion in difficult conversations, including end of life issues, delivering bad news, and workplace conflicts.
  • Demonstrate honesty, integrity, and discretion in all personal and professional activities.

  • Demonstrate compassion and empathy for all individuals, including peers, patients, faculty, and staff in all interactions.

  • Commit to the principles of social justice, advocating for equity and access to care.

  • Collaborate effectively, acknowledging the contributions of others.

  • Act in accordance with ethical principles; resolve ethical dilemmas; and prioritizing the best interest of the patient.

  • Strive for excellence and continuous self-improvement through professional and personal development.

  • Recognize the need to balance self-care and wellness with professional responsibilities.

  • Demonstrate accountability, reliability, conscientiousness, and responsibility in all professional activities.

  • Demonstrate commitment to diversity, inclusion, and tolerance by showing respect and sensitivity for all people and their individual differences and belief systems.

  • Represent one’s institution(s) and the medical profession in an exemplary fashion; contribute positively to all communities of which one is a member; and hold colleagues accountable for the same.

  • Identify strategies that contribute to care coordination and transitions of care.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of patient safety and its relationship to quality of patient care.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of quality improvement processes.

  • Describe how diversity of the health care system workforce can positively impact the health of communities.

  • Apply the principles of epidemiology and the appropriate biostatistical tests to compare health outcomes and risk factors across groups of people.

  • Assess how social determinants of health and biological risk factors can be modified to reduce health disparities and prevent and manage disease in individuals and populations.

  • Analyze and interpret population health and surveillance data to assess and improve the health status of populations.

  • Describe the importance of community engagement and advocacy activities to improve the health of vulnerable populations and underserved communities.

  • Recognize how social hierarchies and systems of power differentially impact health care access and delivery, definitions of health and disease, and disease status of individuals and populations.

  • Design and conduct research and present findings demonstrating knowledge of scientific methods and following ethical principles.

  • Describe how the major components of the U.S. healthcare system and health care policies affect access, quality, and cost of health care for different populations.

  • Recognize that both clinical care and population health approaches are needed for disease prevention, disease management, and health equity.

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Become a Medical Doctor

The Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program
at the CUNY School of Medicine

Office of Admissions
Harris Hall, H-101
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031

p: 212.650.7718 (BS/MD Inquiries)
e:  [email protected]

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