The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education is a seven-year medical program (B.S./M.D.) of the CUNY Medical School at The City College of the City University of New York in New York City. It offers an integrated baccalaureate education with preclinical medical education and has a twofold mission: to expand access to medical careers among inner-city youths, particularly among underrepresented minorities, and to encourage the pursuit of primary care specialties among its graduates. Entrance to the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education is highly competitive, with an acceptance rate around 7%, rivaling the Ivy League.
In 2016, Sophie Davis became part of the new CUNY Medical School. Continuing the unique B.S./M.D. program that has been in place for more than 40 years, matriculating students will undertake their undergraduate studies at the City College of New York for the first 3 years and then begin 2 years of didactic study in the sciences at CUNY Medical School. Upon successful completion of the first 5 years of study, medical students will then complete their clinical training at St. Barnabas Hospital, culminating in their medical degree.
Sophie Davis was one of the first - and last - baccalaureate degree-granting physician assistant programs in the country. Beginning in fall 2016, the school will transition that program into a 28-month master's of science program in physician assistant studies.
In 2011, the school also launched its B.S./D.D.S. program, in which students complete their B.S. at Sophie Davis and transfer to the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine to complete their dental training.
Established in 1973 to address the growing need in the United States—especially in inner city areas—for primary care physicians—the school began as a destination for talented New York City high school graduates of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Students previously completed their undergraduate work (B.S.) and the first two years of medical school at Sophie Davis (after which they complete the USMLE Step 1) after which students transferred to one of the accompanying medical schools to finish their final two years of medical school which are primarily medical rotations earning their M.D. degree. NYU School of Medicine, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, New York Medical College, Albany Medical College, and Northeast Ohio Medical University were match schools for Sophie Davis graduates. Contracts with Dartmouth Medical School and Stony Brook School of Medicine recently expired due to financial considerations. In 2016, Sophie Davis became part of the new CUNY School of Medicine, where students will complete their clinical training.
Sophie Davis currently accepts students who have graduated from high schools throughout New York State. It has a rigorous course curriculum where approximately 40% of graduates become primary care physicians. Those who choose not to become primary care physicians must repay the school a fee. The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education is named after Sophie Kesner, who was Leonard Davis's wife; Mr. Davis, a graduate of CCNY, was a major benefactor of the school. Leonard Davis was a donor to the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.
First Year (Fall)
Biology of Organisms - Animal Physiology
General Physics I
First Year (Spring)
General Physics II
United States History
Writing for the Sciences
Second Year (Fall)
Second Year (Spring)
Molecules to Cells I (Biochemistry/Molecular Biology/Medical Genetics)
Health, Medicine, and Society I, II, III
Third Year (Fall)
Molecules to Cells II (Biochemistry/Molecular Biology/Medical Genetics)
Health, Medicine, and Society IV (Epidemiology)
Philosophy of the Rational Animal
Third Year (Spring)
Structure (Gross Anatomy/ Embryology / Organ Imaging)
Physiology I (Systemic Functions)
Fourth Year (Fall)
Physiology II (Systemic Functions)
Health, Medicine, and Society V (U.S. Health Policy)
Fourth Year (Spring)
Host Defense, Immunology, and Pathogenesis
Fifth Year (Fall)
System Pathology 1
Introduction to Clinical Medicine I
Clinical Decision Making and Evidence-Based Medicine
Fifth Year (Spring)
Systemic Pathology 2
Introduction to Clinical Medicine II
USMLE Step 1
The school's address is 160 Convent Ave, Harris Hall, Room 107, New York, NY 10031.
In 2003 it moved into its permanent home in Townsend Harris Hall, which had been renovated as part of CCNY's Terra Cotta Restoration Project, and to build modern teaching capabilities into its classrooms, seminar rooms, a long-distance conference room, and teaching laboratories.