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College of Medicine Begins Collaboration with Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education

December 7, 2012 12:00 AM — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ROOTSTOWN, OHIO

Contact: Heather Bing, hbing@neomed.edu, 330.325.6675

The College of Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) has begun a new relationship with the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at the City College of New York. NEOMED hopes the relationship can help to increase the diversity of its student body as well as graduate more physicians who are interested in entering primary care.

Like NEOMED, Sophie Davis offers a combined Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Medicine (B.S./M.D.) degree program. But unlike NEOMED’s program, where students attend partner universities for the B.S. portion and then complete M.D. studies at NEOMED, the Sophie Davis program allows students to complete the B.S. degree and the first two years of medical training at their campus and then finish the M.D. degree at partner universities such as Albany Medical College, New York Medical College,  New York University School of Medicine, SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn (College of Medicine) and the Commonwealth Medical College and others. That list of partner universities will also now include NEOMED. Under the agreement, up to five students per year will be admitted as advanced standing students in their third year of medical training.

Similar to NEOMED, Sophie Davis attracts students who have an affinity for primary care and want to practice in underserved communities. The student body is dedicated, diverse, and includes individuals from inner-city and economically disadvantaged backgrounds as well as underrepresented minorities.

“NEOMED was established on partnerships, and we are excited to begin this new chapter with Sophie Davis,” said Jeffrey L.  Susman, M.D., dean of the College of Medicine at NEOMED. “Each year we have a few available openings to fill in the third-year medicine class as students elect to take a break for additional training. The partnership with Sophie Davis will allow us to fill those spots with students who have the same values as our current students and can add to the richness of the student body.”

Ten students from Sophie Davis recently interviewed for the two available openings.  The selected students will begin at the start of the 2013-2014 academic year.

Northeast Ohio Medical University is a community-based, public medical university with a mission to improve the quality of health care in Northeast Ohio working in collaboration with its educational and clinical partners. With a focus on scientific and medical research, and the interprofessional training of health professionals that is unique to the state of Ohio, the University offers a doctor of medicine (M.D.) and a doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree, in addition to graduate-level coursework and research opportunities leading to master’s and doctoral degrees in other medical areas. Northeast Ohio Medical University is a founding member of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron. Visit www.neomed.edu.

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