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About the Office of Student Admissions

SUNY Downstate's College of Medicine, Health Related Professions, Nursing and its School of Public Health offer students a broad professional education that will prepare them for practice or careers in any location and community. This education provides exceptional opportunities for those students with a commitment to promoting health in urban communities and addressing the complex challenges of investigating and preventing diseases that confront clinicians, educators, and researchers in such an environment. This special aspect of Downstate's unique mission is reflected in the students it attracts and selects, the vast majority of whom are drawn from the New York City Metropolitan area. Many of these students are members of minority and cultural groups underrepresented in the health professions, and/or come from families of first-generation immigrants or from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

The differences in the background and outlook that students bring with them can enhance the quality of the educational experience of all students at SUNY Downstate. The belief that diversity adds an essential ingredient to the educational process is one of the tenets of SUNY Downstate. Many factors, such as race, ethnic or cultural background, academic achievement, geographic location, diversity of experiences, leadership roles, and socioeconomic background, are taken into consideration in the admissions process. A diverse health care work force will be better equipped to provide culturally competent care to an increasingly diverse population.

Staff

  • Dr. Shushawna DeOliveira
    Director
  • Kenneth Lyttle, MBA, MPA
    Associate Director
  • Sherry Prabhudial, MA
    Assistant Director
  • Regine Verrier, MPS
    Assistant Director
  • Veronica Ambrose  
    COM Admissions  Counselor
  • Christopher DeSouza
    CHRP/CON/SPH Admissions Counselor
  • Karlelle Rice
    COM Admissions Counselor
  • Jessica Blackstock
    CHRP/CON/SPH Clerk
  • Kaiesha Greene 
    Receptionist - Admissions Counselor
  • Victor Ruiz 
    COM Interview Coordinator