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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.


Dr. Shushawna DeOliveira

Kenneth Lyttle, MBA, MPA
Associate Director

Sherry Prabhudial, MA
Assistant Director

Regine Verrier, MPS
Assistant Director

Victor Ruiz
COM Staff Assistant

Christopher DeSouza
CHRP/CON/SPH Admissions Counselor

Karlelle Rice
COM Admissions Counselor

Jessica Blackstock

Jazmine Soto
Receptionist - Admissions Counselor

Ilana Levine
COM Interview Coordinator