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Programs for Undergraduate Students

SUNY Downstate Medical Center, one of the largest medical centers in New York State, is committed to recruiting and educating talented, disadvantaged students. The College of Medicine's Office of Minority Affairs offers a unique opportunity for students to explore the sciences and become acquainted with healthcare professions at an early age. Through a series of enrichment programs, our mission is to encourage students at all levels of the educational pipeline to consider a rewarding career in the sciences.

Exploring Health Careers (EHC) Program

An initiative to expose students to a variety of career options in the health professions. The program is designed to provide exposure to targeted health professions through faculty presentations, shadowing opportunities in clinics and affiliate sites, and information about the application process. The professions highlighted during the program include: medicine, allied health, graduate studies, and nursing.

Preferably Freshmen attending one of the following affiliated schools:

CUNY: Brooklyn College, City College, Hunter College, Lehman, Medgar Evers, Queens, York

SUNY Stony Brook

Program Information Sheet-(EHC)

Applications are available here

Early Medical Education (EME) Program: Medicine, Allied Health & Graduate Studies Tracks

An initiative to increase the competitiveness of undergraduate pre-medical students, early in their college career. The program is designed to provide medical science lectures and academic support. All of the lectures include a case-based learning approach.

In addition, students will learn time & stress management skills and will have an opportunity for hands-on exposure to medical/ research disciplines through shadowing experiences with clinicians, allied health professionals and research mentors.

Sophomores and eligible juniors only attending one of the following schools:

CUNY: Brooklyn College, City College, Hunter College, Lehman, Medgar Evers, Queens, York

SUNY Stony Brook

Program Information Sheet-(Medicine Track)

Program Information Sheet-(Allied Health Track-PA or DPT)

Program Information Sheet-(Graduate Studies Track- Ph.D.)

Applications are available here

Undergraduate Summer Research Program

The Undergraduate Summer Research Program is designed for undergraduate students who have historically been underrepresented in biomedical and health professions. Students will conduct research under the direction of a faculty member. Assignments will be made based upon availability of research opportunities and according to the mutual interests of the faculty sponsors and student participants. Oral presentations are made at the conclusion of the summer.

The program is open to all qualified sophomores and juniors, but it is preferred that students show strong academic promise and come from a background that has in the past denied them opportunities in field of biomedical research.

Applications are available here

Programs for High School Students

The Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP)

A three year, after-school academic enrichment program for students attending one of five Brooklyn high schools: Clara Barton, School of Democracy and Leadership, Bishop Loughlin, Brooklyn Generation and Nazareth Regional High School.

The STEP program is one of the cohorts of the Arthur Ashe Institute's Health Science Academy. The program allows students to develop their scientific and critical thinking skills through the study of the anatomy and physiology of different organ systems. In addition, students participate in college preparatory and cultural enrichment activities.

Click here for other high school programs at SUNY Downstate