Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education

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Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education
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Established 1973
Type Public
Location New York City, NY, USA
Campus Urban
Affiliations City University of New York

The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education is a seven-year medical program (BS/MD) that was established 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.

Students complete 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 transfer 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. Currently, NYU School of Medicine, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, New York Medical College, Albany Medical College, Commonwealth Medical College, and Northeast Ohio Medical University are match schools for Sophie Davis graduates. Contracts with Dartmouth Medical School and Stony Brook School of Medicine recently expired due to financial considerations. Sophie Davis is currently in the process of becoming a fully accredited medical school. The school is currently listed as a Candidate MD program and hopes to obtain full accreditation in the next few years.[1]

Sophie Davis also offers a 28-month upper division program leading to a B.S. degree and certification as a Physician Assistant. It was one of the first baccalaureate degree-granting physician assistant programs in the country.

In 2011 the school also launched its B.S./D.D.S. program where students enrolled in the dual program complete their B.S. at Sophie Davis before transferring 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. 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.

It is named after Sophie Kesner, who was Leonard Davis's wife, because Mr. Davis, a graduate of CCNY, was a major benefactor of the school.

Program offered[edit]

B.S./M.D. (Bachelor of Science / Doctor of Medicine)


First Year (Fall)

Biology of Organisms - Animal Physiology

General Physics I

English (FIQWS)

World Civilizations

First Year (Spring)

General Chemistry

General Physics II

United States History


Second Year (Fall)

Bio-Organic Chemistry





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)

Medical Pharmacology

Patient-Doctor I

Health, Medicine, and Society V (U.S. Health Policy)

Fourth Year (Spring)



Host Defense, Immunology, and Pathogenesis

Patient-Doctor II

Fifth Year (Fall)

Behavioral Medicine

System Pathology 1

Introduction to Clinical Medicine I

Clinical Decision Making and Evidence-Based Medicine

Fifth Year (Spring)

Physical Diagnosis

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.


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