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New York Medical College

Medical School

Mailing Address
40 Sunshine Cottage Rd
Valhalla, New York 10595
(914) 594-4000
Email address
School Information
New York Medical College was founded in 1860. The college hosts the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the School of Health Sciences and Practice, the Touro College of Dental Medicine, and the Touro College School of Health Sciences' nursing program (Source: "Talented. Committed. Humanistic. Diverse. These essential characteristics describe the School of Medicine student body. Yet while we seek to attract students like these, students with these qualities also choose New York Medical College because of the excellent education and clinical experience opportunities we provide and our emphasis on delivering compassionate care and making a difference in people’s lives. The School of Medicine truly reflects New York Medical College’s mission statement, which states that “the rich diversity of its student body and faculty is important to… educating outstanding health care professionals for the multicultural world of the 21st century.” Our students come from across the U.S., representing a broad range of racial, ethnic, cultural, economic and educational backgrounds. Underrepresented minorities comprise approximately 20% of our student body" (Source:
General Information
The school has engaged in several DEI initiatives. Namely, the SOM has developed Implicit Bias Training for first-year and second-year students. Numerous programs and events are also offered around DEI topics. Resources for “racial trauma” and “antiracism” are also collected on a site dedicated to compiling them. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The School of Medicine has a Linkage Program in partnership with Associated Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY) “with the specific goal of enhancing the preparation and recruitment of its school-identified groups underrepresented in medicine.”
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • On May 4, 2021, it was announced that, “The Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society has awarded New York Medical College (NYMC) a 2021 Medical Student Service Leadership Project Grant to support the creation of an education leadership program, led by NYMC School of Medicine (SOM) students, to combat systemic racism and implicit bias in medical education.” This grant will work towards “building thoughtful, action-taking and anti-racist leaders” according to one of its student leaders. The problem, titled the Transformative Education Leadership Program, “will select students to undergo intensive training aimed at developing the leadership skills to address bias and racism in medicine.” This program explicitly employs “implicit bias training.”
  • The New York Medical College has a Commission on Health and Health Care Disparities in OBGYN. The college’s department of OBGYN is “working to be a better residency program through anti-racism, inclusivity, and community engagement,” and its “educational curriculum is aimed at training medical students, residents and faculty how to provide culturally competent, equitable, accessible, and high-quality care to all women” through “implicit bias training, grand rounds speakers, health equity lectures, and [a] book club” for “all residents and faculty.” Furthermore, the department has curated an “anti-racism research agenda.”
  • On August 5, 2022, the college's News section published an article titled "School of Medicine Students Develop Implicit Bias Training Program with Positive Results" and stated that "a group of School of Medicine (SOM) students collaborated to design and implement an implicit bias training program for first- and second- year medical students."
  • The New York Medical College has a page dedicated to providing resources for BIPOC, “Teaching Resources to Support Black Lives” for children, “Antiracism and Ally Support Resources,” and LGBTQ+ resources. Certain resources include “Black Lives Matter Meditation for Healing Racial Trauma,” “Anti-Racism Books for Kids,” “#BlackLivesMatter: K-8 Distance Learning Activities for Justice for George Floyd,” “Talking to Kids about George Floyd,” “Being Antiracist,” “75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice,” and “Expressive Writing Prompts to Explore White Fragility, Spiritual Bypassing, & White Privilege.”
  • The School of Medicine’s Career Corner offers various programs for underrepresented students as part of its “Visiting Clerkship Opportunities for Underrepresented in Medicine.”
  • The New York Medical College’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion offers various clubs and organizations which “encourage an inclusive learning environment.”
Symbolic Actions
  • The School of Medicine hosts the HeLa Diversity and Inclusion Conference which is sponsored by the NYMC Office of Diversity. This conference is named after Henrietta Lacks. Topics like the 2019 topic of “The Evolution of Diversity and Inclusion in Healthcare: Today’s Challenges, Tomorrow’s Solutions” are presented. The 2019 conference included discussion of “best practices in unconscious bias training.”
  • The New York Medical College promotes student engagement in “research projects focused on addressing health inequity and healthcare disparities.”
  • The school announced that “the New York Medical College (NYMC) Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) presented the sixth annual HeLa Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference” on February 22, 2023.
  • On February 22, 2023, the school hosted a book discussion event for “"Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America,” a text that is a “community read.”
  • On June 30, 2023, the college signed on to the Associated Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY) statement in response to the Supreme Court's decision regarding race-conscious admission policies, which stated the following: "The consortium of the 17 medical schools of New York State, is profoundly concerned that the United State Supreme Court decisions in Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard and Students for Fair Admissions v. University of North Carolina will diminish opportunities for talented students pursuing careers in medicine and science. These decisions reject a longstanding precedent that recognized the compelling interest of ensuring diversity in higher education and may undermine recent advances to address inequities in medical education and research."
Last updated July 17th, 2023
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