The Science and Technology Enrichment Program (STEP) is a college preparatory program for underrepresented and disadvantaged high school students. The program exposes these youngsters to the academic challenges necessary to pursue careers in medicine. The STEP Program offers preparation for rigorous college courses, learning strategies and life skills. The instructors in the program include New York Medical College graduate school candidates, first and second-year medical students, and high school teachers from surrounding communities in which many of the young participants live and attend school. Visit the STEP blog and find out more!
La Casita de la Salud is an inner-city health clinic run by New York Medical College medical students. Located at 413 East 120th Street in Manhattan, the clinic is dedicated to serving the uninsured population of East Harlem. La Casita operates as an adjunct to an existing satellite clinic of Metropolitan Hospital Center, La Clinica del Barrio. Hours are on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
The goal of the medical student founders of the clinic was, and still is, to improve health outcomes by providing quality culturally competent care regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, or ability to pay. The clinic emphasizes preventative medicine through patient-centered care and education, and strives to be a model of efficiency and cost-effectiveness in the achievement of the aforementioned goals. Through cultural competency and increasing access to healthcare for uninsured and undocumented residents, the clinic founders hope to help bridge the pervasive health disparity gap in our healthcare system.
Each year since 1999, when a group of physical therapy students in the School of Health Sciences and Practice were looking for a way to raise money for the Achilles International Track Club (AITC), the College has sponsored "Race for Rehab," a 5-kilometer and 400 meter run. Now in its 12th year, the Race for Rehab has raised awareness and money for the ATC, a worldwide organization that encourages people with physical disabilities to participate in running and exercising with the general public regardless of speed, level of ability or age. Held in the fall, the race pits athletes with disabilities against able-bodied runners. The benefits to athletes and spectators goes far beyond the money raised or the joy of competition.
Each summer the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences (GSBMS) hosts a middle or high school life sciences teacher participating in the American Physiological Society's (APS) program Frontiers in Physiology. In fact, GSBMS Dean Francis L. Belloni, Ph.D., was a member of the APS team that first conceptualized, and later cultivated the highly successful national program. Today Dr. Belloni vigorously supports "Frontiers in Physiology"—just one of many ways that New York Medical College fosters the next generation of scientists.