New York Medical College

School of Medicine

Office of Minority Affairs

Office of Minority Affairs
Telephone 914-594-3016

Office of Admissions
Telephone 914-594-4507

New York Medical College is nationally recognized for its excellent clinical training and range of clinical experiences in varied settings. The extensive network of affiliated hospitals and technologically advanced regional tertiary care facilities are located in economically and culturally diverse communities of the inner-city, suburban, and rural townships. This unique clinical education consortium is an optimum chance to adhere to our mission, "a special responsibility to the underserved," in our expanded community. With efficiency, we care for the poor, train doctors and other healthcare professionals, and conduct medical research.

A New York Medical College Legacy

Dr. Holley
In 1888, Alonzo Potter Burgess Holley, a Haitian émigré and a graduate of Cambridge, became the first black student to graduate from the College, later becoming the Haitian Consul to the Bahamas.

Dr. Cooke-Wright
Dr. Jane Cooke Wright, a 1945 graduate, became associate dean of the College in 1967, making her the highest ranked African American woman at a nationally recognized medical institution.

Dr. Branch
The College instituted the first minority scholarship program at a U.S. medical school in 1928. Dr. Geraldine Burton Branch, an early recipient, carries on the legacy by contributing to the College’s Adopt-a-Scholar program.

Activities of the Office of Minority Affairs

Offers tutorial services, career counseling, financial counseling, personal guidance and many other additional services.

The Science and Technology Enrichment Program (STEP) is a college preparatory program for underrepresented and disadvantaged high school students, which exposes the students to the academic excellence necessary to pursue careers in medicine. The STEP Program offers preparation for rigorous college courses, learning strategies and life skills.

College recruitment strategy includes recruitment visits to undergraduate colleges, participation in career day programs, attendance at professional organization recruitment conferences and individual counseling of students interested in pursuing medical careers. The Associate Dean, Assistant Dean, medical students, alumni, faculty and administrators participate in the recruitment efforts. The office of Minority Affairs/Student Affairs responds to individual requests for information.

The Office of Minority Affairs Staff:

Gladys M. Ayala, M.D., M.P.H.
Vice Chancellor of University Student Affairs
Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs, School of Medicine

Joan Y. June, M.S.Ed
Assistant Dean

Richele Jordan-Davis, Ed.M.
STEP Coordinator
914-594 3015

Montgomery Douglas, M.D.
Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion


Page updated: May 19, 2015