New York Medical College

School of Medicine

Primary Care


Among the challenges facing U.S. healthcare today is a shortage of primary care physicians. Medical schools—New York Medical College among them—have been issued a challenge to increase the supply of these critically needed primary care physicians. We are rising to the challenge.

New York Medical College continues to provide opportunities for students to learn in primary care settings and in guiding students in considering careers in the generalist disciplines. The College was one of the first to provide first- and second-year experiences in community-based primary care settings where students work one-on-one with generalist preceptors to learn the core skills of clinical medicine:  communication skills, history-taking, and physical diagnosis.

The College’s stated educational objectives and key competencies reflect the central importance of attaining generalist competencies—a set of standards which are the foundational clinical knowledge and skills required of all students regardless of their ultimate career choice.

New York Medical College’s program of primary care education has received support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the New York State Department of Health, the Charles E. Culpepper Foundation the Lamar Family Fund, the Josiah Macy Foundation, the United Hospital Fund, and the Partnerships for Quality Education initiative.



Page Updated: April 27, 2012