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Diversity and Inclusion Statement

We believe that the rich diversity of our student body, faculty, and staff is important to our mission of educating outstanding, well-rounded healthcare professionals for the multicultural world of the 21st century. In keeping with the college’s founding principles, we are committed to an equitable, inclusive, and accessible campus environment. We believe in the mutual understanding and respect for people in all aspects of human differences where everyone can have a sense of belonging. This includes disability, age, language, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, and socioeconomic status. We hold dear to the reality that diverse perspectives and backgrounds in both academia and healthcare improve the health of people everywhere.

Cultural Statement

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion encompasses our accommodation for Jewish observance and culture. We strive to provide an environment where all students can become well-rounded health care leaders, while fulfilling both their professional and personal commitments.  We acknowledge and embrace our rich diversity and continue to work towards protecting the diversity, equity and inclusion that extends to all members of the greater NYMC community on and off campus.

Indigenous Land Acknowledgment

The historical record indicates that the land currently occupied by New York Medical College's Westchester campus may have been traversed by and helped sustain Schaghticoke, Wappinger, and Munsee Lenape peoples prior to and for a time after the arrival of the Dutch in the 17th century. We acknowledge their prior presence on this land, and we pay respect to these communities, both past and present. 

Student Organization Partners

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion supports diversity and inclusion efforts as demonstrated by its interaction with several student organizations on campus, including:

  • American Medical Women's Association (AMWA)
  • Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA)
  • Association of Military Surgeons of the US
  • Black Men in White Coats
  • Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians (BNGAP)
  • Catholic Medical Association
  • Christian Medical and Dental Association
  • Diversity Mentorship Program
  • Jewish Student Association
  • Latino Medical Students Association (LMSA)
  • LGBTQ Advocacy in Medicine Club
  • Muslim Student Association
  • South Asian Medical Student Association – please add (SAMSA)
  • Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
  • Women in Medicine
  • White Plains Youth Bureau

This includes participation in student club activities and club programming to encourage an inclusive learning environment.

For descriptions of our student partner organizations visit the Student Organizations section of our website.

Health Equity Research

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, School of Medicine encourages students to engage in research projects focused on addressing health inequity and healthcare disparities. NYMC SOM students (only) who are interested in participating in such research should contact the Diversity and Inclusion Office.  Additional information on student research opportunities can be found on the Medical Student Research Opportunities page.

Each February, students are invited to present their research findings at the Medical Student Research Forum (MSRF). The MSRF is a way to promote student research and to provide an opportunity for medical students to present and share their findings with the College community.

The Transformative Education Leadership Program (TELP)

The Transformative Education Leadership Program (TELP) is entering its third year at New York Medical College. This program aims to combat Systemic Racism and Implicit Bias through Medical Education. We will select students to undergo intensive training aimed at developing the leadership skills to address bias and racism in medicine. The training will be led by Pamela Ludmer, M.D., M.M.E.L., SOM associate dean for curriculum integration and chair of the NYMC Anti-racism, Anti-bias and Health Inequities Steering Committee and Mill Etienne, M.D., M.P.H. ’02, vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion and SOM associate dean of student affairs.

TELP was created through a grant awarded by The Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society in 2021 to support an education leadership program, led by NYMC School of Medicine (SOM) students, to combat systemic racism and implicit bias in medical education. Since then, there has been overwhelming positive feedback among students, faculty, and standardized patients.

Sessions will take place throughout the summer and will be held on Zoom. These dates are tentative and subject to change:

  1. Leadership Overview - June 5, 7, and 9
  2. Leading Change -June 12, 14 and 16
  3. Emotional Intelligence - The week of June 20
  4. Navigating Difficult Conversations - June 26, 28 and 30
  5. Team Dynamics - The week of June 30
  6. Decision Making and Biases - The week of July 3

Those interested in joining may fill out our TELP application. The deadline to apply is 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30, 2023.