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New partnership for medical students

DMS and Sophie Davis School announce exchange

Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) will initiate a partnership to expand opportunities for promising medical students from diverse backgrounds through a cooperative program with Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at the City College of New York (CCNY).

David Nierenberg and Stephen Spielberg
David Nierenberg, Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education at DMS  and Stephen Spielberg, Dean of Dartmouth Medical School (photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

The new program, announced Feb. 2 and approved through an agreement with the deans of both schools, makes DMS the only medical school partner outside New York State where students from Sophie Davis can complete their last two years of medical school.

The collaboration benefits both DMS and Sophie Davis, according to  David Nierenberg, Senior Associate Dean of Medical Education and Edward Tulloh Krumm Professor of Medicine, who spearheaded the agreement, working with DMS Dean Stephen Spielberg and Sophie Davis School Dean Stanford Roman '64.

"This is a good option for students at both schools," said Nierenberg. "Think how exciting it could be for a student who perhaps has lived his or her whole life in New York City to go to an Ivy League college with a wonderful medical school in a different and more rural state, and what an opportunity for Dartmouth Medical School to have this infusion of talented students transferring into the third year to enrich our student body. It broadens DMS as a school."

The first group of Sophie Davis students will begin a match process later this year to enroll in DMS for their third year of medical school in July 2007.

The Sophie Davis School offers a five-year curriculum that covers college and the first two years of medical school, tailored to the needs of academically qualified but often economically disadvantaged students from the New York City area. After completing these five years of schooling, Sophie Davis graduates transfer to a partner medical school for their last two years of clinical training.

Stanford Roman '64
Sophie Davis School Dean and Dartmouth trustee emeritus Stanford Roman '64 (photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

Roman, a Dartmouth trustee emeritus and former DMS Deputy Dean, said, "There's a lot of excitement from our students and this program complements our interest in primary care."

He explained that the Sophie Davis school "accepts promising New York area students who mirror the increasing diversity of that urban population."

The students transfer into a medical school through a match process similar to the national residency match that offers the best fit for both students and programs. The DMS match for Sophie Davis students is slated to begin this fall when interested candidates for the summer of 2007 will visit for interviews and prescreening.

"We are hoping we'll end up the match with three to five students who really want to come to DMS and who DMS really wants to have. Both students and schools rank each other so that we have a yes-yes situation, where they want us and we want them," said Nierenberg.

Other medical schools that partner with Sophie Davis are Albany Medical College, New York Medical College, New York University School of Medicine, The State University of New York (SUNY) Health Science Center at Brooklyn and SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine.

By HALI WICKNER

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Last Updated: 12/17/08