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Student Admission & Recruitment Initiatives

The Office of Admissions (OA) works closely with COM OD&I and Office of Multicultural Affairs, and is responsible for medical student pipeline, recruitment and retention programs.

The Associated Medical Schools of New York State (AMSNY) Post-baccalaureate Program

Description: As part of its commitment to increase diversity in medical education, Associated Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY) offers a post-baccalaureate program at the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. This program is designed to increase the enrollment of academically qualified applicants from groups that are underrepresented in medical schools in New York State. Candidates are referred from SUNY Upstate's COM Admissions Committee to the Post-baccalaureate program to strengthen their academic preparedness for
admission the following year. Students are offered conditional acceptance to the COM upon satisfactory completion of the program (as defined by the Admissions Committee). There are about five students per year who enter our medical college through this program.

Diversity categories target for program: Black/African American, Native American, Hispanic/Latino, Low socioeconomic status, Female; Students must be New York State residents to participate in this program.

Responsible individual: Krystal Ripa, Director of Special Admissions Programs

Funding Source: There is no specific annual budget. The process is built into overall recruitment allocation. AMSNY provides financial support for this program based on the number of participants.

Organizational Locus: Admissions Office

Medical Science Education Transition (MEDSET)

Person/Office Responsible: Maryann Grandinetta, Director of Student Success Initiatives

Description: MEDSET is a summer course aimed at preparing incoming first year medical students for transition to the rigors of the curriculum. Participating students are identified by the Admissions Committee and are introduced to academic content, support services, and study techniques. The director of student success initiatives, who also holds a faculty appointment, coordinates this summer course. The director works with faculty members who teach in the first year for content delivery. The course is supported by the COM.

Diversity categories target for program: Black/African American, Native American, Hispanic/Latino, Low socioeconomic status, Female; Non-traditional/Return to school

Responsible individual: Maryann Grandinetta, Director of Student Success Initiatives

Funding Source: COM Dean’s Office

Organizational Locus: Office of the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Campus Life

Pre-Admission Workshop (PAW) with the Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP)

Description: As part of the Northeast Alliance (University of Albany, University of Buffalo, and University of Rochester), Upstate hosts a Native American PAW for Native American students from across the nation who are interested in applying to medical school. The 2-day PAW, with the Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP), provides students with the information and skills necessary to be successful in the admissions processes for medical and health professions programs. Participants had the opportunity to network with peers, admissions officers, and financial aid officers; participate in mock interviews, and hone personal statements. The PAW started in 2018, and 20 Native American students attended the inaugural event held on October 18-20, 2018.
Annual budget: $25,000

Diversity categories target for program: Native American

Responsible individual: Krystal Ripa, Director of Special Admissions Programs

Funding Source: COM Dean's Office

Organizational Locus: Admissions Office and Assistant Dean for Diversity

The Medical Scholars Master's in Medical Technology Program

Description: The Admissions Office oversees the Medical Scholars program. This unique program provides historically disadvantaged and underrepresented students the opportunity to strengthen and cultivate their academic, clinical and analytical skills in preparation for medical school. Referred to the program by the Admissions Committee, students earn a master's degree in Medical Technology with strong employment potential, and are also offered conditional acceptance to the COM upon satisfactory completion of the program (as defined by the Admissions Committee). Medical Scholars are provided with academic counseling, mentorship, and MCAT preparations as needed. Learn more... 

Diversity categories target for program: Black/African American, Native American, Hispanic/Latino, Low socioeconomic status, Female; Students must be New York State residents to participate in this program.

Responsible individual: Krystal Ripa, Director of Special Admissions Programs

Funding Source: AMSNY and New York State Department of Health

Organizational Locus: Admissions Office

The Rural Medical Scholars Program (RMSP)

Description: Upstate recognizes the need for doctors in rural communities and is committed to assisting small, rural areas in New York State (NYS) in meeting their health care needs. The RMSP is designed to provide additional support for students who may want to practice medicine in New York state's underserved areas. The program was started in 2007 and has, on average, an enrollment of seventeen students per year. Students accepted into the RMSP receive early assurance of acceptance into the Rural Medical Education Program (RMED), which pairs third-year students with board-certified family physicians in small communities in the region. Students in the RMSP program also have the opportunity in their first and second years of medical school to participate in jobshadowing experiences, lectures of interest, and on-site visits with current RMED students and preceptors. Learn more...

Diversity categories target for program: Rural NYS

Responsible individuals: Carrie Roseamelia, PhD, Assistant Dean of Rural Medicine
Robert Ostrander, MD, RMED Medical Director
Jennifer Welch, Associate Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

Funding Source: There is no set budget for this program, and funding is provided through the overall recruitment allocation.

Organizational Locus: Admissions Office and RMED Program

Master's in Public Health (MPH) Medical Scholars Program

Description: The MPH Medical Scholars program is similar to the Medical Scholars program, and is supported by Upstate. The program provides historically disadvantaged, underrepresented, or rural students the opportunity to strengthen and cultivate their academic, clinical, and analytical skills in preparation for medical school. Referred to the program by the Admissions Committee, students earn a master's degree in Public Health and are offered conditional acceptance to the COM upon satisfactory completion of the program (as defined by the Admissions Committee).

Diversity categories target for program: Black/African American, Native American, Hispanic/Latino, Low socioeconomic status, Female, Rural

Responsible individuals: Krystal Ripa, Director of Special Admissions Programs

Funding Source: There is no set budget for this program, and funding is provided through the overall recruitment allocation.

Organizational Locus: Admissions Office

Try on a White Coat Program

Description: Funded by our Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP), Upstate Medical University initiated the, "Try on a White Coat," program. Currently, college freshmen or sophomores who are on a pre-health track can apply for our one-week long health career immersion program. Opportunities include:

  • Exploring different careers in the healthcare field
  • Interacting with current students and faculty at SUNY Upstate
  • An overview of the admissions process including tips on how to become a competitive candidate
  • Service and community outreach opportunities in the Syracuse area
  • Tips for academic success and mentoring.

The associate dean for student affairs, campus life, and coordinator for cross cultural awareness and programming, host this week-long event. In addition to full-time participation for the entire week, several months go into the planning of the event.

Diversity categories target for program: Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Female

Responsible individual: Sharon Huard, Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Campus Life

Funding Source: COM Dean's Office

Organizational Locus: Office of the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Campus Life 

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