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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Alumni Association College of Medicine

Our Vision, Mission & Goals

The Alumni Association-College of Medicine's primary mission is to provide financial support and services to medical students, to enhance their experience during their 4 years at Downstate.

Student Supported Programs

Providing financial support to the medical students and school is our top priority. The Alumni Association supports many programs for medical students including:

  • Tuition Scholarships
    Tuition alone is $27,000 not including living expenses. Many students come from families that have income below $60,000. Our scholarships are based on financial need.
  • Student Summer Research Fellowships
    Support for students to conduct full-time research for 8 week period (during summer following the first year) to promote interest in research.
  • Health Care in Developing Countries Elective
    Participating students in this overseas elective are supported by travel grants from the Alumni Fund. Find out more »
  • MD/PhD Summer Research Programs
    Support summer research in area in which students are concentrating their studies and to ensure their stipend is competitive with other medical schools.
  • White Coat Ceremony
    The annual event to welcome all first year students into medical profession with an inspirational presentation from an accomplished alum and the distribution of White Coats.
  • Student Run Brooklyn Free Clinic
    Community clinic initiated by medical students to serve the Brooklyn local population with no insurance.
  • Full Year Research Scholarship
    For medical student to devote 1 full year of rigorous scientific research on project approved by faculty and alumni committee. Find out more »
  • Student Research Presented at Conferences
    Support to enable students to present their original work at national conferences.

Education

The Association is committed to enhancing the medical education and training of the Downstate medical students. Alumni participate in the mentoring and career mentoring programs to help students feel welcome and supported at SUNY Downstate and share their expertise to help students choose their specialty.

Service

The Alumni Association acts as a liaison between the medical school faculty and students to promote a positive learning environment. Parents whose children are considering or applying to Downstate can speak with a Board member to discuss the application process and criteria. Members of the Alumni Association also sit on the Medical School Admissions Committee to ensure that children of alumni have advocates on their behalf.