Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced CUNY School of Medicine’s accreditation on Tuesday. The Harlem campus will see it’s first class in 2016, and partner with the St. Barnabas Health System in the South Bronx.
The first graduates will mark the first time in about 170 years that CUNY and City College will award a doctor of medicine degree, according to Chancellor James B. Milliken.
Cuomo said the new public medical school will help train more physicians to care for underserved communities in New York, and address an impending shortage of doctors in the Empire State.
The governor’s office cited a 2013 Kaiser Family Foundation study that found New York State meets just 40 percent of primary care needs, one of the lowest rates in the U.S.
“This new school is another step toward making medical care more accessible for all New Yorkers,” Cuomo said in a statement.