NYC Health + Hospitals, St. George's University Award $1.8M in CityDoctors Scholarship .

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NYC Health + Hospitals and St. George's University Award $1.8 Million in CityDoctors Scholarship to 12 NYC Medical Students

CityDoctors scholarship awardees commit to practicing primary care medicine for at least two years at one of NYC Health + Hospitals’ acute care facilities

Partnership was launched in 2012 to help address the shortage of primary care physicians and to increase educational and career opportunities for local students

New York, NY

NYC Health + Hospitals and St. George’s University School of Medicine have announced that 12 students from the New York metropolitan area will be awarded a total of $1.8 million in CityDoctors scholarships. In return, awardees commit to practicing primary care medicine for at least two years at one of the 11 public hospitals in New York City following their medical training. Since its inception in 2012, the CityDoctors scholarship program has awarded 113 aspiring and current doctors with scholarships worth a total of $12.3 million through the NYC Health + Hospitals partnership.

“Our commitment to delivering excellent care is reflected in our continued participation in the CityDoctors scholarship program, which provides young doctors, who have expressed an early commitment to primary care along with a heart-felt connection to the citizens of New York, the necessary support to become physicians,” said Machelle Allen, MD, Chief Medical Officer, NYC Health + Hospitals. “As we expand access to health care services to more New Yorkers through initiatives like NYC Care, our partnership with St. George’s University is a great example of our accountability, and active role in ensuring we have a reliable pipeline of well-trained primary care physicians joining NYC Health + Hospitals.”

“We’re thrilled to provide scholarships to these outstanding future doctors,” said Dr. G. Richard Olds, President of St. George’s University. “It’s a priority for us at St. George’s to make medical school accessible and affordable to aspiring doctors from a variety of backgrounds who are intent on returning home to New York City to serve in the city’s most vulnerable communities.”

The 2019 class of CityDoctors scholarship recipients are a diverse group of women and men, representing Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens. Recipients hold undergraduate and graduate degrees from a range of prestigious institutions, including various institutions within the City University of New York academic system, New York University, and Harvard University.

Name Residence
Brenda Carhuayo Long Island
Julianne Chu Manhattan
Lea Gance Brooklyn
Kelise Harris Bronx
Alina Intisar Brooklyn
Gabriella Jade Roberts Brooklyn
Judith Nnah Manhattan
Oladimeji Okubadejo Brooklyn
Michelle Sawh Queens
Ezinma Schwiers Brooklyn
Rabe Siby Manhattan
Stacy Toriola Queens

The CityDoctors scholarships are available to applicants to the St. George’s University School of Medicine who wish to start their studies in the January term each year. To be eligible for the program, students must have maintained a permanent residence within the five boroughs of New York City for five or more years, graduated from high school or college in New York City, or have other ties to NYC Health + Hospitals. CityDoctors Scholarship students commit to serving as primary care attending physicians at a NYC Health + Hospitals facility following their medical training. Students who receive a full scholarship commit to working for NYC Health + Hospitals for four years; students with half scholarships sign on for two years.

The CityDoctors scholarship program is designed to attract and educate the best and brightest students to become doctors committed to serving in urban hospitals. The collaboration between St. George’s University and NYC Health + Hospitals launched in 2012 to help address the shortage of primary care physicians and to increase educational and career opportunities for local youth. The scholarship recipients have been selected based on their academic excellence and financial need, and will receive either partial or full scholarships to pay for medical school tuition for periods of up to four years.