The Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs (CMCA) provides an environment which nurtures students from groups underrepresented in medicine. Student and faculty alike view the CMCA as a haven where camaraderie and education go hand-in-hand. In the classroom, the laboratory and within the CMCA, each is encouraged to succeed and given tools to succeed. The high school experience in the summer science programs has opened the way for many who consider medicine as a career option. Those who select to study medicine at Mount Sinai are embraced by the faculty of CMCA and guided through their medical school and residency experiences. Faculty are able to serve as much needed mentors while, they themselves are given protected time to embark on research that impacts health care disparities. The testimonials from students and physicians alike confirm what is unique about this program.
- "At the age of 15, I started working with Dr. Bottone in his microbiology laboratory. I was learning about the latest laboratory techniques and sitting in lectures in one of the world's leading hospitals. I could not have been prouder of myself. For the first time, I was presented with the idea that if I studied and worked hard, I could one day become a doctor, and work in a hospital like Dr. Bottone. I hope to specialize in community psychiatry and to work with the underserved immigrant population in New York City." A. Hurtado, MD (MSSM Alumni)
- "Participating in the Summer Research Fellowship Program is the most rewarding experience I've had as a premedical student. It helped me confirm my decision to become a doctor and expanded my horizons in the medical field." M. Rivera (Summer 2005 Research Fellowship Program for Collegiate Students)
- "For three consecutive summers I had the privilege of participating in the Summer Research Fellowship Program. This program has provided many wonderful opportunities for me to explore and discover new passions. Moreover it has embraced me with the confidence and encouragement necessary for my undergraduate science studies at Brown University." Y. Perez (MSSM Class of 2010, Mount Sinai Scholars and CMCA MedBound program participant.
- "As a product of participating in the Faculty Scholars Program, I also serve as a mentor to medical school students through the Mentoring Opportunities in Research and Education Program. Importantly, the Center continues to involve me in potential research opportunities and prospective program development." J. Christie, MD (Faculty Scholars Program, 2002-2004)