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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 7, 2013 

DEPUTY MAYOR GIBBS ANNOUNCES CITYDOCTORS MEDICAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDS $2.4 MILLION TO 20 NEW YORK CITY STUDENTS

HHC Receives Commitment for Primary Care Work
from St. George's University School of Medicine Scholarship Recipients

Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs and Health and Hospitals Corporation President Al Aviles today announced that 20 New York City students will receive scholarships totaling $2.4 million to attend St. George’s University School of Medicine under the first year of the CityDoctors scholarship program. In return, the students have committed to give back to their communities by practicing primary care medicine at a New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) hospital after receiving their medical degrees.

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, with some scholarships valued at over $200,000 each. The CityDoctors scholarship program, which was launched by Deputy Mayor Gibbs, HHC President Alan D. Aviles, and SGU Chancellor Dr. Charles Modica in April 2012, will provide more than $11 million in scholarships to New York City residents over five years. The program will help address the national shortage of primary care physicians and also increase opportunity for city youth by making a medical degree and primary care career more accessible for talented young men and women with limited financial resources.

“New York City’s public hospitals and clinics serve over one million New Yorkers each year and are critical providers of culturally competent, patient-centered primary care,” said Deputy Mayor Gibbs. “CityDoctors is drawing some of the best and brightest medical providers to our system, addressing a pending shortfall of talent and ensuring that the patients who rely on us will have dedicated providers for decades to come.”

“Medical schools today are simply not producing enough primary care physicians to meet society’s needs in the future,” said HHC President Alan D. Aviles. “The CityDoctors scholarships help HHC bring quality primary care to New York City residents while also providing an opportunity for medical students with roots in the community to give back.”

“St. George’s has long been dedicated to meeting the need for primary care physicians and we’re proud that our partnership with HHC is helping to meet a growing demand,” said St. George’s University Chancellor Charles Modica. “Our students are uniquely qualified to meet the needs of a diverse population and the skills they acquire throughout their training allows them to return home and give back to their community.”

The first class of CityDoctors Scholarship Program recipients are a diverse group of 12 women and eight men, representing all five boroughs. Many graduated from New York City public high schools, including from Stuyvesant High, Brooklyn Tech, Staten Island Tech, Townsend Harris, Francis Lewis, Midwood and Bronx High School of Science. The winners hold undergraduate degrees from prestigious institutions including the State University of New York, the City University of New York, Cornell University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston University, Oberlin College, the New York Institute of Technology and Brooklyn College.

To be eligible, the students had to fulfill all the requirements to be accepted to medical school and meet at least one of the following criteria: graduated from a NYC high school, have five years of residency in NYC, have a parent employed by HHC or the City of New York, or be employed by HHC or the City of New York for at least five years. In return for their scholarships, for each equivalent year of tuition they receive each student has committed to provide one year of service as a primary care attending physician at one of HHC’s 11 public hospitals. Several of the students have already completed part of the medical school educations, while others are beginning their studies this semester.

The CityDoctors scholarship recipients are:

Name

Borough

Commitment to HHC

Eric Behar

Manhattan

2 years

Felicia Fojas

Queens

1 year

Arun John

Queens

2 years

Kunal Kambli

Queens

2 years

Mehvesh Khan

Brooklyn

2 years

Gloria Lee

Queens

2.5 years

Julian Lildharrie

Bronx

4 years

Montgomery Lobe

Manhattan

1/2 year

Prathuangsuk Praeophayom

Queens

4 years

Megan Reynolds

Manhattan

2 years

David Roy

Queens

4 years

Nawaz Rupani

Queens

4 years

Sarah Sahl

Manhattan

2 years

Ali Samee

Queens

2 years

Aanchal Sharma

Staten Island

1.5 years

Malvi Thakker

Queens

2 years

Miloni Thakker

Queens

2 years

Corinne Vidulich

Manhattan

4 years

Monica Wat

Manhattan

2 years

Safwa Zafar

Staten Island

2 years


The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) advises that the U.S. could face a shortage of 90,000 physicians by 2020 and the overall shortage could worsen as the physician workforce ages and retires just as more Americans will need care. The AAMC says a reason for this shortage is that primary care clinicians earn less than half of what the top two earning specialties make, and medical students often choose to enter the higher-paying specialties, rather than primary care, when faced with their medical school loans. Seventy-eight percent of U.S. medical students have a student loan debt of $100,000 or greater. In 2010, medical students graduated from public institutions with an average debt of $148,222 and $172,422 from private institutions.

To apply for the CityDoctors scholarships, applicants submitted essays explaining why they should be awarded this scholarship and how they will contribute to the health care of New York City using their attending position in primary care at an HHC hospital. For more information and to apply for a scholarship, visit the CityDoctors website at www.citydoctors.com.

 


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