New medical school to open in Harlem, NY

The City University of New York will open a new medical school in Harlem, New York, according to a Crain's New York Business report.

The CUNY School of Medicine, which will be located on the City College campus, was accredited July 14. The first class of 70 students will start in the fall of 2016. The school can gain full accreditation when its first class is in its final year, according to The New York Times.

The school has partnered with the Bronx-based St. Barnabas Health System.

One of the CUNY School of Medicine's primary goals is to train doctors to practice in underserved communities throughout the state.

"We need a multipronged strategy. Starting a medical school with a focus on primary care in underserved areas is a great start," said Jean Moore, director of the Center for Health Workforce Studies at the University of Albany.

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