Associated Medical Schools of New York’s Diversity in Medicine Programs Receives INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine’s 2019 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award

National Recognition of Programs That Are Making a Difference for All Underrepresented Groups in the Fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

New York, New York—Today, the Associated Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY)’s Diversity in Medicine Programs received the 2019 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. The Inspiring Programs in STEM Award honors colleges and universities that encourage and assist students from underrepresented groups to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). AMSNY will be featured, along with 49 other recipients, in the September 2019 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. 

Inspiring Programs in STEM Award winners were selected by INSIGHT Into Diversity based on efforts to inspire and encourage a new generation of young people to consider careers in STEM through mentoring, teaching, research, and successful programs and initiatives. 

“We are so thrilled to be recognized for our efforts to diversify the physician workforce in New York State, and reduce disparities in health care,” said Jo Wiederhorn, President and CEO of AMSNY. “Our Diversity in Medicine programs would not be possible without the fantastic faculty leading the way at our host medical schools, working to train future doctors from underrepresented backgrounds. Our successful track record is credited to them.”

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected AMSNY’s Diversity in Medicine Programs because of their proven track record of success – about 94 percent of students who complete one of AMSNY’s four post-baccalaureate Diversity in Medicine programs go on to medical school. Over the past 25 years, hundreds of doctors from underrepresented backgrounds have successfully completed medical school as a result.

AMSNY’s programs are designed to provide opportunities for high-potential students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine who do not initially receive an acceptance offer from a medical school. They include a Post-Baccalaureate Program at Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, the Interdisciplinary Basic Medical Sciences Master’s Program at New York Medical College, the Physiology and Biophysics Master’s Program at Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, and the Medical Scholars Master’s Program at SUNY Upstate Medical University.

“We know that many STEM programs are not always recognized for their success, dedication, and mentorship for underrepresented students,” says Lenore Pearlstein, owner and publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “We want to honor the schools and organizations that have created programs that inspire and encourage young people who may currently be in or are interested in a future career in STEM. We are proud to honor these programs as role models to other institutions of higher education and beyond.”

A call for nominations for this award was announced in April 2019. 

For more information about the 2019 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award and INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, visit 


About INSIGHT Into Diversity  

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine is the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education today and is known for its annual INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, the only award that recognizes colleges and universities for outstanding diversity and inclusion efforts across their campuses. INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine presents timely, thought-provoking news and feature stories on matters of diversity and inclusion in higher education and beyond. Articles include interviews with innovators and experts, as well as explorations of best practices and profiles of exemplary programs. In our Career Center, readers will also discover career opportunities that connect job seekers with institutions and businesses that embrace a diverse and inclusive workforce. Current, archived, and digital issues of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine are available online at


The Associated Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY) is a consortium of the 17 public and private medical schools throughout New York State. AMSNY’s mission is to promote high quality and cost-efficient health care by assuring that the medical schools of New York State can provide outstanding medical education, care and research. The combined total of New York’s medical schools economic impact equals more than $85.6 billion. This means $1 in every $13 in the New York economy is related to AMSNY medical schools and their primary hospital affiliates. For more information on AMSNY, please visit: