About the Signature Event Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has a distinguished 30 year history of conducting education pipeline programs which have engaged over 10,000 youth from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds to advance towards careers in health and science. Since its inception in 1998, the CMCA has become an integral part of Mount Sinai, helping to strengthen ties with its communities and making the diversity of the medical student body at Mount Sinai School of Medicine rank among the best in the nation and expanding the pipeline to improve the diversity of its faculty and trainees. Despite its' many achievements, however, CMCA remains largely unknown in the Harlem community. It is the intent of The Signature Event to increase awareness of CMCA's important work, raise its profile in the community and to begin to expand its networks of support.
Now more than ever, we need your assistance to help change the face of medicine—in inner cities across America and especially, within our own community. While we have helped many inner city children make the leap and become medical doctors and other healthcare professionals, we can do more through your participation. This is particularly critical with federal budget cuts presently looming. Students need physician role models whom they can identify with and relate to their backgrounds. CMCA ensures the institutional commitment to diversity and helps inner city students understand that yes, – it is possible to become a doctor. To ensure the longevity of CMCA's mentoring and career development programs, we must secure alternative sources of private and corporate funding. Visibility within the community is essential and it is hoped that our annual Signature Event will assist in opening new doors.