Eighty new students start their journey to become physicians this week when they walk through the doors of the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine for their first day of classes. The incoming students join third-year and second-year students at the school, for a total of 180 admitted students.
Thirty-seven women and 43 men, ranging in age from 21 to 36 years old, comprise the Class of 2017. They were selected from 5,585 applicants; 700 of whom were invited to interview at the School. The students come from 17 different states and 47 different universities. They possess undergraduate degrees in over 45 different major concentrations ranging from neuroscience to religion to business. Fifteen percent speak a second language, and 11 students are first-generation college graduates.
“As our third year students move into the hospitals to begin their clinical rotations having just successfully passed their first milestone in licensure, the USMLE Step 1, we are excited to welcome these 80 new first year students to our school,” said Dr. Lawrence Smith, Dean of the School of Medicine. “They are entering a vibrant and dynamic environment, as we expand our facility, increase our faculty and continue to educate the doctors of tomorrow with our ground-breaking curriculum.”
During the first nine weeks of the medical school’s curriculum, the incoming students train as emergency medical technicians by working shifts on North Shore-LIJ Health System ambulances. This training is a core element of the first 100 weeks of the school’s innovative academic course work. During ambulance tours, students observe patients in their homes and evaluate and treat them under the supervision of certified EMTs and paramedics.
During orientation week, students meet with the School of Medicine faculty, leadership and staff and become familiar with the 48,000-square-foot state-of-the-art School of Medicine facility on the Hofstra University campus.
On October 4, students will take part in a White Coat Ceremony, which marks the beginning of their transformation into medical professionals.
In June the School of Medicine was granted Provisional Accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and broke ground on the construction of a 65,000-square-foot expansion that will more than double its size. The new addition is estimated for completion in January 2015.