The Jewish Voice
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Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine Has Largest Class with 80 Students
Long Island Business News
August 5, 2013
Long Island Medical Schools Add Students
Amid soaring demand as thousands of applications flow in for a very limited number of spots, Long Island medical schools are accepting more students.
Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine is welcoming its newest class, 80 students, growing the school to 180. The school plans to accept another 100 students next year.
The Stony Brook University School of Medicine is gearing up to grow its next entering class from 124 to 132.
“There’s a need for more physicians,” said Dr. Kenneth Kaushansky, senior vice president of health sciences and dean of the Stony Brook University School of Medicine. “We’re seeing more and more applications. Every year for the last three years, we had 10 percent more applications.”
Stony Brook is up to 5,000 applications for 124 slots, while Hofstra-North Shore LIJ received 5,585.
Hofstra-North Shore LIJ invited 700 applicants to interview before accepting 37 women and 43 men ranging from 21 to 36 years old.
The school’s students come from 17 states and 47 universities with undergraduate degrees in more than 45 major concentrations ranging from neuroscience to religion to business.
Fifteen percent of Hofstra- North Shore-LIJ’s students speak a second language, and 11 students are first-generation college graduates.
Stony Brook, meanwhile, has been expanding even as the school raised tuition by about $375 a semester.
“As part of that, the money is going to hire more faculty members,” Kaushansky said. “We need more faculty members to teach more medical students.”
Stony Brook also is moving ahead with major building projects, expanding the hospital by about 225,000 square feet and adding a medical and research translation building.
That structure will include 12 new classrooms and a 300-seat auditorium to be used for educational purposes.