Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine Receives Next Step in Accreditation

Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine Dean Lawrence G. Smith, MD, Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz and North Shore-LIJ Health System Chief Executive Officer Michael Dowling recently announced that the Medical School has received its Provisional Accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the body which accredits all medical schools in the United States and Canada.

In its report, the LCME stated, “This school enjoys a richness of resources including a large, financially robust health system and a university willing to commit significant infrastructure support.”

“It’s very satisfying to have the LCME affirm that our vision of a new kind of medical school is not only possible, but it is blossoming,” said Dean Smith. “An accomplishment of this magnitude only happens with teamwork and with the strong partnership that we have with North Shore-LIJ Health System and Hofstra University.”

Provisional Accreditation is an intermediate step in the process leading to full accreditation by the LCME. It allows students to continue into their third and fourth years and new students may continue to be enrolled. The LCME team completed a survey visit of the School of Medicine in February 2013 and, on June 5 the school’s leadership was notified that the school had been granted Provisional Accreditation.

The Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine was formed in response to the Association of American Medical Colleges’ 2006 recommendation to increase medical school enrollment by 30 percent by 2015. Hofstra University, Long Island’s largest and most prestigious private university, and North Shore-LIJ Health System, one of the largest health systems in the nation, responded to this need by establishing the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

The School of Medicine is built upon the strong clinical and graduate medical education programs of the Health System and the robust research and academic programs of Hofstra University and the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research at North Shore-LIJ Health System. In August 2011, the School of Medicine welcomed its inaugural class and in 2013, the school will welcome its third class, bringing the number of students to 180.

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, "first-year [student] enrollment is up 1.5 percent from last year and 18.4 percent from 2002."

Today there are 141 LCME-accredited medical schools in the country.

The Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine’s LCME site visit for its final stage of accreditation will occur in October 2014. The charter class graduates in May 2015.

For further information, please visit the LCME’s website at www.lcme.org.



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