Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine Welcomes Second Class Through its Doors

The first 40 inaugural students who began their journey last August at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine have now earned the title “second-year students” as 60 new first-year students walk through the medical school’s doors today. Classes for first-year students begin today, with second year students returning to school on September 4.

The 32 women and 28 men of the Class of 2016 range in age from 23 to 46 years old and were selected from more than 5,000 applicants; 700 of whom were invited to interview at the school. The students come from more than 55 different hometowns, 13 different states and the District of Columbia, and 42 different universities. They possess undergraduate degrees in a wide variety of major concentrations ranging from mechanical engineering to biochemistry to sociology.
“These students represent a diverse cross section of educational and life experiences and were selected not only for their test scores, but equally for their character and core values,” said Dr. Lawrence Smith, Dean of the School of Medicine. “Unlike last year’s courageous inaugural class, these students are very fortunate to have our second-year students here to help them navigate the first year. I know all of us here-faculty, staff and students-are excited about welcoming these new future physicians to our school.”

During the first nine weeks of the medical school’s curriculum, the incoming students will 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 groundbreaking 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 met with the School of Medicine faculty; became familiar with the 48,000-square-foot state-of-the-art School of Medicine facility on the Hofstra University campus; and welcomed by Dean Smith, Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz,North Shore-LIJ Health System President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Dowling and the school’s senior leadership.

On October 5, students will take part in a White Coat Ceremony, which will mark the beginning of their transformation into medical professionals.

In June 2010 the School of Medicine was granted preliminary accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and was also approved by the New York State Board of Regents. The next step in the accreditation process will take place in February 2013. Plans are also underway to nearly double the size of the medical school building.

Student Statistics


New York - Long Island

California - 7 Bellmore - l Jamaica - 1
Connecticut -1 Carle Place -1 Maspeth -1
Florida - 2 Great Neck -1

Astoria - 1

Illinois - 1 Huntington - 2  
Maryland - 2 Lake Ronkonkoma - 1 Brooklyn  - 1
Massachusetts - 4 Levittown - 1  
Michigan - 2 Lindenhurst - 1  
New Jersey - 3 Lynbrook - 1  
Mew York - 32 Massapequa - 1  
Ohio - 1 Massapequa Park - 1  
Pennsylvania - 3 Mineola - 1  
Rhode Island - 2 Northport - 1  
  New Hyde Park - 1  
  Plandome Manor -1  
  Rockville Centre - 1  
  Woodbury - 1  


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