The Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine will receive $152,417 in Empire State Development Grant funds to support the school’s Medical Scholars Pipeline Program, a summer program offered by the school that helps prepare students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds for medical schools and other health-related fields. The five-year academic program begins with rising high school juniors and continues until they reach their junior year in college.
The School of Medicine grant is part of $738 million in New York State Regional Economic Development Council awards that are intended to jumpstart the state’s economy. Put in place in 2011, this initiative of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council funds projects throughout 10 New York State regions. The Regional Council was established in 2011 to redesign the state’s approach to economic development from a top-down model to a community-based, performance-driven approach.
This year’s awards will fund 725 projects, with Long Island receiving a total of $59.7 million for 86 projects.
The School of Medicine’s grant for the Medical Scholar’s Pipeline Program will continue the Long Island Regional Council’s objective to support Science, Technology, and Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) projects throughout the area, with an emphasis on providing educational opportunities for youth from disadvantaged communities.
“Our Pipeline Program epitomizes what these awards are all about,” said Dr. Lawrence Smith. “As the Medical Scholars Pipeline Program grows each year, the cost to run it grows, too. This funding will allow us to offer more high school students the opportunity to actively engage in hands-on exploration of healthcare professions, as they learn to believe in their own strengths and intelligence.”
The Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine’s Medical Scholars Pipeline Program seeks to identify academically exceptional, yet economically disadvantaged high school students. The program is designed to increase diversity of the healthcare workforce by providing a viable way for academically strong students from groups traditionally underrepresented in medicine and low-income backgrounds to attain the exposure, support and educational tools necessary to become competitive applicants to college, medical school and other healthcare-related fields.
Successful applicants are accepted into the five-year summer program designed to provide participants with the competitive footing and support needed to pursue a higher education in the medical sciences, and ultimately to achieve their goals of becoming physicians or achieving one of the many diverse careers in the health care professions. The Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine established in 2008, is a partnership between Hofstra University North Shore-LIJ Health System, making it the first allopathic medical school in Nassau County and the first new medical school in the New York metropolitan area in more than 35 years. 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. In 2013 the school will break ground on a 65,000-square-foot expansion of its medical education center, doubling the size of its facility on the University campus
For more information about the program call Project Coordinator Gina Granger at 516-463-7515.