Bringing medical education to life —
literally.

We’re taking the next generation of healthcare professionals out of the classroom and into the lives and homes of the community.

At the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and the Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies, we don’t just send our students into a classroom. We also integrate coursework with real-world experience — starting on day one.

Doctoral students are trained during their first year as emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and work shifts on ambulances responding to 911 calls — allowing them to interact with real patients in the community and experience the realities of practicing medicine. And we’re educating the next generation of nurses and physician assistants by pairing them with a variety of healthcare professionals, with whom they’ll get the hands-on clinical experience to treat a changing and diverse patient population.

This new “boots on the ground” model of medical education — in which teamwork and problem-solving are valued over memorization and testing — is designed to emphasize the delivery of patient-focused care, enabling students to get practical, on-the-job training.

A nimble approach to medical education

With a focus on preparing students for the advances and changes in clinical care, the School of Medicine began looking at other leading medical schools’ best teaching practices — adopting what worked and abandoning what didn’t. What evolved is a highly successful approach to medical education that produces physicians, nurses, physician assistants and nurse practitioners with the necessary skills to meet the challenges of a diverse, changing and challenging healthcare environment.

By working directly with Northwell Health, the largest healthcare provider in the region, both the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and the Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies are giving students early exposure to a uniquely broad range of healthcare settings and situations.

The future of medical education is happening today at Northwell Health.
That’s what happens when 61,000 sets of eyes look at healthcare differently.

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