Summer Pre-Medicine Program for College Students

Summer Pre-Medicine Program for College Students

About us

Since 1965, we have been offering a program designed to help college students decide whether a career in medicine is right for them. This selective program has evolved into a joint program between Northwell Health and the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, offering an exposure into the complexity of medical care and medical education today. This renowned program offers students destined for a health care career, a four week exposure to a "mini" medical school highlighting our innovative problem based PEARLS sessions, medical care in the facilities of Northwell Health, and the people that make such care possible.

During the four week program, students participate in Problem Based Learning-PEARLS sessions at the School of Medicine as the anchor for their exposures. Interactive experiences at the facilities of the health system allow the students to witness and be part of the health care team. The complexities of health care and the team dynamics necessary to provide optimal outcomes are highlighted as the students live the process.

The attendees rotate through hospital services such as the operating room, emergency department, radiology, geriatrics, laboratory/pathology, psychiatry, general medical surgical care, intensive care units, rehabilitation services, wound-care, nursing, and administration. Complementing the medical school sessions and clinical medical exposures are daily seminars offered by representative physicians during which insights into their fields and their reasons for choosing their professional pursuits are highlighted. Elective exposures to our pediatric hospital, Anatomical Pathology Services, and Center for Learning and Innovation are offered. At the close of the program, the students present their observations to their peers and faculty in a Problem Based format. This presentation leads to a closing opportunity to consolidate thoughts regarding the experience.

The students completing the program often remark about the pivotal importance of this exposure in their future decision making and career plans.

Application process

Applicants interested in the pre-medicine training program at Long Island Jewish Valley Stream should download the application and submit it to Jack Rubenstein, MD, FACP, by March 15. This program is for college sophomores, juniors and seniors only. Applications must also include an official, up-to-date school transcript and a letter of recommendation.

Program director

Jack Myron Rubenstein, MD

  • Associate Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Contact us

Applicants invited for interview will be notified by email. For additional information on how to apply contact Jack Rubenstein, MD, FACP.

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Franklin Hospital has a new name:

Long Island Jewish Valley Stream

Franklin Hospital is now a division of Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Our new name, Long Island Jewish Valley Stream, reflects this integration. As a result of this integration, you may receive documents or financial information with the LIJ Medical Center name, logo or address for your stay at Long Island Jewish Valley Stream, a division of LIJ Medical Center.

Zucker School of Medicine

The Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell is dedicated to inspiring diverse, promising students to lead and transform medicine for the betterment of humanity.