School of Medicine Opens New Facility and Begins Recruiting Its First Class
There is nothing that represents how far Hofstra has come – and how much more it aspires to achieve – than the opening of the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, which will make Hofstra only the third university in the New York region to have both a law school and a medical school. In July of 2011 the University welcomed the inaugural medical school class, a pioneering group of 40 of the best and brightest students in the nation.
Just over a year ago, on June 8, 2010, Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz, North Shore-LIJ Health System Chief Executive Officer Michael Dowling, and Medical School Dean Lawrence G. Smith, M.D., held a press conference to announce that the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine at Hofstra University had obtained the necessary accreditations to recruit its first class. The stage for this announcement was the School of Medicine’s new North Campus facility, a 47,000-square-foot structure. The building, previously known as Weeb Ewbank Hall, served as the New York Jets administrative offices and training headquarters since the late 1960s. A $12.5 million New York state grant funded a major renovation to convert the building into a state-of-the-art medical school.
Of the accreditations that allowed the School of Medicine to move forward, Dr. Smith said, “This is the culmination of 2 1/2 years of planning, discussion and research, on the part of hundreds of people, to create a cutting-edge medical education curriculum that responds to the modern system of health care. This is not only the beginning of a new era for both Hofstra University and North Shore-LIJ Health System, it is also the end of a long process, a process in which we focused on patient care, on rigorous science, and on the health of our population, to come up with a new and innovative curriculum.”
Hundreds of physicians, scholars, administrators and leaders from both Hofstra University and the North Shore-LIJ Health System have created a cutting-edge, scientifically rigorous, patient-centered medical school curriculum. On June 4, 2010, the New York State Education Department’s Division of Professional Education gave final approval of the medical school’s educational program. Previously, the Regents of the State of New York granted the University the right to confer the M.D. degree. These two approvals provided the final authorization necessary to enroll an initial class. The University also received approval from the State Education Department for its Ph.D. program in molecular basis of medicine. The School of Medicine will also offer a joint admission M.D./Ph.D. and Ph.D. programs.
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- The Frank G. Zarb School of Business was ranked in the 2011 edition of The Best 373 Colleges as one of The Princeton Review’s “Great Schools for Marketing and Sales Majors.”