Eighty new students at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine got their white coats in a special ceremony that marks the beginning of their transformation into medical professionals. The newest class, which began their studies in August, bring the total enrollment of the school to 180 students.
The 37 women and 43 men, ranging in age from 21 to 36 years old, swore an adapted version of the modern Hippocratic Oath and were cloaked with their white coats during the ceremony at the Adams Playhouse. The Class of 2017 comes from 17 different states and 47 different universities, and earned undergraduate degrees in over 45 different major concentrations ranging from neuroscience to religion to business. Fifteen percent speak a second language, and 11 students are first-generation college graduates.
“We are excited to welcome these 80 new first year students to our school,” said Dr. Lawrence Smith, Dean of the School of Medicine. “They are entering a vibrant and dynamic environment, as we expand our facility, increase our faculty and continue to educate the doctors of tomorrow with our ground-breaking curriculum.”
During the first nine weeks of the medical school’s curriculum, the incoming students 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 innovative 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.
In June the School of Medicine was granted Provisional Accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and broke ground on the construction of a 65,000-square-foot expansion that will more than double its size. The new addition is estimated for completion in January 2015.