The Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine is undergoing a 65,000-square-foot expansion that will more than double its size by January 2015.
The medical school, created to help ease the predicted national shortage of physicians, has changed the way doctors are trained with an innovative curriculum that fully integrates academic and clinical experiences from the very beginning of a student’s medical education.
The school opened in 2008, becoming the first new medical school in the New York metropolitan area in more than 35 years. It has grown from 40 students to 180, and this year received 5,500 applicants for just 80 openings.
“Three years ago, we stood together in this building to celebrate the beginning of a new era – the opening of the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine,” Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz said at a groundbreaking ceremony in June. “Now, as we break ground on this new addition, we celebrate how far we’ve come – together – toward our goal of training a new generation of doctors who will improve health care on Long Island and in New York state for decades to come.”
The new, two-story HLW International-designed building will be connected to the current building with a two-story lobby/atrium space. The first floor will feature a 241-person auditorium; a 7,000-square-foot Structure Lab; a large, divisible multipurpose room with the capacity to seat 90 people; and a large events space, as part of the entry lobby.[quote style=”boxed” float=”right”]The continued expansion of our School of Medicine underscores the incredible progress that North Shore-LIJ and Hofstra University have achieved in helping to revolutionize medical education over the past five years. – Michael J. Dowling, President and CEO of the North Shore-LImJ Health Syste[/quote]
The second floor will include the dean’s suite; a faculty suite and offices; and 12 additional small-group classrooms. Corridors are extra wide, with student collaborative zones and study areas that follow a “Main Street” concept and natural light brought to the center of the building through a large skylight.
“It’s a tremendous feeling to stand here today and proclaim that we need more room to fully carry out our mission,” said founding Dean Dr. Lawrence G. Smith. “We began with a very important mission in this historic facility that once housed the New York Jets, and now we are making history once again as we continue to grow, innovate and more fully serve the national need.”
“The continued expansion of our School of Medicine underscores the incredible progress that North Shore-LIJ and Hofstra University have achieved in helping to revolutionize medical education over the past five years,” said Michael J. Dowling, president and CEO of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.
The estimated cost of the project is $35.9 million, $14.5 million of which is provided through $25 million in New York State Economic Development Corporation grants.