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History of the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine

Hofstra University and Northwell Health are partners in the establishment and operation of the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine. The School of Medicine is built upon the strong clinical, research, and graduate medical education programs of Northwell Health and the robust research and academic programs of Hofstra University. A brief history of the School's development is included below.

  1. 2006
    AAMC Calls for 30 Percent Increase in Medical School Enrollment
    June 19, 2006

    The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), citing population increases, a doubling between 2000 and 2030 of the number of citizens over the age of 65, and an aging physician workforce, recommended that medical school enrollment be increased by 30 percent by 2015.
    AAMC Calls for 30 Percent Increase in Medical School Enrollment
    School of Medicine
  2. 2008
    School of Medicine Formal Agreement
    March 26, 2008

    On March 26, 2008, with the approval of their respective boards, Hofstra University and North Shore-LIJ Health System entered into a formal agreement that established the School of Medicine, the first allopathic medical school in Nassau County and the first new medical school in the New York metropolitan area in more than 35 years. After a formal search, Dr. Lawrence Smith, nationally recognized for his leadership in medicine and medical education, was appointed as Founding Dean. Dr. Smith had served as the Chief Medical Officer of the Northwell Health System since September 1, 2006, and has continued, as Dean, in the position of Executive Vice President/Physician-in-Chief of Northwell Health. By holding a leadership role in both the University and Northwell, Dr. Smith facilitates a unified approach to maintaining a successful partnership, providing innovative leadership, and ensuring the seamless integration of classroom and clinical experiences.
  3. First SOM Office
    May 2008

    The initial SOM team moves into its first office at Hofstra University's Axinn Library.
  4. LCME Self-Study Process Kick-Off Event
    October 21, 2008

    LCME Self-Study Process Kick-Off Event
  5. RFP for former Jets Facility
    December 2008

    RFP for former Jets Facility
  6. 2009
    Pipeline Program Launch
    June 2009

    Pipeline Program Launch
  7. Preliminary LCME Accreditation Site Visit
    December 2009

    Preliminary LCME Accreditation Site Visit
  8. 2010
    Preliminary Accreditation
    June 2010

    In June 2010, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) granted Preliminary Accreditation to the School of Medicine.

  9. Initial SOM Building Opening
    June 2010

    The School of Medicine officially opened its initial building.

  10. Admissions Cycle
    September 2010

    Admissions cycle began for recruitment of the inaugural class
  11. 2011
    Inaugural Class
    August 1, 2011

    The School welcomed its inaugural class.
  12. 2012
    Inaugural Publication of the School's Literary Journal
    April 18, 2012


    Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine's Students & Faculty Launch Inaugural Publication of the School's Literary Journal
  13. SOM Welcomes Second Class
    August 1, 2012


    Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine Welcomes Second Class Through its Doors
  14. First Scholarship Day
    November 26, 2012


    Med School Hosts First Scholarship Day
  15. 2013
    New Construction
    June 6, 2013

    The SOM breaks ground on new addition:
    Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine Breaks Ground on New Construction
  16. Provisional Accreditation
    June 20, 2013

    The School of Medicine received Provisional Accreditation in 2013 from the LCME:
    Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine Receives Next Step in Accreditation
  17. 2014
    $10 Million Scholarship fund for Medical Students
    January 27, 2014


    Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine receives $10 Million Scholarship fund for Medical Students
  18. The Osler Society
    May 19, 2014


    School of Medicine to Launch The Osler Society
  19. $50,000 Award for Medical Scholars Pipeline Program
    July 31, 2014


    Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine Receives $50,000 Award for Medical Scholars Pipeline Program
  20. 2015
    Expansion Building
    March 2, 2015

    The School opened the doors to its expansion building, which increased the size of the main education site to over 60,000 gross square feet, bringing the total physical structure to 113,000 square feet.
  21. First Match Day
    March 20 2015

    March 20, 2015: First Match Day
  22. $50,000 Award for Medical Scholars Pipeline Program
    May 11, 2015

    First Commencement (inaugural class)
  23. Full Accreditation
    2015

    The SOM attained Full Accreditation.
  24. $1.7 Million HRSA Grant to Enhance Primary Care Training
    July 25, 2015


    School of Medicine Receives $1.7 Million HRSA Grant to Enhance Primary Care Training
  25. 2016
    Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
    January 1, 2016

    Effective January 1, 2016, the School of Medicine, formerly known as the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, became the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, in parallel with the new Northwell Health brand.
    North Shore-LIJ to Change Name to Northwell Health
  26. Student-run Free Clinic Opens in Queens
    February 22, 2016


    Hofstra Northwell Student-run Free Clinic Opens in Queens
  27. Celebration of New Beginnings
    July 22, 2016


    Hofstra Northwell's Medical Scholars Pipeline Program Ends With a Celebration of New Beginnings
  28. New White Coats
    August 16, 2016


    New White Coats Mark Transition for Nurse Practitioner Students

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