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The Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine emphasizes the importance of discovery and innovation in the process of learning and in helping patients. Through partnerships with clinical services and laboratories within Northwell Health and externally, our faculty and students are engaged in all forms of collaborative research, in particular, investigations involving the underlying biological process of disease for use in development of new therapies and diagnostics.

All medical students benefit from the extensive resources of the School of Medicine, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in a collaboration that equips students for the accelerating pace of medical research and scientific discovery in the years ahead. Our affiliation and faculty connection to both The Feinstein Institute and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory offer unlimited opportunities to all of our students to conduct basic and translational investigations in areas such as immunology, bioelectronic medicine, neuroscience, cancer biology, genetics and genomes.

  • Each year, the School of Medicine admits four MD/PhD students who, over seven to eight years, complete both the MD degree program requirements and the requirements for awarding of the PhD in the Molecular Basis of Medicine.
  • Approximately 70 percent of students engage in research during the summer after their first year of study, and nearly 100 percent do so by graduation.

Students engage in research projects, locally and overseas, that cover a wide range of health issues. Many partner with top research investigators from The Feinstein Institute, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and other areas of Northwell Health, while others travel abroad to work on public health projects, such as studying health issues of Haitian workers in the Dominican Republic.

The School of Medicine hosts also hosts an annual Scholarship Day to showcase and disseminate new knowledge contributed by medical students of all years of study who participated in summer research activities. Students engaged in investigative studies are guided from start to finish by School of Medicine faculty mentors. In fact, Zucker medical students alongside faculty have been critical collaborators the development of cutting-edge innovations.

The Zucker School of Medicine strongly encourages collaborative medical education research that drives continuous program improvement and supports the professional development of teaching faculty and students. For more information on conducting a study that involves the Zucker School of Medicine curriculum, its students, faculty or staff, please visit the page on our Policy on Medical Education Research.