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Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

For your convenience, we have compiled the list of frequently asked questions regarding our school, MD/PhD program admissions process and selection criteria, and tuition/cost and financial aid. Answers to these and many other questions can be found throughout our website.

General Information

Admissions

Curriculum


General Information:

Where is the School of Medicine facility located?
Just 25 miles from Manhattan, Hofstra University School of Medicine's suburban location is close to the excitement of the city and easily accessible by car or Long Island railroad. The University runs frequent shuttles to nearby train stations. The Medical School's Long Island location puts it in easy proximity to shopping, restaurants, world-famous Jones Beach and Long Beach, parks, golf courses and sporting arenas. The famed resort area, the Hamptons on Long Island's East End, is little more than an hour's drive away.

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How many students do you plan to enroll?
Enrollment in our fourth class (fall 2014) is limited to 100. We will be capping our class size at 100 enrolled students for the foreseeable future.

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Will student housing be available at the medical school?
The School of Medicine offers attractive, comfortable, graduate-student housing on campus as well as dining options, recreation and entertainment.

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Admissions:

What are the minimum requirements for application to the School of Medicine?
Applicants are required to have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and 25 on the MCAT to receive an invitation to complete the supplemental application. Applicants who feel their personal experiences and qualities make them likely to succeed in and contribute positively to medicine are also free to submit a supplemental application. Your application will not be considered complete until both your AMCAS and supplemental applications are complete.

Please note that our average MCAT is 33, and our average cumulative undergraduate GPA is 3.60.

We are accepting only US citizens or permanent residents. We cannot sponsor international student visas.

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In addition to GPA, MCAT scores, and the rigor of undergraduate study, what other criteria will be considered for admission to the MD, MD/PhD or PhD Programs?
In selecting applicants for admission, the Admissions Committee will consider, among other criteria:

  • Honors and awards
  • Extracurricular activities including community service, leadership roles and unique accomplishments
  • Capacity to contribute diversity to the educational environment
  • Employment and research experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to a future career in medicine
  • Personal statement describing his/her personal, educational and social backgrounds, and response of the applicant to personal challenges
  • Character traits including honesty, integrity, leadership, teamwork, empathy, maturity, emotional stability, creativity and self-direction
  • Ability to communicate with others
  • Perseverance through adversity
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What is the initial step to apply for admission to the MD, MD/PhD or PhD Programs?
The primary application is via the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) at www.aamc.org/amcas.

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Does the School of Medicine have rolling admissions?
The School of Medicine uses a rolling admissions process, with the first offers of admission to be extended no sooner than mid-December.

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What is the deadline for applying?
Review of completed AMCAS applications begins in July for the class entering the fall of the following year. The deadline for receipt of the AMCAS application is November 15, 2014. Selected applicants will receive instruction regarding how to complete and submit the School of Medicine's supplemental application. Supplemental applications must be received by December 15, 2014.

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Do you require a supplemental application? Is there an additional fee?
The School of Medicine does require a supplemental application. Selected applicants must complete a supplemental application before a student's application is considered for admission. The application fee is $100. Students who are eligible for an AMCAS fee waiver/reduction through the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Fee Reduction Program may request a waiver/reduction of the School's application fee.

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How will I know if I will be interviewed for admission?
The Office of Admissions will invite selected applicants by e-mail for an interview. At that time, the candidate will be sent the details of the interview day, along with information about travel and housing options.

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How many letters of recommendation are required and who should write them?
Through AMCAS, an applicant should submit letters of recommendation from a premedical committee and/or three (3) individual letters of recommendation: two (2) letters from individual professors (at least one in science) and one (1) letter from a non-academic.

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Where do I send my letters of recommendation?
All letters of recommendation should be submitted through AMCAS Letters of Evaluation/Recommendation Service.

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Where do I send my transcripts?
Have your college or university submit transcripts to AMCAS on your behalf when you apply, and every time there is an update with your courses and/or GPA.

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Do you give preference to in-state applicants?
No, we do not give preference to in-state applicants. Students in our current first-year class represent 12 states.

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Is ethnicity used in the selection of candidates for admission to the MD, MD/PhD or PhD programs?
It is in the best interest of the community, as well as the educational environment of the School of Medicine, for the Admissions Committee to strive to select an entering class whose members represent a broad range of diverse experiences, backgrounds and interests. This diversity may include but is not limited to:

  • Ethnic and racial background
  • Socio-economic background
  • Educational background
  • Professional background
  • Family background
  • Geographic background
  • Interests in different medical specialties
  • Interests in working with underserved populations of patients
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Does the Medical School offer an early decision program?
No, an early decision program is not being offered at this time.

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Do you accept transfer students?
The School of Medicine does not accept transfer students from other medical schools at this time.

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Will I need to take the MCAT exam?
Yes. MCAT scores are required to complete your AMCAS applications.

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What is the latest MCAT score you will accept for the admission cycle?
MCAT scores must not be older than three years prior to the AMCAS primary application deadline of November 15, 2014.

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I have taken the MCAT exam multiple times, will all scores be considered?
The School of Medicine only uses the highest composite MCAT score for consideration of admission.

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If I am accepted to the School of Medicine, may I defer my enrollment date?
The School of Medicine does not encourage accepted students to defer enrollment.

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What prerequisite courses are required?
Although the School of Medicine does not require a specific set of undergraduate courses in the natural sciences, we recommend that candidates complete the course work listed below. Non-traditional candidates who may be lacking in one or another of the areas listed below, but who have extraordinary post-graduate experience, especially In a scientific and/or clinical setting, are encouraged to apply.

Recommended course work includes, but is not limited to:

  • One year of college Biology with Lab
  • Chemistry, to the level of organic or biochemistry
  • One year of college Mathematics, preferably including Statistics
  • One year of college Physics
  • English Literature or Equivalent, including Writing

Additional coursework in embryology, cell biology, ethics, molecular biology, and genetics is recommended, but not required, for admission.

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I'm not a science major. Is that ok?
Applicants in all majors who possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution are encouraged to apply. The School of Medicine believes that the study of medicine is enriched by contact with other intellectual disciplines; therefore, it seeks students with a diverse blend of educational backgrounds. A background in liberal arts courses that have required a student to read broadly, write extensively, and present oral arguments on topics such as history, literature, philosophy, religion, political science, anthropology, psychology, and/or sociology is highly recommended. More important than the study of a specific subject is the candidate's ability to demonstrate both a passion for and success in his/her academic pursuits.

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I am an international student. Can I apply?
Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. The School of Medicine is not sponsoring student visas.

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I am a U.S. citizen who completed my undergraduate education in a foreign country. Am I eligible to apply?
U.S. citizens who have completed their undergraduate education from an accredited Canadian institution will be considered on an individual (case-by-case) basis. Coursework completed at non-US or Canadian accredited schools will not be accepted.

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I am currently pursuing a graduate/professional degree. Do I have to complete the degree before I can apply to the School of Medicine?
You cannot be dually enrolled while a matriculated student at the School of Medicine. If currently enrolled in a graduate/professional degree program, you must complete all requirements for your degree before matriculation.

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Is a bachelor's degree required for admission?
Yes. All applicants must complete a bachelor-level degree at an accredited college or university prior to matriculation in the M.D., MD/PhD, and PhD Programs.

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Can I use AP and/or CLEP credits for recommended coursework?
Advanced Placement (AP) credits are acceptable if they appear on college transcripts and are verified by AMCAS. It is highly recommended, however, that students take additional advanced courses in these areas. College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits may not be used to fulfill any of the premedical course recommendations.

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Will the School of Medicine accept community college classes for recommended coursework?
Yes, the School of Medicine will accept prerequisite coursework taken at a community college.

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Does the School of Medicine accept Distance Learning/online courses for recommended coursework?
We prefer course work based on in-residence classroom participation. In certain circumstances we may honor a limited amount of online course work usually not major related and not MD, MD/PhD or PhD Program recommended.

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Will online degrees be considered in the application process for the MD, MD/PhD or PhD programs?
We highly value classroom interaction and therefore will not honor fully online degrees for admission to the MD, MD/PhD or PhD Programs.

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When are applicants notified whether they are placed on the waitlist?
Acceptances are sent from November through July. In March of the application season, we will notify interviewed applicants who are placed on our waitlist. Once notified, applicants should either confirm their place on the waitlist or withdraw their application. Post-interview denials will be sent around the same time.
Admissions decisions are sent via email and postal mail until the class is filled up to the first day of class. Admissions staff cannot indicate where you are on the waitlist or your chances of being taken off the waitlist.
Waitlisted applicants who maintain a strong interest in our School of Medicine may upload a letter of intent in the Portal (apply.medicine.hofstra.edu). Updates may be uploaded there as well.

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Curriculum

When will I start working with patients?
You will start interacting with patients during the first week of medical school.

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Where will I see patients?
You will see patients in the North Shore – LIJ Health System, the nation's third largest, nonprofit, secular health care system, which encompasses 16 hospitals in Long Island, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. There are four tertiary hospitals, specialty hospitals in pediatrics and psychiatry, nine community hospitals, five long-term care facilities, a hospice network, and dozens of outpatient facilities. Since its establishment 50 years ago, the North Shore – LIJ Health System has trained thousands of interns, residents and fellows in all aspects of medicine and surgery. After providing clinical rotations for hundreds of medical students in the metropolitan area, the health system's clinical faculty welcome the opportunity to teach and train students from its own School of Medicine.

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Are there research opportunities for students?
The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research conducts biomedical research on a broad array of diseases, and has made important discoveries in the fields of inflammation, autoimmune disease and Parkinson's disease. Its more than 100 investigators conduct basic and translational research in oncology, immunology and inflammation, genetics, psychiatry, neurology, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, and many other specialties. Since the founding of the Institute in 1999, more than 120,000 subjects have enrolled in clinical trials under its auspices. Translating scientific discoveries into practical use to transform people's lives is an important Feinstein Institute goal. Publisher of the high impact journal, Molecular Medicine, the Institute ranks among the 6 percent of the nation's free-standing research institutions that receive National Institutes of Health grant funding for scientific studies.

The Feinstein Institute's staff of prominent scientists welcomes the involvement of the School of Medicine students who choose to embark on a research project. Research fellowships are available for students who elect to pursue summer research. Exposure to the Feinstein Institute's extensive resources will equip students for the accelerating pace of medical research and scientific discovery in the years ahead. They'll also benefit from attending the frequent lectures given year-round by the Institute's investigators and prominent guest scientists. Students who are committed to molecular research as well as doctoring may opt to apply to the School of Medicine's joint M.D./Ph.D. program.

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