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Date: Oct 07, 2014

Setting the Policy Standard: School of Medicine Receives Top Ranking from American Medical Student Association

An "A" Grade Surpasses Other Institutions in the Region

The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) places the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine at the top of the class when it comes to established policies and standards. Out of 161 medical schools nationwide, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine received the AMSA's highest "A" grade, ranking the School of Medicine eighth in the nation and above all other institutions in the New York region.

"We are extremely pleased and proud to receive this important designation from the AMSA," said Lawrence Smith, MD, MACP, founding dean of the School of Medicine. "It is another indicator that what we're building together for the benefit of our students, faculty, staff and the future of healthcare is working."

Each year, all US schools of allopathic and osteopathic medicine are invited to submit policies to the AMSA for assessment. The AMSA annual "Scorecard," established in 2007, initially graded medical schools (i.e., high-average "A" through below-average "C"; "I" for incomplete) on the presence or absence of a policy regulating the interactions between students and faculty and the pharmaceutical/device industries.  Working on an initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts, the AMSA later developed an updated Scorecard which used a more rigorous and transparent methodology to assess the content of policies at medical schools throughout the country. This year, the Scorecard goes one step further to examine the standards of conflict of interest (COI) policies.  

"Medical schools and academic medical centers play a powerful role in establishing new standards for the healthcare profession," said Dr. Smith. "As we expand and grow in reputation, the School of Medicine will continue in its effort to be a model and leader in that role."

For more about the AMSA Scorecard and the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine rank among medical schools in the country, visit