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Date: Dec 16, 2011

Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine Receives $5,000 Grant to Study Advising & Mentoring Programs at New Med School

Study would survey institutions with developing medical programs to see best way to advise and mentor new students

The Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine has received a $5,000 grant from the Association of  American Medical Colleges, Northeast Group on Educational Affairs (NEGEA) Educational Research/Innovation Grants Program to study the best way to advise and mentor medical students at schools with new, developing medical programs. The Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine is one of 17 schools in the United States, known as “Millennial Medical Schools,” which are schools for students born between 1982-2002. The School of Medicine, which matriculated its inaugural class in August 2011, has a mentoring/advisement plan in place, administered by “Society Masters.” Society Masters provide students with a layer of support and advisement that carries them through their undergraduate medical education and beyond.

“This award will enable us to understand what key elements of mentoring programs work best in millennial medical schools,” said Dean Lawrence Smith. “By studying the goals, structure, early successes and missteps, we hope to define ‘best practices’ that may serve as a guide to our own program, as well as a resource for other schools.” 
Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine will be partnering with Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (Camden, New Jersey), The Commonwealth Medical College (Scranton, PA) and Quinnipiac University School of Medicine (Hamden, CT) to create and conduct the survey of all schools listed on the Liaison Committee on Medical Education website as “Institutions with Developing Medical Education Programs.”

Researchers will take a look at advising/mentoring programs in place with a focus on categories such as career counseling, student –faculty connection, humanism and professionalism, stress reduction and ongoing support and guidance. At the conclusion of the study, researchers will share their findings with all medical education leadership (new and existing schools) through regional and national presentations and publications. 

The study will begin in January 2012 and run through 2013.

About Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine

Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine transforms the traditional model of how future generations of physicians will be educated. As the first allopathic medical school in Nassau County and the first new medical school in the New York metropolitan area in more than 40 years, the School of Medicine truly revolutionizes medical education, making it more relevant to the practice of medicine in our ever-changing world. The school’s ground-breaking academic course content and patient-centered core values offer motivated and academically-talented physicians-in-training the unique opportunity to study medicine with an innovative curriculum that integrates basic science with hands-on clinical experience throughout the four years of medical school.

The School of Medicine was formed in response to the Association of American Medical Colleges’ 2006 recommendation to increase medical school enrollment by 30 percent by 2015. Hofstra University, Long Island’s largest and most prestigious private university, and North Shore-LIJ Health System, one of the largest health systems in the nation, responded to this need by establishing the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. The School of Medicine is an academic unit of Hofstra University.