Hofstra University and North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System said they will establish a new medical school on Hofstras campus in Hempstead, N.Y.
The Hofstra University School of Medicine would be the first medical school awarding M.D. degrees in Nassau County on Long Island and the first new medical school issuing M.D. degrees in the state since 1963. The target date for the admission of the charter class of approximately 30 students is September of 2010 or 2011. The health system and university said they will work in close collaboration with each institution providing teaching faculty. The partners will first seek accreditation, a process that has already begun, and then begin an international search for a founding dean. The dean will report directly to the Hofstra president and work closely with the North Shore-Long Island Jewish systems clinical and academic leaders.
In announcing the plans, officials noted that in 2006, the Association of American Medical Colleges recommended that enrollment in medical colleges increase by 30% by 2015 based in part on U.S. population increases and an aging physician workforce. There are currently 126 medical schools awarding M.D. degrees in the country. -- by Cinda Becker