New Three-Year MD Program Will Offer Full-Tuition Scholarships to Students and Focus on Training Primary Care Physicians
Mineola, NY — The newly accredited NYU Long Island School of Medicine (NYU LISOM) opened its doors to its first class of students this week, welcoming a new generation of aspiring physicians in an inaugural “White Coat Ceremony”—an emotionally moving rite of passage for students entering medical schools the world over. Of note, this year’s ceremony marked the official kick-off of New York University’s flagship medical school on Long Island—a school offering full-tuition scholarships with an innovative, accelerated three-year curriculum exclusively devoted to training primary care physicians.
“NYU Long Island School of Medicine is the realization of a bold vision to make medical school attainable—without financial hardship—to attract the brightest and best students from diverse walks of life into the medical profession,” said Andrew Hamilton, President of New York University. “Our inaugural White Coat Ceremony is an important milestone as our new students’ journey toward becoming outstanding primary care physicians who we hope will one day serve the regional area.”
NYU LISOM received over 2,400 applications for the 24 available slots this year. It has already begun recruiting for next year’s class, which will include 32 students. The year following, the class size will expand to 40 students and be capped at that number in subsequent years.
NYU Long Island School of Medicine’s White Coat Ceremony
The inaugural White Coat ceremony included each of the 24 new students reciting a version of the Hippocratic Oath— acknowledging their commitment to serving humanity with honor, compassion, and dignity, after which a white medical coat was draped upon each students’ shoulders. The event took place at the Mineola campus of NYU Winthrop Hospital, in a beautiful, new contemporary-designed space. During the ceremony, students were surrounded by family and friends, as well as school leadership and faculty.
Speakers of note included: Steven B. Abramson, MD, Chief Academic Officer, NYU Langone Health; Gladys M. Ayala, MD, MPH, Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education, NYU Long Island School of Medicine; John F. Collins, President and CEO, NYU Winthrop Hospital; Andrew Hamilton, PhD, President, New York University; Kenneth G. Langone, Chair, Board of Trustees, NYU Langone Health; Steven P. Shelov, MD, MS, Founding Dean and Chief Academic Officer, NYU Long Island School of Medicine; and Deepan Singh, MD, Associate Dean, Students and Diversity, NYU Long Island School of Medicine.