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Message From the Chief Academic Officer

Medicine is a team effort. So are our graduate medical education programs.

In June 2010, the North Shore-LIJ Health System, one of the largest clinical medical educational institutions in the country, teamed with Hofstra University to open its own medical school – The Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine – with an inaugural class beginning in Summer 2011.

The health system also maintains relationships with other medical schools, including:

  • Formal academic affiliations with Albert Einstein College of Medicine and New York University School of Medicine
  • Formal agreements for student clinical rotations with SUNY Downstate School of Medicine, SUNY Health Science Center at Stony Brook, New York Medical College and New York College of Osteopathic Medicine

The health system is responsible for over 1,400 residents and fellows and over 115 graduate medical education programs. In addition, the health system supports hundreds of students on required clerkships, elective clinical rotations and mentored experiences in basic and clinical research.

A Premier Health Network Serving the New York Metro Area
Aligned as one organization, the North Shore-LIJ Health System comprises 15 hospitals in Long Island, Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island, making it the second-largest secular, nonprofit health system in the United States. The health system serves a combined population of over seven million in urban and suburban areas.

Ten of our hospitals are teaching facilities that are involved in both graduate and undergraduate medical education, including:

  • North Shore University Hospital
  • Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center
  • The Zucker-Hillside Hospital
  • Lenox Hill Hospital
  • Glen Cove Hospital
  • Forest Hills Hospital
  • Plainview Hospital
  • Southside Hospital
  • Staten Island University Hospital

These outstanding institutions are dedicated to quality medical education coupled with compassionate and sophisticated patient care.

Outstanding Research and Training Facilities
The health system's The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research  conducts basic and clinical research and is ranked in the top sixth percentile of all institutions that receive NIH funding. Its research programs are world-renowned, especially in the areas of autoimmune diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, sepsis and psychiatric diseases. The annual operating budget of the research institute is approximately $100,000,000 and includes an NIH-designated GCRC.

The institute’s Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine can award PhD degrees in molecular medicine to candidates who already hold a medical degree and choose to pursue a career in clinical transitional research. This is an important option for those who want to pursue a PhD before or after fellowship. The health system is also committed to the broad education of a wide array of healthcare professionals other than physicians, including dentists, podiatrists, physician assistants, nurses and medical administrators.

We have also recently expanded our Center for Learning and Innovation, which houses our Patient Safety Institute, now the largest in the nation. Here, trainees learn in state-of-the-art simulation and standardized patient labs, enjoying opportunities for team and individual instruction as they gain expertise and confidence practicing the art and science of medicine.

Local and Convenient for a Work/Life Balance
The teaching institutions of North Shore-LIJ Health System are ideally located in the populous communities of Long Island, Queens, Manhattan, and Staten Island. Our hospitals are close to major transportation hubs and many of the teaching institutions are only 30 minutes by car or train from midtown Manhattan.

The region served by the health system is considered one of the finest places in the country to work, live and raise a family. Residents with children will find excellent schools in nearby communities, fine daycare centers and nursery school facilities. For other family members, there are numerous opportunities for employment in the New York metropolitan area.

Our area has recreational facilities with superb beaches, boating and water sports. There is a wonderful, unmatched abundance of restaurants offering food from all over the world in a variety of settings. Professional sports teams in baseball, basketball, hockey, football, lacrosse, soccer and tennis can be enjoyed at stadiums and arenas nearby.

A Challenging and Rewarding Learning Experience
The strong mix of residents, who come from around the world with a broad range of experiences and varying cultural backgrounds, strengthens and enriches the educational environment. Training takes place in a positive work environment, with outstanding faculty who are national and international leaders in their fields.

The educational environment is supported by the Office of Academic Affairs, ensuring that there is a well-trained, enthusiastic faculty and appropriate institutional support. This enables residents to find their day-to-day challenges and responsibilities exciting and focused on learning.

I invite you to browse this material for more detailed information on the graduate medical education programs of North Shore-LIJ Health System and Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

Visit us and explore becoming a member of our team!

Andrew C. Yacht, MD
Chief Academic Officer and  Vice-President of Academic Affairs

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