Stony Brook University School of Medicine


The School of Medicine opened in 1971 and is one of 5 professional schools, in addition to the hospital, that make up the Health Sciences Center at Stony Brook. The school aims to achieve excellence in preparing students for careers in medical practice or research through its curriculum and through activities that are designed to provide students with the skills that are appropriate for success in all fields of medicine. The school is located 60 miles east of Manhattan on Long Island’s wooded north shore.


4-yearsemimodern.Firstyear:Consistsofbasicscience courses and introductory courses related to patient care. Courses include: molecules, genes, and cells; the body; neurosciences;theorgans;andpathologyplusadditional minor courses. Second year: Continues with the systems approach. It focuses on an integrated presentation of courses in pharmacology and microbiology. Third year: Consists of clerkships in medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics-gynecology, and reproductive medicine, psychiatry, and primary care, as well as a 4-week elective. Incorporated in each clerkship is a segment entitled Medicine in Contemporary Society. Fourth year: The student assumes greater patient-care responsibilities and continues to acquire clinical and laboratory skills. This is attained during a 1-month subinternship in either medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, or general surgery. Another requirement is a 1-month didactic course in emergency medicine, laboratory medicine, or therapeutics. Other requirements are the completion of a 1-month primary care clerkship at one of the school’s affiliated institutions or elsewhere and also 1 month of neurology experience. All students must successfully complete an exercise with standardized patients designed to evaluate clinical competency.The system’s approach to medicine that forms the core of the curriculum has been favorably received by the students. It reduces the amount of lecture time by strengthening the organization of course material, and decreases the burden imposed by competing examinations.

Unique Programs

Minority admissions: Stony Brook University encourages applications from members of groups that have historically been underrepresented in medicine. Other degree programs: The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) is a fully funded MD-PhD program. Students must complete a 1-month deductive course in emergency medicine, laboratory medicine, 1 month of neurology, and 2 weeks of radiology. The remainder of the 4th year is devoted to elective time.


The basic premedical science courses plus one year of English are required. Transfer and advanced standing: Transfers to the third-year class are considered for students from other LCME-accredited schools only if a place is available.


Honors/Pass/Fail system is used. Students take Step 1 of the USMLE in the second year and must pass in order to advance to the clinical year of study. Students have to pass USMLE Step 2 to graduate. Teaching: Clinical teaching takes place at the University Hospital (534 beds), Nassau University Medical Center (800 beds), Northport VAHospital (480 beds), Winthrop University Hospital (591 beds), and other institutions. Library: The Health Sciences Library is located in the Health Science Center. Housing: Residence halls are arranged in quadrangles, each having single and double rooms and 4- or 6-person suites.

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