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.
courses and introductory courses related to patient care.
Courses include: molecules, genes, and cells; the body;
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.
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.