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Stony Brook University (School of Medicine)

Stony Brook University's School of Medicine is located in the Health Sciences Center on the east side of Nicolls Road in Stony Brook, New York. The Health Sciences Center was established in 1972 to address the shortage of health care professionals and to improve access to the most sophisticated types of medical care for the residents of Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The Medical School was conceived in 1963 and admitted its first class in 1971. The School of Medicine consists of seven basic science and eighteen clinical departments that have the responsibility for pre-clinical and clinical instruction of students in all the schools of the Health Sciences Center, as well as university-wide responsibility to students in other schools on the campus. The School of Medicine also provides graduate, post-graduate, and continuing education.

The primary goal of the School of Medicine at Stony Brook University is to educate caring and skilled physicians who are well-prepared to enter graduate and specialty training programs. Graduates understand, value and apply the scientific method to the solution of clinical problems. They integrate clinical, biomedical and behavioral knowledge to promote the health and well-being of patients and communities. They value lifelong learning and locate, evaluate critically and integrate new scientific and clinical findings that advance the practice of medicine. They provide highly competent and compassionate, patient-centered care while demonstrating the highest level of professionalism and sensitivity to the diverse personal and cultural contexts in which medical care is delivered. These goals are also embraced by our graduate and specialty training programs that are designed to educate medical specialists and investigators in the biomedical and clinical sciences to be well-prepared to advance the frontiers of research, clinical practice and education.

The School of Medicine curricula have been continually refined, strengthened, and expanded, but always in keeping with its educational philosophy that emphasized individualization of instruction and development of the complete professional. We created a teaching mix that balances lecture classes with smaller, case-based courses. We also continue to increase the use of information technologies in teaching to familiarize students with these tools. Our curriculum enables students to come in contact with patient cases early in their studies. Students also have the opportunity to work side-by-side with world-renown researchers, if they chose. The medical school is one of only two institutions in the nation to offer an undergraduate concentration in Pharmacology. This nationally recognized program focuses on linking the theoretical with practical "hands on" knowledge of instrumentation used in biomedical research. Additionally, the medical school has long held a Medical Scientist Training Program grant from the National Institutes of Health. This program provides optimal training of medical students in medicine and research, culminating with the award of the combined MD, PhD degree.

The School of Medicine at Stony Brook, which consists of eight basic science and 18 clinical departments, is responsible for the preclinical and clinical education of students in the five schools of the Health Sciences Center and for the instruction of students in other schools on the campus. The School of Medicine also provides graduate, post-graduate and continuing education.

Offering excellent research and clinical opportunities, the School of Medicine has attracted a faculty of national and international renown. Our faculty has made important research discoveries leading to the development of ReoPro, used in coronary disease treatment, and Periostat, used in periodontal disease treatment. Scientists have developed the yeast two-hybrid system, a highly-cited technologic breakthrough, which has revolutionized the study of protein-protein interactions. Recently, members of our Microbiology Department received international recognition for chemically synthesizing poliovirus.

The Center for Molecular Medicine is designed to meet the specific needs of the School of Medicine’s thematic research programs. The center offers facilities for transgenic animal experiments, high resolution NMR, x-ray diffraction, and molecular modeling studies, as well as isolation rooms for experiments using pathogenic organisms. A highly advanced informatics system links researchers to scientists throughout the world.

In 1998, Stony Brook established an NIH funded General Clinical Research Center (GCRC), which offers the very latest in clinical research and provides a strong infrastructure that enables clinician scientists to conduct extramural supported research studies. The NIH also supports major training programs in Pharmacology, Cancer, Genetics, Cell and Developmental Biology, and Biophysics.

Stony Brook’s University Hospital is a 504-bed tertiary care hospital that is diverse, forward-looking and succeeds at delivering a broad range of tertiary, urgent and primary care services to a broad patient base. The hospital cares for more than 30,000 inpatients and treats more than 72,000 people in its emergency department each year. Close to 3,000 babies are born here yearly and over a 1/2 million patients visit the hospital for physician care, and ambulatory diagnostic and treatment services. With extensive laboratory services, sophisticated instrumentation and computerized physiological monitoring systems, Stony Brook University Hospital offers the most highly specialized diagnostic and treatment programs available.

School name:Stony Brook UniversitySchool of Medicine
Address:Health Sciences Center Level 4
Zip & city:NY 11794-8430 New York

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The first year curriculum consists of basic science courses and introductory courses related to patient care. The basic science courses are Molecules, Genes and Cells; The Body (anatomical sciences and embryology); Neurosciences; Medical Physiology; and Pathology. The other required course is Foundations of Medical Practice, a recent integration of five previously separate courses: Medicine in Contemporary Society (social sciences & humanities in medicine); Introduction to Preventive Medicine; Introduction to Human Behavior; Introduction to Clinical Medicine; and the first segments of Nutrition. The first year Introduction to Clinical Medicine occurs through the year and teaches basic skills in taking a patient history and doing a physical examination.


* Foundations of Medical Practice
* Introduction to Clinical Medicine
* The body
* Cells
* Neuroscience
* Physiology
* Pathology


After a course in Microbiology, the second year emphasizes the study of pathophysiology in organ systems. The Systems Approach to Medicine consists of integrated elements of basic and clinical science related to the neuroscience, blood, cardiovascular, endocrine, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, psychiatry, renal, reproductive, and respiratory systems. Pharmacology is synchronized with the system segments. Medicine in Contemporary Society and Introduction to Clinical Medicine continue in the second year. The latter focuses on the patient interview, examination and correlative skills as the student acquires additional knowledge in physiology, pathology, and the natural history of diseases in the systems course. Students take Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) at the end of the second year. Passage of USMLE, Step I, is a requirement for advancement into the clinical years of study.


* Microbiology
* Blood
* Neurology
* Psychiatry
* Respiratory
* Cardiology
* Renal
* Endocrinology
* Reproductive
* Gastrointestinal
* Connective Tissue
* Nutrition
* Medicine in Contemporary Society II


The third year curriculum is patient focused and consists of a twelve week inpatient/outpatient clerkship in medicine, eight week clerkships in surgery and pediatrics; six week clerkships in obstetrics-gynecology and primary care; a four week clerkship in psychiatry and two-week rotations in emergency medicine and radiology or elective month. Medicine in Contemporary Society is part of each of the major clerkships.


* Medicine Clerkship
* Family medicine Clerkship
* Psychiatry Clerkship
* Pediatrics Clerkship
* Surgery Clerkship
* Obstetrics Gynecology Clerkship
* Electives


During the fourth year, the medical student assumes greater patient care responsibilities and continues to acquire clinical and laboratory skills. The curriculum includes: a one-month subinternship (medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, or general surgery), a one-month didactic course (emergency medicine, laboratory medicine, clinical therapeutics, or surgical anatomy), a one-month neurology clerkship, a one-month experience in the surgical subspecialties, a two week block in primary care psychiatry, and additional elective time to complete a total of 8 1/2 months. There is also a requirement that each student complete either coursework or a project in Medicine in Contemporary Society.


* Neurology Clerkship.
* Sub internship : Family medicine, surgery, pediatrics, medicine.
* Surgical selectives.
* Radiology.
* Emergency medicine.
* Psychiatry in medicine.
* Laboratory medicine.
* Surgical anatomy.
* Clinical Therapeutics.

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