NYU Long Island School of Medicine Celebrates First Class of Primary Care Physicians

NYU Long Island School of Medicine celebrates its first class of graduating physicians today, marking three years since the medical school opened, launching the nation’s first accelerated medicine program dedicated exclusively to training primary care physicians. . According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the United States is expected to run out of primary care physicians by more than 21,000 within a decade. Graduates of the school are expected to help alleviate this deficit. More than half of graduating doctors will remain in the greater New York and Long Island areas.

NYU Long Island School of Medicine is one of the first medical schools in the nation to offer full tuition—and the first on Long Island—following the tuition-free model of NYU Grossman School of Medicine in Manhattan , both under the auspices of NYU Langone Health.

NYU Long Island School of Medicine’s inaugural Class of 2022 is the realization of a bold vision to make medical school financially accessible and attract outstanding students to the primary care field. We hope that many medical graduates will choose to practice on Long Island, keeping our communities healthy and helping NYU Langone Health expand our network of quality physicians on Long Island. »

Robert I. Grossman, MD, CEO of NYU Langone Health and Dean of NYU Grossman School of Medicine

The graduating physicians, 20 in the class of 2022, will practice in 4 primary care areas: family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and general surgery. They will first complete their medical residencies, including those completing residency programs at NYU Langone Hospital on Long Island, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and other prestigious institutions in which they have been accepted. By graduating from an accelerated three-year program, NYU Long Island School of Medicine graduates begin residency a year earlier than those attending a traditional four-year medical school, where students typically focus their final year on other specialties.

Founding Dean Steven P. Shelov, MD, delivered the commencement address at the ceremonies, congratulating the graduates: “You are all empathetic, patient, powerful listeners and carers, kind and humble, eager to bring out the best of you. We at the leadership of NYU Long Island School of Medicine and NYU Langone Health are committed to you, our chartered class, as you become exemplary physicians.”

Gladys M. Ayala, MD, associate dean of NYU Long Island School of Medicine, also addressed graduates at this year’s inaugural launch; Steven E. Carsons, MD, senior associate dean for research at NYU Long Island School of Medicine; and Joseph J. Greco, MD, senior vice president and chief hospital operations officer at NYU Langone Hospital on Long Island.

NYU Long Island School of Medicine, located in Mineola on the campus of NYU Langone Hospital on Long Island, celebrated its class of 2022 graduation at nearby Molloy College in Rockville Center. The graduates continued from there to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, to join in a collective graduation ceremony honoring all 2022 NYU graduates.

To support its full-tuition scholarship initiative, NYU Long Island School of Medicine is supported by philanthropy and receives support from NYU Langone Health.


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