Health Sciences Bulletin

School of Medicine

  • Doctor of Medicine

    Doctor of Medicine

    Admission 

    The goal of Stony Brook University's School of Medicine is to prepare students to meet a major need of society: the improvement of health care and its delivery. The Committee on Admissions seeks to select not only the most competent among the applicant pool, but those who will devote themselves to a life of scholarship and service, those who will make a difference in the lives of their patients and in the way medicine is delivered, and those who will continue the commitment to excellence that will be apparent in their applications.

    Consideration of a student's intellectual and academic qualifications as well as qualities such as motivation, integrity, social consciousness, maturity, interpersonal skills and other evidence of promise for the field of medicine will be among those qualities we seek to evaluate. The diversity of the student body is an important objective, and we will strive to accept a class which is representative of a wide variety of backgrounds, experiences and academic interests. A major effort will be made in the selection process to include candidates from under-represented ethnic and economic groups.

    The Committee on Admissions will do a holistic review of your candidacy for medical school. Your ability, to some measure, will be evident in your academic record, your scores on competitive examinations, your faculty's statements and your extracurricular and work experiences. Candidates should be aware that the majority of those who apply to Stony Brook University present exceptional credentials and the entering class reflects this fact. Motivational and personal characteristics as indicated in your application, letters of evaluation, and personal interviews are also a major part of our admissions assessment.* The contribution you might make to our student body and the medical profession will, we hope, become apparent in reading your own statements and the comments of others. We cannot now, of course, make any estimate of the probability of favorable action on any one application. Stony Brook University, in making a considerable effort to individualize its application process, hopes to attract applicants who are informed about the school and are particularly interested in Stony Brook University.

    There is no discrimination in the admissions review and selection process on the basis of race, color, sex, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, marital status or veterans’ status. Although residents of New York State constitute the majority of the entrants, the School of Medicine encourages applications from out of state residents.

    Please go to our website for more detailed information about current coursework requirements and the MCAT policy:  https://medicine.stonybrookmedicine.edu/admissions_SOM

    All questions concerning admission should be addressed to:  somadmissions@stonybrookmedicine.edu

     

    Office of Admissions, School of Medicine

    Health Sciences Tower, Room 147A, Level 4

    Stony Brook University

    Stony Brook, New York 11794-8434

    Phone: (631) 444-2113

     

    Applications are available through the American Medical College Application Services (AMCAS) at: www.aamc.org

    *The submission of false or misleading information in the application materials or in connection with the application process shall be the grounds for rejection. If such submission is discovered after the rendering of an offer of admission, matriculation in the school, or award of the degree, it shall be grounds for withdrawal of the acceptance offer, for dismissal, or for revocation of degree.

    TECHNICAL STANDARDS POLICY

    The MD degree is, and must remain, a broad undifferentiated degree attesting to the mastery of general knowledge in all fields requisite for entry into graduate medical education programs (residencies) of diverse types. It follows that medical school graduates must possess the essential knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of patient care in a safe and effective manner.

    The School of Medicine faculty has, therefore, specified certain criteria (Technical Standards) which all medical students are expected to meet in order to participate in the entire medical education program and the practice of medicine. These Technical Standards are not intended to deter any candidate or enrolled student for whom reasonable accommodation will allow the fulfillment of the complete curriculum.  Candidates for admission, academic promotion, and graduation must meet these Technical Standards, with or without reasonable accommodation. These criteria include the following five categories: 1) observation and participation; 2) communication; 3) motor function; 4) intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative abilities; and 5) behavioral and social attributes. A copy of the Technical Standards may be obtained from the Admissions Office.

    MD CURRICULUM

    The Stony Brook School of Medicine LEARN (Learning-focused, Experiential, Adaptive, Rigorous, Novel) curriculum provides the opportunity for extensive and integrated training in the basic medical sciences and clinical disciplines of medicine. There are three distinct phases in LEARN: Phase I – the Foundational Phase – of 18 months; Phase II – the Primary Clinical Phase – of 12 months; and Phase III – the Advanced Clinical Phase – of 16 months. “Transition” courses occur at key transitional times in students’ medical training. Five themes of care are woven across the entire curriculum: Patient-Centered Care, Evidence-Based Care, Patient Safety and Quality Care, Ethical and Professional Care, and Health Promotion and Preventive Care 

    Phase I

    Phase I begins with Transition to Medical and Dental School (TMDS), a one-week course that is designed to foster new medical students’ transition from a lay person to a medical professional in training. TMDS is followed by Biomedical Building Blocks, a 24-week course organized into four distinct components – The Body (anatomy); Molecular Foundations of Medicine (biochemistry; cellular biology and physiology; and pharmacologic principles); Pathogens and Host Defense (integrating immunology, inflammation, microbiology and immunologic diseases); and Basic Mechanisms of Disease (integrating histology, general pathology, hematologic and neoplastic diseases, and dermatologic diseases). Phase I concludes with a 36-week sequence of four systems-based Integrated Pathophysiology courses: Cardiovascular-Pulmonary-Renal, Gastrointestinal, Endocrine-Reproductive, and Mind-Brain-Behavior (which integrates fundamental neuroanatomy and neuroscience with neuropathology and psychiatric disorders). Integrated across the systems blocks are physiology, histology, pathology, histopathology, pharmacology and therapeutics.

    Three longitudinal courses span the entire Phase I: Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM), Themes in Medical Education (TIME), and Medicine in Contemporary Society (MCS). ICM introduces students to the clinical skills required to examine and integrate clinical information from patient history and physical exam. MCS introduces students to ethical and social issues in current health care. TIME are week-long units that bridge key content across the curriculum. TiME weeks have a patient focus within an active learning environment.

    Phase I provides time during the first summer for research, clinical shadowing, global health studies, and/or a vacation. 

     Phase II

    Phase II, the Primary Clinical Phase, begins with a one-week Transition to Clinical Care course (TCC) followed by four 12-week blocks of core clerkships: internal medicine (8wks) and primary care medicine (4wks); pediatrics (6wks) and obstetrics and gynecology (6wks); surgery (8wks), emergency medicine (2wks) and anesthesiology (2wks); psychiatry (6wks), neurology (4wks) and radiology (2wks). Each 12-week clerkship block is capped by a one-week Translational Pillar, which integrates cutting edge basic science and translational medicine in the context of clinical care.

    Primary clinical clerkships are completed at Stony Brook University Hospital, as well as other major teaching affiliates. Until May 2020, approximately 40 students desiring to complete their training at our Winthrop University Clinical Campus in Nassau County are chosen through a lottery process at the end of Phase I. These 40 students complete all of their primary clinical clerkships and most of their Phase III course work, including sub-internships and electives, at Winthrop University Hospital and its affiliated clinics.

     Phase III

    Phase III, the Advanced Clinical Phase, spans 18 months and offers students maximum flexibility. Students complete a 4-week sub-internship (in medicine, pediatrics, surgery, emergency medicine, ob/gyn, orthopaedics, or urology), an individualized 4-week Advanced Clinical Experience, and a 4-week Transition to Residency course. Students also complete a minimum of 22 weeks of electives. One-week Translational Pillar courses are also offered and required during Phase III as in the Primary Clinical Phase.

    AFFILIATED HOSPITALS

    Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH) is Long Island’s premier academic medical center serving the healthcare needs of Long Island residents. With 603 beds, SBUH serves as the region’s only tertiary care center and Level 1 Trauma Center, and is home to the Stony Brook Heart Institute, Stony Brook Cancer Center, Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, Stony Brook Neurosciences Institute, and Stony Brook Digestive Disorders Institute. At any given time ~150 Stony Brook School of Medicine students and ~350 residents of all specialties are receiving experiential training at SBUH. Stony Brook University Hospital also operates Southampton Hospital, a 125-bed academic medical center with >100 clinical faculty members and residents in a variety of specialties. Southampton Hospital is a New York State-designated Stroke Center and its Emergency Department is the sole provider of emergency care on the South Fork, including an interventional cardiac catheterization laboratory. The Stony Brook School of Medicine is also the academic partner of the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center and is a full-service facility with 502 beds and ~150 residents in a wide range of specialties.

    ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

    Grading Policy:  An important goal of the LEARN curriculum is to provide students with interdisciplinary courses that are integrated to the greatest possible extent. Students will be evaluated on both acquisition of knowledge and skills and professional development and values. Advancement throughout medical school will depend on acquiring a good medical knowledge base, achieving basic bedside skills, communicating competently, and demonstrating professional values. Students must successfully complete the entire LEARN curriculum to graduate.

    The School of Medicine uses a 3-tier system of grading for Phase 1 courses: Honors, Pass, Fail. Core clinical clerkships, sub-internships and elective rotations in Phases 2 and 3 are graded on a 5-tier system: Honors, High Pass, Pass, Low Pass, Fail. Core clinical clerkships require passage of an NBME subject exam at the 7th percentile level, at minimum, as determined by the latest academic year norms from the NBME for examinee performance. A ‘Z’ may be given in a clinical course to a student who has passed other elements of a course, but failed the initial attempt of the NBME subject exam for that course. A second failure converts the Z to a Z/F. If the student passes the make-up subject exam, the Z is converted to the Z plus the grade earned in accord with the course syllabus, for example, Z/P. Transition courses and longitudinal courses are graded on a Pass/Fail basis.

    Other recorded grades include I (Incomplete), W (Withdrawal), and PO (Placed-Out). An Incomplete signifies that extenuating circumstances, usually out of the student's control, have prevented the student from completing the course requirements. A grade of Incomplete will be replaced by the final grade when the student completes the requirement. Withdrawal signifies that the student withdrew before completing course objectives. Placed-Out signifies that the student was given credit for a course by (a) having previously taken the same or a similar course and/or (b) by passing an exam deemed appropriate and sufficient by the course director.

    Academic Standing:  A student in good standing:

    1. Has passing grades in all courses, clerkships, electives, standardized patient exams and other mandatory exercises; and
    2. Has passed appropriate USMLE exams in the recommended time period during medical school; and
    3. Is not on academic probation; and
    4. Behaves in accordance with high standards of professional and academic ethics.

    The Committee on Academic and Professional Progress (CAPP) may review the record of any student who loses good standing. Absent an exception granted by CAPP, only students in good standing will be permitted to begin a new Phase. Loss of good standing ends a student's eligibility for some special programs or activities, e.g. the Scholarly Concentrations Program, approval for conference travel, and permission to take clinical electives at other institutions. Loss of good standing results in loss of eligibility for educational loans. For purposes of international electives, due to travel arrangements involved, academic good standing will be assessed based on the student's record one semester before travel. However, students with concerns of chronic marginality may not be eligible for international electives or research scholarships. In such situations, the Vice Dean for UGME will make the final decision regarding such eligibility.

    Students are placed on academic probation by CAPP as a warning that they are in danger of suspension or dismissal. CAPP may put a student on academic probation if the student:

    1. Fails any course, clerkship, elective, or mandatory exercise;
    2. Has been cited for lack of acceptable academic ethics or professional behavior;
    3. Does not pass USMLE Step I in a timely manner;
    4. Has two or more Incompletes and /or "Z" 's;
    5. Has a pattern of marginal academic performance.

    The CAPP may remove a student from academic probation after the student has, to the satisfaction of the committee, remedied the problem giving rise to probation. All assignments to probationary status will appear in the student's MSPE letter. The student will return to good standing upon completion of the required remediation and the required probation period.

  • Combined Degree Programs

    Combined Degree Programs

    Medical Scientist (MD/PhD) Training Program

    https://medicine.stonybrookmedicine.edu/mstp/program

    Stony Brook University, in conjunction with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory, sponsors a medical scientist training program (MSTP) leading to both the MD and PhD degrees. The purpose of the MSTP, partially funded by a competitive grant from the National Institutes of Health, is to train academic medical scientists for both research and teaching in medical schools and research institutions. Graduates of this program are equipped to study major medical problems at the basic level, and at the same time, to recognize the clinical significance of their discoveries.

    Students enrolled in the MSTP attend medical school for two years and then pursue graduate study for three to four years. Upon completion of their graduate studies, students re-enter medical school and complete their clinical training. However, variations in this program of study can also be undertaken.  The SBU medical school has recently implemented a substantially redesigned course of study dubbed the LEARN curriculum. 

    Students matriculated into the MSTP are considered to have been accepted into both the Medical School and the Graduate School (with an undeclared major for the latter; specific programs of study, e.g. Genetics, Pharmacology, or Neuroscience, are chosen at a later time). 

    MD/MPH Program

    https://publichealth.stonybrookmedicine.edu/academics/degreeoptions/grad/md

    The Program in Public Health at Stony Brook offers a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, which can be obtained with the MD degree. The combined program requires the completion of all School of Medicine requirements for a Medical Doctorate (MD) and all 54 credits of the MPH program. However, the School of Medicine will accept the following MPH courses which will be applied towards 8-10 weeks of electives: HPH 506, HPH 507, HPH 514, HPH 542, and HPH 546. In addition, the Program in Public Health will accept 6-9 credits from the School of Medicine for their Introduction to Clinical Medicine, Medicine in Contemporary Society, and Themes in Medical Education modules that will substitute for a 3-credit course within the core MPH curriculum and 3-6 credits within the respective concentration. Students are able to select one of the three MPH concentrations – Health Analytics, Community Health, and Health Policy & Management.

     MD/MBA Program

    http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/business/academics/graduate-program/combined-masters/mdmba.html

    The School of Medicine and the College of Business have created a combined MD/MBA program. The purpose of the combined degree program is to prepare students for a management career in the health care field. The MD/MBA program combines a 4 year MD degree and a 48 credit (16 courses) MBA degree. Students in the combined MD/MBA degree complete MBA courses including finance, financial accounting, marketing, leadership, technological innovation, operations management, ethics and law, and business planning. Students are expected to either complete the majority of their MBA degree prior to starting their medical degree or after they have completed the medical degree. Due to the rigorous structure of the medical program students should not be taking classes from both programs during a given semester. There are two courses that overlap between both programs to integrate the two degrees. These courses are MBA 507 - Ethics and Law and MBA 522 - Industry Project which will be taken as electives in the medical program and will also count towards the MBA degree. Students receive both degrees upon completion of the entire program. If a student decides to leave before completing both degrees, he or she would receive the MD or MBA if he or she completed the course requirements for one of the degrees.

    MD/MA Program

    http://www.stonybrook.edu/bioethics/medicaleducation.shtml

    The joint MD/MA Program is offered on a selective basis for up to 2 medical students each year. In addition to their coursework, these students enroll in the MD with Scholarly Concentration Program and take an additional 18 credits from the MA Program in Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics. Students in the MD/MA Program receive a joint MD/MA upon graduation.

    Scholars for Medicine Program (Bachelors/MD)

    https://medicine.stonybrookmedicine.edu/admissions_SOM#scholars

    Stony Brook University offers an integrated eight-year program for students interested in attending medical school following their undergraduate degree. The Scholars for Medicine (SFM) track offers selected students in the Honors College and WISE an opportunity to complete a combined Bachelor’s/MD course of study while participating in pre-medical classes and activities. The Engineering Scholars for Medicine (ESFM) track offers selected students in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences an opportunity to complete the rigorous training required of all engineers in ABET accredited programs while participating in pre-medical classes and activities. Students accepted into either of these tracks are reserved a seat in Stony Brook University’s School of Medicine upon graduation provided they complete all applicable program requirements.

     

  • Graduate Nutrition Programs

    GRADUATE NUTRITION PROGRAMS

    Graduate Nutrition Program Leading to the Master of Science Degree

    This fully online 36 credit M.S. program in Nutrition provides a comprehensive course of study in advanced nutrition topics to prevent and manage disease, as well as optimize health through food and nutrition strategies.  Expert faculty members, currently working in the field, provide instruction on evidence-based, timely nutrition therapies and facilitate development of a strong knowledge base and counseling skill set.  Courses cover advanced medical nutrition therapy, critical care, nutrition strategies to reduce inflammation and modulate immune function, nutragenomics, nutrition issues through the lifecycle, including pediatrics, neonatology, geriatrics, and biomedical statistics. 

    The Program is designed to meet the needs of students with varying backgrounds, including registered dietitians/nutritionists, graduates of baccalaureate programs in nutrition, practicing physicians and other health care practitioners, as well as post-baccalaureate students with strong science backgrounds.  Students apply current knowledge and skills, new class material and critical thinking skills to complete case studies and other projects, as well as to participate in group discussions.  Graduates with complementary clinical training and health-related credentials will be prepared to apply their advanced training in a wide variety of clinical settings, such as hospitals, outpatient health care centers, rehabilitation centers, long term care facilities, cardiac rehabilitation centers, and sports/physical training centers. Graduates without clinical training and health care-related credentials will be prepared to work in non-health care settings, such as wellness centers, media outlets and industry settings including functional food and supplement development, supermarkets and retail food outlets.

    This program does not prepare graduates for admission into an accredited dietetic internship, which is necessary to sit for the national registration examination for dietitians/nutritionists. Therefore, this program is most appropriate for those who have already completed an ACEND accredited undergraduate nutrition program, or have already passed their registration exam, as well as professionals who desire a graduate degree in nutrition for career advancement; not  for those seeking a program to meet requirements for the registration examination.  

    ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and have satisfied certain prerequisite requirements, including a preferred GPA of a 3.0 or higher.  For more detailed information, please refer to our website.

    PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    To satisfy degree requirements, each student must complete 36 credits. Students have up to five years to complete the coursework and all coursework can be completed online. Students must earn a minimum of a C+ in any one course, and their overall GPA must remain at 3.0 or higher to remain in the program. If a student earns less than a C+ in a course, that course must be retaken. More detailed information on academic standing policies can be accessed in the Graduate Nutrition Program Student Handbook.

    Applications and complete program information can be accessed online on the program's website

    GRADUATE NUTRITION PROGRAM LEADING TO THE ADVANCED GRADUATE CERTIFICATION IN NUTRITION

    This fully online graduate certificate program is designed to meet the needs of students of varying backgrounds, including practicing physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, physician assistants and other health care practitioners with strong practical skills, as well as post-baccalaureate students training to be health care providers with more recent basic science training.  The certificate program requires successful completion of five pre-selected classes (15 credits) from within the graduate nutrition course offerings that are considered essential for non-registered dietitian/nutritionist clinicians seeking to incorporate nutrition into their practice. Students with varying backgrounds will apply current knowledge, new class material and critical thinking skills to complete case studies and other class projects.  Graduates will be prepared to apply their advanced training in clinical settings, as well as industry settings, such as pharmaceutical or supplement development, functional food companies and media outlets. 

    This program does not prepare students in any way to earn a professional license or credential. 

    ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and have satisfied certain prerequisite requirements, including a preferred GPA of a 3.0 or higher. For more detailed information, please refer to our website.

    PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    To satisfy certificate requirements, each student must complete 15 credits. Students have up to five years to complete the coursework and all coursework can be completed online. Students must earn a minimum of a C+ in any one course, and their overall GPA must remain at 3.0 or higher to remain in the program. If a student earns less than a C+ in a course, that course must be retaken. More detailed information on academic standing policies can be accessed in the Graduate Nutrition Program Student Handbook.

    Transfer credits are not accepted in the graduate certificate program. 

    Applications and complete program information can be accessed online on the program's website.

  • Dietetic Internship Program

    DIETETIC INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

    This is a 38-week program beginning each September, sponsored by the School of Medicine. The Stony Brook University Dietetic Internship Program has an emphasis in clinical nutrition therapy.  The program includes 61 hours of orientation and seminars, 38 weeks of rotations, and 1 week of RD exam review.  The Internship is 1215 hours in length.  Orientation begins in early September. Rotations and seminar starts immediately after Orientation.  Seminars are held on Mondays and rotations are Tuesday through Friday every week.  The internship year is scheduled to end in early June.  Upon successful completion of the Dietetic Internship Program, interns are eligible to sit for the registration examination.  Upon passing the CDR exam and receiving RD designation through the CDR, students can then apply for state licensure. Both dietitian and nutritionists must be licensed to practice in New York.

    Students may apply to the Master of Science degree in nutrition through the Graduate Nutrition Program concurrently.

    Mission and Goals

    The mission of the Dietetic Internship Program is to prepare entry level dietitian nutritionists to have a positive impact on health care delivery, health promotion, and the dietetics profession through the provision of high quality medical nutrition therapy, the management of high quality food service systems, and/or the implementation of high quality health promotion programs.

    The goals of the Stony Brook University Dietetic Internship Program are:

    Goal 1: To prepare entry level dietitians/nutritionists to perform at entry-level through the completion of a variety of high-quality rotations, especially in clinical nutrition therapy, in a timely fashion.

    Goal 2: To prepare graduates to think critically and attain life-long learning skills so as to positively impact nutrition practices and the profession. (Examples include: precepting interns, disesminating evidence-based nutrition information to the public, serving in a professional organization, representing your department or institution on committees/task forces, etc.)

    Outcomes are provided on the program website website.

    Accreditation

    The Dietetic Internship Program at Stony Brook Medicine, at State University of New York, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 889-0040 (phone), (312) 899-4772 (fax), www.eatrightPRO.org/ACEND. The Dietetic Internship Program had a full site reveiw for reaccreditation in 2017 and expects full re-accreditation in 2018.

    The program is accredited for up to 16 full-time students.  The program is accredited for 2 part-time students. Refer to the program website for information on completion of the program on a part-time basis.

    Admission Requirements

    The Stony Brook Dietetic Internship accepts applications in the April Computer Matching cycle and utilizes the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS).  To apply students should go to http://portal.dicas.org

    There is a $25 Application fee payable to Stony Brook University for applying to the Dietetic Internship.  The fee can be paid through PayPal.  This fee is separate from any fee charged by DICAS or D&D Digital Systems.  To submit the Application fee, please click on link on the Application Instructions of the webpage.

    Applicants are required to have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, a preferred minimum grade point average of 3.0, and an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics verification statement of completion of a didactic program. 

    For Stony Brook University MS Nutrition students who are applying to the Stony Brook University Dietetic Internship Program:  Those students with a DPD verification statement and an undergraduate GPA of greater than 3.2, can secure an interview if they have successfully completed 6 credits in the Stony Brook University MS in Nutrition program.  The guarantee is for the interview only and is NOT a guarantee of a seat in the internship.

    Refer to the program website for information on the application screening and interview process and additional admission requirements. The Internship program participates in the national computer matching process.

    DIETETIC INTERNSHIP ROTATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS

    Rotations

    • Clinical Rotations
      • 5 weeks of outpatient rotation at Stony Brook University Hospital
      • 11 weeks of nutrition therapy rotation at Stony Brook University Hospital or an affiliated hospital
      • 4 weeks long term care
      • 64 hour longitudinal research rotation
    • 5 weeks of public health nutrition rotation including work at Family, Population and Preventive Medicine and WIC
    • 7 weeks of food service rotation including 4 weeks food service management and 3 weeks school food service
    • 3 week elective rotaiton
    • 1 week virtual renal rotation

    Required Activities/Coursework

    • 61 hours of Orientation and Seminar
    • 1 week RD examination review

    Upon successful completion of the Dietetic Internship Program, interns are eligible to sit for the registration exam.  

    Stony Brook University does not give credit or supervised practice hours for prior learning experience.

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