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Pre-Med Internship Program

An Overview of Medical Care: The Process and the People

Started in the 1965, the Summer Scientific Work Program (SSWP) at Franklin Hospital was designed to help college students decide whether a career in medicine is right for them.  This selective program has evolved into a joint program between the NSLIJ Health System and the School of Medicine offering a broad exposure into the complexity of medical care in the 21st century.  This renowned program offers students destined for a health care career a four week exposure to medical care and the people that provide it.  Throughout this exposure to the community hospital setting and its personnel, students experience the team dynamics and close interactions required to make great care possible.

During the four week program, students rotate through the services of the hospital to gain an appreciation of the realities of the care rendered and to meet firsthand the people involved in the process.

These services include the operating room, emergency department, radiology, geriatrics, laboratory/pathology, psychiatry, intensive care, medical-surgical care, rehabilitation, wound care, nursing, and administration. 

Through direct involvement in these units, the students absorb the complex nature of the care process.  Direct interaction with the personnel involved leads to an understanding of the professional goals and concerns of the individuals carrying out the care.

Complementing the hospital rotations are daily seminars offered by representative physicians from many areas of expertise during which they offer insights into their fields and their reasons for choosing their professional pursuits. Through this direct exposure, the students gain insights into the lives of the care takers. The seminars are presented in an open format, allowing for discussion of questions from the students and an exploration of their concerns.

At the close of the internship, the students present their observations to their peers and faculty in a case based format. This presentation leads to a final opportunity to consolidate thoughts regarding the care experience during the session.

Feedback from students having participated in this program often remarks about the pivotal importance of this exposure in their future decision making.

Application Instructions

Click here  to download and print out the application.

Please mail all completed application materials to:

Jack M. Rubenstein, MD, FACP
Associate Professor of Medicine
Hofstra North Shore LIJ School of Medicine
Medical Director, Clinical Reasoning Consultation Program
Program Director, Summer Internship Program
70 Glen Cove Road
Roslyn Heights, New York 11577

For other required information, please contact Dr. Rubenstein by e-mail:  Jrubenst@nshs.edu