Summer Pre-Medicine Program for College Students

About us

Since 1965, Franklin Hospital has been offering a program 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 North Shore-LIJ Health System and the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, offering an exposure into the complexity of medical care and medical education today. This renowned program offers students destined for a health care career, a four week exposure to a "mini" medical school highlighting our innovative problem based PEARLS sessions, medical care in the facilities of North Shore-LIJ, and the people that make such care possible.

During the four week program, students participate in Problem Based Learning-PEARLS sessions at the School of Medicine as the anchor for their exposures. Interactive experiences at the facilities of the health system allow the students to witness and be part of the health care team. The complexities of health care and the team dynamics necessary to provide optimal outcomes are highlighted as the students live the process.

The students gain from close exposures to the people involved. The attendees rotate through hospital services such as the operating room, emergency department, radiology, geriatrics, laboratory/pathology, psychiatry, general medical surgical care, intensive care units, rehabilitation services, wound-care, nursing, and administration. Complementing the medical school sessions and clinical medical exposures are daily seminars offered by representative physicians during which insights into their fields and their reasons for choosing their professional pursuits are highlighted. Elective exposures to our Pediatric Hospital, Anatomical Pathology Services, and Center for Learning and Innovation are offered. At the close of the program, the students present their observations to their peers and faculty in a Problem Based format. This presentation leads to a closing opportunity to consolidate thoughts regarding the experience.
The students completing the program often remark about the pivotal importance of this exposure in their future decision making and career plans.

Application process

Applicants interested in the pre-medicine training program at Franklin Hospital should download the application and submit it to Jack Rubenstein, MD, FACP, by March 15. This program is for college sophomores, juniors and seniors only. Applications must also include an official, up-to-date school transcript and a letter of recommendation.

Program director

Jack Myron Rubenstein, MD