Located on the North Shore of Long Island, New York, 60 miles east of Manhattan, Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University was established in 1971 in response to the 1963 Muir Report commissioned by Governor Nelson Rockefeller. The Muir Report, in addition to the Congressional funding for the Health Professional Education Association Act in 1963, helped propel the newly established Health Sciences Center at Stony Brook as it looked to open the Colleges of Medicine, Dental Medicine and Nursing, and University Hospital.

Over the next five decades, as a public institution, Renaissance School of Medicine moved to the forefront of medical education with state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge research, led by a dedicated, diverse faculty and outstanding students. It now ranks among the top 60 Best Medical Schools; Research according to the 2021 US News & World Report.

Renaissance School of Medicine welcomed its first class of 24 students in 1971: 16 men and eight women, all hailing from different backgrounds and interests. The School now boosts an incoming class of 136 students who will one day meet the growing demand for highly trained physicians to care for our diverse and aging population.

In its 50 years, Stony Brook has earned a reputation for training future doctors to be inquisitive and compassionate healthcare providers, with strong clinical and scientific knowledge.