Mission Statement


The primary goals of the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University are to 1) advance the medical sciences by translating cutting-edge biomedical science into diagnostic, therapeutic and prognostic advances, 2) develop a diverse cadre of caring and skilled physicians and biomedical scientists who are outstanding candidates for graduate and specialty training programs, 3) deliver compassionate clinical care in an efficient, state-of-the-art, safe and cost-conscious fashion, and 4) reach out to multiple communities to enrich both our citizens and ourselves. We should train our graduates and faculty to value and apply the scientific method and evidence-based medicine to the solution of clinical problems. They will integrate clinical, biomedical and behavioral knowledge in order to promote the health and well-being of patients and our communities. They will value lifelong learning and be able to locate, critically evaluate and integrate new scientific and clinical findings that advance the science of medicine. Our healthcare practitioners will develop a deep appreciation for the healing dynamic of the physician-patient relationship, in which compassionate care is manifested by attentive listening, empathy, respect and commitment. They will provide highly competent, safe and patient-centered care while demonstrating the highest level of professionalism and sensitivity to the diverse personal and cultural contexts in which medical care is delivered. We should instill in each Renaissance School of Medicine graduate and faculty member the willingness to accept the professional responsibility to model and teach compassionate and diligent care in such a way as to inspire these virtues in others, regardless of circumstances. Simply put, our mission is to educate physicians and investigators in the biomedical and clinical sciences so that they are well-prepared to advance the frontiers of research, education, clinical practice and advocacy.


Diversity:  Diversity is a core institutional value, including all aspects of human differences (such as socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, language, nationality, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, geography, disability, and age) that permeates our educational, clinical, and research activities.

Research Programs:

  • Advance medical knowledge by fostering active programs in basic, clinical and translational research.
  • Trainees and their mentors will advance their research through communication and interaction with investigators throughout the University, the SUNY system and the national and international communities.

Educational Programs:
Achieve excellence in educating trainees for careers in clinical practice, medical education and biomedical research by:  

  • Providing broad-based medical knowledge and clinical skills,
  • Developing professional behavior,
  • Encouraging mastery of core competencies,
  • Preparing students for continued intellectual growth as members of an evolving medical culture devoted to compassionate care, patient safety and the scientific method.

Clinical Programs:

  • Deliver state-of-the-art, compassionate, safe, patient-centered and cost-conscious clinical care to our patients.
  • Develop an Accountable Care Organization that establishes and implements best practices across our inpatient, faculty outpatient and captive physician networks.
  • Create a clinical information infrastructure that allows for hardwiring quality care initiatives and for mining of de-identified patient data warehouses to establish testable hypotheses of clinical causality.

Community Outreach Efforts:

  • Make every effort to recruit and retain persons of color to Renaissance School of Medicine faculty, staff and trainees at all levels.
  • Engage community healthcare systems in clinical research efforts that understand the barriers to high quality access and implement pilot projects to eliminate these barriers.
  • Advancing patient welfare by ensuring access to health and educational opportunities by service, advocacy and public policy.



National leadership in education will be evinced by exceptional learning and performance by:

  • Future practicing physicians, our medical students (UGME).
  • MD and MD/PhD clinical investigators training for academic careers.
  • PhD biomedical scientists preparing for careers in research.
  • Residents and Fellows (GME) honing their skills as providers.
  • Established practitioners (CME) maintaining and improving their skill levels.

Success in our educational program will be shown by:

  • Steady improvement in student achievement using nationally accepted norms.
  • Enrollment of qualified students from underrepresented minority groups.
  • Active development of and support for our teaching faculty.
  • Wide student participation in curricular development and implementation.
  • Appropriate involvement by non-physician health care students and practitioners.
  • Use state-of-the-art educational facilities, e.g. our clinical skills center and modern laboratories.

National leadership in research will be evinced by:

  • Conduct of cutting-edge biomedical research.
  • Pursuit of meaningful translational clinical investigation.
  • Participation in public health and health services research.
  • Involvement in international health programs.

National leadership in service to the public will be evinced by:

  • The application of contemporary medical knowledge to the care of patients.
  • Participation in an integrated health care system that provides efficient services of the highest possible quality.
  • Public accountability for all of our missions.