Albert Einstein College of Medicine, a part of Montefiore, is a premier, research-intensive medical school dedicated to innovative biomedical investigation and to the development of ethical and compassionate physicians and scientists. Inspired by the words of our namesake, we have from our inception welcomed students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds who strive to enhance human health in the community and beyond. This is an attribute in which Albert Einstein took great pride when consenting to the use of his name in conjunction with the medical school.
At the core of the Einstein-Montefiore mission is the pursuit of social justice in meeting the healthcare needs of all individuals, including those from underserved communities.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine offers one of the nation’s largest programs for medical education. During the 2015-2016 academic year, the College of Medicine is home to 731 M.D. students, 193 Ph.D. students, 106 students in the combined M.D-/Ph.D. program, and 278 postdoctoral research fellows at our Belfer Institute for Advanced Biomedical Studies. More than 9,000 Einstein alumni are among the nation’s foremost clinicians, biomedical scientists and medical educators.
When the medical school opened its doors in 1955, the New York Times was already noting that “the new medical school’s distinguished and talented faculty assured the institution of a place in the ranks of the great medical schools in the world.” This prophecy has been more than fulfilled in the ensuing years.
Among its pioneering educational initiatives, Einstein was one of the first major medical schools to integrate bedside experience with learning, bringing first-year students into contact with patients and linking classroom study to case experience. Einstein also led the way in developing bioethics as an accepted academic discipline in medical school curricula, was the first private medical school in New York City to establish an academic department of family medicine, and was the first to create a residency program in internal medicine with an emphasis on women’s health.
Einstein runs one of the largest residency and fellowship training programs in the medical and dental professions in the United States through Montefiore and a network of affiliates that includes hospitals and medical centers in the Bronx, Brooklyn and on Long Island.
In addition to its M.D. program, the College of Medicine offers programs for earning a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences, a joint M.D.-Ph.D., an M.S. in clinical research, and in collaboration with Cardozo Law, an M.S. in bioethics.
While education is at the heart of Einstein’s mission, it is biomedical research that drives the College of Medicine’s growth. Einstein has more than 2,000 full-time faculty members located on its Jack and Pearl Resnick campus, and at Montefiore and its other clinical affiliates.
Einstein’s relationship with Montefiore supports a longstanding focus on bench-to-bedside research, through which discoveries in Einstein’s laboratories lead to therapies and treatments for patients on an accelerated timetable.
Long a national leader in biomedical research support from the Federal government, Einstein received $158 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health during 2014.This includes the funding for major research centers at Einstein in aging, intellectual development disorders, diabetes, cancer, clinical and translational research, liver disease and AIDS. Other areas of focus include developmental brain research, neuroscience, cardiac disease, and initiatives to reduce and eliminate ethnic and racial health disparities.
Einstein also was the only New York City institution selected to participate in the Federal government’s landmark Women’s Health Initiative, and it is currently one of just four sites nationwide taking part in a large-scale study of the health status of the Hispanic/Latino community in the Bronx, supported by the NIH.
The Einstein-Montefiore collaboration includes four jointly run Centers of Excellence and is further strengthened by the dual appointments of faculty and physicians across both institutions – enhancing synergies in research, teaching and patient care.
Combining nationally recognized clinical excellence with a population health perspective that focuses on the comprehensive needs of the communities it serves, Montefiore delivers coordinated, compassionate, science-driven care where, when and how patients need it most. Montefiore consists of six hospitals and an extended care facility with a total of 2,080 beds, a School of Nursing, and state-of-the-art primary and specialty care provided through a network of nearly 200 locations across the region, including the largest school health program in the nation and a home health program. The Children's Hospital at Montefiore is consistently named in U.S. News’ “America's Best Children’s Hospitals.” Montefiore’s partnership with Einstein advances clinical and translational research to accelerate the pace at which new discoveries become the treatments and therapies that benefit patients. The health system derives its inspiration for excellence from its patients and community, and continues to be on the front lines of developing innovative approaches to care.