M.D. Program

Educational Enrichment Programs

The Einstein Journal of Biology and Medicine  is a student-edited journal that presents students with an unusual opportunity for learning the skills involved in editing and managing a scholarly periodical. It also provides a venue for research and review articles in a wide variety of topics related to biomedical science, clinical medicine, and medical education.

The Einstein Community Health Outreach (ECHO) is a free clinic staffed by Einstein student volunteers under the supervision of board-certified physicians specializing in Family Medicine or Internal Medicine, or certified Family Nurse Practioners. The ECHO Free Clinic provides high-quality, comprehensive health care to the uninsured population of the Bronx. ECHO embraces the spirit of volunteerism and service embodied in our health care professionals and student volunteers. The clinic is open on Saturdays throughout the year, and students at all levels of their medical education volunteer to assist in patient care.

For information about volunteer opportunities, please visit Einstein Community Health Outreach (ECHO).

The Community Based Service Learning Program (CBSL) oversees Einstein’s Community Action Network (CAN), a collaboration of Einstein medical students, faculty and communities in the Bronx. Einstein CAN groups promote services and provide advocacy for vulnerable populations in the Bronx. We support our students who want to make a difference in the community by serving as a clearinghouse for information and opportunities, providing guidance, assisting with logistical issues, and offering training, workshops and seminars to develop leadership and other skills necessary for community engagement.

For information about volunteer opportunities, please visit Community Based Service Learning (CBSL).

Social Medicine Course - an annual winter-spring elective lecture series planned and organized by students since 1998, with invited lecturers from Einstein and elsewhere. The Social Medicine course aims to inform students about current issues in medical ethics, health economics, health policy and various other topics dealing with health and disease from a socio-economic perspective. Topics covered in the course have included: the practice of social medicine, correctional health, community-based clinics, the ethics of stem cell research, medical waste, drug policy in the US, no free lunch, healthcare for people with disabilities, the politics of abortion, gun violence, elder abuse, race/ethnicity and unequal treatment, refugee health, liberation medicine, and war as a public health problem. The lectures aim to encourage discussion and a sharing of ideas among those in attendance. The course welcomes student volunteers from all classes.

The Healer’s Art Course - an annual winter elective planned especially for first-year students. This course addresses the hidden crisis in medicine, the growing loss of meaning and commitment experience by physicians nationwide under the stresses of today’s health care system. The Healer's Art is a process-based curriculum that enables the formation of a community of inquiry between students and faculty to help students to perceive the personal and universal meaning in their daily experience of medicine. The course consists of five three-hour evening sessions spaced roughly two weeks apart, each divided into large-group presentations, and small-group discussions and exercises.

The Healer’s Art curriculum was designed by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., Director of the Institute for the Study of Health and Illness at Commonweal, and Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine.

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