M.D. Program

Electives and Enrichment Programs

The Albert Einstein College of Medicine encourages its students to become involved in projects and programs that improve the health of communities and promote appreciation for the social role and responsibilities of practicing physicians. Many of Einstein's students become regional and national leaders in organizations such as the American Medical Students Association, Medical Students' Section of the American Medical Association, Students National Medical Association, Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association and Boricua Health Organization. It is under the umbrella of these and other student organizations that a large number of Einstein's students participate in the Hepatitis B Vaccination Program, the Children's Health Insurance Program, the Students Teaching AIDS to Students program and many other activities that enable students to acquire knowledge and skills in community health care through direct experiences. Einstein provides funding for a substantial number of students to attend conferences sponsored by student organizations, and it also provides whatever support is necessary to assure successful implementation of student-run community service programs.

For additional information about community service projects, see Student Organizations (Einstein Umbrella).

Electives in Years 1 & 2

Medical Spanish Program

The large and still growing population of Spanish speaking persons in this nation, particularly in many of its largest cities, compels this and medical schools across the land to provide future physicians with at least a basic level of competence in conversational Spanish. The Medical Spanish program at Einstein has been evolving over a period of more than 25 years and is still changing to meet students’ needs.

In the current program, students begin language classes in the first year and continue to practice and expand language-building skills throughout the second year. Classes are offered at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels.

Successful completion of this course will be noted on your official transcript. 

In the summer between first and second year, about 25 students receive funding to participate in Spanish language programs in Central America and Mexico.

 

Health Disparities: Awareness to Action

This elective, offered in the spring, enables students to define health disparities, describe the social determinants of health, including the impact of bias on medical decision making, and identify strategies for physicians to advocate for patients in the community.  Students gain experience in planning and organizing advocacy campaigns.

Successful completion of this course will be noted on your official transcript. 

 

Nutrition and Health: Patients and Populations

This elective, offered in the spring, provides students with an understanding of the USDA Dietary Guidelines, nutrition assessment and effectiveness of popular diets. Other topics include integration of motivational interviewing in discussions of nutrition & lifestyle issues with patients. Students also learn how to discuss the Nutrition Facts labels with patients with limited English literacy.

Successful completion of this course will be noted on your official transcript. 

 

Electives in Years 4

Einstein offers a comprehensive selection of fourth-year electives for our students and for visiting students.

To see a comprehensive listing of these electives, as well as a description of registration procedures, visit the homepage of the Registrar.

 

Enrichment Programs

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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