Registrar's Office

Department of Family & Social Medicine

For general questions regarding electives in our department, please contact: 

Ms. Adriana Nieto, 718-430-2900, 

For questions about a specific elective, please contact the elective director indicated below. 


STEPS FOR PROCURING A FAMILY MEDICINE ELECTIVE (These steps are for EINSTEIN STUDENTS ONLY. Visiting students should NOT contact the course director or contact person for approval. The Office of the Registrar will handle all approvals for visiting students.)

Step One: Arrangement and Approval from the Course Director

Einstein students MUST contact the course director or contact person (listed under each course below) for initial approval.  Once approval has been received, the Office of the Registrar should be informed by the student.  

Before contacting the course director, please note the following policies:

All students attending a medical school outside of the US, or from a medical school which is not LCME-accredited, MUST contact the Einstein Office of the Registrar at or 718-430-2102.

Rotations may occasionally be unavailable due to conflicting faculty responsibilities.  Always confirm availability, and where to report on the first day of the rotation, directly with the sponsoring faculty.


The student must commit to a minimum of 4 weeks in duration (see FM524 ECHO Free Clinic for detailed commitments). 

Fourth-year students can take up to 3 days off to interview for residency programs with advanced approval of the course director. 

Unofficial electives and preceptorships are strongly discouraged and will not be approved. 

Affiliate Sites 

Jamaica Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program  

Contact Ms. Aja Holmes at (718) 206-6919 or 

Skip the rest of the steps below, as Jamaica has its own application process.  

Step Two
:  Finalize with Department of Family and Social Medicine

The student and course director MUST contact our Department of Family and Social Medicine (DFSM), Medical Student Education Office via Adriana Nieto at adriana.nieto@einstein.yu.eduor 718-430-2900 to confirm mutual approval.

Step Three:  Final Approval and Registration with the Office of Registrar 

Visiting and Osteopathic students should view the Visiting Student website for detailed application requirements and instruction as to how and when to apply for electives. All paperwork and fee requirements must be satisfied before final approval is granted by the Office of the Registrar.

All students from Einstein, LCME-accredited medical schools and osteopathic medical schools are eligible to apply for electives listed below (see individual listings for electives that are only offered to Einstein students).  Once the student has satisfied all DFSM requirements, the DFSM will notify the Office of the Registrar.  The Office of the Registrar will register students accordingly. Please check with the Office of the Registrar, for more information regarding registration and final approval.


The following electives are offered by the faculty of the Department of Family and Social Medicine at Einstein through the Montefiore Family Medicine Residency Program (Bronx, NY), the Jamaica Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program (Jamaica, Queens), the Institute for Family Health (Bronx, Manhattan, and Kingston, NY). Electives are available in the following categories:


FM504 Family, Systems and Health (Montefiore) 

FM517 Culture and Care (Montefiore)
FM530 Medical Spanish Immersion in the Bronx (Einstein / Institute for Family Health)

FM505 Complementary Therapies and Alternative Healing (Montefiore)


FM529 Global Health in Guatemala (Montefiore)

FM524 ECHO Free Clinic Longitudinal Outreach (Einstein / Institute for Family Health)

FM510 Family Medicine Inpatient Service (Montefiore)

 FM528 Palliative Care (Montefiore)

FM501 Reproductive Health (Montefiore)
FM515 Reproductive Health (Institute for Family Health: Manhattan)
FM521 Family Medicine Research (Einstein / Montefiore)

FM520 Research-Based Health Activism (Montefiore)

FM506 Preceptorship in Wound Healing (Montefiore)


FM501 Reproductive Health (Family Health Center: Bronx) 
**Einstein students must contact Dr. Gold for approval prior to registration** 
Tailored to needs, interests, and experience of each student. Measurable learning objectives of elective: 1.Describe strategies to integrate full-spectrum reproductive health care into routine family medicine practice 2.Demonstrate woman-centered contraceptive counseling.  Learning experience: The month will be composed of clinical care with supervision, reading relevant articles, and reflection on experience/learning after each clinical session.  Method of student feedback and evaluation: written and oral   

Marji Gold, MD
Administrative support: Aleza Summit,, 212-366-9320  
Module: All 
Maximum: 1 
On the first day students report to: 126 Fifth Ave, suite 805, NY NY 10003 at 10 AM 


FM505 Complementary Therapies and Alternative Healing (Montefiore Medical Center)
**Einstein students must contact Dr. Tattelman for approval prior to registration** 
This elective will provide the student with an introduction to the philosophy of integrative medicine and a supervised exposure to complementary therapies and alternative healing methods in primary care settings (e.g. community health center and small practice).  Among the therapies to be covered are meditation, relaxation techniques, acupuncture, acupressure, biofeedback, shiatsu massage, chiropractic, energy and herbal medicine. Objectives:  Examine the philosophies of integrative medicine.  Analyze how these philosophies differ from Western conventional medicine.  Identify areas of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to address more deeply.  Explore these areas through reading and observation.  Examine the evidence base for these CAM approaches.  Reflect on the place of CAM approaches for self and future patients.  Describe the integration of CAM approaches in future patient care. Learning Experience: Students will read and discuss introductions to integrative medicine philosophies and techniques.  Students will rotate with practitioners of many different healing modalities depending on their interest.  Students will meet with the course director throughout the clerkship to review what they have observed and reflect on its place in their own self-care and the future care of their patients. Feedback & Evaluation: Students will receive formal feedback midway and the end of the rotation.  Evaluation is based on the student's motivation and initiative as well as their grasp of similarities and differences among a number of different healing systems and modalities.  Evaluation is also based on the student's depth of reflection on the place of integrative medicine in their future care. First Day Location: Students will contact me to schedule the first meeting.  The elective places students with practitioners throughout the city depending on their interest.

Ellen Tattelman, MD
Modules:  All
Maximum: 1

FM506 Preceptorship in Wound Healing (Montefiore Medical Center)

**Einstein students must contact Dr. Bulauitan and Cary Andrews for approval prior to registration** 
Chronic wounds, such as diabetic foot ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, and pressure ulcers, are highly prevalent in chronically ill and elderly patients. They represent a significant public health burden and cause untold morbidity, disability, and mortality. In this elective, students will learn how to evaluate patients with chronic wounds; diagnose underlying factors that lead to physiologically impaired healing; formulate evidence-based treatment plans including topical, medical, surgical, and biologic treatment modalities; apply basic techniques of wound debridement; recognize secondary complications of wounds; and prevent wound recurrence. Upon completion of this elective, student will have the skills to become leaders in improving medical outcomes and quality of life for patients with chronic wounds. This course is highly relevant to students entering a variety of career paths, including but not limited to family medicine, internal medicine, surgery, plastic surgery, geriatrics, rehabilitation medicine, endocrinology, and infectious disease. Opportunities are available to participate in ongoing research in addition to clinical work. The elective can be tailored to students’ specific interests, in discussion with the instructor. Objectives: Evaluate patients with chronic wounds. Diagnose underlying factors that lead to physiological impaired healing. Formulate evidence-based treatment plans including topical, medical, surgical, and biologic treatment modalities. Apply basic techniques of wound debridement. Recognize secondary complications of wounds. Prevent wound recurrence. Understand health systems needs for wound patients. Learning Experience: Active participation in the inpatient Wound Healing consultation service. Outpatient care of patients with chronic wounds. Bimonthly nursing home Wound Rounds. Visits can be arranged to related services, e.g. hyperbaric medicine, home visits, vascular laboratory. The core schedule will include daily inpatient rounds, participation in bedside debridement, outpatient wound clinic 1-2 times per week, and nursing home rounds every other week.  See consults at the 3 Montefiore campuses (Moses, Wakefield and Weiler).  

Feedback & Evaluation: Students will receive formal feedback midway through the elective and at its completion. The evaluation is compiled by the supervising physician.   

Manuel Bulauitan, MD   
Giacomo Vinces, MD
Cary Andrews, PA   
Administrative Support: Tanya Nair,, 718-920-4678    
Maximum: 1   
Module: All 
Students should contact Cary Andrews 2 weeks prior to the start of the rotation for meeting location and time 


FM510 Family Medicine Inpatient Service (Montefiore Medical Center)
 **Einstein and visiting students must contact Dr. Santos for approval prior to registration** 

**Visiting Students interested in this elective must submit a personal statement indicating why they are interested in this elective at Montefiore and what their interest/experience is in working with the underserved.  Students must also submit a letter from their FM clerkship director, adviser or dean verifying that they are going into Family Medicine.  

The sub-internship is a four-week rotation in the Family Medicine adult inpatient unit (NW7) at Montefiore Medical Center. During this rotation, the student will gain an understanding of the family physician’s role in the hospital management of patients. He/she will be expected to function at an intern level and carry the primary responsibility for his/her patient panel. The student will work within an interdisciplinary team to provide culturally appropriate and family-centered medical care. The focus will be on the patient as a whole person, and the student will address the medical, socioeconomic and psychosocial issues to provide the best care for the patient. There will be opportunities to attend core Family Medicine and Social Medicine curriculum activities in the department.  

Measurable learning objectives: 
- Obtain a comprehensive medical and social admission history 
- Perform a complete and relevant physical exam 
- Develop clinical decision making/problem solving skills, and the ability to exercise judgment about the appropriate level and options for care in the inpatient setting 
- Formulate a rational differential diagnoses for the presenting clinical symptoms
- Formulate patient-centered treatment and management plans that integrate bio-psychosocial considerations and respect patient’s preferences 
- Prioritize tasks for daily patient care to ensure patient safety and for effective time management 
- Interpret and apply the results of routine labs and diagnostic tests
- Formulate a patient and family-centered discharge plan encompassing a comprehensive and longitudinal patient care plan while demonstrating understanding of financial and insurance constraints
- Communicate clearly with all members of the health care team and ancillary staff  (including end of day and end of service coverage) to ensure the optimum care of the patient
- Communicate discharge plans, including medication reconciliation and follow-up, with the outpatient primary care provider
- Develop self-directed learning skills essential for life-long learning in the field of medicine, including the appraisal of evidence-based studies related to health problems encountered in the inpatient setting 

Learning experience: Students will work with the team, which is comprised not only of the medical staff but also includes nurses, social workers, a clinical pharmacist and others. Sub-interns will work up admissions, place orders, present patients on rounds, perform procedures, discuss management with consultants and formulate comprehensive discharge plans.  They will encounter patients with diagnoses typical for an adult population in an academic medical center (e.g., pneumonia, CHF, renal failure, alcoholism, and COPD). Sub-interns will participate in the team’s call schedule. There are daily teaching and educational activities as well as regular conferences to expand the student’s clinical knowledge base and enhance the sub-internship experience. These include daily presentation rounds, ongoing radiology rounds, specialty rounds, morbidity and mortality conferences, psychosocial rounds and Grand Rounds.   

Method of student feedback and evaluation: Students will receive ongoing feedback as well as formal feedback midway and at the end of the rotation.  Teaching attending physicians and senior residents contribute to the final evaluation. 

Maria Teresa Santos, MD       
718-430-2900 (2757) 
Administrative support: Ms. Adriana Nieto,, 718-430-2213 
Maximum: 1  
Modules: All modules except 3B (Availability is limited)
On the first day students report to: Montefiore Medical Center - Moses Campus, Unit NW7, 111 E 210th St, Bronx, NY 10467) at 7AM.  

FM520 Research-based Health Activism (Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center)
**Einstein students must contact Dr. Fox for approval prior to registration** 
This four week elective will offer motivated 4th year medical students an opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in research methods, health policy, and advocacy. Learning experiences range from seminars with leading health policy experts to skill-building workshops with health care activists.  Each student is expected to develop a research proposal and advocacy plan that addresses a health care issue of his or her choosing. Following the course, projects are completed in the remaining academic year with ongoing mentorship.   

Learning Objectives: 
Following completion of this course, learners will be able to: 
1. Describe the concept of Research Based Health Activism 
2. Develop a feasible research question to better understand health disparities in their communities 
3. List ways that physicians participate in advocacy for individual patients, within health systems, and at a policy level 
4. Utilize multiple advocacy skills: public speaking, writing op-eds, meeting with legislators 

Evaluation: Students will receive formal feedback at the midpoint and end of the elective. Evaluation will be based on attendance, effort during seminars, completion of weekly assignments, and presentation of project proposal. 

Typical Schedule: Morning and afternoon seminars running from 9am – 5pm.  Wednesdays are free for project development, home work assignments, and one-on-one mentorship.  There is no clinical duty or call schedule.  

Textbook Information: (Suggested)
Hulley, SB, Cummings SR, Browner WS, Grady D, Hearst N, Newman TB. Designing Clinical Research  (2nd Edition). Philadephia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2001. 
ISBN: 9781608318049 
Cost: $75.99  

Aaron Fox, MD MS
Maximum Students: 15
Module: 3B Only October 15 – November 9, 2018 (course offered annually) 
On the first day students report to Division of General Internal Medicine (3300 Jerome Ave, Bronx, NY 10467) 

FM521  Family Medicine Research (Einstein)
**Einstein students must contact Dr. McKee for approval prior to registration** 
Students who are interested in conducting primary care research, health services research or epidemiology of urban populations may arrange to work with a faculty member of the DFSM research division.  Students will be matched to a faculty supervisor whose research area and expertise matches the student's interest and goals. Objectives Students will identify a topic and specific learning objectives with the faculty supervisor at the beginning of the elective.  Students will acquire skills in some or all of the following areas, depending on experience and scope of project:  literature synthesis, study design, data collection, data analysis, and writing for publication.  All students will acquire a basic understanding of human subjects concerns as they relate to their project. Learning Experience: Specific learning experiences will vary with the project selected. Feedback & Evaluation: Students will receive formal feedback midway and the end of the rotation.  The course director will complete the final evaluation. First Day Location:  DFSM Research Division, 1300 Morris Park Ave, Block 4th Floor, Bronx, NY.

Diane McKee, MD, MS
718-430-2154 or 718-430-2750 
Modules: All
Maximum: 2 

FM524 ECHO Free Clinic Longitudinal Outreach (Walton Family Health Center)
**Einstein students must get approval prior to registration**  
The Walton Family Practice Einstein Community Health Outreach ("ECHO") Free Clinic provides free health care for uninsured adults in the South Bronx. The goal of the ECHO Elective is to explore the clinical experience at ECHO while engaging with health policy that impacts the clinic and its patients. The elective has two components: clinical and didactic.

Clinical component: 13 Saturday Shifts at ECHO as Clinical Volunteer. These can be completed throughout the year, and previously completed shifts (not including the required Family Medicine shifts) will count towards the requirement. Dr. Cortijo, ECHO's medical director, is the main contact.  Your time spent volunteering at ECHO will be documented in both your Dean's letter and your transcript. 

Didactic component: The didactic portion is composed of group learning and individual time for reading. You will meet 2-3 times for 1.5-2 hours with Dean Strelnick, a professor of Family Medicine and director of the elective, to discuss community health and health policy, similar to a journal club format. Last year's group discussed a book titled Understand Health Policy: A Clinical Approach. You will also have dedicated time to work on a scholarly paper on a topic of your choosing. It should be on an aspect of clinic that you would like to further explore; Dr. Strelnick will be available to help you brainstorm topic ideas in the first half of the block. 

Method of student feedback and evaluation:  clinical & class participation; short paper (5-8 pages) 

Textbook(s) information:
ISBN-13:  978-0071770521
Cost: available on-line through Medical Library without cost
Title: Understanding Health Policy:  A Clinical Approach
Edition 7th
Author:  Bodenheimer, Thomas & Grumbach, Kevin

Please e-mail me at if you have any questions, and if you are interested because you need to be pre-approved for the elective. 

Amarilys Cortijo, MD
Hal Strelnick, MD or (718) 430-8625
Administrative Support: Adriana Nieto,, (718) 430-2213
Maximum: 10  
Modules vary. Please confirm module with course leader.


FM528 Palliative Care (Montefiore Medical Center)
**Einstein students must contact Dr. Cardenas for approval prior to registration** 
The purpose of this elective is to introduce fourth year medical students to the philosophy, principles and practice of Palliative Care. 

Measurable learning objectives of elective: 
- Learn how to assess pain and non-pain symptoms.   
- Observe palliative care assessment and management for the home visit.   
- Recognize the role of the interdisciplinary team in hospice and palliative care.  
- Describe how to assess and communicate prognosis.   
- Describe the use of opioids in pain and non-pain symptom management.   
- Describe the use of non-opioid analgesics, adjuvant analgesics, and other pharmacologic approaches to the management of both pain and non-pain symptoms.   
- Recognize common social problems experienced by patients and families facing life-threatening conditions and describe appropriate clinical assessment and management.  

Learning experience:  
- Participation in the daily morning rounds 
- Participation in Weekly grand rounds (journal clubs or specialist presentation) 
- Participation in Interdisciplinary meeting 
- Participation in Teaching activities with fellows 
- One week rotation in the Palliative Care-Hospice Unit 

Method of student feedback and evaluation: 
- Introductory lecture and review of objectives 
- Pre and post evaluation 
- Face to face feedback 

Jhosselini Cardenas, MD 
Administrative Support: Wanda Montanez,, 718-920-6378 
Maximum: 2 
Modules: All except 1B and 2A
On the first day students report to 3347 Steuben Ave Bronx, NY at 8:30 am  


FM529 Global Health in Guatemala (Montefiore Medical Center)
**Einstein students must contact Dr. Anderson for approval prior to registration** 
There are a limited number of positions available for medical students in Central and South America.  Research opportunities exist at a large HIV clinic in Guatemala City.  Clinical opportunities exist in both rural and urban settings throughout the region.  Interested students should send their CV and a cover letter to Dr. Anderson before registering. Objectives: Develop familiarity with clinical management of HIV in a non-HAART setting.  Understand the social and economic context of HIV in Guatemala.  Improve Spanish.  Participate in an ongoing research problem. Learning ExperienceStudents will work in an HIV outpatient and inpatient care under supervision, visit CBO involve in HIV and participate in research. Feedback & Evaluation: Students will receive formal feedback weekly.  Verbal reports of supervisors in Guatemala. First Day Location: Clinica Luis Angel Garcia, Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Matthew Anderson, MD, MPH
Modules: All 
Maximum: 1 

FM530 Medical Spanish Immersion in the Bronx (Einstein / Institute for Family Health)
**Einstein students must contact Dr. Cortijo for approval prior to registration** 
This elective will provide a Medical Spanish Immersion experience in the Bronx.  Intermediate Spanish is required (will be assessed by instructor prior to receiving approval for elective). Student will work with an interdisciplinary team and will conduct interviews and physicals with mono-lingual Spanish speaking patients. ObjectivesDevelop competence in communicating with Spanish-speaking patients, particularly in the Bronx community.  Develop competence in asking yes/no questions and open-ended questions using different grammatical tenses to avoid inaccuracy while conducting the medical interview in Spanish.  Be familiar with some Spanglish terms used by Latino/Hispanic patients.  Develop a wide variety of medical Spanish terminology through the textbook and Latino/Hispanic patients at the Mount Hope Family Practice.  Learn about Latino/Hispanic patients’ most common cultural and health beliefs.  Learn about some herbal and home remedies used by the Latino population. Learning ActivitiesTwo mornings a week, the student will receive intensive Medical Spanish instruction and assessment at the medical school. Most of the clinical experience will be at Mt. Hope Health Center supervised by Dr. Cortijo. At the clinic, the student will conduct interviews, review of systems and physicals in Spanish.  Student is also expected to work with the clinical team (social worker, nurse) on providing support and health education, especially on diabetes.  Student will also be required to attend 2 seminars on Ethno-medicinal plant use in the Latino population. Feedback & Evaluation: Student will receive formal feedback midway and at the end of the rotation.  Formal evaluation of Medical Spanish assessed by instructor testing, and an evaluation by the attending by observation of clinical and language skills. First Day Location: Mount Hope Family Practice, 130 W Tremont Ave, Bronx, NY.

Amarilys Cortijo, MD
Modules: 6A
Maximum: 2



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