Department of Family and Social Medicine


Family medicine is a dynamic and intellectually challenging medical specialty that provides integrated, comprehensive and continuous care for patients in the context of their lives, across the entire life cycle, and all disease states with a focus on health and prevention.

The Department of Family & Social Medicine is committed to excellence in medical student education, provides a wide range of interactive and creative programs during all years of medical school, and supports students in pursuing careers in family medicine through the Family & Social Medicine Interest Group.


Third-Year Medical Students

In the Family and Social Medicine Clerkship, Einstein students learn how to care for patients in the ambulatory and community setting. They learn to:

  • recognize and treat a broad array of common medical problems
  • manage acute and chronic medical conditions
  • foster health promotion and practice preventive medicine
  • use advanced communication skills to form "therapeutic alliances" with patients, families, and communities
  • place illness in the context of the whole patient, family, and society

In addition to direct patient care, students step into the role of the family physician out in the community providing outreach and health education.


Fourth-Year Medical Students

The department offers several outstanding electives to both Einstein and visiting fourth-year medical students. This is an opportunity to learn advanced skills in family medicine. 

The electives offered by Family & Social Medicine faculty and Family Practice Residency in the Montefiore Residency Program in Social Medicine are denoted “(Montefiore)” on the Einstein Registrar electives page.

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