Victor L. Schuster, M.D.
Chairman, Department of MedicineWith award-winning scientific research conducted by clinical and basic science investigators throughout fifteen academic medical divisions, fellowship, residency, and internship programs to train the next generation of physician-scientists for healthcare and biomedical research careers, and over 275 of the nation's preeminent practicing physicians providing top-notch medical care to the people of the Bronx, the Northeast, and beyond, the Einstein-Montefiore Department of Medicine continually advances medicine through scientific investigation, education, and the highest quality patient care.
With five members of the National Academy of Sciences and upper ranking of NIH grant funding, Einstein is one of the nation's preeminent medical schools and research institutions. Department of Medicine investigators account for over 25% of Einstein's NIH grants.
Medicine’s faculty members play the major role in Einstein's NIH-designated centers for liver disease, diabetes, sickle cell disease, cancer, and kidney disease. Department of Medicine faculty investigators carry out extensive clinical research within the Harold and Muriel Block Institute for Clinical and Translational Research at Einstein and Montefiore. Our investigators’ research approaches range from molecular, cellular, and organ-system physiology to behavioral research and health care outcomes.
Outstanding attendings dedicated to teaching; smart, funny, driven house officers; and hands-on exposure to leading-edge research are some of the qualities that make our renowned residency and fellowship training programs rich educational experiences that combine the best of science and humanism. Our residency and fellowship programs have a unique feel that comes from Montefiore's longstanding social commitment to the surrounding Bronx community and others in need; department leaders’ high degree of interest in the teaching program; and a pervasive culture of approachability and excellence. We strive hard to minimize the stress inherent in residency and fellowship training, and to maximize learning in an exciting environment with the right mix of lectures, case discussions, rounds, and clinics.
Real responsibility for patients, as well as an unparalleled volume and diversity of cases, render our residents quick-thinking, highly skilled, and ready for virtually any medical career path. Graduates of our programs tell us that they find they can handle any clinical situation because, at some point in their training with us, they've seen it.
Our Department's clinical activities take place primarily at Montefiore Medical Center’s Moses and Weiler divisions. Montefiore is the major university teaching hospital for a population of more than 1.5 million. Montefiore Hospital ranks 7th in the U.S. "Leapfrog" indices of quality of care. The Department of Medicine is the largest unified clinical department at Montefiore. Internal Medicine admissions account for over half of all admissions to the hospital and for most of the recent growth in Montefiore's patient care volume.
I want a diverse group of faculty members and trainees in the Einstein-Montefore Department of Medicine for several reasons.
First, it's the smart thing to do. Studies by social scientists such as Scott E. Page of the University of Michigan have shown that problem-solving by a diverse group of people is far superior to that of a homogeneous group. Therefore, when we create a diverse department, we have a better, more competitive department.
Second, it's the right thing to do. Our patients in the Bronx are people mostly of color and/or of Hispanic origin. We know, going back to the Tuskegee syphilis experiment, that there is often distrust of white physicians by minority patients; having a diverse faculty and house staff lessons this barrier. In addition, if minority families come to see their loved ones in our hospital, and our physicians are minorities, we add to the career role-modeling that is already underway by virtue of having an African-American president. A diverse work force also raises awareness of racial disparities in diagnosis and treatment, and fosters research in these areas.
Finally, it's the fun thing to do. Many of us have chosen to live in New York City precisely because we enjoy its multiculturalism. Embracing diversity in our workplace simply extends this into our everyday lives.
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Victor L. Schuster, M.D.
Chair, Department of Medicine
Professor, Department of Medicine (Nephrology)
Professor, Department of Physiology & Biophysics
Ted and Florence Baumritter Professor of Medicine