M.D. Program

Special Programs


The Einstein Journal | Alternative Pathway M.D.-Ph.D. Program | Exchange Programs  
Other Opportunities | Clinical Research M.D. - M.S. Program |
 Medical Spanish Program | Personal Wellness Program  

The Einstein Journal

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

Alternate Pathway M.D.-Ph.D. Program

Some students are accepted for admission to the Medical Scientist Training Program with a commitment for funding to start at the time they enter the graduate phase of their training. This program is the "Zero-Time Alternate Pathway." Or, during the second year of the medical curriculum, students interested in careers in academic medicine and research may apply for admission to the Sue Golding Graduate Division of Medical Sciences upon completion of preclinical courses. If accepted, the student will take graduate courses and conduct thesis research culminating in the award of the Ph.D. degree. After completing graduate work, the student will re-enter the medical school to complete his or her training for the M.D. degree. In both cases, after the first two years, when the student begins thesis research, he or she receives tuition remission and a stipend. Top 

Exchange Programs

Einstein-Ben Gurion Exchange Program:
Senior students can spend two months in a primary care elective at the School of Medicine of Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. Medical education takes place in a setting that focuses not only on health care needs of individuals but also those of families and occupational environments. Travel and living expenses are provided for students selected to participate in this program.

Einstein-Hadassah Exchange Program:
A senior student can be accepted in an extramural elective program of two months at Hadassah Medical School of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Travel and living expenses are provided.

Einstein-Paris Exchange Program:
Travel awards are provided to senior students who undertake clinical electives or research projects of at least two months duration at one of the sites in the University of Paris system.

Einstein-Karolinska Institute Program:
Travel awards are provided to senior students who undertake clinical electives or research projects of at least two months duration at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Basic science or clinical research projects are especially encouraged at this outstanding research center.

Einstein-Saitama Exchange Program:
Travel awards are provided to senior students who undertake one-month clinical electives at the Saitama Medical School in Japan. Top

Other Opportunities

Academic Year Community Service Projects:
planned and organized by students in AMSA, AMA-Medical Student Section, SNMA, Boricua/Latino Health Organization, APAMSA, PSR and PHR, AMWA and MSFC. No fellowship support. .

Einstein Community Health Outreach (ECHO):
Free Clinic staffed by Einstein student volunteers under physician Supervision.

Social Medicine Course:
Annual winter-spring elective lecture series planned and organized by students with invited lecturers from Einstein and elsewhere; open to students in all classes.

The Healing Arts Course:
Annual winter elective planned especially for first-year students. Top

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 here 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 (which is entirely elective, but appears on the transcript), 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.

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


The Einstein Program for Personal Wellness

Students are offered the opportunity to participate in the Einstein Program for Personal Wellness (EPPW). The program has two components.

  1. Students will receive instruction in methods that have long been used to improve health and reduce stress. These methods, now viewed by an increasing number of physicians as complementary to the domain of conventional medicine, include Meditation, Yoga, Reiki, Tai Chi and Qigong.  
  2. We provide students with information and advice on maintaining good health through good nutrition. Individual nutritional counseling is also available.

By experiencing the positive effects of these methods and activities on their health and ability to deal effectively with a demanding curriculum, we hope more students acquire interest in learning how to integrate them into their future medical practices. To help students towards this goal, Web based resources, printed literature, elective courses and research opportunities are available.

Although not originally developed as a program promoting wellness, in a larger sense Einstein's Healer's Art course may be viewed as part of the EPPW. Started in 1991 at the U.C. San Francisco School of Medicine, Healer's Art has now spread to about twenty schools across the country. We are now in our fourth year. As described by Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, the course's originator, Healer's Art "uses a ... discovery model of experiential learning to explore themes of service, calling and commitment, relationships, identity, and meaning in medicine". The course helps students reclaim the humanitarian spirit that prompted them to decide to become a physician in the first place.

An Orientation to EPPW is held early in the academic year in order to provide an overview of the program and introduce students to various methods through discussions and demonstrations. Top 

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