A branch of Yeshiva University, Albert Einstein College of Medicine was first established in 1955. It is a privately
endowed coeducational institution. There are two main postgraduate divisions within the school: the Sue Goldberg Graduate Division of Medical Sciences and the Belfer Institute for Advance Biomedical Studies. The college is considered a major center for medical education, clinical care (through its affiliated hospitals), and biomedical research.
The course of study at Albert Einstein follows a modern, four-year curriculum. The preclinical curriculum consists largely of interdisciplinary courses designed to enable students to acquire an integrated understanding of the biomedical sciences, become effective in applying knowledge to the solution of clinical problems, and grow as successful, self-directed learners with excellent information retrieval skills.
Running parallel with these courses is an extensive Introduction to Clinical Medicine program in which students interact with patients in clinical settings and engage in small-group discussions about illness and health care from psychosocial,cultural,
ethical, and health policy perspectives. Case-based small-group conferences emphasizing preparation, collaboration, and participation constitute a major educational strategy throughout the preclinical curriculum.
In the third year, students take on clerkship rotations in all major disciplines, including family medicine, geriatrics, and ambulatory care in community-based settings. The fourth and final year of study includes a subinternship in medicine, pediatrics, or adolescent medicine. There is also a 6-month elective period.
Minority admissions: The college’s director of the Office of Minority Student Affairs is in charge of minority student recruitment. A 2-week prematriculation summer preparatory course is offered to students with
relatively weak science backgrounds.
Other degree programs: A combined MD-PhD program is offered for those interested in a teaching and a research career in
either the basic biomedical or clinical sciences.Students are expected to prepare a reference report of scholarly
substance prior to graduation.
Required courses include the basic premedical sciences and one year each of mathematics and English.
The admissions department recommends that incoming students also have coursework in the humanities and
social sciences. Transfers are not accepted.
Grades in preclerkship courses are Pass/Fail in the first year and Honors/Pass/Fail in the second year. Grades in clinical courses are Honors/High Pass/Pass/Low Pass/Fail. There is also a narrative evaluation in eachclerkship. A student must pass all preclerkship coursesin order to be promoted to the clerkship year. Passing total test scores on Step 1 and 2 of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) examination must be recorded prior to graduation.
The Albert Einstein College of Medicine has extensive research and teaching facilities located in buildings spread over a 17-acre campus in the Westchester Heights section of the Bronx, New York. Clinical teaching is carried out at Jacobi Medical
Center, Montefiore Medical Center, and at ambulatory care centers located throughout New York City and lower Westchester County.The Gottesman Library, located on campus, houses more than 250,000 volumes and 2400 periodicals.
For students who with to reside on campus,the college operates two apartment complexes that provide apartments for single as well as married students. A modern, fully equipped athletic center with a swimming pool is also located on campus.
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