M.D. Program

Curriculum

Medical Education Council

The Medical Education Council (MEC) holds the overall responsibility for design, management, and evaluation of the College’s medical education program.

Phases of the Curriculum

Einstein’s curriculum is always on the move, blending innovative modern educational strategies with the best of traditional teaching methods.

The preclerkship phase is designed to integrate basic, clinical and health system sciences. Although the pre-clerkship phase is devoted primarily to interdisciplinary biomedical science courses, we begin immersing students in patient-centered experiences within a few weeks after matriculation. We are adding more active instructional methods such as problem-based learning and team-based learning to maximize student knowledge, skills, and attitudes, and reducing the hours of passive lectures. The case-based, small-group conference is a dominant feature of pre-clerkship courses. Pre-clerkship electives include Current Topics in Biomedicine, Medical Mandarin, Medical Spanish, and Nutrition. Successful completion of any of these electives is noted on the student’s transcript.

During the clerkship phase, students learn how to apply biomedical science knowledge and clinical skills to problems of human disease and illness in both inpatient and outpatient settings rotating through clerkships in foundational clinical disciplines. Required clerkships expose students to the gamut of medicine through Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Psychiatry/Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Family Medicine/Primary Care, , as well as small-group case-based conferences dealing with issues of structural determinants of health, disease prevention, ethics, and professionalism.

The professional development phase is approximately 18 months and afford students the opportunity to hone in on a specialty. This phase consists of two required Acting Internships, as well as several selectives and clinical or classroom electives that students take either at a local affiliate, across the United States, or around the world.

As inter-disciplinary and inter-professional medicine are critically important to effective healthcare delivery, Einstein has a longitudinal theme program, Population Health and the Practice of Medicine, that incorporates into all its courses and clerkships training on how to practice medicine in an ever changing and complex 21st century health care system. Our Health Systems Science and Health Equity course further focuses on essential topics of health care infrastructure and delivery as well as the impact of structural determents of health and bias on patient experiences and outcomes of disease.

As a requirement for graduation, all students must submit a scholarly paper based on mentor-guided research.

Since the Albert Einstein College of Medicine is also a premier biomedical research institution, most students devote a portion of their time at Einstein to research projects that range from as little as eight weeks to as much as an entire year. Some enroll in MPH or MS programs. Students also compete successfully in national fellowship programs such as those sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute or NIH.

Visit the web pages of Einstein’s Office of Medical Student Research to find out more about the research opportunities available as well as the scholarly paper guidelines.

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