The Albert Einstein College of Medicine is one of the nation’s premier institutions for medical education, basic research and clinical investigation.
It is home to some 2,000 faculty members, 750 M.D. students, 350 Ph.D. students attending the Sue Golding Graduate Division —including 125 in the combined M.D./Ph.D. programs — and 380 postdoctoral investigators training at our Belfer Institute for Advanced Biomedical Studies. More than 7,000 Einstein alumni are among the nation’s foremost clinicians, biomedical scientists, and medical educators.
When the medical school opened its doors to its first class in 1955, The New York Times was already noting that “the new medical school’s distinguished and talented faculty assured the institution of a place in the ranks of the great medical schools in the world.” This prophecy has been more than fulfilled in the ensuing years.
Among its pioneering educational initiatives, Einstein was among the first of the major medical schools to integrate bedside experience with learning, bringing first-year students into contact with patients and linking classroom study to case experience. Einstein also led the way in the development of bioethics as an accepted academic discipline in medical school curricula, and it was the first private medical school in New York City to establish an academic Department of Family Medicine as well as the first to create a residency program in internal medicine with an emphasis on women’s health.
While education is at the heart of the College’s mission, it is biomedical research that drives the College’s growth. Einstein’s 300 research laboratories are its crucibles of creativity. Long a national leader in biomedical research support from the Federal government, Einstein faculty last year received more than $150 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health. The medical school ranks sixth in the nation in terms of NIH awards to basic science departments. In addition, seven Einstein programs have been designated NIH “Centers of Excellence” – in diabetes, cancer, liver disease, brain research, AIDS, sickle cell disease, and an initiative to reduce and eliminate ethnic and racial health disparities.
Einstein also was the only New York City institution selected to participate in the Federal government’s landmark Women’s Health Initiative, and it is now launching an unprecedented, large-scale study of the health status of the Hispanic/Latino community in the Bronx, supported by the NIH.
The medical school is affiliated with five hospital centers: Montefiore Medical Center, The Academic Medical Center and University Hospital of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Beth Israel Medical Center, the University Hospital and Manhattan Campus for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine; North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, the Manhasset and New Hyde Park campuses of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Jacobi Medical Center; and the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center. It is also affiliated with three mental health facilities and four long-term care facilities. Through its extensive affiliation network, Einstein runs the largest post-graduate medical training program in the United States, offering some 150 residency programs to more than 2,500 physicians in training.
Looking to the future, the College of Medicine has embarked on a major expansion program that will effectively double the size of its campus. The fall of 2007 will see the opening of the Michael F. Price Center for Genetic and Translational Medicine/Harold and Muriel Block Research Pavilion, a 201,000 square-foot biomedical research building that will house 40 new laboratories. These new state-of-the-art facilities will bring together world-class scientists and the most advanced cutting-edge technology to facilitate the “translation” of discoveries at the molecular level to the actual treatment, cure and prevention of disease.
As we enter what will surely be a golden age of medicine, this medical school remains steadfast in its core missions: educating students to become caring as well as curing physicians; fostering pioneering research programs in biomedical and translational research; and delivering superb patient care. We continue to be guided by the high academic and humanistic values exemplified by our namesake, Albert Einstein, as we shape a better future for the health of people everywhere.
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