M.D. Program

Electives in Years 1 & 2

The Albert Einstein College of Medicine encourages its students to become involved in projects and programs that improve the health of communities and promote appreciation for the social role and responsibilities of practicing physicians. Many of Einstein's students become regional and national leaders in organizations such as the American Medical Students Association, Medical Students' Section of the American Medical Association, Students National Medical Association, Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association and Boricua Health Organization. It is under the umbrella of these and other student organizations that a large number of Einstein's students participate in the Hepatitis B Vaccination Program, the Children's Health Insurance Program, the Students Teaching AIDS to Students program and many other activities that enable students to acquire knowledge and skills in community health care through direct experiences. Einstein provides funding for a substantial number of students to attend conferences sponsored by student organizations, and it also provides whatever support is necessary to assure successful implementation of student-run community service programs.

For additional information about community service projects, see Student Organizations (Einstein Umbrella).

Electives in Years 1 & 2

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 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, 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.

Successful completion of this course will be noted on your official transcript. 

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


Health Disparities: Awareness to Action

This elective, offered in the spring, enables students to define health disparities, describe the social determinants of health, including the impact of bias on medical decision making, and identify strategies for physicians to advocate for patients in the community.  Students gain experience in planning and organizing advocacy campaigns.

Successful completion of this course will be noted on your official transcript. 


Nutrition and Health: Patients and Populations

This elective, offered in the spring, provides students with an understanding of the USDA Dietary Guidelines, nutrition assessment and effectiveness of popular diets. Other topics include integration of motivational interviewing in discussions of nutrition & lifestyle issues with patients. Students also learn how to discuss the Nutrition Facts labels with patients with limited English literacy.

Successful completion of this course will be noted on your official transcript. 

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