M.D. Program

Global Health Opportunities

Global Health Fellowships

globeThe Global Health Fellowship program has been established to encourage Einstein students to participate in clinical, public health, or research experiences in less developed countries in order to gain a deeper understanding of how economic and sociocultural factors influence the health of individuals and populations; acquire knowledge about diseases that are unique or especially prevalent in these nations; and obtain insight into the organization and effectiveness of these nations' health care delivery and public health systems. Moreover, we expect that positive experiences abroad will encourage some students, after completion of their medical studies, to devote some component of their professional time to global medicine. Listed below are some of the many Global Health Opportunities available to students. For additional programs visit the Einstein Global Health Center web pages.


Guatemala: Matt Anderson, MD 

Dr. Anderson's international research is focused on HIV in Guatemala. He sponsors one or two Einstein students to work at one of Guatemala's main AIDS clinics to do research during the summer between their first and second years. Students analyze existing databases on topics such as needlestick injuries or TB transmission and then produce a poster or paper. They are exposed to a rich clinical setting where they can examine the clinical and social manifestations of the AIDS epidemic in Guatemala. Dr. Anderson is co-editor of an online academic journal (Social Medicine) which is published in both English and Spanish in conjunction with the Latin American Social Medicine Association (ALAMES). Dr. Anderson has lived and worked extensively in Central America and Haiti. He maintains contacts with students and colleagues in Cuba... read more  

Ethiopia: Carol Harris, MDM 

Dr. Harris's electives have included the following:

  • Orphans and vulnerable children care and support
  • Rural and Urban Development activities
  • Malaria prevention and control efforts
  • Support services for marginalized women... read more 

Uganda: Gerald Paccione, MD 

This 2 month summer project offers a diverse set of experiences in community medicine in Africa: community education, screening, focus groups, work with Ugandan Village Health Workers (VHWs) in identifying and teaching about malnutrition, participation in women’s health outreaches, and analysis of data collected by VHWs... read more 

Chile: Roberto Belmar, MD 

Students who have completed their third year clerkships can participate in clinical and research projects in family medicine and primary care at the Autonoma University of Chile. Under the leadership of the Dean, Dr. Roberto Belmar, this university has established a model of health care that is at the community level with 24/7 coverage of primary care.

For further information, go to the Einstein Global Health Center.


Exchange Programs

The Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University offers international exchange programs with institutions in France, Israel, Sweden, and Japan to enhance your medical education. You can scroll down to read about them.

To apply to any of the programs shown, please submit the International Exchange Application Form, which requires a personal statement describing your interest in this exchange program and how this experience achieves your development as a physician. This form should be submitted to the registrar by April 1st prior to the start of your senior year.

Einstein-Ben Gurion Exchange Program 

Up to 6 senior students can be accepted in a two-month elective program into electives at the School of Medicine of Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. Funding is available for travel and living expenses. A maximum of two students can be accommodated in any given time period.

A major aim of the Ben Gurion School of Medicine is to utilize academic resources to foster development of an integrated system for delivery of comprehensive community health care in a vast geographic area. The academic program is therefore designed to educate a new type of health care professional who will have the motivation and competencies to function effectively in that system as a provider of primary care services. Experiences involve first-contact, longitudinal and preventive care in ambulatory and inpatient settings. The learning focuses not only on health care needs of individuals, but also of families, neighborhoods, and occupational environments. Learning takes place to a great extent in community-based primary care teaching clinics, occupational health units, rehabilitation facilities, and public health stations.

Einstein-Hadassah Exchange Program 

A senior student can be accepted in an elective program of two months, preferably sometime between August and March, at Hadassah Medical School of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Funding is available for travel and living expenses.

Einstein-Paris Exchange Program 

A senior student can be accepted in an extramural elective program of two months, preferably sometime between August and March, in the University of Paris system. Funding is available for travel and living expenses.

Einstein-Karolinska Institute Program 

Two students in each senior class are eligible for fellowships to take elective courses or participate in research projects for two-month periods at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. In addition to a large number of interesting elective courses offered (in English) to foreign medical students, numerous possibilities for basic biomedical or applied clinical research also exist. As a medical research center of international renown, the Karolinska would be a particularly good site for students planning to conduct major research projects for the "special distinction" diploma. Funding is available for travel and living expenses. Reasonably priced and conveniently located housing can be arranged.

Einstein-Saitama Exchange Program 

The Saitama Medical University, located near Tokyo, will accept two students during the month of April. Airfare, room and board expenses are provided through the generosity of Saitama Medical University. Elective opportunities in surgery are especially good at Saitama, but arrangements for study in other clinical disciplines are also possible. Students selected for this exchange program have the opportunity to welcome and "host" the two Saitama Exchange Students arriving in July.

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