Student Opportunities for Academic Research (SOAR)


Amy R. Ehrlich, M.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Department of Medicine (Geriatrics)


The SOAR concentration in Aging offers students the opportunity to work closely with a research mentor in one of the many aging related research groups on the Einstein and/or Montefiore campuses. The Aging concentration spans the field of aging from basic science to clinical research. Based on their area of interest, students will be paired with a senior mentor in one of the following broad areas: 

  1. Biology of Aging:
    1. The Institute for Aging Research-Director Nir Barzilai, MD 
  2. Neurology of Aging:
    1. The  Division of Cognitive and Motor Aging- Director Joe Verghese, MBBS, MS 
    2. Division of Aging and Dementia- Director Richard Lipton, MD 
  3. Geriatrics- Educational and Clinical Research:
    1. Division of Geriatrics, Moses Campus- Amy Ehrlich, MD 
    2. Division of Geriatrics, North Campus- T. S. Dharmarajan, MD, FACP 
  4. Geriatric Psychiatry- Educational and Clinical Research:
    1. Division of Geriatric Psychiatry - Gary Kennedy, MD 

Incoming students interested in the SOAR concentration in Aging are encouraged to enroll in the first year Geriatrics Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM) Program. This program exposes students to the older adult patient in a variety of settings including ambulatory care, inpatient, home visiting, and skilled nursing facilities. Additionally, students have the opportunity to work with an interdisciplinary team to begin to explore the clinical syndromes of cognitive decline, depression, and frailty.

Students interested in the SOAR concentration in Aging are also encouraged to participate in the Einstein Student Chapter of the American Geriatrics Society during their MS-1 year and are required to participate during MS-2 year. This group holds informal monthly lunch meetings with Einstein faculty involved in the field of aging including ethics, geriatric psychiatry, palliative care, basic science of aging, and rehabilitation medicine.

During the summer after MS-1, students will have the option of beginning to work on a project with their research mentor at Einstein or applying for a Medical Student in Aging Research Program (MSTAR) scholarship, which provides students with a focused research program and aging curriculum at many national institutions (see 

During MS-2 year, students will present a proposal for their research project and are expected to meet regularly with their mentor. During MS-3 year students will continue to have scheduled meetings and participate in aging related conferences as their schedule allows. During the dedicated time in MS-4 year, students will complete their research projects.

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