Sebastian Placide, MS2, was featured on NY1 as one of the first recipients of the Diversity in Medicine scholarship from the Associated Medical Schools of New York. This scholarship is funded through a grant by the New York State Department of Health with two main goals: the diversification of the medical workforce and to provide medical care to underserved areas of New York State, where recipients of the scholarship are required to give two years of service post completion of their training. When fully funded, 40 scholarships will support NY medical students looking to make a difference in our state. We congratulate Sebastian on this achievement, as he and our other wonderful recipient, Ms. Diana Perez (Einstein MS1) had to not only show need but a good moral character and a commitment to serving the underserved in order to be awarded this scholarship. Congratulations!
Diversity in Medicine Scholarship
We, in ODE, are committed to developing a broadly diverse cadre of clinicians, researchers and educators who will promote health and address health disparities in our local community, in the nation and abroad.
During June, the LGBTQ+ community around the world celebrates Pride. June 28 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Gay Pride march in U.S. history, originally called Christopher Street Liberation Day. It was held in recognition of the first anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, when police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located in Greenwich Village. Such raids were frequent and often resulted in physical and psychological violence to the patrons and employees of queer establishments. These abuses reflected the era’s homophobic attitudes: it was illegal in most states to be gay.
SACNAS is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM. At Einstein, our chapter brings together PhD students, MD/PhD students, and Post-Docs through professional development workshops, community building activities, and outreach to achieve this goal.
Einstein PRIDE seeks to create a healthy, welcoming, inclusive community among LGBTQIA students, faculty, staff and allies. We organize social events on campus and engage in community events to learn more about the surrounding LGBTQIA community, in addition to working to foster conversations about navigating careers as LGBT individuals. As an organization based in New York City, PRIDE has had the unique opportunity to collaborate with other activism organizations, both on and off campus, to promote positive change for the LGBTQIA community and other marginalized communities within New York.
The SNMA is the nation’s oldest and largest student-run organization focused on the needs and concerns of students of color. We advocate for culturally sensitive healthcare services and education, as well as increasing and maintaining the number of underrepresented minorities in the medical profession. We organize many events during the year, including lecture series, community service events and study breaks.
Our priorities are to increase the number of underrepresented minorities (URMs) in medicine, provide educational opportunities to support the Einstein community in providing sensitive, informed and culturally competent care to Latinx and underserved communities, and to enhance the social support network of Latinx and other URM medical students at Einstein. Our members are MD and MSTP (MD/PhD) students.
The Middle Eastern/North African (MENA) Student Association wants to give students on campus a space to learn more about MENA experiences and health challenges faced by MENA populations in our local Bronx community and beyond and empower students to advocate for the needs of these communities. In the Bronx, we have a rich MENA community with neighborhoods like Little Yemen a few miles from our campus. Additionally, we want students who are from these backgrounds to have a support network of students who share their culture when moving onto campus.
The EMSA serves as a formal support system for underrepresented students in the Sue Golding Graduate Division of Medical Sciences. We promote unity, friendship, intellectual challenge and encouragement. We also serve as a forum for the expression of concerns, suggestions and problems of the underrepresented student body. All Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. students who attend Einstein are welcome to join as formal members.
Contact: Margarette Mariano
The [Carol E. Burnett] BSU will serve as an organization at Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM) to prioritize the needs of Black students and cultivate cultural awareness across the campus. The goals of this organization are the following:
First-Gen@Einstein is a student-run organization dedicated to supporting and empowering individuals who identify as first-generation at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM). Our mission is to offer support, foster growth, and facilitate mentorship opportunities that empower our members to thrive as students, residents, physicians, scientists, and alumni. We believe that by empowering our members, we can help create a more equitable and inclusive science community at AECOM and beyond.
The Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) Chapter at Albert Einstein College of Medicine is a student group committed to addressing the unique health challenges of Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) communities. APAMSA serves as a forum on campus for student to engage these health issues and to participate in projects addressing those needs. We aim to promote the health of the APIA community in the Bronx and to help students understand how to care for APIA patients in a culturally sensitive manner. We seek to be an important venue for medical students to develop personally and professionally through mutual mentorship and cultural exchange. Contact: Einstein-APAMSA@einsteinmed.edu
SAMSA (South Asian Medical Student Association) is a student-run organization that is dedicated to creating a sense of community and shared cultural identity amongst South Asian
students at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. SAMSA seeks to advocate for South Asian health initiatives and spread cultural awareness throughout the broader Einstein community
Contact: Einsteinfirstname.lastname@example.org .
The Muslim Students Association seeks to be a supportive, connected community for Muslim students at Einstein. Furthermore, we hope to educate the greater Einstein community on Islam and its intersection with medicine and science.
Einstein is dedicated to providing critical pipeline programs for racial/ ethnic minorities and socio-economically disadvantaged students, beginning in high school. These programs promote the educational advancement of underserved, economically and educationally disadvantaged students, giving them an opportunity to pursue and succeed in rigorous academic programs in the health professions. Hundreds of students benefit from Einstein’s pipeline programs each year.
The EEP is a New York state–funded Science & Technology Entry Program (STEP) that offers grade 7-12 students opportunities to excel in the sciences and exposure to careers in medicine. The 15-week curriculum includes hands-on learning such as ambulance-bay prep, seminars, test-prep classes and more. Among our graduates are M.D.s, physician assistants and nurses. To qualify, students must demonstrate high academic school performance, good school attendance, and an interest in pursuing careers in health, medicine and/or science. The program runs approximately fifteen weeks each fall and spring semesters, and students over the age of 16 have the option of attending our five-week summer program.
The Einstein Enrichment Program Extension (EEPx) offers alumni of the Einstein Enrichment Program a continuation of services such as counseling, career assessments and test prep support including MCAT and GMAT prep. EEPx hosts a Pre-med Symposium & Reunion for EEP alumni in addition to a 6-week summer program for alumni currently pursuing undergraduate degrees, or recent undergraduate degree recipients who are continuing on a medical career track. The program consists of a medical science class, luncheon seminars, career counseling and over 96 hours of clinical or research site placements with distinguished faculty. All participants will develop an abstract and present a poster on a topic related to medical science at Einstein at the end of the program.
DSSROP gives college sophomores and juniors an opportunity to do biomedical research in a mentored program. DSSROP is a part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Program directed by Einstein’s Graduate Division in the Biomedical Sciences. The eight-week program consists of laboratory research, lectures by faculty, discussions on “hot topics,” and training in writing and oral presenting research work. Students conduct research under the direction of a faculty member. Research assignments will be made based upon availability of research opportunities and according to the mutual interests of the faculty sponsors and student participants.
Contact: Nilda I. Soto, MS-Ed,
HCOE SUMP is a six-week summer program for college sophomores through recent college graduates. Our goals are to motivate students to pursue careers in medicine, build confidence and foster working mentorship relationships. The program provides students with shadowing and mentorship opportunities with Montefiore and Einstein physicians, workshops, lectures and research experience.
Contact: Cara Stephenson-Hunter, Ph.d, M.S.
Monte-HOP is a summer program that promotes, educates and encourages rising college freshmen through rising college juniors to pursue careers in health fields. Students gain valuable knowledge and professional skills through interactive workshops, mentorship by physicians, observation of physician-patient interactions, lecture activities and independent learning.
Contact: Carol Whittaker
The Bronx Community Health Leaders is a mentoring, and community outreach groups run in conjunction with the Family Health Center of Montefiore Medical Center. Created in 2014, and entirely student led, BxCHL offers pre-health scholars the opportunity to volunteer in a multitude of community based clinical initiatives, provide and participate in near-peer and faculty mentoring, in addition to facilitating leadership and scholarly opportunities. BxCHL seeks to devise strategies that attract socially and economically disadvantaged scholars to pursue a career in medicine, and thus further promote the inclusion of underrepresented minorities in Primary Care.
Contact: Juan Robles, M.D.
Lynne M. Holden, M.D.
Senior Associate Dean, Diversity and Inclusion
Professor, Emergency Medicine
Belfer 410 718.430.3091 email@example.com
Reginald L. Hayes, M.Div
Assistant Dean of Outreach and Pathway Programs - Office of Diversity Enhancement
Director, Einstein Enrichment Program
Director, Diversity Student Summer Research Opportunity Program
Belfer 507 718.430.3331 718.430.2146 firstname.lastname@example.org
Monique J. Fortuné, Ed.M., M.Div.
Director, Student Success
Manager, Einstein Enrichment Program
Office of Diversity Enhancement
Belfer 407 718.430.4167 718.430.8841 email@example.com
Office of Diversity Enhancement
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
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