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Technical Standards

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The following details Einstein’s policy on technical standards for admission, retention, promotion and graduation.

As required by accrediting agencies and permitted by law, Albert Einstein College of Medicine has adopted technical standards (TS) that are to be applied to consideration of admission, matriculation, pursuit of the educational program, retention, promotion and graduation from Einstein.

Patient care activities are a sine qua non of clinical medical training. The obligation to render safe care to patients is, and must be, the priority in medical education and medical care. TS are developed to align the disability needs of any individual student with that priority. Certain chronic or recurring illnesses and problems that interfere with patient care or safety may be incompatible with medical training or practice. Should a candidate have a condition that would place patients or others at significant risk, that condition may be the basis for denial of admission/matriculation or for dismissal from the medical education program. Students unable to consistently and reliably satisfy the Einstein TS, despite opportunity for professional clinical assistance, are subject to reconsideration of their fitness to continue medical training and may be subject to proceedings and decisions as per the by-laws of the Committee on Student Promotions and Professional Standards (CSPPS).

Under the law, a school need not approve any proposed "accommodation" that may reasonably compromise patient health or safety. On this basis, "reasonable" accommodations, which might be widely accepted in other types of educational programs, may not be approved by Einstein or within other medical school programs at affiliated sites. The dependence of patients on the skills and capacities of medical trainees and practitioners warrants that medical training institutions interpret and apply the Rehabilitation Act (RA) and the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) differently than might other educational institutions. Accordingly, the Einstein TS do not allow for the ongoing use of intermediaries in the pursuit of a medical education at our institution.

The official Einstein policy document can be found here.