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Albert Einstein College of Medicine


For the engineering company, see AECOM

The Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM) is a graduate school of Yeshiva University. It is a private medical school located in the Jack and Pearl Resnick Campus of Yeshiva University in the Morris Park neighborhood of the borough of the Bronx of New York City. AECOM also offers graduate biomedical degrees through the Sue Golding Graduate Division.



Albert Einstein agreed to attach his name to the medical school on his 74th birthday, March 14, 1953. His agreement was only given after the school agreed to write into its bylaws that admission would not be based upon race, religion, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran or disabled veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or citizenship status.

The first classes began September 12, 1955 and had a total of 56 students. At the time, it was the first medical school to be erected within New York City since 1897. Currently, the medical school matriculates approximately 180 students per year.

In addition to the medical school, AECOM conducts research in basic biomedical science; beginning in the 1960s and 1970, the Sue Golding Graduate Division (established 1957) was a biomedical research institute in the United States. There are more than 200 faculty performing biomedical research with an enrollment of nearly 400 graduate students. The school receives more than $170 million annually in peer-reviewed grants from the National Institutes of Health.


The school offers M.D. and Ph.D degrees and has a Medical Scientist Training Program [1] that awards a combined M.D./Ph.D. degree. Students pursuing the Ph.D[2] or M.D./Ph.D. degree are offered full tuition remission and a stipend of $26,000. At any given time there are approximately 750 medical students (of which about 110 are pursuing a combined M.D./Ph.D.) and 375 Ph.D. students. This makes it one of the largest medical schools in the country. The school is known for its medical community promoting awareness, and humanism in social, ethical, and medical realms through its hospital affiliations, free ECHO health clinic [3], and Bronx community health fairs.

AECOM also has three Clinical Programs

-The Division of Substance Abuse (DoSA) which is the largest addiction treatment program in Bronx County, second largest public treatment program in New York State, and largest in the world operating under the auspices of a medical school. Serving over 3600 persons, with primary residence or work site in The Bronx, the Division provides comprehensive opioid addiction treatment at nine (9) community-based outpatient facilities located throughout the borough, as well as ambulatory services for all substances of abuse at the Division’s Chemical Dependency Wellness Services program located in North and South Bronx facilities. The Division’s continuum of care includes:

1) Addiction screening, assessment and diagnosis. 2) Primary health care and behavioral health care. 3) Medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction, including methadone and buprenorphine. 4) Medically supervised ambulatory chemical dependency wellness services to treat opioid drugs, cocaine, crystal meth, and other abused substances. 5) HIV and Hepatitis C testing, primary care and case management. 6) Vaccinations for Hepatitis A and B 7) Directly observed preventive therapy for tuberculosis 8) Specialized case management services for women and families, including prenatal and gynecological care. 9) Intensive vocational services that promote self-sufficiency.

-Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center

-Sound View Throgs Neck Community Mental Health Center


The Albert Einstein College of Medicine is affiliated with six hospitals: Montefiore Medical Center, Jack D. Weiler Hospital [4] (a division of Montefiore Medical Center), Jacobi Medical Center, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital [5] in the Bronx, Beth Israel Medical Center in downtown Manhattan and Long Island Jewish Medical Center on Long Island. Through its affiliation network, AECOM runs the largest post-graduate medical training program in the US, offering some 150 residency programs to more than 2,500 physicians in training. The AECOM Department of Family and Social Medicine (DFSM) offers the Residency Program in Social Medicine (RPSM, est. 1970), created to address the shortage of primary care clinicians trained to work in underserved communities. [6]

The Center for Ethics at Yeshiva University and the Institute for Public Health Sciences are affiliated with the medical school.

The David Samuel Gottesman Library [7] serves the needs of the AECOM community. (The library is open Sunday through Friday; it is closed in observance of the Sabbath on Saturdays.) In June 2006, the library embarked on a year-long renovation project of its main floor. [8]


The Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Dean

  • Allen M. Spiegel, M.D (June 1, 2006-present)
  • Dominick P. Purpura, M.D (1984-2006)(his 22 years as Dean are a record for the head of a medical school)[9]

Buildings and Landmarks of Jack and Pearl Resnick Campus


  • The Arthur B. and Diane Belfer Educational Center for Health Sciences (1972) is the school's main educational building and houses the 1st year medical students' lecture hall (Riklis Auditorium) along with instructional labs and various conference rooms. The administrative offices are also located here.
  • The Leo Forchheimer Medical Sciences Building (1953) is the school's first building. It contains the Robbins auditorium (the 2nd year medical student lecture hall), Max and Sadie lounge, various biological research labs and anatomy labs, and other lecture rooms for graduate courses. In 2007, the building caught on fire twice, severely disrupting classes and research.
  • Ullmann Research Center for Health Sciences (1964).
  • The Irwin B. and Sylvia Chanin Institute for Cancer Research (1978) is devoted exclusively to basic investigations into malignant processes.
  • Mazer Building contains, among other things, the Lubin Student Center, which is the school's Kosher dining hall.
  • Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center
  • The Samuel H. and Rachel Golding Building (1996) is a 10-story biomedical research facility that is an addition to the original Forchheimer building.
  •   Falk Recreation Center
  • Morris Park Avenue bisects the campus, separating the academic and research buildings from the residential buildings and new construction. It is infamous for nearly picking off the wayward medical student or faculty member.
  • The Eastchester Road Residence Complex, comprising three 28 story apartment buildings, provides housing to students, post-doctoral fellows, and their families.
  • The Rhinelander Hall Residence Complex houses mostly post docs and the occasional med student.
  • The Jack D. Weiler Hospital of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the eastern campus of Montefiore Medical Center, is the teaching hospital for the college
  • The Rose F. Kennedy Center for Research in Mental Retardation and Human Development lies on the adjacent campus of the Bronx Municipal Hospital Center (Jacobi Medical Center).
  • The Michael F. Price Center for Genetic and Translational Medicine is a new $200 million research building under construction. It is 201,000 square feet and will house 40 new laboratories.


Albert Einstein College of Medicine has a variety of departments working in the fields of academic medicine and basic science. A Ph.D. or an M.D./Ph.D [10] degree can be pursued in biomedical sciences in any of the following departments [11]:

  • Anatomy and Structural Biology[12]
  • Biochemistry[13]
  • Cell Biology[14]
  • Clinical Investigations [15]
  • Developmental and Molecular Biology[16]
  • Molecular Pharmacology[17]
  • Molecular Genetics[18]
  • Microbiology and Immunology[19]
  • Neuroscience[20]
  • Pathology[21]
  • Physiology and Biophysics[22]

Notable Alumni

  • Jonathan Zizmor (M.D., Class of 1969), is a dermatologist and renowned personality amongst New York City subway riders
  • Stephen G. Waxman (M.D., Class of 1972), an eminent scholar of spinal cord injury and neuroregeneration [23].
  • Howard Dean (M.D., Class of 1978), a former Vermont governor and 2004 presidential candidate. Currently the chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
  • Ronald Hoffman (M.D., Class of 1983), a champion of holistic medicine, an author and a radio talk show host [24].
  • Harold Alan Pincus (M.D., Class of 1975) Professor, Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University and Director of Quality and Outcomes Research at New York Presbyterian Hospital. [25]
  • Bruce E. Wexler (M.D., Class of 1973), Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University and published author. [26]
  • Joan Heller Brown (Ph.D. 1973), Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacology at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. She is an Established Investigator of the American Heart Association, has chaired the Gordon Conference on Molecular Pharmacology, and is currently Editor of Molecular Pharmacology. [27]
  • Lawrence Zipursky (Ph.D. 1981), is Professor and a Howard Hughes Investigator in the Department of Biological Chemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has received the Sloan Fellowship, the Searle Scholar Award, and the McKnight Scholar Award. [28]
  • Lucy Shapiro (Ph.D. 1966), has been Professor and Chair of Developmental Biology at Stanford University School of Medicine since 1989, where she is the director of the Beckman Center, and also holds the Daniel K. Ludwig Chair. [29]
  • Karen Hopkin (Ph.D. 1992), is a professional science journalist who has written for Science, The Scientist, Scientific American, Journal of NIH Research and is co-author of second edition of "Essential Cell Biology"
  • Sankar Ghosh (Ph.D. 1988), is a Professor of Immunobiology, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, and Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology, and researcher working at Yale University.


  • Enrollment 2002: Including postgraduate students, enrollment in 2002 was more than 800 students.
  • Enrollment 2004: Including 730 medical students, enrollment in 2004 was more than 810 students.
  • In 2004, Moody's upgraded Yeshiva University's bond rating from Aa3 to Aa2, facilitating construction of a biomedical research facility.
  • In the fall of 2005, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine celebrated its 50th anniversary.

See also

  • Medical education in the United States
  • Albert Einstein
  • Bronx
  • Yeshiva University
  • Montefiore Medical Center
  • Jacobi Medical Center
  • Morris Park
  • Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Beth Israel Medical Center
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