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Handing baton from one person to another

Editors’ Note: An essay by Albert Einstein College of Medicine second-year medical student William Malouf, “Redefining Professionalism in an Era of Residency Work-Hour Limitations,” was recently named winner of the 2014 American Medical Association Journal of Ethics’ John Conley Ethics Essay Contest. The following is an excerpt adapted from the complete essay. The viewpoints expressed in Read More

Med students studying together in a library

My route to medical school was fraught with arguments against going: “You won’t have time to enjoy life,” “You’ll be in debt” and, possibly the most alarming, “You know that 50 percent of physicians are burned out, right?” Bombarded with such discouraging thoughts and potentially bleak prospects, I have often questioned what drove me to Read More

Dr. Kalpana Lab Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Editors' Note: A recent study that appears in the journal Academic Medicine proposes a new way to rank medical schools. If this methodology were formally adopted, Albert Einstein College of Medicine would place in the top 10 percent of all U.S. medical schools. Besides educating the next generation of doctors, Einstein strongly values basic science Read More

Drug syringe and heroin

Over the last decade, opioid use, addiction, and overdose have been dramatically increasing. While much of this increase in opioid use has been driven by increases in the use of prescription opioids such as Vicodin and Percocet, heroin use also has increased.  As a result, deaths attributed to heroin jumped 39 percent from 2012 to Read More

Ebola Virus

Editors’ Note: The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that as of February 11, 2015, more than 10,000 people have died from Ebola, nearly all of them in the West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, and a small number in Nigeria.  In December, the WHO dispatched a response team to the Kono District, a Read More


No one else I encountered during my third year of medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine struck me quite like this patient. He was propped up in the hospital bed, gasping impossibly for air, with not a hint of relief in sight. A harrowing whistle of pain escaped his lips and wove its Read More