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Einstein medical student Ilirjan Gjonbalaj and mom

EDITORS’ NOTE: We celebrate all of our graduates receiving their degrees on Thursday, May 24. But it’s always a special moment when someone from our Morris Park neighborhood completes their journey at Einstein. Today we present the story of one such student along with the support he found in the Bronx that led to his Read More

A recent post on the Facebook page of the Historical Society of Rockland County made me think of the genetics of butterflies…and about this medical school. The message, which was posted on March 2, 2018, noted that 50 years ago, the following article appeared in the Journal News, the county’s local newspaper: “The ‘Realm of Read More

Every person working in medicine has stories to tell, and sharing those stories is a great way to process grief or stress, celebrate triumphs, vent, move on or think more deeply. Occasionally, writing about an experience helps others facing a similar situation. True narratives of and reflections on medicine are now encouraged, honored, promoted—and sometimes required Read More

Academius founders (right to left) Mohammod Arafat, Dinesh Rai, Kevin Fernandes and the author

Few ventures in life result in simultaneous, definitive outcomes; medical school is one of them. On Match Day, virtually every fourth-year medical student in the United States—myself included—will discover where we will embark on the most rigorous portion of our medical training. This important day fuels countless hours of anxious information-gathering from online forums, desperation-driven Read More

I was saddened to read that Ben Barres, M.D., Ph.D., had died recently. His obituary in the New York Times is worth reading. Ben was a highly respected neuroscientist and chair of the department of neurobiology at Stanford from 2008 until last year, when he got sick. But he was also a highly effective spokesperson Read More

Recently, the library at Einstein, where I work as a medical librarian, experienced a momentary internet outage. In that instant everything seemed to stop in its tracks. Medical students preparing to take their STEP 1 Board exams couldn’t finish their web-based practice tests. Ph.D. candidates couldn’t download the journal articles they needed in preparation for Read More