During his time at Einstein, David A. Schreiber, M.D. '03 gained an exceptional education and experience that prepared him for his career in psychiatry. He believes his experience led to the establishment of Compass Health Center, an organization dedicated to providing comprehensive, evidence-based, patient-focused psychiatric care outside of a hospital setting, where he has since made his professional home. Compass Health Center is also committed to ensuring the future of similar practices by investing in medical students.
“We recognize that financial challenges can be a barrier to achieving academic success, so we established the Compass Health Center Endowed Scholarship Fund with the hope of alleviating some of these financial pressures, allowing medical students to concentrate on their studies and ultimately contribute to the field of psychiatry, as I was able to do thanks to Einstein,” Dr. Schreiber says.
The funds have been matched, dollar for dollar, thanks to a gift from an anonymous donor. The Compass team credits the opportunity for matching funds as pivotal factor in their decision to establish this fund.
“We saw that for every dollar Compass Health Center donated, we could double our impact on students' lives. This match amplified the reach of our support, ensuring that we could extend financial aid to a greater number of medical students who are eager to pursue their passions but constrained by financial pressures.”
The Compass team, through their work, has seen the significant impact of patient-centered, comprehensive psychiatric care and hope that this scholarship will empower more individuals to join the medical field and contribute to improving mental healthcare, especially those who may otherwise have been deterred by financial constraints.
“By reducing the burden of student debt, we hope to enable graduates to make career decisions based on passion and service rather than financial limitations.”
Dr. Schreiber's transformative experience at Albert Einstein College of Medicine inspired the establishment of Compass Health Center and this scholarship. “Einstein instilled in me the values of service to humanity and the transformative power of education. The scholarship aims to pass these opportunities on to the next generation of medical students. Through this, we hope to enable more students to contribute significantly to the future of healthcare,” he says.