M.D. Program

Service-Learning at Einstein

At the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, one of our missions is to provide our students with opportunities to foster meaningful connections and collaboration with the Bronx community. In alignment with this mission, the 2022-23 academic year will be the inaugural year for Einstein’s longitudinal Service-Learning Course.

In this course, students will learn about the needs and strengths of the Bronx and other local communities by pairing active community service with critical reflection and a dedicated curriculum imparting the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for successful community engagement.

Students will:

  1. partner with community-based organizations (CBOs) to engage in meaningful service that meets the community’s identified needs and has reciprocal benefits to the student and the community served.
  2. have structured time to prepare for, reflect on, and connect the service experience to professional competencies such as cultural humility, professionalism, inter- and intra-professional communication, teamwork, ethical engagement, and civic responsibility.
  3. have opportunities to interleave service-learning with other educational and clinical experiences across the medical school curriculum to appreciate social determinants of health and provide culturally competent and holistic patient care.

In addition to curricular service-learning, students will also have many extracurricular opportunities to engage with the local community. The Service-Learning program will serve as a clearinghouse for information, guidance, and support to provide students with opportunities to engage with the Bronx community and to have an impact on health and social-justice. Students will learn, share, and nurture the skills needed for their roles as future physicians, physician-scientists, and compassionate professionals working in our ever-expanding communities in the Bronx, across the country, and abroad.

Our Team



Cara Stephenson-Hunter, PhD
Co-Director, Service-Learning Course
Director, Medical Student Service-Learning and Community Engagement



Lauren Roth, MD
Co-Director, Service-Learning Course



Heather Archer-Dyer, MPH
Program Director, Extracurricular
Community-Based Service-Learning

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