Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s newest MD students began their medical school journey in the Bronx in mid-August with a packed schedule of orientation activities, including tours of the Bronx; lessons on implicit bias; and reminders about the importance of serving marginalized communities, the value of scientific inquiry, and the need to remain lifelong learners.
The weeklong orientation introduced the 183 members of the Class of 2026 to each other and to Einstein’s leadership. The students also learned about campus life, health and wellness resources, and volunteer opportunities. Classes for first-year students began on Monday, August 15.
Alumni Welcome Students with White Coats
At the annual On Becoming a Physician ceremony on August 10, family members and friends gathered in Robbins Auditorium for the students’ formal investiture into medicine. It was the first time since 2019 that students were able to walk across the stage to receive their white coats from alumni. (The 2020 ceremony was online, and the 2021 ceremony was held outdoors with limited guests due to the COVID-19 pandemic.)
Welcoming remarks were delivered by Philip O. Ozuah, MD, PhD, President and CEO, Montefiore Medicine, who reminded the students of the “gravity of the vocation” and the humility required from those who are called to study and practice medicine. “We’re proud to have you bear our name,” said Dr. Ozuah.
Gordon F. Tomaselli, MD ’82, the Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Dean at Einstein, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Montefiore Medicine, also welcomed the students and their families to the event, explaining that it was “more than a simple rite of passage.” He explained that the white coat is “a symbol of an oath that you take to put the best interest of your patients and your profession first. This requires a commitment to excellence and mastery of the art, science and humanity of medicine.”
Joshua D. Nosanchuk, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education, Professor of Medicine and of Microbiology & Immunology, and Infectious Disease Specialist, Montefiore Einstein, said students will have “complex and remarkably impactful experiences at Einstein,” and he encouraged them to regularly reflect on their future roles as clinician, educator and investigator.