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Einstein Achieves Independent Degree-Granting Authority

More than six decades after it first opened its doors, Einstein is now an independent academic institution, with the authority to confer its own medical and graduate degrees. This achievement, announced in March 2019, had been set in motion more than three years ago, when Yeshiva University entered into a strategic joint collaboration with its longtime Einstein affiliate, Montefiore.

“This is a truly momentous event in Einstein’s history,” states Gordon F. Tomaselli, M.D., the Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Dean at Einstein and executive vice president and chief academic officer at Montefiore Medicine. “It gives us the best of all worlds—allowing Einstein to further partner with our longtime clinical and research partner, Montefiore, tapping into a health system that is a national model for innovation, and elevating Einstein’s ability to conduct impactful research and train the next generation of outstanding physicians and scientists, while maintaining our long-standing and deep affiliation with our academic partner, Yeshiva University.”

Albert Einstein College of Medicine graduates.

“Einstein is entering a new era,” says Steven M. Safyer, M.D., CEO of Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a graduate of Einstein. “Our commitment to innovation and excellence, providing healthcare where and when people need it most, is a key component to establishing Montefiore as a leading integrated health system. This announcement also paves the way for Einstein and Montefiore to build upon and expand their joint efforts, while pursuing novel approaches to science and medicine that benefit humanity.”

Dr. Ari Berman, president of Yeshiva University, expresses enthusiasm about the transition. “Einstein continues to be an important affiliate of Yeshiva University and a shining example of our commitment to preparing students with the knowledge and tools to have a meaningful and positive impact on the world.”

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