How to contact Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center to set up you medical student electives:

Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center

710 West 168th Street, New York, NY 10032

Well known for its transplant program and its neurology department.  There is a busy ER.  It is a level 2 trauma center which can be upgraded to level 1 if necessary, but tends to concentrate on acute medical emergencies.  St. Luke’s Roosevelt and Harlem hospitals are the level 1 trauma centers.

Many people in the are speak only Spanish so a knowledge of this language is a great help.

At the time of writing, Columbia University did not cover for malpractice insurance, hence hands on experience has been limited for some.  However, the teaching is excellent with the opportunity to do research.  The ER has long 12-hour shifts and students get to clerk their own patients.  They are pretty flexible though about when you work.  The center also has an Urban Medicine and Immigrant Health Care program.  They run medical clinics for the homeless and provide palliative care.  Write to the Dean (Office of Student Affairs, College of Physicians and Surgeons, 630 West 168th Street, New York, NY 10032) if you’re interested.

For Accommodation contact the accommodation Office (Health Sciences Block, 50 Haven Avenue, New York, NY).  The Bard Hall is a hall for science students and is pretty basic.  You need to bring your own sheets.  It costs between $270-$500 a month.  There’s a gym on site and a phone in your room.  It’s not the nicest area of town, but you’ll be close to the subway.