Serving the Community
Jacobi Kids is an official Student Activity at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Established in 2011, this popular program brings Einstein medical students to play and interact with hospitalized children in the evenings and on weekends, when the playroom is closed. Each student is trained by our Director of Child Life, who remains in contact with students during their volunteer shifts. In addition, students check in with our residents and the charge nurse to find out which patients are most in need of a visit. Children and parents have expressed gratitude and appreciation for the tremendous service provided by these students, and residents also enjoy having the students contribute in this way during the evenings and on weekends.
Residents in our program take an active role in the performance improvement process and meet periodically to review hospital procedures; these activities provide residents skills they will use in their future careers and give them an important role in enhancing patient safety. Along these lines, housestaff participate in the department's "Resident Gripes" program. Through this program, residents report mistakes that occurred but did not result in patient harm ("near- misses") or identify systems that can be improved. The "Gripes" program was cited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education as a "best practice" for residency training.