Einstein Fellowship Integrates Legal, Clinical Expertise

Some of the most innovative clinical training at Einstein–and in the country–doesn’t involve white coats.

The Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program, administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (HRSA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, funds  fellowship positions in an array of allied health professions at YU’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC). For more than 40 years, LEND has provided graduate-level, interdisciplinary leadership training to improve the health of children with or at risk of neurodevelopmental and related disabilities at 43 sites in the 37 states. This hands-on training is typically undertaken by psychologists, physical therapists, social workers and other clinicians who work with children and adults with disabilities.

With the help of the LEND fellowship at the Rose F. Kennedy University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, that multidisciplinary mix also includes law students.

Einstein’s LEND legal fellowship is believed to be the first ongoing fellowship for law students in the country and permits those from Einstein’s sister school, the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University, to learn from the LEND program’s diverse range of clinicians, and vice versa.

“Their eyes are opened,” said Dr. Robert Marion, one of the creators of the fellowship who is director of CERC and holds the Ruth L. Gottesman Chair in Developmental Pediatrics. “Students in medicine and other fields usually have no concept of the legal issues in developmental disabilities. This is really synergistic for everyone in our program.” Read the full article at Einstein News