Einstein Community Health Outreach

Premedical Students


The ECHO Pre-Health Summer Program 2021 Application is CLOSED.    


Located in the South Bronx, ECHO is the first student-organized clinic that opened in the New York metropolitan area. Since then, ECHO has been committed to serving uninsured patients from the Tri-State Area. Our mission is to provide free primary care for people who lack health insurance or cannot afford insurance and healthcare. Operated by the Institute for Family Health and coordinated by the medical students of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, ECHO provides routine medical exams, social services, counseling, as well as referral services. 

Due to COVID-19 and out of an abundance of caution, the 2021 ECHO Pre-Health summer program will be conducted virtually. Volunteering at the ECHO clinic will occur during 8 weeks of Saturday sessions, from June 12 - July 31. On these Saturdays, pre-health participants will serve virtual roles at the ECHO clinic, including patient advocate, interpreter, back desk volunteer and more. Additionally, on one day each week the program will incorporate interactive Zoom workshops that include presentations and activities. Community doctors, medical students, allied health professionals, and others involved with the ECHO clinic will be presenting and facilitating the workshops. Dates of the Zoom sessions will be decided based upon participant availability. Themes include: 

  • Our Bronx Community: Who Are Our Patients? 
  • Daily Clinic Flow and Operations 
  • Common Comorbidities 
  • Women's Health and Contraception Counseling 
  • Taking Care of Undocumented and Uninsured Patients 
  • And more!  
There is an orientation session at the beginning of the summer, along with training sessions for the virtual
volunteering roles held during the second week of June. Attendance is mandatory. No exceptions.
In-person volunteering opportunities at the ECHO clinic may be made available to students in the 2021 ECHO Pre-Health Program depending upon continuous evaluation of the coronavirus pandemic in New York. Historically, our pre-health program provided the opportunity for pre-medical and pre-health students to help run the administrative side of the clinic. Pre-health students rotated through various volunteer positions including patient registration, health education, translation, research, clinical shadowing, and interpreting (if applicable): 
  • Patient advocates are paired with patients and guide them through their entire visit. They escort patients to various stations (exam room, blood draw, social work, referrals) while providing health education during downtime. 
  • Front desk volunteers participate in the administrative side of the clinic. They greet patients when they first walk through the door and guide them through the registration process. Front desk volunteers ensure that all appropriate paperwork and lab results are linked to the patient's chart in our electronic medical record. They also call patients who missed their appointments to help them reschedule. 
  • Research volunteers participate in clinic quality improvement projects by compiling data from the electronic medical record. This information is used to determine the current state of patient care at ECHO and how it can be improved. When coming into clinic in the research role, volunteers also help with patient triage by measuring vitals when patients first arrive at clinic. 
  • Interpreters are volunteers who interpret conversations between students or physicians and patients who do not speak English. A large percentage of ECHO's patient population is Spanish-speaking, so the majority of our interpreters are Spanish interpreters. 
Saturdays at the ECHO Clinic begin when we meet at the clinic at 8:15. We open at 8:30 AM and register patients until noon. The day's work is generally completed by 3 or 4 PM depending on the number of volunteers and the volume of patients.



For questions about the ECHO Pre-Health Summer Program, email our Pre-Health Coordinator.

ECHO Clinic

1894 Walton Avenue
Bronx, NY 10453

Telephone: 718.583.3060

Schedule an appointment, call 1.800.836.1316

For general questions, email our project director.




Support the ECHO Center 

To make a non-monetary donation of goods or services to further the mission of ECHO, please contact us at echofundraising@gmail.com.

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