Department of Medicine Mentoring for Medical Students
The Department of Medicine’s Firm System ensures that medical students receive personalized mentoring as they transition from the classroom to clinical settings as part of NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s MD curriculum.
During your clerkship year, you are assigned to one of nine “firms.” These are organized under the leadership of an experienced educator, known as the firm chief. These faculty mentors offer guidance on the roles and expectations of clerks, professionalism, stress management, and procedural skills during your Core Medicine Clerkship and Ambulatory Care Clerkship experiences. Firm chiefs also offer mentoring during the residency application process.
Firm chiefs direct the educational strategies of the Department of Medicine, sharing teaching ideas and coordinating changes in the curriculum with clerkship directors and undergraduate medical education leadership during the department’s monthly education council meetings.
The Firm System
Each of the groups in the Firm System is named in honor of a distinguished faculty member from the Department of Medicine. Learn about our past faculty members’ contributions to medicine and meet our firm chiefs.
Saul J. Farber Firm
The career of former professor, department chair, and dean Saul J. Farber, MD, at NYU Grossman School of Medicine spanned more than 35 years. A leader in internal medical and renal physiology, Dr. Farber also served as the president of the American College of Physicians, chaired the American Board of Internal Medicine and The New York Academy of Medicine, and helped author the New York Heart Association’s classification of the various stages of heart failure.
Firm chief: Martin L. Kahn, MD
Austin Flint Jr. Firm
Austin Flint Jr., MD, founded Bellevue Hospital Medical College in 1861, serving as professor of physiology and microscopic anatomy, as well as secretary and treasurer of the faculty. He contributed to the discovery of the glycogenic function of the liver.
Edward C. Franklin Firm
Edward C. Franklin, MD, served as a professor at NYU Grossman School of Medicine from the 1960s until his death in the early 1980s. Dr. Franklin’s contributions include changing the way scientists think about the synthesis and metabolism of various proteins—including amyloid—implicated in rheumatic diseases, cancer, and the process of aging. Franklin’s disease, a disorder related to abnormal immunoglobulin production in the lymphoid system, was named in honor of his pioneering work in immunology.
Firm chief: Jerome Lowenstein, MD
Ira Goldstein Firm
Internationally renowned rheumatologist Ira Goldstein, MD, served as an NYU Grossman School of Medicine faculty member in the 1970s and 1980s. Dr. Goldstein made important discoveries regarding how the body responds to inflammation and was the first to identify the connective tissue disorder systemic lupus erythematosus.
Linda Laubenstein Firm
A physician and early HIV/AIDS researcher, Linda Laubenstein, MD, was among the first doctors to recognize the illness in the early 1980s and coauthored an early article linking AIDS and Kaposi sarcoma. An outspoken activist, Dr. Laubenstein founded the nonprofit Multitasking to employ people with AIDS, who often lost their jobs, as contract office workers.
Firm chief: Michael LoCurcio, MD
H. Sherwood Lawrence Firm
Immunologist H. Sherwood Lawrence, MD, co-directed medical services at Bellevue Hospital and NYU hospitals from the 1960s to the 2000s, during which time he served as director of the cancer center and AIDS research. His research accomplishments include discovering transfer factor, a product of T lymphocytes that plays a key role in the body’s immune response, and identifying immune responses involved in the rejection of transplanted organs.
Firm chief: Anthony J. Grieco, MD
Bertha Rader Firm
Bertha Rader, MD, served as the chief of the Cardiac Clinic and head of the electrocardiography service at Bellevue Hospital. As a teaching attending during her tenure at Bellevue, she trained hundreds of medical students and house staff and served as a paragon of the physician–patient relationship.
Firm chief: Mitchell H. Charap, MD
Lewis Thomas Firm
Lewis Thomas, MD, served as dean of NYU Grossman School of Medicine and chair of medicine at Bellevue Hospital from 1966 to 1969. He is known for authoring the medical classic The Lives of a Cell and pioneering the field of experimental pathology.
Firm chief: Norma M. Keller, MD
Simon Karpatkin Firm
Simon Karpatkin, MD, served on the NYU Grossman School of Medicine faculty for 45 years and as the director of the Division of Hematology. Dr. Karpatkin made notable contributions to the science of blood coagulation and related disorders.
Firm chief: Charles E. Langs, MD
For more information on the Firm System and other mentorship opportunities for medical students, contact Karina Soto, program supervisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-263-6393.