New EHHOP Leaders for 2017-2018!

Please join us in congratulating EHHOP Leadership for the upcoming 2017-2018 year! These individuals were selected from a very impressive pool of applicants, and we were inspired by all of those impassioned by EHHOP’s mission of providing care to the underserved of East Harlem. Check out the rest of the new student leaders at

Join EHHOP Leadership 2017-2018

Join us!

Application Due: February 1st, at 11:59 PM

 Why join?
Every year, EHHOP leadership undergoes a transition process in February and March that passes the important responsibility of continuing to deliver upwards of $50,000 worth of medication coverage, hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of free medical care, and invaluable educational, research, and advocacy projects on to a new cohort.
Come, join us. Be a part of something truly special. Here are just a few highlights from 2016:
  • 300+ unique patients served in > 1000 visits
  • 43 of these have multiple chronic diseases requiring intensive management (see our Chronic Care program)
  • > $6,000 disbursed directly to patients to cover travel expenses, urgent medications, labs, procedures, and to weather food insecurity crises.
  • New project initiated to collect patient stories in collaboration with multiple CBOs (e.g. NYLAG) to ethically use patient narratives to advocate for policies that benefit the uninsured of East Harlem.
Recent publications
Finally, at the very least, stay in touch with us via Facebook and Twitter.


Why become a phlebotomist? In my first three years of medical school, I had successfully drawn blood from another person’s arm a grand total of 3 times – 6 attempts. In just 2 Saturdays as an EHHOP Phlebotomist, I was 10 for 11 on venipunctures. Moreover, I went from trembling, unsure, and utterly mystified by venipuncture to smooth, fast, and confident. So, in short – for a low commitment and high yield experience, volunteer as a phlebotomist.

Quality Improvement Council Grand Rounds

Save the Date Feb 12th, 12pm

Dear Students and Faculty,

Please join us for Quality Improvement Council (QIC) Grand Rounds!

This year, three teams of 2nd year medical students have worked to improve care and efficiency at the East Harlem Health Outreach Partnership (EHHOP). Their projects have focused on medication costs, medication adherence, and diet/exercise goals. Now, it’s time to celebrate their accomplishments. It’s also an opportunity to learn about quality improvement and how to provide high-value care in a resource limited environment. Also, food will be provided.

WHAT: EHHOP Quality Improvement Grand Rounds
WHEN: February 12, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
WHERE: Annenberg 13-01

Please mark your calendars!


Robert Rifkin
EHHOP Research Coordinator 2015-2016

on behalf of:

Yasmin Meah, MD
David Thomas, MD
Brijen Shah, MD
and the 2015-2016 EHHOP Steering Committee

About the Quality Improvement Council (QIC): The QIC was formed in 2011 to provide a formalized platform for students to identify QI targets at EHHOP and develop Interventions to address these needs. Students work in teams of five for 10 months to conduct rigorous analyses of the problems facing EHHOP, propose systems-based solutions, and, finally, implement and test these solutions in clinic. The program has received critical acclaim, and was awarded the Best Education Innovation award in 2013 by the North East Group on Educational Affairs.

About EHHOP: EHHOP is Mount Sinai's student-run, attending precepted Saturday clinic that provides free care to uninsured residents of East Harlem. In the ten years since it first started, the clinic has expanded massively and now provides comprehensive medical services including ophthalmology services, OB/GYN care, social work, nutrition, and access to specialty referrals.

Robert A. Rifkin
MD/PhD Student | MP4
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai | 443-465-7867