Yeshiva University-Founded Medical School Goes Tuition-Free Thanks to a $1 Billion Gift by Jewish Professor

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    Dr. Ruth Gottesman. (Albert Einstein College of Medicine)

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City medical school will be tuition-free for all students from now on thanks to a $1 billion donation from a former professor, the widow of a Wall Street investor.

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    Ruth Gottesman announced the gift and its purpose to students and faculty at Albert Einstein College of Medicine Monday, bringing some in the audience to tears and others to their feet, cheering. Gottesman, 93, has been affiliated with the college for 55 years and is the chairperson of its board of trustees.

    The gift is intended to attract a diverse pool of applicants who otherwise might not have the means to attend. It will also let students graduate without debt that can take decades to repay, college administrators said. Tuition at Einstein is $59,458 per year. The average medical school debt in the U.S. is $202,453, excluding undergraduate debt, according to the Education Data Initiative.

    “Each year, well over 100 students enter Albert Einstein College of Medicine in their quest for degrees in medicine and science,” Gottesman said. “They leave as superbly trained scientists and compassionate and knowledgeable physicians, with the expertise to find new ways to prevent diseases and provide the finest health care.”

    Gottesman credited her late husband, David “Sandy” Gottesman for leaving her with the financial means to make such a donation. David Gottesman built the Wall Street investment house, First Manhattan, and was on the board of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway. He died in 2022 at age 96.

    “l feel blessed to be given the great privilege of making this gift to such a worthy cause,” Ruth Gottesman said.

    The gift is believed to be the largest made to any medical school in the country, according to Montefiore Einstein, the umbrella organization for Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Montefiore Health System.

    “I believe we can change healthcare history when we recognize that access is the path to excellence,” said Dr. Philip Ozuah, president and chief executive of Montefiore Einstein.

    Gottesman joined Einstein’s Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center in 1968 and developed screening and treatments for learning problems. She started the first-of-its-kind Adult Literacy Program at the center in 1992, and in 1998 was named the founding director of the Emily Fisher Landau Center for the Treatment of Learning Disabilities at CERC. She is clinical professor emerita of pediatrics at Einstein.

    Through their foundation, the Gottesman Fund, the family has supported charities in Israel and within the U.S. Jewish community, especially through gifts to schools, universities and New York City’s American Museum of Natural History.

    Einstein becomes the second tuition-free medical school in New York. In 2018, New York University School of Medicine announced that it would cover the tuition of all its students.


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    Ari
    Ari
    1 month ago

    Better than Harvard…I guess.

    mee hoo ze
    mee hoo ze
    1 month ago

    Let’s hope the students who start coming to the school really apply themselves to their studies and we can have good doctors. There can always be those who just come for “fun” and don’t work hard because it is free.
    Not to take away from the goodness of the donation.

    oberchuchem
    oberchuchem
    1 month ago

    I think this is great for those who are poor but study very hard and get good grades.

    Secular
    Secular
    1 month ago

    “The gift is intended to attract a diverse pool of applicants who otherwise might not have the means to attend.“

    Sounds like DEI hard at work

    Wilbur
    Wilbur
    1 month ago

    People who work hard for their money usually apply themselves more and appreciate what they have because they worked hard. I hope this gift doesn’t detract from the diligence needed to be a real success.
    לא יגעתי ומצאתי אל תאמין

    Chaimel
    Chaimel
    1 month ago

    Most of the students aren’t Jewish, only a small percentage are Orthodox. It’s amazing how secular affluent Jews rarely give any funds for Yeshivos or Orthodox organizations, when we are the future of the Jewish people. Every other group is disappearing through a low birthrate & intermarriage.

    Be- n here and there
    Be- n here and there
    1 month ago

    Sad, she looks like such a fine and noble lady. Devoid though, most likely of any Torah’dika hashkofos or connections to real Yiddishkeit. And at her age, surely, a few significant donations to Yeshivas, etc. would have been so much more meaningful and to her benefit. What a churban! Anyhow, ALL IS MIN HASHOMAYIM. She also, is a gilgul. Imagine what could have been done, chesed, tzedaka, etc, help to almonos and yesomim, haknoses kalla, etc etcl – with so much money. Now, it all goes to the reiches.

    Conservative Carl
    Conservative Carl
    1 month ago

    While this might be motivated by comp***ion and goodness, I think there are still people who are more in need than those who are pursuing a high paying career.

    Yenta peddlers
    Yenta peddlers
    1 month ago

    Are the students Woke radicals ? Antisemites ? She could have done so , so much better with this heavy money.

    Tshuva
    Tshuva
    1 month ago

    What she would have if she gave to to Torah institutes. Ahhhh sold short her Olam Haba.

    triumphinwhitehouse
    triumphinwhitehouse
    1 month ago

    what a waste