Experiential learning is at the center of all programs offered by the Gitenstein Institute. An innovative course, team-taught by a law professor and a medical doctor, brings law students to a local hospital where they join teams of medical students on clinical rounds. The program takes place in the department of pediatrics at the Nassau University Medical Center. Law and medical students also participate in a seminar together to consider the value of a multidisciplinary approach to patient care.
Based on models developed in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, the Gitenstein Institute, in collaboration with the Nassau University Medical Center, has begun a project focusing on end-of-life planning. Research indicates that advance care planning can increase quality of care, reduce costs and help avoid unnecessary court proceedings. The Gitenstein Institute, the Hofstra Bioethics Center and the Nassau University Medical Center are working with one of the clinics at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University to design a similar program in Nassau County on Long Island. Students are involved from the ground up as they work with a faculty supervisor to develop and implement the program.