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fter two years in the lecture hall, library and laboratory, and a week of orientation activities, the Class of 2013 was eager to begin their clinical years and clerkships. A highlight of third-year orientation week at the end of June was the Student Clinician's Ceremony, a program of the Gold Humanism Honor Society designed to provide guidance, information and support as medical students transition into their clinical years. It aims to address some of the anxiety felt by

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students entering their clerkships and underscores the challenges and imperatives to providing humanistic care to patients at the same time as they are pressed to demonstrate high standards of skill performance. The ceremony also included presentation of the Gold Foundation's Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Awards to six residents selected by the outgoing third-year class for exhibiting strong teaching skills and being role models for compassionate, relationship-centered care.

New York Medical College Office of Public Relations Tel: (914) 594-4536, Fax: (914) 594-4541 Donna E. Moriarty, M.P.H. '04 Associate Vice President, Communications Lori-Ann Perrault, Public Information Editor Kevin R. Cummings, M.P.S., M.P.H. '00, Director of Web Communications Contributor: Kimberly Gaudin de Gonzalez InTouch is published ten times a year by the Office of Public Relations at New York Medical College. It is distributed to the College community, including students, faculty, staff, affiliated hospital sites and the Board of Trustees, among others. It has a circulation of 3,500.

Jennifer L. Koestler, M.D., left, associate dean for medical education, and fourth-year medical student Meredith McFarland, right, congratulated Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award recipient, Susan Samaniego, M.D., a fourth-year general surgery resident at Westchester Medical Center and Metropolitan Hospital Center.

Members of the Class of 2013 recited the student oath to reaffirm their values of relationship-centered, compassionate and professional care.

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Volume Seventeen | Number Six July 2011

Class of 2011 bids farewell to NYMC

Future physicians stood ready and waiting for the processional. (photo by Roy Groething)

HIGHLIGHTS

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Four rising fourth-years earn highly coveted fellowships

Class of 2011 Commencement coverage

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rossing the grand stage of Carnegie Hall to receive their diplomas will always be a fond memory for the Class of 2011. But what they will treasure most will be the memories of the time they spent with their classmates as they pursued their degrees and dreams. At New York Medical College's 152nd Commencement exercises on May 24, the university awarded 199 doctor of medicine (M.D.) degrees, 28 doctor of physical therapy (D.P.T.) degrees, 5 doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees, 62 master of science (M.S.) degrees, 96 master of public health (M.P.H.) degrees and 3 doctor of public health (Dr.P.H.) degrees to the Class of 2011. At 5 p.m. sharp, the pomp and circumstance began with mace bearer Catharine Crea, associate dean for research administration, leading the processional into the hall filled with excited families and friends of the graduates and special guests. Presiding over the ceremony was grand marshal Richard G. McCarrick, M.D., vice dean for graduate medical education and affiliations. Before the awarding of degrees, student greetings were offered by Michael G. Platt, Class of 2011, and the Commencement address was given by Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., president and chief executive officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), who received an honorary doctor of science degree. Dr. Kirch, who writes and speaks frequently on health reform issues related to the implementation of

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the Affordable Care Act, implored the graduates to take action. "Our long day's journey into health care reform is far from over. Numerous challenges--and even opportunities--await," he said. "By overcoming the decades-long hurdle of not being able to do something about health care, we now are better positioned to take on the many complex issues that have beleaguered us for so long. In my view, just as we have a moral imperative to provide Americans basic health insurance, we have an innovation imperative to finally make our health care system work for everyone." He continued, "You should bask in the glory of this special day. But I hope you also will take time to remember the professional legacy you now inherit, and the ethical obligations that come with it. I hope you will do three very important things: Cherish those precious, indelible memories formed in your years here. Cling tenaciously to the bedrock of professional values of compassion, integrity and service that lie at the heart of the Hippocratic tradition. And please find the courage to join your generation with mine in addressing this fundamental imbalance in our ethics, and take on the lack of fairness in our health care system. Despite all our knowledge and skills, we should make each other a promise today that we will never lose the sense of doing good and creating a better society that brought each of us to our careers in the first place."

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Family Medicine Interest Group recognized for hard work and dedication

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HONORS & APPOINTMENTS

Accolades

Monae L. Johnson, M.P.H., M.B.S., a doctoral candidate in the School of Health Sciences and Practice, was one of three recipients of the 2011 Emerging Healthcare Leaders Scholarship sponsored by the Healthcare Leaders of New York, an official local chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives. The scholarship is awarded to undergraduate and graduate students who are currently enrolled in studies related to healthcare management and administration, health systems management, policy/public administration or hospital administration. Awardees must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and must distinguish themselves through academic studies, community involvement and a written vision statement to become a future healthcare leader. Gary M. Williams, M.D., professor of pathology and professor of clinical public health, was invited to participate as a breakout group leader at the "Workshop on the Threshold of Toxicological Concern: Scientific Challenges and Approaches," sponsored by the International Life Sciences Institute, European Branch, held in Brussels in June.

Four rising fourth-years earn highly coveted fellowships

our students from the School of Medicine were selected to participate in the competitive Doris Duke Research Fellowship program. The fellowship provides financial support for one year of full-time clinical research training at one of 12 hosting medical schools to encourage medical students to pursue careers in clinical research. Fellows receive a stipend of $28,000 to conduct clinical research under the mentorship of an established medical investigator. To date, the program has supported a total of 837 fellows. Jason Redman and Catherina Pinnaro will go to the University of Iowa for their fellowships. William Berg will serve his fellowship at Columbia University and Vasu Tumati will conduct research at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Jason Redman will work with George Weiner, M.D., director of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Institute at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Mr. Redman's work focuses on understanding the immunology behind lymphomas and looks at incorporating nanotechnology into new therapeutic approaches. Mr. Redman has been interested in hematology and oncology since high school, when he shadowed oncologists and gained an appreciation for the special role they play in the lives of patients with cancer. At the College he worked in the lab of Frank Traganos, Ph.D., professor of pathology, studying tobacco smoke-induced DNA damage.

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"The fellowship is a great way to explore my clinical and research interests," said Mr. Redman. Catherina Pinnaro will be working in the laboratories of Jeff Murray, M.D., Ph.D., in the Department of Neonatology and Molecular Genetics and Kristi Borowski, M.D., in the Department of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. In Dr. Murray's lab, she will seek to identify genes that are associated with pre-term birth by the integration of genome-wide whole exon sequencing, coupled with genome-wide linkage and genome-wide associated data. Working with Dr. Borowski, Ms. Pinnaro will be investigating both genetic and environmental causes of falsenegative results of newborn screening tests for inborn errors of metabolism. "I initially became interested in genetics and molecular biology while working at the Center for Aquatic Conservation at the University of Notre Dame. I worked on a project, `Protecting the Great Lakes: Genetic Screening to Detect Invasive Species,'" said Ms. Pinnaro. "The experience allowed me to appreciate the vast applications of genetic analysis." At Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, William Berg will be working under the guidance of Ketan Badani, M.D., director of robotic surgery at New YorkPresbyterian Hospital. His research will focus on the field of urology and will encompass both clinical trials of treatment modalities and research on urologic oncology outcomes. "This fellowship is a wonderful opportunity for me. I'm looking forward to establishing the foundation necessary to continue top-notch research throughout my career. My hope is that I will gain the skills to make a significant contribution to medicine and our society," said Mr. Berg. At the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Vasu Tumati will work in the Department of Radiation Oncology. His main research project will be studying small molecule inhibitors as radiation sensitizing agents in non-small cell lung cancer. "The fellowship represents an opportunity to expand my research skill set," he said. "I've spent most of my time doing basic science and translational research so it will be nice to get away from the bench and do some clinical work. I plan on staying in academic medicine, so this fellowship is a great way to get my foot in the door and really learn what it will take to be a successful clinician-scientist."

These Doris Duke Research fellows were on campus just before heading off to sites around the country to complete their research. Clockwise from top left: William Berg, Catherina Pinnaro, Jason Redman and Vasu Tumati.

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HONORS & APPOINTMENTS

SHSP student tackles global issues during U.S. Department of State fellowship

Ms. West's fellowship is fulfilling her internship requirement. "These internships typically make use of the rich academic and practice environment offered by New York Medical College, its hospital and county health department affiliates, or other healthrelated organizations," said Deborah Viola, Ph.D., associate professor and associate director in the doctoral program of the Department of Health Policy and Management, who serves as Ms. West's mentor. "Ana's enthusiasm and diligence provided her a unique opportunity that has not only benefited her, but certainly has reflected well on our program. We are so proud of her accomplishments."

Ana West hopes her fellowship experience will help her land a post-graduation job with UNICEF, World Health Organization, the State Department or the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Then in April, Ms. West was part of the U.S. delegation that assisted with negotiations at the 44th Session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development. "This year's theme was fertility, reproductive health and development," she explained. "I participated in interagency meetings to draft a resolution and talking points to promote family planning as an essential tool to improving maternal and child health." Recently, Ms. West travelled to Ethiopia to represent the State Department at the Access for All and Coalition Membership Conference. "The meeting marked the 10th anniversary of the Istanbul conference, Meeting the Challenge, which many view as having given rise to today's global reproductive health commodity security movement," explained Ms. West. Before serving as Franklin Fellow, Ms. West volunteered with the Southern Region Model United Nations (SRMUN) for seven years. She also volunteered with the Montclair YMCA Strong Kids Campaign with their fundraising efforts and worked as a data resources coordinator for Good Shepherd Services. Ms. West received a B.A. in political science from Valdosta State University in Georgia and a master's degree in international relations and diplomacy from the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy at Seton Hall. She also studied in St. Petersburg, Russia and Olomouc, Czech Republic. "One of the main lessons I learned after one year with the Office of International Health and Biodefense is that women's health is essential to achieving economic and social recovery, and development worldwide," Ms. West said. "When women have access to health care, all of society reaps its benefits, leading to economic growth, environmental sustainability and country stability."

na West, a doctoral student in the health policy and management program in the School of Health Sciences and Practice, will be returning from one year as a Franklin Fellow with the United States Department of State in Washington D.C., just in time for fall classes. Ms. West is currently working in the Office of International Health and Biodefense where she serves as a foreign affairs officer, working on matters related to family planning, reproductive health, maternal and children's health issues and bioterrorism/biodefense. Her duties include assessing the relationship of reproductive health, maternal health, infectious diseases, health systems, and sustainable development questions to assist foreign policy and international efforts. The fellowship program is designed to provide midto upper-level career professionals an opportunity to serve with the U.S. government for one to two years to work on global issues of vital importance to the U.S., such as counterterrorism, human rights and political-military affairs.

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It took Ms. West about two years to find the position and there was a lengthy detailed clearance process which included a personal interview conducted by a law enforcement officer. During her fellowship, Ms. West was part of the Task Force on Women, Girls and Gender Equality. "The Task Force promotes the implementation of the ten principles of the Global Health Initiative and identifies areas where technical assistance will be provided," she said. Last February, she represented the State Department at the Organization of Islamic Conference U. S. Government Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH) Collaboration Planning Meetings and Stakeholders Consultation in Dhaka, Bangladesh. "During the consultations, participants designed a framework that included vision, strategy, theme, objectives and partnership roles of its members," she said. "The consultation identified challenges and lessons learned in implementing MNH programs, and developed a strategic framework for the partnership to reduce maternal and newborn mortality by increasing the number of skilled birth attendants, and reducing adolescent pregnancies."

Class of 2014 hosts Convocation of Thanks

generosity of the anatomical donors. The program also serves as a memorial service and provides closure for the families and friends of the body donors. This year the Class of 2014 wholeheartedly expressed their feelings at the 23rd Annual Convocation of Thanks held on June 3 in Nevins Auditorium.

The Class of 2014 planted a tree outside the Medical Education Center to honor the anatomical donors.

The ceremony indoors concluded with a resounding chorus of "Amazing Grace." The group then moved outdoors where the Class of 2014 ceremoniously planted a tree in honor of the anatomical donors.

he study of gross anatomy is sometimes considered one of the first rites of passage for medical students. That rite of passage goes along with another tradition at New York Medical College--the Convocation of Thanks, an opportunity for students to express their gratitude and appreciation for the altruistic

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Students articulated their feelings using music, song, poetry and reflections to thank those who donated their bodies and served as their "first patients" to help them learn the fine intricacies of the human body in the first-year anatomy course. Reverence, respect and appreciation were the implicit themes that could not be mistaken even as some students voiced their sentiments in foreign languages.

Christopher Enwonwu, Jacob Harel and David Amadu expressed their feelings of gratitude through the beat of West African drums.

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COMMENCEMENT 2011

Commencement

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College leadership gathered before the 152nd Commencement exercises began. From left were: Ralph A. O'Connell, M.D., provost and dean of the School of Medicine; Karl P. Adler, M.D., chief executive officer; Alan Kadish, M.D., president; Francis L. Belloni, Ph.D., dean of the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences; and Robert W. Amler, M.D., dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice. (photo by Roy Groething) Four speech-language pathology graduates lined up in the hallway before the big event. (photo by Roy Groething) These Ph.D. graduates eagerly waited in the robing room. (photo by Roy Groething)

The week before the 152nd Commencement exercises offered plenty of opportunities to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2011 in the company of classmates, family, friends, faculty and administration.

Pre-Internship Program Completion Ceremony

A ceremony and luncheon was held to honor the 79 graduates who completed one year of supervised clinical training in the Pre-Internship Program before moving on to their residencies.

Saverio S. Bentivegna, M.D. '50, left, senior associate dean and Pre-Internship program director, welcomed guest speaker Frank J. Contacessa, M.D. '02, who graduated from the program when it was known as the Fifth Pathway Program.

After completing the Pre-Internship Program, these graduates had cause to celebrate. (photo by Joe Vericker)

Priscilla Mosqueda, M.D., who completed her internship at Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island, earned honors for achieving the highest academic record.

Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences Luncheon

Graduating students from the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences had a chance to gather one last time at a luncheon that included remarks by Jeanette Sutherland and Catherine Steger, students who were chosen by their classmates to address the gathering.

Abhinav Nafday, left, a graduate of the Accelerated Master's Program, chatted with Edward Bergin, an M.S. student in the Department of Physiology. Ila Baugham, left, who received an M.S. degree in basic medical science, enjoyed the luncheon with Graduate Student Association officers, Jessica Harkhani, secretary, and Erik Trexler, president.

Francis L. Belloni, Ph.D., far right, dean of the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences, gave some last minute advice in a talk to the graduates, then posed for photo.

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COMMENCEMENT 2011

School of Health Sciences and Practice Reception and Dinner

An evening celebration commemorated the largest graduating class in history from the School of Health Sciences and Practice and all their accomplishments.

James J. O'Brien, Ph.D., vice dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice, congratulated Frank Okyere, who received an M.P.H. degree in epidemiology.

Robert W. Amler, M.D., dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice, presented Jaclyn Ann Tripodi with an Academic Excellence Award in Speech-Language Pathology.

These M.D./M.P.H. graduates beamed big smiles. Clockwise from top left, were: Jill Gersh, Kelsey Webster, Kellie Hawkins, Sean Kivlehan and April Tantillo.

University Commencement Mass and Anointing of the Graduates Hands

At the conclusion of the university Commencement mass, the ancient ritual of anointing of the hands was performed, a symbol of strengthening at the beginning of one's journey and fortification for assuming new responsibilities.

Senior Honors Convocation and University Reception

A rainy day didn't dampen the spirits of the graduates and their families and friends who gathered under the tent for Seniors Honors Convocation. The group then moved inside the Medical Education Center and Basic Sciences Building for some merriment at the University Reception.

Reuben Reich, displayed his James Matthew Hagadus, M.D., Good Physician Award, which honors graduates who exhibit special qualities such as compassion, sensitivity, intuition and independence of spirit and intellect. Matthew A. Pravetz, O.F.M., Ph.D. '88, associate professor of cell biology and anatomy, anointed the hands of Sara Goldbraden, Class of 2011.

Donald O. Kollisch, M.D., deputy dean for academic affairs of the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, congratulated Sophie Davis graduate Michelle Feinberg, who received the Department of Neurosurgery Award.

Luke Selby was proud to honor Stephen E. Moshman, M.D., associate professor of medicine, with an Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Catherine Shim, who received the Geeta Mukhopadhyay Das, M.D., Memorial Award for demonstrating excellence and understanding in the areas of child abuse and suicide prevention, was joined by Basilia (Vickie) Adams, senior project coordinator in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Ms. Adams received a Student Senate Appreciation Award.

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CAMPUS ROUNDS

Med student turns passion for sports into new pursuit

ast January, secondyear medical student Christopher Meltsakos was browsing the internet and came across a job advertisement for a sports medicine writer. With his passion for sports and interest in physiology, anatomy and kinesiology of the human body, along with a knack for writing, it was as if he'd won the trifecta of his passions and aspirations. Since January, he has written several articles a month for Boston Sports Medical Examiner, focusing on issues like hydration, proper training, overtraining and supplements. The Examiner is a media company based in Denver, that operates a network of local news websites, allowing "pro­am contributors" like Mr. Meltsakos to share their city-based knowledge on a blog-like platform, in markets throughout the United States and Canada. Since Mr. Meltsakos hails from the Boston area, he decided to write for that market. His first work was a series of articles on athletic training principles and the key to preventing overuse injuries. Other article titles tell more of his story and reveal his sports/medical interest: "No Pain, No Gain: A look into overtraining and injury prevention," "Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy: An orthopedic healing elixir or just another fad?" "Calisthenics: How to exercise without a gym," "Got Exercise?: Preventing osteoporosis" and "Injury Management: Should I use Ibuprofen?"

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"Sports and medicine have slowly come together for me as I went from being an athlete in high school to developing my intellectual interests in medicine," said Mr. Meltsakos. "When I was contemplating attending Boston University for my undergraduate education, I was originally torn between two programs --pre-med program and physical therapy. I eventually applied to the accelerated athletic training/physical therapy dual degree program. After some exposure to the more science-based courses, I realized that medicine was definitely my calling. That's when I switched to human physiology. The coursework ignited a passion for being able to treat a person based on the intricacy and inter-connectivity of the various organ systems."

surgery and my desire to establish strong patientphysician relationships. I do want to treat patients for a wide range of issues. My uncle practices internal medicine and I've spent a great deal of time observing him and his practice. I'm quite intrigued by this aspect of patient care. I like how every patient can come in for a well visit or present with more serious issues." However, Mr. Meltsakos is equally intrigued by the surgeries he observed during his time shadowing an orthopedic surgeon, and what he witnessed while working alongside a team doctor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "These experiences have molded my interest in sports medicine," he said. "I don't quite know what I will pursue my residency in, but writing these articles has given me the opportunity to pursue this interest as I examine career options." Mr. Meltsakos said he's received about 1,000 hits on his articles along with some great feedback. He said the article on using ibuprofen or non-steroidal antiinflammatory medicines (NSAIDs) especially received a lot of comments.

When he's not studying or writing, second-year medical student Christopher Meltsakos enjoys outdoor activities.

While at Boston University Mr. Meltsakos worked in a sports medicine clinic. "I was interested in seeing how the orthopedic surgeon and team doctors worked together with the athletic trainers and physical therapists on athletic recovery and injury management," he said. "I am still somewhat torn between my interests in the anatomical and mechanical aspects of

"I'm definitely not doing this for the pay," he said. "I get less than a penny per click and think I've made less than $8.00 since January," said Mr. Meltsakos "I feel like I'm improving as a medical student by researching more, as a writer by writing to a broader and less science-oriented audience, and as a person because I have an outlet to share my knowledge. Plus, I love the potential that promoting health, wellness and fitness has in making a difference in improving other people's lives."

Office of Medical Education hosts Faculty Appreciation Banquet

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It takes a village with good leadership to run an educational program." These words were spoken by Paul M. Wallach, M.D., vice dean for medical education, at the Faculty Appreciation Banquet held on June 1 at Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill in Tarrytown, N.Y. For more than 20 years New York Medical College has recognized the vital role that preceptors play in undergraduate medical education and honored them at an annual appreciation dinner. This year the celebration included recognition of those volunteer physicians who welcome medical students into their office- and clinic-based practices to learn real-life applications of what they are studying in the Foundations of Clinical Medicine courses and the Family Medicine Clerkship. The program also honored other individuals who contribute to the educational program in various ways.

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"This year has been a challenging and exciting one. We embarked on a process designed to improve the educational program, enhance learning, promote student educational choice, and improve outcomes. Much has been accomplished in a short period of time. Nothing in the educational program would be possible without the hard work of many," said Dr. Wallach. Awards were presented for Administrative Excellence, Course Leadership Appreciation, Faculty Governance Appreciation, Student Support, Administrative Acknowledgement and Recognition, Departmental Chairs Recognition, Curricular Innovation, Outstanding Administrative Support Award, Alumni Appreciation, Outstanding Role Model Award and Leadership in Medical Education.

Jose Boyer, M.D., instructor of pediatrics, and Stuart Beeber, M.D., adjunct assistant professor of pediatrics, were honored for their 20 years of service as preceptors.

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Family Medicine Interest Group recognized for hard work and dedication

here is a committed group of medical students who realize that fixing the nation's health care system will be impossible without a larger pool of competent primary care doctors. Now they have been recognized for doing something about it. The Bronx Westchester Academy of Family Physicians honored the Sudhir Vaidya, M.D., far right, vice president of the Bronx Westchester Academy of Family Physicians, Montgomery B. Douglas, M.D., second from right, associate College's Family Medicine professor and chairman of the Department of Family and Community Medicine, and Interest Group (FMIG), a Ellen Miller, M.D., far left, assistant professor of family and community medicine, congratulated the FMIG members for their hard work and dedication. They are from left, local chapter of a national Susan Boisvert, Hareem Park, Allison Baxterbeck, Amy Reed and Gabriella Sanchez. network of FMIGs established by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). The Physicians has estimated a shortfall of 40,000 group's goal is to encourage active learning and primary care doctors by 2020. The shortage of promotion of the specialty family physicians is serious of family medicine. enough for some experts to "...the Family Medicine Interest propose making medical FMIG student leaders, Group students' enthusiasm has school free for those who go Hareem Park, Susan been the wind beneath the sails into primary care and charging Boisvert, Allison of our department." for specialist training--a Baxterbeck, Amy Reed --Montgomery B. Douglas, M.D. proposal not without and Gabriella Sanchez, controversy. Fortunately, in were recognized for the the past two years, there has been a significant enthusiastic part they played in co-organizing uptick in the number of U.S. graduates events such as National Primary Care Week, a matching into family medicine: a nine percent Post-Match Dinner and assisting with Student increase last year and an additional 11 percent Physician Awareness Day. Each of the events this year. However, more than 90 percent emphasized the importance of primary care matched in non-family medicine specialties physicians in making sure specialists work this year. together, not in isolation, in the treatment of their patients and to keep track of patients as Montgomery B. Douglas, M.D., associate professor they move among settings such as residences, and chairman of the Department of Family and hospitals and nursing homes. Community Medicine, said the FMIG students' enthusiasm has been "the wind beneath the sails Moreover, as the population continues to age of our department." and grow, the American Academy of Family

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"This in turn has pushed us to reach out to more sites to place medical students doing their thirdyear family medicine clerkship. We expect to initiate four new sites in the new academic year beginning July 1," said Dr. Douglas. Those new sites are the Ulster Rural Family Medicine site, Keller Army Hospital in West Point, Hoboken University Medical Center and St. Joseph Hospital, in Patterson, N.J. "We're also in the process of starting a new family medicine residency program at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.," Dr. Douglas said. "We are proud to say that it will be the fifth new site added to the family medicine clerkship and will begin in 2012." Ms. Boisvert, who served as president of the FMIG, said last fall's National Primary Care week was a prime example of successful team collaboration. "During that week, we had a number of different lectures and meetings that focused on raising awareness of the importance and impact of primary care," she said. "At one of the popular lectures we held this spring, `The Impact of the Health Care Reform on Primary Care,' administrators helped to educate students on the effect that the new health care reform is having on the field of primary care and how it may impact the decisions that students make in the future." Ms. Boisvert said the group does not try to convince people to "like" family medicine but instead tries to educate so students can make an informed decision about whether family medicine is right for them. "Through my participation in the group I gained a better appreciation for the role that family physicians play in the medical community," said Ms. Boisvert. "In addition, I now better understand the need we have for primary care physicians as well as the pros and cons of entering the field."

The evening concluded with the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to Reinhard Zachrau, M.D., professor of pathology, for introducing novel pedagogical approaches, demanding more of students than they ever thought they could deliver and being an ever-present force in the educational program. "We thank you for what you all do each and every day," Dr. Wallach said in closing. "As we approach the upcoming year, let us resolve to do our best to create graduates who are knowledgeable, who are caring and compassionate, who demonstrate great professionalism, who have curiosity and a desire to innovate and create. Let us work each day to produce graduates who we will choose to care for us, our families, and our communities."

Below: Ellen Miller, M.D., assistant professor of family and community medicine, and Montgomery B. Douglas, M.D., associate professor and chairman of the Department of Family and Community Medicine, congratulated five-year family medicine preceptor honoree, Gabriel Guardarramas, M.D., M.P.H., clinical assistant professor of family and community medicine.

Above: Paul M. Wallach, M.D., far right, vice dean for medical education, and Jennifer Koestler, M.D., second from left, associate dean for medical education, joined Joan Y. June, M.S.Ed., assistant dean for minority affairs, Elliot N. Perla, M.D. '74, associate dean for student affairs, Christopher Cimino M.D., associate dean for student affairs, and Gladys M. Ayala, M.D., M.P.H., senior associate dean for student affairs, who were recognized with Student Support Awards.

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