Medical Education & the Physician Workforce: 
August 2017
AMSNY Announces New NYS-Sponsored Diversity in Medicine Scholarship Recipients 

The Associated Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY) has announced the 10 recipients of the new Diversity in Medicine Scholarship program. The scholarship program was funded this year by the New York State Department of Health, thanks to the support of the legislature, to help address the gap in physician diversity.

According to data from the SUNY Albany Center for Health Workforce Studies, Blacks/African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos made up only 12% of the physician workforce in the state between 2011-2015, compared to approximately 31% of New York's population. Data shows that patients who have doctors who represent their own diversity have better medical experiences.

Thanks to a $500,000 investment from the state, the medical school scholarships - pegged to the cost of SUNY medical school tuition- will help students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine by eliminating the financial barrier to medical school enrollment.

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UB Post-Bac Program Director Recognized with Award of Excellence

The program director of the state's first program designed to diversity New York's physician workforce has been recognized with a staff award of excellence for promoting inclusion and cultural diversity at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo. The 27-year-old post-baccalaureate program, supported by the Associated Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY) and UB's medical school, has produced more than 400 successful graduates who otherwise would not have attended medical school.  Learn more.
Medical Education & Training
Upstate Medical Students Train Side-By-Side With Medical Professionals During Rural Immersion Week

Canton, Lowville, Ogdensburg and Oswego may not be typical magnets for new physicians, but these small towns are finding creative ways to recruit future practitioners. In collaboration with hospital administrators, a special program at Upstate Medical University is making them appealing to medical students, as places to consider for future practice when the time is right.
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NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine Stepping it Up: Fit Physician Trial Makes Strides

Between taking classes and board exams and intensive studying, medical students may not make time to take care of themselves. Wellness often takes a back seat. To help address this at NYIT, Jerry Balentine, D.O. , vice president of medical affairs and global health at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine  (NYITCOM), decided to take a stand-or rather, a step .   Learn more.
Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons: White Coat Ceremony Marks P&S 250th Anniversary

When Columbia's newest medical students received their white coats, it was on a day with historical meaning for Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S). On the same date 250 years ago-Aug. 14, 1767, to be exact-the governors of King's College unanimously approved a petition to organize a "School of Physick" at the college. Their action marked the start of medical education at Columbia .   Learn more.
New York Medical College: The School of Medicine Class of 2021

The first week of August was a busy one for 216 students arriving on campus to begin a week-long Transition to Medical School program before delving into their medical studies.  Learn more.
University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences: White Coat Ceremony for UB's Largest-Ever Medical School Class Marks "Institutional Milestone"

"For each student who will be coated, the ceremony is a personal milestone," said Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president for health sciences and dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
"But this year's white coat ceremony is also an institutional milestone," Cain added. "Today, we officially welcome to UB its largest-ever medical school class, 180 students, up from 144."  Learn more.
Diversity in Medicine
University at Buffalo Program for Underrepresented Minority Students in Biomedical PhD Programs Wins Coveted Renewal

The University at Buffalo's ongoing efforts to recruit underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to its PhD programs has received a major boost from the National Institutes of Health, which renewed a $2.3 million, 5-year grant to help fully fund scholarships.   Learn more.
Upstate: 'White Coat Advanced' Furthers Health Care Career Goals

Ten undergraduate students from across the state spent a week in June at Upstate in the "White Coat Advanced" program for students interested in health care careers.  This year's program was funded by CSTEP  (Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program), a state initiative that helps students from historically underserved backgrounds prepare for careers in the scientific, technical and health-related fields.  Learn more.
New York Medical College Search for School of Medicine Dean

The committee invites applications and nominations for the position of the dean of the School of Medicine of New York Medical College (NYMC). They seek a knowledgeable leader with a national reputation and a record of outstanding accomplishments who will be able to identify with the mission of NYMC to provide leadership and excellence in education, research and clinical care .   Learn more.
SUNY Downstate President Dr. Wayne J. Riley Named to Board of Trustees of Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS)

Wayne J. Riley, MD, MPH, MBA, MACP, president of State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center, has been named to the Board of Trustees of the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS). Dr. Riley fills a seat for the remainder of 2017, after which he will be eligible for re-nomination to a full three-year term.  Learn more.
Weill Cornell Medicine: Dr. Robert Min Appointed President and CEO of Physician Organization, Dr. Adam Stracher CMO

Dr. Robert Min, a pioneer in the field of vascular interventional radiology, has been appointed president and chief executive officer of Weill Cornell Medicine's Physician Organization, effective Jan. 1. A renowned specialist in internal medicine and infectious disease, Dr. Adam Stracher has been named chief medical officer of the physician organization and promoted to associate dean for clinical affairs.  Learn more.
NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine Faculty Profile: Dr. Sidney Simon

He's been called a "legend" by former student Humayun J. Chaudhry (D.O. '91).  And his students all seem to love and admire him. Sidney Simon, D.O.,  has been a faculty member at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine  (NYITCOM) since before the college officially opened in 1977. As the medical school celebrates its 40th anniversary, NYIT also celebrates Simon's service. You might say that Simon is the soul of NYITCOM .   Learn more.
University of Rochester Medical Center: State Medicaid Tabs Kaczorowski For Child Health Initiative

Jeff Kaczorowski, M.D. , Professor of  Pediatrics  at UR Medicine's Golisano Children's Hospital, will serve as Vice-Chair of a new state initiative that focuses on improving health and educational outcomes in the first three years of a child life .   Learn more.
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai: Erik Barton, MD, MS, MBA, Appointed System Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai

Erik Barton, MD, MS, MBA, has been appointed System Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  Dr. Barton was Chair of Emergency Medicine and Executive Medical Director at the University of California-Irvine School of Medicine and UC Irvine Health .   Learn more.
SUNY Downstate: Dr. Rainer W. G. Gruessner Named Chair of Surgery

Dr. Gruessner is a nationally renowned surgeon and clinical innovator, a prolific academic, a committed educator, and a successful and experienced department chair, having most recently served as chair of surgery at the University of Arizona and later as chief of transplantation at SUNY Upstate Medical University.  Learn more.
Weill Cornell Medcine: Expanded Leadership Roles for Drs. Michael G. Stewart and Peter N. Schlegel

An esteemed clinician whose leadership has advanced Weill Cornell Medicine's excellence in patient care, biomedical research and education,  Dr. Michael G. Stewart  is taking on an expanded role as vice dean at the institution. Renowned urologist  Dr. Peter N. Schlegel  has been appointed senior associate dean for clinical affairs to enhance the institution's delivery of patient care .  Learn more.
Other News
Albert Einstein College of Medicine Tackles Aging at First-Ever Hackathon

Can we hack the Fountain of Youth?  Students, faculty, and staff tackled the question in earnest late last month, hunching over computers and pouring through data for more than 30 hours at Einstein's first-ever hackathon, focused on the science of aging.   Learn more.
Mount Sinai Leaders Discuss the Future of Medicine and Health Care Delivery at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival

The future of medicine and health care delivery, the opioid epidemic, and the intersection of climate and health were among the topics highlighted by leaders of the Mount Sinai Health System during the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival held in Aspen, Colorado. Presented by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic, the festival is unique in is dedication to the global exchange of ideas.   Learn more.
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine Awards Top Honor to Payal Aggarwal for Service, Leadership, Research and Dedication

Her contributions were so numerous and achievements so exceptional that TouroCOM awarded her its highest honor at commencement -- "Student DO of the Year" -- for her outstanding service to the school, her leadership, research and dedication to the profession.  Learn more.
Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons Class of 2020: Henry Philofsky

The Space Medicine Club at P&S had been inactive for more than two decades, but within months of enrolling last fall, first-year student Henry Philofsky'20 revived the club, for which he is co-president.  Learn more.
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