Volume 6, Number 5-6 -- May-June 2019
NYCPM's 108th Graduation Celebrates High-Achieving Class of 2019
At the 108th commencement of NYCPM for the Class of 2019 on May 21st, the College granted 93 Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degrees, the DPM-half of one Dually-Sponsored Degree with ISMMS; three certificates to graduating PGY III residents for completion of three-year residencies and recognized a number of students for scholastic achievement. The class had attained a 100% pass rate on Part II of the APMLE Boards and 100% residency matches in the first round. Friends and family cheered their support as graduates crossed the stage.
    The graduates were hooded by faculty (12 family hooders performed the honor too), ... Read more

New Doctors of Podiatric Medicine recite the 
Hippocratic Oath.
Get to Know ...
NYCPM Faculty

Annette Kirchgessner, Ph.D. 
Adjunct Professor, Pre-Clinical Sciences, Director of Lower Extremity Anatomy
Lab Instructor and Lecturer, General Anatomy

Dr. Kirchgessner teaches general anatomy (with Dr. Joy Reidenberg) and is Director of Lower Extremity Anatomy (LEAN) at NYCPM, responsible for organizing the course (for second years), lecturing, teaching the labs as well as obtaining outside clinical speakers.
   Her journey here was anything but a straight line, but has always been interesting. Following her BA in Psychology from Hunter College CUNY, she earned her MA in Neuropsychology from Queens College CUNY and then a PhD in Neuroscience from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn.
   Dr. Kirchgessner followed that degree with post-doc work at Columbia University on ... Read more
Awards Ceremony Honors Seniors and More
Thirty-six distinct awards were bestowed in early May at NYCPM's Annual Awards Ceremony to second-, third-, and fourth-year students who excelled in academics as well as other aspects of their achievements as podiatric medical students. Ninety-nine percent of the awards have a monetary component; the Pi Delta and the Pi Mu Delta honors do not. 
   As usual, the mood reflected both pride and celebration. Congrats to all! ... More photos
Left to right: Jonathan Fung, Thomas Ehlers, HyunJi Boo, Caroline Tippett and Amber Kavanagh were among the 2019 J. T. Tai Scholars. Not pictured, co-winners Hussain Hussain, Samantha Williams.
Positano Appointed to Yale School of Public Health
Deputy Board Chairman Rock G. Positano, DPM ('88), MSc, MPH, Professor and Director of the Non-Surgical Foot and Ankle Service at the Hospital for Special Surgery, just learned that the eligible voting faculty in the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) and the Yale School of Medicine Board of Permanent Officers approved his appointment as Associate Clinical Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology within the Yale School of Public Health.   Con gratulations!
Third-Years Compete in Pediatrics 'Rumble'

Faculty and winners of the NYCPM Pediatrics Rumble from left to right: Russell Volpe, DPM; Gia Cat Pham; Robert Karman; Milad Motalebi-Kashani; Aleksey Kozlov; Barbara Resseque, DPM, and Ronald Lowe.

On June 3, 2019, the Department of Orthopedics and Pediatrics hosted the first NYCPM Pediatrics "Rumble" for the Class of 2020. This fast-paced, game show-type competition tested the students' knowledge on a broad range of topics including pediatric foot surgery, congenital deformities and pediatric radiology. After three elimination rounds, the final two teams battled each other in a very close final round. The winners were co-captains Aleksey Kozlov and Milad Motalebi-Kashani, Gia Cat Pham, Robert Karman, and Ronald Lowe. Congratulations to all.
EHHOPodiatry - Ruffin's Exciting Journey
Naeemah Ruffin, DPM, MPH (2016) earned her dual degrees from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS). Her thesis, Benefits of a Free Clinic in Serving the Hyperlipidemic Burden of the Uninsured Immigrant Population in East Harlem, showcased the success story of East Harlem Health Outreach Partnership (EHHOP), a student-run, physician-supervised free clinic of ISMMS. EHHOP provides ... Read more
Gheith (2020) Elected Student of the Year
Mohammed Gheith (2020) was elected 2019 Student of the Year by his fellow students, who voted in a 12-hour period on May 14. He was nominated along with two other students, Ronald Lowe and Milad Motalebi Kashani; all three submitted personal essays for consideration. According to Thomas Milisits, President-Elect, Student Association (Class of 2021), each of the nine schools of podiatric medicine votes on a Student of the Year for their respective schools. Then the nine presidents of each school come together to vote for one National Student of the Year (APMSA), who is selected from among the nine school winners.
Dr. Losa Iglesias, Co-Director of Program that Brings Spanish Podologists to NYCPM, Elected Chair of Department of Medicine
Marta Losa Iglesias, BS Podiatry, PhD, of the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, has been elected Chair of its Medicine Department and will oversee Medicine, Nursing, Psychology and Dentistry there. She, along with Ricardo Becerro de Bengoa Vallejo, DPM, PhD, a member of NYCPM's class of 1995, and Michael J. Trepal, DPM ('81), NYCPM's Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean, direct the annual program that brings podologists from that University to NYCPM to study in the College's Bako Anatomy Lab.
Among the subjects the podologists study at NYCPM are anatomical dissection, surgical skills and lower extremity cadaver dissection. Drs. Losa Iglesias and Becerro de Bengoa Vallejo accompany the podologists to New York and direct their studies at the College, along with Professor Juan Carlos Carrera Merino, BS Podiatry. This summer, two dozen Spanish podologists will study at NYCPM. In 2017, NYCPM and the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos celebrated 25 years of collaboration.
Dual-Degree Candidates Receive MPH Degrees

Four NYCPM students - left to right: Tara McElroy (2021); Madeline Walkner (2021); Maham Subhani (2021); Emma Otieno (2020) - received MPH degrees from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, as did a 2019 NYCPM graduate, Michelle Diaz, right. Dr. Diaz was also inducted into the Delta Omega Public Health Honorary Society.

Welcomes and a Farewell at Residents' Dinner

On June 13, NYCPM faculty hosted a lively dinner to both recognize our graduating PGY III residents and welcome our new residents. Pictured above are graduating residents (left to right) Drs. Adam Bernatsky, Sara Mohamed, and Anthony Jabra.    Dr. Jabra will be a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Surgery at NYCPM and Dr. Mohamed will be a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Medicine at NYCPM, while Dr. Bernatsky competed for and was accepted for a Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgery Fellowship through ACFAS. He will circulate among four locations in Kentucky and Indiana. 
   At the dinner, Drs. Ethan Pais, Thi Pham and Einul Chowdhury, all 2019 graduates, were welcomed as new NYCPM residents.
Student /Faculty Authors Recognized and Recorded
The Sidney Druskin Memorial Library makes available faculty and student authors' bibliographies. This year, two students were able to attend a ceremony recognizing student authors (see photos). This link takes you to the library's bibliography files: 

Above, Student Authors Sharaara Rahman (2020) left, and Vikal Singh (2022), right, were recognized in May.
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Second Annual Poster Day Spotlights Class of 2020's Research and Collaboration Skills
" The quality of the work and professionalism displayed during the delivery was truly exceptional," is how Michael J. Trepal, DPM ('81), FACFAS, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean, summed up the 20 posters presented in the Class of 2020 Research Poster Day on May 28.

Research Poster Steering Committee members (left to right) Maeve Corcoran, Dr. Kenneth Astrin, Dr. Eileen Chusid, plus Dr. D. Scot Malay (second from right). 

  Poster Day at NYCPM was initially launched by a suggestion from a CPME reviewer, and Dr. Trepal asked Eileen Chusid, PhD, Dean and Associate Professor of Pre-Clinical Sciences and Director of Research to make it happen. She and Dr. Trepal agreed to model ...  Read more and see winners
Student Prints 3-D Anatomical Models and Orthotics
Robert Karman (2020) is making his own 3-D mark on a possible future for podiatry and medicine.
   Building his own computers and designing software since he was 13, Robert started printing in 3-D at home about two years ago, and then brought his products to the College. To date he has made about 30 anatomical models for Dr. Reidenberg and her general anatomy course here at NYCPM.
   Robert has a BS in biology from the University of Buffalo, and had worked as a trauma technician at Winthrop Hospital in Mineola, LI. From working there he became interested in medicine, met podiatry residents at the hospital and shadowed local podiatrists before coming to NYCPM.
     Working at home, he prints 3-D models in plastic in multiple colors as well as in different kinds of plastic; uses plastic and nylon for orthotics; uses metal (designs for other people to make); and creates guideplates for pre-op planning. One of his current research interests is in machine learning, specifically in detecting skin cancer with a phone.

Below, Robert Karman holds two models he created. The red model (right) is a bone model of a foot with a partial first proximal phalanx amputation and the black model (left) is of an ankle with ligaments and soft tissue attachments generated from a CT scan. 
Rivera is New RMEP Instructor
Bianca Dionysia Rivera, MPH, PhD candidate, is the new instructor for Research Methodology and Epidemiology (RMEP), beginning in summer 2019. She received her BA from CUNY Hunter College in 2014 in Special Honors and Comparative Religion. She received her MPH with honors in Epidemiology and Biostatistics in 2016 from SUNY Downstate Medical Center and is currently a candidate, all but dissertation, for a Doctorate in Public Health in Epidemiology also from SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Ms. Rivera has five years of research and data analysis experience for manuscript publication using statistical software including SPSS and SAS, as well as experience with oral dissemination of research findings at national conferences. Academically, she has experience developing research methods courses at various educational levels, including teaching assistantships and lead instructor roles in epidemiology and biostatistics at the annual American Public Health Association conference. She is also an adjunct lecturer in Epidemiology at CUNY Hunter College.
Alumni News
Sherwood Alan Weisman, DPM (1969), Dies
According to PM News, Sherwood Alan Weisman, DPM, died on May 8, 2019 from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Dr. Weisman was a 1969 NYCPM graduate and was a clinical professor of podiatry at NYCPM from 1971-72. He was a clinician at Beth Israel Medical Center in NYC before coming to Florida in 1972. Dr. Sherwood was a Diplomate and Fellow of several podiatric boards. In 2007, he was appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist (FL) to the Board of Podiatric Medicine. 
Joseph L. Starr, DPM (1940), Dies 
Joseph L. Starr, DPM, 100, formerly of Bridgeport, CT, and Del Ray Beach, FL, died just a few days shy of his 101th birthday. After graduating from NYCPM, he served in the Army Air Corps in World War II, and then practiced in Bridgeport for almost 40 years. He was a past president of the Connecticut Podiatric Medical Association. Source: PM News
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