Week of February 1, 2016
NYMC.edu Gets a Makeover

On Th
ursday, January 28, New York Medical College unveiled a new face to the world wide web-a newly designed website, a collaborative effort of the Office of Public Relations, administration, faculty, students and staff of each of the three schools. The new site reflects the identity and brand of the College and its new navigation allows for a more intuitive exploration by our multiple constituencies including: current and future students, as well as faculty and alumni. 
Development of the site was a long and complex task. The website was constructed using a content management system (TerminalFour), which provides a uniform templated system that will ultimately allow trained College staff to make content updates to their sections. The site is hosted remotely on dedicated servers with Rackspace, a leader in cloud-based technology, ensuring optimal performance and security for the site.
The new site features advanced elements-including a customizable interactive campus map, an events calendar that can be sorted by school, audience, and event type and downloaded to an electronic calendar and a faculty expert area for media inquiries. The website is scalable for viewing across mobile devices. There is easy access to email and the TouroOne portal via links on the top right corner of each page and a "quick link" drop down menu that provides one-click access to the three schools, the calendar, policies, student learning content management systems and other frequently-visited destinations.
The launch of the new site is just the beginning of this continuously evolving project and the Office of Public Relations welcomes feedback and inquiries. 
Second-Year Medical Student Takes Initiative at AADMD
When Michael Tarr, School of Medicine Class of 2018, heard that the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) needed someone to launch and run a virtual grand rounds initiative to develop an online forum for sharing information among practitioners, he didn't hesitate. He took the job.

"My youngest sister has severe developmental disabilities and has played a major role in my life, especially in terms of my pursuit of a career in medicine. Last year I started a club on campus to help educate students on how to treat patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). I was then directed toward Dr. Karen Edwards, [M.D., M.P.H. '91, professor of practice in the School of Health Sciences and Practice, adjunct associate professor of pediatrics, and vice president for education, training and research, LEND program director and the Co-UCEDD director at the Westchester Institute for Human Development] who introduced me to the AADMD. During one of the monthly AADMD chapter meetings [which Mr. Tarr attends as president of the NYMC chapter], the idea of virtual grand rounds was brought up and I volunteered to try and get the initiative going."
The program kicked off in October 2015 when neurologist, Seth Keller, M.D., shared the case of one of his late patients who had Down syndrome and was suffering from Dementia. Since then, Mr. Tarr has been organizing monthly virtual grand rounds on the first Tuesday of every month, and the experience has proven vastly rewarding.
"It has been fantastic. The workload is not too much and it has gotten me more involved with the medical and dental community. I have learned a great deal about the nuances and different considerations that must be made when treating people with intellectual and developmental disabilities," explains Mr. Tarr, who is certainly not the only beneficiary of the program. Monthly sessions have averaged 85 registrants from 28 different states, Canada and India, and the format of the meetings has proved a successful model for connecting and educating individuals involved in the care of patients with IDD.
Mr. Tarr is also responsible for finding speakers, promoting the events, polling and tracking participants and perfecting the performance of the online conferencing system, gotowebinar, all of which he has handled with remarkable skill.
"I'm glad that it's been so well received." Tarr says. "The experience has been nothing less than great."
For more information on AADMD virtual grand rounds, please contact Michael Tarr or visit AADMD.org
NYMC Weathers the Storm

While some people were still digging out from Winter Storm Jonas on Monday morning, January 25, NYMC was open for business as usual, thanks to staff who labored over the weekend to clean up the campus and make it safe for the return of students, faculty and staff.
"Members of the facilities, housekeeping, student housing and security staffs worked tirelessly over the weekend and early Monday morning to plow, shovel and salt so that we could arrive to clear roads, parking lots, walkways and steps. Some of our security officers worked 32 hours straight during the storm. They did an outstanding job and we are grateful to them for that," said Michael Rogovin, J.D., vice president of operations.

NYMC would like to especially acknowledge:

Facilities, Student Housing and Housekeeping: from left, 
Pedro Paulino, Manny Cabreja, Genaro Sijaca, Hosea Harvey, Paul Astrologo, Oscar Negreros, Ron Goodrow, Kyle Trillas, Christofer Avila, Hector Ore, Andy Petersen, Era Lawrence and Walter Kowalczyk.  Not pictured: Fred Flath, Kelly Phillips,  Erik Martinez, Genaro Sijaca, Hector Ore, Yoel Morillo, Felix Utaquio and Nicky Boga.

Security: from left, Dexter Hall, Allen Hamer and Andrew Stone. Not pictured: William Allison, Kim Bologna, Charles Longo, Derrick Riley, Marcus Seignious and George Orta, Michael Barile, and Julius Dubose.


Esther L. Sabban, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, received a three-year grant totaling $1,250,000 from the U.S. Army for her work "Intranasal Neuropeptide Y for PTSD and Other Stress Triggered Neuropsychiatric Disorders."

New York Medical College Leadership News:

Self Magazine -- 1/27/2016
Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., dean of School of Health Sciences and Practice and vice president for government affairs
Live Science -- 1/27/2016
Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., dean of School of Health Sciences and Practice and vice president for government affairs

Faculty News:

Nasal Spray May Prevent PTSD, Study Finds 
Psychology Today -- 1/21/2016
Esther L. Sabban, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and molecular biology
The Interesting Link Between Your Height, Your DNA, and Who You Find Attractive
Glamour -- 1/20/2016
David Moskowitz, Ph.D., associate professor of epidemiology
Physician and Content Producer Dr. Howard Luks 
Get Social Health - Social Media for Healthcare -- 1/19/2016 
Howard J., Luks M.D., assistant professor of orthopedic surgery


Dr. George Bousvaros
Lohud.com -- 1/26/2016
George Bousvaros, M.D., was professor emeritus of medicine 
Tuesday, February 2
Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds
11:00 a.m.
AOA History of Medicine Visiting Professor Lecture
5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 3 
Department of Gastroenterology Seminar
8:00 a.m.
Department of General Surgery Grand Rounds
9:00 a.m.
Department of Medicine Grand Rounds
12:00 p.m.

There are 4 weeks until
the LCME site visit. 

Click here for countdown.



Twentieth Annual Medical Student Research Forum

"Exercise for Treatment of Cancer: A Translational Approach"

Thursday, February 11

2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Medical Education Center Lobby and Nevins Auditorium

Lee M. Jones, Ph.D.

Attending Physiologist

Department of Medicine and Director of the Cardio-Oncology Research Program

Memorial Sloan Kettering 
Cancer Center


Fourth Annual 
Saul A. Schwartz, M.D. '30, AOA History of Medicine Visiting Professor Lecture

"Practice in Parallel: The Story of Black and White Physicians in the South"

Tuesday, February 2

5:30 p.m.

Nevins Auditorium


Richard D. deShazo, M.D.

Professor of Medicine

Allergy and Immunology

University of Mississippi 
School of Medicine

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