Week of December 7, 2020
Mill Etienne, M.D. '02, M.P.H., FAAN, FAES, Appointed Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion
Dr. Etienne will work to enhance diversity by promoting equity and inclusion in all aspects of teaching and clinical practice
In keeping with its deep roots and a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, we are proud to announce the appointment of Mill Etienne, M.D. '02, M.P.H. FAAN, FAES, associate dean of student affairs and associate professor of neurology and of medicine in the School of Medicine (SOM), to the college-wide position of vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion, effective immediately. Read the full article on Dr. Etienne.
School of Medicine Class of 2024 Marks Start of Journey as Medical Professionals During White Coat Ceremony 

The School of Medicine (SOM) Class of 2024 marked a traditional milestone on their journey to becoming physicians at the White Coat Ceremony on November 29, when they officially donned their white coats for the first time and took an oath they had developed as a class, which included a commitment to compassionate patient care and inclusivity. Though the event this year was held mostly virtually, the SOM Office of Student Affairs went above and beyond to inject some normalcy into the event by holding ten separate, small and physically distant, gatherings during the month prior at which students could don their white coats in person and recite their oath as a group. Videos from each gathering were then combined into a virtual collage for the event, where, even with their masks on, one could see the joy and pride of students as they marked their transition from laypeople to medical professionals. Read the full article and view the video of the White Coat Ceremony.
School of Medicine Class of 2024 Finds Developing White Coat Ceremony Oath as a Class Particularly Meaningful

The School of Medicine (SOM) White Coat Ceremony held each year is a traditional rite of passage for the incoming first-year medical students, in which they officially don their white coats for the first time and also swear an oath as a class. As a central part of the ceremony, the oath is meant to acknowledge the student's obligation of caring for the patient. For the last few years, New York Medical College (NYMC) has allowed each student class the option of developing their own oath. Read the full article on the white coat ceremony oath.
NYMC Receives New Holographic Patent Combined With 5G Wi-Fi  
Alan Kadish, M.D., president of New York Medical College (NYMC) and Touro College and University System (TCUS), has announced that NYMC has been granted a new patent, #10,863,274, in holographic Wi-Fi transmission. The newly granted patent will be used in several areas of medical imaging, education and telemedicine, as well as commercial applications in industrial markets and the entertainment industry. Read the full article on the patent.
GivingTuesday Supports Clinical Skills and Simulation Center

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Created in 2012, the movement inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate and celebrate generosity. This year at New York Medical College (NYMC), GivingTuesday inspired donations of more than $50,000 to support the Clinical Skills and Simulation Center (CSSC)--nationally recognized for its innovative and comprehensive clinical training. The support comes at a critical time when the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly increased the demand for safe, simulated learning environments where quality patient care and professionalism are emphasized. Read the full article on GivingTuesday.
NYMC and Touro Host Eighth Symposium on COVID-19

New York Medical College (NYMC) and the Touro College and University System (TCUS) continued its series on COVID-19 with its eighth symposium on December 3, "What have we learned? How can we use what we have learned?" A panel of faculty experts shared updates on COVID-19 including the progress made and the latest concerns including an astonishing 200,000 new cases reported in one day. "At New York Medical College and Touro College and University System, we set ourselves the task of providing up-to-date and objective information about the pandemic," said Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., chancellor and chief executive officer for NYMC, and provost for biomedical affairs for TCUS, who moderated the program. Read the full article on the eighth COVID-19 symposium.
SHSP Hosts 2020 Virtual Career Mentor Session
The Student Healthcare Executives Club (StuHE) in the School of Health Sciences and Practice (SHSP) hosted another successful Career Mentor Session on November 12, via Zoom. At the on-campus physically distanced command center in the cafeteria at 19 Skyline Drive, StuHE officers and volunteers seamlessly assigned students to their individual appointments in breakout rooms. The Zoom sessions were filled with intense discussions among the more than 45 students and alumni from the SHSP and ten public health professionals. Read the full article on the Career Mentor Session.
NYMC Gives Thanks On Campus

For students who were unable to safely travel home for Thanksgiving this year, New York Medical College (NYMC) did its best to provide comfort to those who could not share the holiday with family and friends. Thanksgiving meals with all the fixings were provided to those remaining on campus and the Office of Student and Residential Life, Office of Student Mental Health and Wellness Services and the School of Medicine Student Senate organized a basket drive and delivered gift baskets to 56 apartments in student housing. Chris McNeill, SOM Class of 2023 and member of the Student Senate, helped spread the cheer.

Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., vice president for government affairs and dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice, was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Business Council of Westchester.
Padmini Murthy, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., M.Phil., CHES, professor of public health and global health director and clinical assistant professor of family and community medicine, was the moderator for a Civil Society Unit UN Global Communications chat series #BreakTheChains Shackling of People with Pyschosocial Disabilities Worldwide organized with Human Rights Watch in observance of International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3.
The CafĂ© in the Basic Sciences Building is open. Grab-and-go salads and sandwiches and Starbucks coffee and drinks are available. NYMC apparel and merchandise is also available for sale. It is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Seating is not available and be sure to follow the six-foot physical distancing markers when you visit.

NYMC Family Health Center offers virtual doctor visits.

Call today to schedule your virtual appointment at (914) 828-0435.
Yoga Class for Faculty and Staff
Mondays  |  5:30 p.m.  |  Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 489 054 8060; Password: YOGA
One tap mobile +19292056099 (for dial in)

Virtual yoga class led by certified yoga instructor Mary Butler-Fink

Monday, December 7
12:00 p.m.
Department of Physiology Seminar

6:30 p.m.
SHSP SLP Virtual Social Hour
Tuesday, December 8
11:00 a.m.
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds

5:00 p.m.
Medical Education Grand Rounds
Wednesday, December 9
8:00 a.m.
Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds

8:30 a.m.
Department of Surgery Grand Rounds

3:00 p.m.
Department of Neurology Grand Rounds
Monday, December 21
12:00 p.m.
Bench-to-Bedside Seminar Series


New York Medical College Leadership News

CNBC - 11/25/2020
Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice and vice president for government affairs 

LoHud - 11/23/2020
Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice and vice president for government affairs 

The Globe Post - 11/20/2020
Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., chancellor and chief executive officer 

CBS New York - 11/19/2020
Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice and vice president for government affairs

New York Medical College News

The WAG Magazine - 11/23/2020
Katharine Yamulla, M.A., CHSE, senior director of competency-based assessment and clinical skills education and director of the Clinical Skills and Simulation Center

Faculty News

November/December 2020

Gary Rogg, M.D., assistant professor of medicine
Michael H. Gewitz, M.D., professor of pediatrics
Alan Gass, M.D., professor of medicine
Katrina Ruth Stidham, M.D., associate professor of clinical otolaryngology and clinical neurosurgery
Jared Pisapia, M.D., assistant professor of neurosurgery
Fawaz Al-Mufti, M.D., assistant professor of neurology, radiology and neurosurgery
Edward Lebovics, M.D., professor of medicine
Abraham S. Bartell, M.D., M.B.A., clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences
Stephen J. Ferrando, M.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences

The Mighty -  November 2020
Edmund F. LaGamma, M.D. '76, professor of pediatrics, division of newborn medicine and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology
Sangmi Chung, Ph.D., associate professor of cell biology & anatomy, neurology, and psychiatry & behavioral sciences
ContagionLive - 11/29/2020
Neil W. Schluger, M.D., the Barbara and William Rosenthal Chair of the Department of Medicine
TAPinto - 11/25/2020
Carol L. Karmen, M.D., clinical professor of medicine

Student News

Dr. Oz - November 2020
Oluwa Toba Akinleye, School of Medicine Class of 2024

Touro College of Dental Medicine at New York Medical College News

The Business Journal - November 30, 2020
Edward F. Farkas, D.D.S., M.A., vice dean 
Alan Jurim, D.D.S., director of digital dentistry

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