Week of November 2, 2020
New Programs in Nutrition and Culinary Medicine Generate Great Student Interest
This fall, the School of Medicine (SOM), in partnership with the Health Meets Food program, is developing new programs related to nutrition and culinary medicine, which have already generated great interest among students from across the New York Medical College (NYMC) community. Culinary medicine is a new evidence-based field that unifies the science of nutrition and metabolism with practical, patient-based, decision-making and physician counseling. The Health Meets Food program provides online educational modules and hands-on culinary training and lifestyle lessons to help health care professionals understand and communicate the impact of good nutrition on their patients' health. Read the full article on culinary medicine.
NYMC and TCUS Host Seventh COVID-19 Symposium
The seventh symposium in the COVID-19 series, "What Have We Learned? How Can We Use What We Have Learned?," presented by New York Medical College (NYMC) and the Touro College and University System (TCUS) on October 28, provided an update on a variety of topics related to the pandemic. Alan Kadish, M.D., president of NYMC and TCUS, welcomed the audience before faculty experts delved into therapies for COVID-19, obstetrical care during the pandemic, testing options, virus attenuation and a historical look at celebrity and presidential illness. Read the full article on the symposium and view the video.

SHSP Dean's Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series Features NYMC Flu Vaccine Expert

The School of Health Sciences and Practice (SHSP) hosted a special lecture via a Zoom presentation on October 28 as part of its Dean's Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series. Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice and vice president for government affairs, welcomed guest speaker, Doris J. Bucher, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology and immunology, who presented "Influenza in the Time of COVID-19." Dr. Bucher, who has dedicated most of her research career to work on influenza viruses and influenza vaccine development, explained the similarities and differences between the influenza virus and the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. She also shared the history of her laboratory that is one of three laboratories worldwide which produce high growth reassortant 'seed' viruses for the influenza vaccine, ultimately used to produce 400 to 500 million doses of flu vaccine annually. View the SHSP Dean's Distinguished Leaders Lecture.
NYMC Announces Winners of Inaugural Student Pumpkin Carving Contest 

Students took a welcomed break from their studies and showed off their creativity and sculpting skills for the Inaugural New York Medical College (NYMC) Pumpkin Carving Contest. The carved pumpkins were on display of the south porch of the Alumni House for the NYMC community to admire. Pumpkins were judged in three categories: most intricate carved pumpkin, scariest pumpkin and happiest pumpkin. Winners received a $10 gift certificate redeemable at the soon-to-reopen CafĂ©. Congratulations to, from left: 
  • Faria Rahman, School of Medicine (SOM) Class of 2023 - happiest (tie) 
  • Anisha Mahat SOM Class of 2023 - scariest 
  • Linda Ye, SOM 2023 - happiest (tie) 
  • Deepika Dhawan, SOM Class of 2023 - most intricate
Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., Addresses Bigotry and Racism 

Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., chancellor and chief executive officer, wrote on the topic of "othering," the act of creating division by treating people as different or inferior, in response to U.S. Senator David Perdue mispronouncing the name of vice presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris in The Globe Post on October 27. Read Dr. Halperin's thoughts on Senator Perdue's Willful Mispronunciation of Harris' Name Is Foul Bigotry.
Jennifer Riekert, M.B.A., Shares her Thoughts on Ending the Female Recession 

Jennifer Riekert, M.B.A., vice president of communications and strategic initiatives, addressed the issue of the female recession-women in the workforce altering their careers or leaving their jobs because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Her views were published in The Hill on October 29. Read Ms. Riekert's view To End the Female Recession, Women Need Their Own Rally Cry.
George W. Contreras, M.E.P., M.P.H., M.S., CEM, FAcEM, top row center, assistant director of the Center for Disaster Medicine and assistant professor in the Institute of Public Health, was an invited speaker at the National Argentinian Association of Emergency Medical Services Symposium on October 22 with more than 500 attendees online. His presentation focused on the COVID-19 response in the New York area, the role of the paramedic, and lessons identified for the health sector in Argentina as they also deal with surges in cases.
At the American Public Health Association (APHA) 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting and Expo on October 24 - 28, 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 elected chair of the International Health Section, the third largest section of APHA, for a three-year term beginning October 29, 2020.
According to an article in the New York Herald on October 10, 1918, New York Medical College was among the medical schools to call upon fourth-year medical students to help with the nursing shortage in New York City during the 1918 influenza pandemic. Thomas J. Preston, Ph.D., dean of New York Medical College from 1918 to 1920, assigned 30 students to work at Metropolitan Hospital.

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Yoga Class for Faculty and Staff
Mondays  |  5:30 p.m.  |  Zoom Meeting
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Virtual yoga class led by certified yoga instructor Mary Butler-Fink

Wednesday, November 11
7:00 p.m.
Department of Speech-Language Pathology Info Session
Thursday, November 12
6:00 p.m.
SHSP StuHE Public Health Career Mentor Session
Wednesday, November 18
3:30 p.m.
Department of Public Health Webinar
Wednesday, November 25
3:00 p.m.
Day Before Thanksgiving Closure
Thursday, November 26
All Day
NYMC Closed: Thanksgiving
Friday, November 27
All Day
NYMC Closed: Thanksgiving

New York Medical College Leadership News

The Globe Post - 10/27/2020
Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., chancellor and chief executive officer

The Hill - 10/30/2020
Jennifer Riekert, M.B.A., vice president of communications and strategic initiatives

New York Medical College News

Faculty News

George W. Contreras, M.E.P., M.P.H., M.S., CEM, FAcEM, assistant director of the Center for Disaster Medicine and assistant professor in the Institute of Public Health

CBS News - 10/23/2020
Robert G. Lahita, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine

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