Med Ed Connect  |  December 2016
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Moving From Here

The past few months for the Department of Medical Education have been intense.

Internal and societal turbulence has left many of us wondering, “Where do we go from here?”

After taking a look back at some of our accomplishments during this trying time, it is clear that our chosen response is, “Forward.”

Scroll down to see for yourself.

In Case You Missed It

Dr. Tamika Cross made headlines when she took to her Facebook page and shared her encounter of bias and discrimination while aboard a Delta flight. Her story, originally reported by The New York Times, received an outpouring of support and solidarity from female physicians of color nationwide—including some of our own. Following a declaration of support, written by doctors and Med Ed members, women of color in medicine from across the Health System teamed up to unveil what doctors look like—using powerful imagery to make the message clear.
Black female physicians—current and aspiring—from across the Mount Sinai Health System join forces to unveil what doctors look like.
Read more on Medium and show your support by co-signing the declaration.*
*The American Medical Association (AMA) recently interviewed Dr. Cross during Learn Serve Lead 2016—the AAMC's annual meeting. Watch the full interview.

Gender Equity in Academic Medicine

The Institute for Medical Education (IME) kicked-off its Grand Rounds season with an empowering session, “Creating a Culture of Gender Equity in Academic Medicine,” led by guest speaker, Alyssa Westring, PhD.

After describing the factors that can contribute to creating a culture in work environments (i.e., equal access to resources and opportunities, implicit biases, work-life balance, and the role of leadership), Dr. Westring, evaluated their role in a culture-change initiative that her team undertook.

Watch the video below to discover Dr. Westring’s findings.
Visit IME’s Grand Rounds calendar for future events.
Creating a Culture of Gender Equity in Academic Medicine

From This Day Forward

In partnership with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, IME hosted a screening of Sharon Shattuck’s documentary From This Day Forward which  delves into the relationship between Marcia and Trisha—Sharon’s heterosexual mother and transgender father. The film gave Sharon the opportunity to ask questions she never had the chance to as a child and understand how her parents’ marriage survived during her father’s transition.
The film’s website describes From This Day Forward as “the story of a different sort of family in small town America.” But more than that, it is a story of commitment, connection, and endurance that defied all odds. The screening concluded with a Q & A session with the filmmaker.
Learn Serve Lead 2016

Last month, during the Association of American Medical College’s (AAMC) annual meeting—Learn Serve Lead 2016—leaders of the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals convened to discuss the future of academic medicine and innovations within medical education and patient care.

From November 11-15, Medical Education members—including the leadership team and third-year medical students Les James and Elizabeth Tarras—gave presentations on subjects ranging from considerations for implementing innovations in medical education to creating an inclusive environment for transgender students.  
On November 14, third-year medical student Giselle Lynch was recognized by the AAMC and received the 2016 Herbert W. Nickens Student Scholarship for her efforts in eliminating inequities in medical education.
Giselle Lynch, MS III; her twin daughters; and members of Medical Education were all smiles after Giselle's acceptance of the Herbert W. Nickens Student Scholarship.
For a full review of the Annual Meeting by the Department of Medical Education Leadership Team, join IME’s Grand Rounds session on January 25 at noon.

Making Sense of Common Sense

Nada Gligorov, PhD, Associate Professor of Medical Education, bridges the chasm between philosophy and ethics in her newly published book titled, Neuroethics and the Scientific Revision of Common Sense. In her book, Dr. Gligorov looks at concepts of common sense—such as free will, personal identity, and privacy—under a scientific lens. Neuroethics and the Scientific Revision of Common Sense is available for free download while on the Mount Sinai Campus.

Four-part Annual
Event Series Kicks-Off

On September 22, the newly named  Alexander Richman, MD and Charlotte Yudell, MD Seminar Series on Humanism and Ethics in Medicine, launched with the first event of its four-part series on loss: “Transforming Grief through Neuroscience, Narrative, and Community.”
Michael Basile (left) and Quincy Beard (right) portray Nick and Joan—the protagonists of Anne Nelson's play "The Guys."
The event featured professionally acted scenes from “The Guys,” a play focused on fire captain Nick and editor Joan, as she helps him prepare eulogies for the firefighters in his unit who died on September 11. These scenes were interspersed with panel discussion featuring the play’s author Anne Nelson; Daniela Schiller, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience; and Philip Lister, MD, Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry.

Plans are underway for the next event in the series,
 “Coping with Loss: A Bioethical Perspective,” slated for February 16.
Student Centric
When our students voice concerns, contribute fresh ideas, or make significant accomplishments during their medical careers at ISMMS, we strive to remedy, applaud, and share them. Here are a few highlights.


Last month, the Icahn School of Medicine hosted its first ever SINAIMedMaker Challenge, a health care technology competition focused on creating innovative solutions to treat patient pain and fatigue.
PT Partners team members pictured after their SINAIMedMaker Challenge win. Team members include MD Candidates John Di Capua, Taylor Miller, Dong Yao, Davis Zhou, and MD/PhD Candidate Ryan Neff (not pictured).
This year, PT Partners, a team formed of second-year medical and dual-degree students, accepted the challenge—and won. Learn more about their innovative solution for knee surgery patients on MacroMD.
IcahnBeWell's First
Wellness Grand Rounds

In addition to touting a new name and webpage, last month IcahnBeWell started its first Wellness Grand Rounds. The event featured an interactive panel discussion led by Sunny Kishore, MD, PhD, MSc; Jessica Rizzuto, MPP, MS II; and Jordyn Feingold, MAPP, MS I—following her presentation on REVAMP, a theory on positive psychology for well-being.
Sunny Kishore, MD, PhD, MSc opened the Wellness Grand Rounds with a discussion about vulnerability in the medical environment.
Check out MacroMD this month, as we feature Jordyn’s six-part REVAMP theory for maintaining well-being during the dark days of winter.
Islamophobia Conference
On November 1, the Muslim Student Association at Mount Sinai (MSA) presented the first annual Islamophobia symposium titled, “Islamophobia Today: Our Response.” The conference aimed to increase the visibility of Muslims at Mount Sinai and discuss the impact of Islamophobia on health care and society at large. 
Organizers, supporters, and speakers of the "Islamophobia Today: Our Response" symposium (from left to right): Gary Butts, MD; Benjamin Boodaie, MS II; Syed Haider, MS II; Sheikh Faiyaz Jaffer; Linda Sarsour; Meira Neggaz, MPH; Jerusha Lamptey, PhD; Aiya Aboubakr, MS II; Michelle Sainte; and Saad Kamal, MS II. 
Be sure to look at MacroMD next month, as we interview MSA's Syed Haider for a recap of this symposium and future initiatives for the organization.

Student Council
Awards Two MD Students

Every month, Student Council at the Icahn School of Medicine selects two students who exemplify the School's mission in word and deed, and awards them with the MD Student Council Award of Excellence. November’s recipients were Alexandra Cours, MS III and Lucy Goodson, MS II.
Here’s what their peers had to say about them.

"Alex is the voice of pediatrics for the student body." 

"Despite Sinai's previous low levels of student advocacy opportunities in pediatrics, Alex has started a new dialogue on these issues...[and] helped her peers access opportunities in the field."

"Her upbeat attitude in all of these capacities sets a high bar for those around her." 

"Lucy Goodson works tirelessly to bring compassion back into our medical school culture."

"Lucy has brought a necessary glue to our Mount Sinai community."

"The work she [has] done for LGBTQ+ People in Medicine as well as with Mental health reform and...InFocus 3, is truly outstanding."


sHVC Second Annual Pitch Day

On December 6, the Student High Value Care Committee—an ISMMS student-run organization dedicated to improving care and decreasing cost of care for patients—hosted its second annual sHVC Pitch Day.

In Shark Tank fashion, students identified points of low-value care in the Mount Sinai Health System and pitched novel interventions to improve them. Student pitches were presented to faculty judges including Andrew Dunn, MD; Deb Korenstein, MD; David Muller, MD; Beth Raucher, MD; and Andrew Snyder, MD, FAAP.
The Student High Value Care Committee gather after a successful Pitch Day.
After tallying the judges and audience votes, three teams walked away with cash prizes for their winning pitches. Check out the Facebook Live video to watch the event.

Mission Accomplished

Our students make the School’s mission statement come alive in their pursuits. From taking on entrepreneurial opportunities to winning impressive fellowships to improve health care, our students are living with intention and becoming true agents of change. See a few of the impressive feats some of them have accomplished over the past three months.


Giselle Lynch
2016 Herbert W. Nickens Student Scholarship

Denisse Rojas Marquez
Publishes: "Providing Health
Care to Undocumented
Residents: Program details
and lessons learned from
three California county
health programs"

Zachary Lorsch
Mount Sinai Representative
of the American Physician
Scientists Association


John Di Capua
Taylor Miller
Dong Yao
Davis Zhou
Ryan Neff

Challenge Winners

Hannah Major-Monfried
American Society of Hematology’s Abstract Achievement Award

Gold Humanism Honor Society Inductees

Alpha Omega Alpha Inductees
Team Spotlights


More than just a hashtag, #WeAreMedEd is a movement that showcases the team’s collaborative and creative initiatives.

In October, for instance Med Ed staff and students
suited up to "reverse trick-or-treat," distributing candy and well-wishes to the young patients of the Kravis Children’s Hospital.
Med Ed staff and students doubled as villains and childhood heroes to make sure the young patients of the Kravis Children's Hospital had a happy Halloween.
The Employee Engagement Committee, affectionately known as E2 (E-Squared), hosts a number of team-building events throughout the year to connect members of Med Ed. The last event of the season was the action-packed Game Night. 
Whether we win or lose, it's all about the connection.
Members of Med Ed pose with their Wheel of Fortune hostess for Game Night.
Check out the event photo gallery and be sure to join the next E2 event.

Meet Your New Colleagues

Since October, the Department of Medical Education added two new members to the team: Scarlett Perry and Jeanifer Tang. Welcome.
Scarlett Perry
CEYE Program Assistant
Jeanifer Tang
Clinical Coordinator
Student Health Center

Ovations for Excellence

Olga Alagiozidou received this quarter’s Team Med Ed Award for demonstrating excellence and a commitment to the Department of Medical Education. Congratulations.

What a Milestone

The Department of Medical Education celebrates the anniversaries of  Deborah Alleyne and Jennifer Reyes, who have been part of the team for 10 and 15 years respectively. Thank you for years of dedication.
Upcoming Events
Ethical Issues in Providing Health Care for Undocumented Immigrants

Friday, December 9 at 9 am  
Goldwurm Auditorium

Medical professionals and public officials will present strategies for providing health care to undocumented immigrants.

The event will be preceded at 8 am with Medical Grand Rounds featuring Harriet Washington, author of Medical Apartheid.

Register to attend.
Symposium on Access and Inclusion for Undocumented Students

Saturday, December 10 at 8 am  
Annenberg 13-01

A symposium created to support and provide resources for undocumented students who are pursuing a career in the health professions.

Register to attend.

Annenberg Art Competition Submissions
Deadline: January 31

Learn this year's requirements for submitting your original pieces.
Look out for next quarter's issue of Med Ed Connect in March.
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