Med Ed Connect  | Fall 2017
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New Beginnings

There’s something invigorating about starting anew: the excitement you feel after setting fresh goals, and the rush you experience after they catch on. Over the past few months, the Department of Medical Education declared, ‘Out with the old; in with the new” by welcoming new faces, initiatives, and even aesthetics into the mix.

Scroll down to see what we mean.


In Case You Missed It

A Sea of White Coats

On September 18, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) officially welcomed 140 first-year students during the School’s Twentieth Annual White Coat Ceremony. In the spirit of tradition, the incoming class created its own oath and vowed to leverage their privilege and “commit to being tireless advocates who will empower patients to bridge gaps in their health, access to care, and knowledge.”

Welcome the Class of 2021!

Becoming the "Next"

You may have noticed it on the hallway monitors, new admissions materials, and even this newsletter: the Department of Medical Education received a branding facelift. Since the spring, the School has been involved in a rebranding project that would revamp our look and feel, message, and goals. 
What we offer and how we do it, all comes back to the idea of how we envision our students, faculty, and staff: the next leaders in medicine and science; the next innovators in purposeful solutions; the next agents of change. And our new design conveys that message.

To ensure consistent and compelling communication, we encourage you to review the Brand Messaging Map and the updated Brand Guidelines. For more information, contact MéLisa Best.

Ace Your Career

The Department of Medical Education has developed a new professional development program to help you ascend in your career: ACES (Advancing Careers and Enhancing Skills). ACES, an outgrowth of the Employee Engagement Committee (E2), offers: 
  • Staff Training
  • Dale Carnegie Leadership Training
  • Project Management Certification Programs
  • Conference and Networking Opportunities
Sessions for ACES’s first offering, “The Whole Leader,” will begin in November, and applications are being accepted now through October 20
For more information, contact E2.

Making More Changes Now

Since the debut of Change Now—the website that connects ISMMS students and staff—the Department of Medical Education’s leadership team has posted new content. Explore the site and learn about new initiatives at the School, including: updates on self-care and wellness for students, faculty, and staff; graduation awards for anti-racism change-makers; and additional resources related to racism and bias, wellness, and accreditation.
For more information about Change Now, download this one-page flyer.

Depression Screening Day

Mental illness affects us all, whether through our own personal battles or indirectly through family, friends, coworkers, and associates. To raise awareness and combat the stigma of mental illness, the Department of Medical Education hosted a Depression Screening Day.

The one-hour event was mandatory for all first-, second-, and third-year medical students, and featured two courageous speakers who shared their personal battles with mental illness and depression, including psychiatrist and keynote presenter Anand Pandya, MD. During the event, the Department of Medical Education announced that all first-year medical students will be trained in mental health first-aid, going forward.

Depression Screening Day at ISMMS was a precursor to
Mental Illness Awareness Week (#MIAW)—a national movement that provides a dedicated time for mental health advocates to get involved, inspire, and inform others.
IcahnBeWell, the wellness program at the Icahn School of Medicine, created a new digital guide to connect the ISMMS community with wellness-related resources, which include: podcasts, apps, videos, and a reading list curated by the program. Explore the site for yourself.

Mount Sinai Stands with DACA

On Tuesday, September 26, Mount Sinai students, faculty, and staff, took a definitive stand in solidarity with DACA recipients here and across the nation, showing their support through a day of action. The one-hour event, packed with activities ranging from phone-banking, letter-writing, and storyboarding, made a huge organic and social impact. Here’s a snapshot of what was accomplished:
The Mount Sinai Stands with DACA event, organized by a host of ISMMS student groups, reaffirmed sentiments toward DACA recipients shared by the entire Mount Sinai Health System: We support you; we will protect you.

Send-offs and Soirees

Goodbyes are never easy. And over the past few months, we’ve had to part ways with a few things—including the summer season. Here’s how:

The Class of 2017 Takes on New Paths

On Friday, May 12, the Icahn School of Medicine celebrated its Forty-eighth Commencement Ceremony at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. The School held two ceremonies and conferred a total of 450 degrees. Graduating medical students from the Class of 2017 are now residents, training in over 20 specialties across the country. Among the most popular residency specialties our graduates matched were: Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Family Medicine, General Surgery, and Orthopedic Surgery. Congratulations!

Six Weeks of Summer Training

Ninety-one high school students, who participated in the Center for Excellence in Youth Education’s (CEYE) Summer Program, graduated on Tuesday, August 15. The Commencement Ceremony was held in the Goldwurm Auditorium. The keynote speaker, Edwardo, J. Rodriguez, PhD, LMHC, and Executive Director of New Fronteras, encouraged the graduates to continue developing their drive for science and medicine. Congratulations to the graduates and the CEYE team who are successfully building leaders for the future.

The Interns

Every year, the Department of Medical Education welcomes summer interns who join the team from June through August. This year, eight interns assisted the department on various teams.
The 2017 Department of Medical Education Interns:
Angelica Johnson, CEYE Intern; Joyce Rhim, Enrollment Services Intern; Alicia O'Neal, Student Health Center/EHHOP Intern; Simran Malhorta, Admissions Intern; Christina Chang, Student and Curricular Affairs Intern; Jonathan Leitman, Adminstration Intern (top row, from left to right); Eric Alerte, Morchand Center Intern; and Tafari Williams, CME Intern (bottom row, from from left to right).
We sent our interns off with well-wishes on August 11, as they returned to their respective studies at Brown University, Cornell University, and Stony Brook University.

Social Soirees and Summer Sunsets

In posh fashion, the Department of Medical Education took in one of the last summer sunsets during a rooftop social. The event, held on Friday, September 15 at The Rooftop Terrace (atop the Kravis Children’s Hospital), was hosted by E2, which has a few more activities planned—including Reverse Trick-or-Treating this month. Contact E2 for more information about future events or to join the committee.  
Student Centric
When our students voice concerns, contribute fresh ideas, or have significant accomplishments during their medical careers at ISMMS, we strive to remedy, share, or applaud them. Here are a few highlights.

For Students, By Students

Students at the Icahn School of Medicine are multifaceted and shoulder their responsibility as medical trainees with other identities: being artists, activists, athletes, and more. Some students have shared their stories on MacroMD, the student perspective blog. Are you caught up on the latest articles? Here are some highlights:
If you have a story, we want to share it.

You can become a contributor to MacroMD by completing the contact form or emailing us at Pitch an idea today.

Mission Accomplished

Our students make the School’s mission statement come alive in their pursuits. From acting as entrepreneurs 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 few months.
Sara Diana Pasik—Assess Before you Rx: Abstract Slam Win
MD candidate Sara Diana Pasik was awarded an Audience Choice Winner for her presentation during the Annual Lown Institute Conference. During the Institute’s abstract slam session, Sara presented her research project, “Assess Before Rx: The Harmful Overtreatment of Asymptomatic Hypertension,” studying the cost and prevalence of the overtreatment of high blood pressure in the health system.
John Rhee—MD/MPH Student Co-Authors APCA Atlas of Palliative Care in Africa
While on Scholarly Year at the Icahn School of Medicine, fourth-year MD/MPH student John Rhee co-authored the APCA Atlas of Palliative Care in Africa (APCA Atlas)—a premiere report that provides a comprehensive overview of the state of palliative care in Africa, covering nearly 90 percent of the continent’s countries. The APCA Atlas was funded by ISMMS along with three other institutions and will be used for advocacy efforts in working with governments and ministries of health to improve palliative care in Africa.


Kathryn Marqueen—AOA Research Fellowship Recipient
MD Candidate, Kathryn Marqueen, is this year's Alpha Omega Alpha's Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship recipient. Under the tutelage of her mentor, Matthew Galsky, MD, she will research treatment procedures for patients considering cystectomy to improve patient outcomes.
Stephen Trinidad—Granted the 2017 FASPE Fellowship
Fourth-year medical student Stephen Trinidad was awarded the FASPE for Medical Students Fellowship. As a recipient of the award, Stephen will travel to Germany and participate in an intensive two-week summer program that explores ethical challenges facing the health care profession today by exploring the roles of physicians in Nazi Germany and during the Holocaust.
Syed Haider—Funded Investigator for Patient Safety Initiative
Third-year medical student Syed Haider is the recipient of the Radiological Society of North America’s (RSNA) Research Medical Student Grant. Syed, under the tutelage of his mentor, Junquian (Gordon) Xu, PhD, will investigate ways for predicting outcomes of progressive degenerative spinal cord conditions using MRI biomarkers. 
Hazel Lever, Syed Haider, and Jimmiti Teysir—North American Refugee Health Conference Selects Medical Student Presenters
MD candidates and volunteers of the Mount Sinai Human Rights Clinic Program Hazel Lever, MS III; Syed Haider, MS III; and Jimmitti Teysir, MS II were selected to deliver presentations at the North American Refugee Health Conference in Toronto this past June. Their presentations were simultaneously published in peer-reviewed journals.
Sue Li—Medical Student Pens and Publishes First Book
Class of 2018 MD candidate and Arch Street Prize winner Sue Li published her first book, Histories, a collection of essays and interviews that highlight one’s motivation for becoming a medical professional. Sue wishes to continue combining her passion for medicine with her love of words by writing more books.

Student Council Awards
MD Student and Activist

Every month, the 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. At the inaugural Student Council meeting, which kicked off the new academic year, third-year medical student Les James received the September award.
Here’s what Les’s peers had to say about her:

Les James’ unwavering commitment to her patients, her fellow students, and the Sinai community as a whole is why she should be recognized. Les, we feel incredibly lucky to call you a future physician colleague and (more importantly) friend.

Her willingness to go above and beyond for every single patient and student she meets is enough of a qualification to win this award. But she has also left a lasting impact on the student body as a whole through her tireless work with the Admissions Committee and LGBTQ+ People in Medicine group. She helped lead the efforts to develop an inclusive academic and professional environment through year-long admissions process review and on-going curriculum reform.
Team Spotlights
From new faces to new roles, here are a few team updates worth mentioning.

Leadership Keeps on Leading

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) appointed Ann-Gel Palermo, MPH, DrPH and Valerie Parkas, MD as officers of the Northeast Group on Student Affairs (NEGSA). Respectively, Drs. Palermo and Parkas will serve as representatives on the Committee on Student Diversity Affairs and Committee on Admissions for the next three years. Their appointment reflects their colleagues’ esteem and dependence on their leadership in medical education.
Dr. Palermo and Peter Gliatto, MD, are also Master Educators—an honor bestowed by the Institute for Medical Education (IME). This year, Drs. Palermo and Gliatto are joined by 11 additional new faculty Master Educators. This designation is testament to their exceptional expertise in medical education; they will continue to contribute to the teaching community as mentors and educators. Congratulations!
This year, the IME inducted 22 new members into its Advanced Membership program. On Tuesday, October 3, IME hosted a rooftop reception at The Rooftop Terrace, in honor of the new inductees of Fellows and Master Educators.

What a Milestone

Congratulations are in order for Valerie Parkas, MD; Jeanette Cotto; and Jeffrey Laitman, MD, (pictured from left to right) who are celebrating work anniversaries of 20, 30, and 40 years respectively.

Get to Know the Team

In recent months, the Department of Medical Education has expanded.
Please welcome our new team members (pictured and listed from left to right):

Peter Brodhead
Director, Continuing Medical Education

Rolando Caraballo
Business Coordinator

Nelson Chin
Financial Analyst, Continuing Medical Education

Asunción Irene Cruz
Grand Rounds Coordinator, Continuing Medical Education

Noel Davila
Assistant Director of Financial Aid

Leona Hess
Education Program Director for Strategy and Equity

Muneeza Iqbal
Program Coordinator, InFocus and Milestones

Maryam Kojiashvili
Administrative Assistant, Continuing Medical Education

David Lee
Assistant Director for Admissions and Recruitment

Janine Pessah
Curriculum Coordinator for ASM, LCE, and Compliance

Ovations for Excellence

MéLisa Best and Phillip Parke (not pictured) are this quarter’s Employee Recognition Award recipients. They have demonstrated excellence and a commitment to the Department of Medical Education. Congratulations!
Upcoming Events
Reverse Trick-or-Treating
Tuesday, October 31

Suit up and join the Medical Education team and medical students to deliver candy, well-wishes, and festivity to young patients in the Kravis Children’s Hospital. Contact E2 for more information.
27th NY Regional Conference: Transgender Medical Care
November 17 | 9 am-5 pm

This full-day conference will address ethical issues that arise in providing medical care and surgery for transgender patients.
Registration is required to attend. Visit the event page for more information.
IME Grand Rounds Kicks-Off
Wednesday, November 1 | Hess 5-101

A brand new Grand Rounds season is back! Join the season’s second session in a discussion that highlights how medical education can broach the subject of patient safety and quality improvements in a health system.
Save the Date!—Seminar Series on Humanism and Ethics in Medicine
Thursday, November 30 | 5:30 pm

This year, the four-part series is focused on “resilience.” The second event of the series will showcase how a professional performer, Gardiner Comfort, overcomes his battle with Tourette Syndrome. Contact
Med Ed Events for more information (and check out a snippet of his one-man theater show above).
Look out for next quarter's issue of Med Ed Connect in winter 2018.
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