Med Ed Connect  |  March 2017
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Taking Charge

Life is variable. Circumstances can change in an instant, and when they do, our reaction to those changes says a lot about who we are.

Whether change in circumstance calls for legislative action to fight against threatening policies or candid conversation with our loved ones about end-of-life decisions, it’s critical for people to drop their fears and take charge.

Over the past few months, the Department of Medical Education has taken charge.

Scroll down to see how.

Upcoming Events
Questions when Speaking
with a Dying Child

Richman Series on Loss
Thursday, April 20 | 5–6:30 pm
Register to attend.

2017 Achievement Ceremony
and Dean's Reception

Thursday, May 11
In Case You Missed It
In case you missed it, here's a snapshot of what the Department of Medical Education has been up to for the past three months.
Match Day 2016 at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

First, Do No Harm

Medical professionals and trainees are united by a solemn principle of patient care: Do no harm. On January 30, medical students nationwide took that pledge to heart in a day of solidarity to support the over
30 million people at risk of losing their health care coverage if the Affordable Care Act is repealed.

To support the #DoNoHarm movement, our students organized an action-packed day that began with advocacy workshops, a panel discussion, and a Story Slam. The day culminated with a citywide march and die-in at the News Corp headquarters on Avenue of the Americas.

Students from 20 other medical schools in NYC joined Icahn School of Medicine  students, faculty, and staff.

Watch the
livestream video of the day’s session in Stern Auditorium.

Making a Change—Now

It’s official: Change Now, the website that connects ISMMS students and staff, has launched! The leadership team of the Department of Medical Education created this website with one goal: transparent communication.

Change Now will feature timely updates important to the ISMMS learning environment and initiatives such as: addressing diversity, racism and bias, enhancing wellness and mental health, and our school’s initiatives with national accreditation standards.
Explore Change Now to discover ways we are creating a climate for change and becoming better leaders, students, and colleagues.
ISMMS Faculty and Staff: To promote Change Now and ISMMS social media platforms, we revised the departmental email signature. Please download the instructions and change your email signatures by Friday, April 7.

Hot Off the Press

Every year, the Department of Medical Education publishes the Dean's Report—a newsletter that highlights the latest developments in medical education at the Icahn School of Medicine. This year, the Dean's Report focuses on the work we are doing to combat racism and bias in health care and medical education. The articles feature stories from Medical Education leadership, student group activists, and trailblazers.
The Spring 2017 edition of the Dean's Report, themed "Eliminating Prejudice and Racism in Health Care," is now available to you.

Building the Youth for the Future

It’s no secret that the future lies in the hands of children. The Center for Excellence in Youth Education (CEYE) provides educational programs that expose young underserved students to medical and scientific career paths.

On December 13, 40 seventh- and eighth-grade students from East Harlem participated in the Day with a Scientist series, CEYE’s longest-standing program, learning about the body’s organs during four full-day sessions.

Watch these middle school students share their experience.
Day with a Scientist Program, Full-day Immersion Sessions for 7th & 8th Grade Students
The day’s activities educate local youth about the functions and diseases of the brain. 
The looming threat of a 15 percent cut in funding in science and technology engineering educational programs, like CEYE, provided a chance for the programs’ young students to become advocates.

With CEYE program leaders at the helm, the students marched on Albany to advocate for STEP funding by speaking to state senators and representatives, to show how funding prepares them to
become diverse leaders.

View the
day’s photos on CEYE’s Facebook page.

Empowering a Marginalized Society

At the end of 2016, many people were confused and disheartened by the new administration’s policies that would threaten marginalized communities. As a result, the Department of Medical Education sponsored events and talks to empower minorities:
Ethical Issues in Providing Health Care for Undocumented Immigrants
The Bioethics Program hosted its 26th Annual NY Regional Conference, which focused on ethical issues and strategies when providing health care to undocumented immigrants.

Symposium on Access and Inclusion for Undocumented Students
The Icahn School of Medicine and Pre-health Dreamers (PHD) co-sponsored an interactive symposium to inform pre-health advisors and medical school staff of the requirements and resources available to undocumented students who are interested in pursuing a career in the health professions.
Achieving Independence as an International
Physician-Scientist, Scientist, or Physician in the U.S.

ISMMS hosted an open forum to discuss ways to obtain a Green Card other than through employer sponsorship. The event featured six international physicians and scientists who shared their own stories.
Paul Cummins, PhD moderates the Q&A session of the 26th Annual  NY Reginonal
Conference: Ethical Issues in Providing Health Care for Undocumented Immigrants
Did You Know?

Did you know that the Icahn School of Medicine is a Sanctuary Campus?
The Mount Sinai Health System reassured those with DACA status (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) of its commitment to protect them. Read the declaration

Award-Winning Journalist
Moderates Richman Series

On Thursday, February 16, award-winning journalist and commentator, Bill Moyers moderated the second event of the Richman series on loss titled, “Coping with Loss: A Bioethical Perspective on End of Life Decisions.” Segments of the documentaries On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying and Facing Death were interspersed with a panel discussion which featured palliative care pioneer, Diane Meier, MD, FACP; Karen Osman, MD; and David Muller, MD, FACP.

Look out for the event video on our
YouTube channel in the upcoming weeks.
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.

Graduates Launch into
the Next Phase of their Careers

On March 17, the graduating class participated in one of the most exciting days for any medical student: Match Day. ISMMS graduates were among 18,539 U.S. medical students who participated in Match Day—the largest match to date. Watch the Class of 2017 discover their residency program matches.
Match Day 2017 at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Press play to watch the Class of 2017 celebrate their residency matches.

For Students, By Students

Icahn School of Medicine students are multi-faceted, shouldering their medical training while pursuing other interests as artists, activists, and athletes, for starters. Some students have shared their stories on MacroMD—the student perspective blog. Are you caught up on the latest articles?
If you have a story, we want to share it.

If you are interested in becoming a contributor to MacroMD,
complete the
contact form or email us at

2017 Induction Ceremonies

We’d like to congratulate this year’s Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA)
and Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) Inductees:
2017 Alpha Omega Alpha inductees at the Induction Ceremony and Luncheon.
AOA Student Inductees
Sarah Abramson
Elizabeth Adler
Matthew Anderson
Yotam Arens
Annika Burnett
Holt Cutler
Erin Duggan
Kalla Gervasio
Lawrence Geyman
Alexis Karlin
Khameer Kidia
Nina Kogekar
Brian Krawitz
Danielle Lee
Joseph Lerman
Benjamin Massenburg
Nadav Nahumi
John Nathanson
William Rubenstein
Noa Simchoni
Maximiliano Sobrero
Scott Weinreb
Elizabeth Weissler
Benjamin Wooden
AOA Faculty Inductees
Alan Benvenisty, MD   Andrew Coyle, MD   Daniel Popowich, MD
AOA House Staff Inductees
Rodrigo Garcia Tome, MD  
Philip George, MD  

Riley Kitamura, MD  
Anya Romanoff, MD
GHHS Inductees
David Anderson
Katherine Arden
Maureen Byrne
Brian Cohen
Ann Crawford-Roberts
Lara Crystal-Ornelas
Efe Chantal Ghanney
Anne Hart
Amalia Kane
Varun Kejriwal
Sameer Khan
Jeremy Levenson
Ayiti-Carmel Maharaj-Best
Neil Patel
Phoebe Prioleau
John Rhee
Emily Schorr
Scott Weinreb
Evan Wiley
Eric Woods
Marielle Young
2017 Gold Humanism Honor Society inductees and past members
recite the GHHS Oath and promise to care for their patients.
Distinction in Medical Education Recipients

Distinction in Medical Education (DIME) recognizes and rewards Icahn School of Medicine students who dedicate significant time to education, demonstrate excellence in teaching and/or curriculum development, and who have taken a scholarly approach to their work in education.

Please join us in congratulating the 2017 recipients who will be
recognized at the 2017 Achievement Ceremony on May 11:

Efe Chantal Ghanney   Carolina Miranda  
Thuy-An Tran   Nancy Yang

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 feats some of them have accomplished over the past three months.
Cindi Yim, Denisse Rojas Marquez, Dominic Nistal, and Nitin Chopra (pictured from left to right)
Cindi Yim:
Awarded the Hospital Insurance Company Innovation Grant

Cindi, who is currently on Scholarly Year, will continue her work alongside her project Principal Investigator (PI), Scott Barnett, MD, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education on a novel intervention to improve patient
health literacy and physician-patient communication.
Denisse Rojas Marquez:
Listed Among Forbes 30 Under 30
Denisse has been honored with the designation for her work as a co-founder of Pre-Health Dreamers—a national organization that provides advice, resources, and advocacy to undocumented students who are pursuing a career in the health profession.

Nitin Chopra and Dominic Nistal:
Funded Investigators for Patient Safety Initiative

As funded investigators, Nitin and Dominic will research the impact of intraoperative coaching on patient safety and physician skills in the operating room.They hope their findings will lead to a coaching program throughout the Mount Sinai Health System.
Team Spotlights
From new faces to new roles, here are a few team updates worth mentioning.

We Know How to Party

On Friday, January 13, the Medical Education team partied hard to celebrate the New Year and new team goals at the Annual Party. If you haven’t done so already, download your favorite photo booth pictures.
Amid the laughter, photos, wine and beer, on behalf of the leadership team, David Muller, MD gifted everyone present with books to increase the awareness of some of the work in which Medical Education is most involved: eradicating racism and bias. Among the books were: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks; Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People; and Between the World and Me. For a complete list of books curated by the leadership team, visit the online Levy Library Guide: Race and Bias Reading List and Media.
Maggie Suppa, MBA, IME Program Manager shows off her book choice.
In Case You Forgot

At the Annual Party, the Medical Education team was encouraged to read
and swap books and discuss them with fellow colleagues. How are you doing?
Connecting the Team

The Employee Engagement Committee, affectionately known as E2
(E-Squared), strives to unite Medical Education staff, faculty, and students through service projects, recreational activities, and department-wide events.

The committee identifies and implements activities and events to reward
staff for performance and service to the department, institutions, and communities we serve.
Are You the Next E2  Member?
E2 is currently seeking new committee members!
If you are interested, e-mail for more information.

Introducing One-GME

The new One-GME structure, will be moving from a model of administration and oversight that is site-based to one that is program-based. Of greatest significance is the development of Program Administrative Dyad Teams, composed of both a GME Administrator and House Staff Administrator, who will serve as the primary point of contact for both accreditation and house staff functions. These dyads will be divided in keeping with the current subcommittee structure and working directly with program leadership:

• Hospital-Based Specialties
• Medical Specialties/Internal Medicine
• Medical Specialties/Other
• Surgical Specialties

These teams are comprised of experienced and skilled team members and will ideally create lines of communication and 
reporting that are clear and effective.
The new GME team and structure: One-GME.

The current GME Directors from Mount Sinai Beth Israel  (MSBI; Irene Kontje) and Mount Sinai St. Luke's West (MSSLW; Jennifer Coppola) will be managing these teams.

The remaining team members will fall under the areas of Administration (DIO/Meeting Support, Special Events and Projects, Wellness, etc.) and Finance (New Innovations and IRIS administration) with system responsibilities and reporting through their respective GME Directors.

As of March 6, all non-physician team members from MSBI and MSSLW are now employed by the Icahn School of Medicine.

What a Milestone

The Department of Medical Education celebrates the anniversaries of 
Lynette Bobbitt, CME Enduring Materials Coordinator (5 years; not pictured), Alecia Williams, MPA, MSRO Program Coordinator (5 years), and 
Sherria McDowell, MPH, HCOP Program Manager (10 years).  

Alecia is also the recipient of this quarter's Team Med Ed Award.
She has demonstrated unwavering excellence and a commitment to the Department of Medical Education. Congratulations are in order.
Alecia Williams and Sherria McDowell (pictured from left to right)

Get to Know the Team

Since December, the Department of Medical Education has added six new members to the team. Get to know your colleagues.
Welcome to the team: John Battis, Desirée Cameron-Ayeni, Jacqueline Duran,
Pascal Ferreira, Ruslan Kipnis, and Olga Leibu,MD (pictured from left to right)

John Battis
GME Administrator, Graduate Medical Education

Desirée Cameron-Ayeni
Director of Student Financial Aid and Services

Jacqueline Duran
Admissions Assistant

Pascal Ferreira
GME Administrator,
Graduate Medical Education

Ruslan Kipnis
Admissions Assistant

Olga Leibu, MD
Psychiatrist, Student Mental Health
Look out for next quarter's issue of Med Ed Connect in June.
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