ROSSI THE Volume 3 | July 2013 The Student Newsletter of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai A Career in Education: An Interview with Erica Friedman By K. H. Vincent Lau Since 1994, Erica Friedman, MD, has served in numerous medical education roles at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, most recently as Associate Dean for Education Assessment and Scholarship, and Medical Director of the Morchand Center for Clinical Competence. She is a recipient of many teaching awards and project grants, including research grants from the AAMC, the Medical, Educational and Scientific Foundation of New York, Inc, and the Oregon State Attorney General's Prescriber Education Program. In 2012, she served as the founding faculty mentor and editor-atlarge of The Rossi. K.H. Vincent Lau, former editor-in-chief of the Rossi, recently spoke with Dr. Friedman about her career, her views on medical education, and her love for the arts. At the time of publication, Dr. Friedman is the Deputy Dean and Medical Professor at Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at The City College of New York. Early in your career, did you ever think you would become an associate dean of a medical school? When I was in medical school, I wanted to be a primary care doctor in New England and trade goods, like chickens, for my services. During my internship, I got very excited about immunology, because one of my first patients had an intestinal bypass for morbid obesity and developed a sarSEE FRIEDMAN, PAGE 7 COURTESY OF ERICA FRIEDMAN Erica Friedman was the Associate Dean for Education Assessment and Scholarship. Successful Match Day Celebrated at Mount Sinai By Dipal Savla, MII Sinai Seeks Ways to Reduce Stress Among Residents, Students . . . Page 2 Are White Coat Ceremonies Too Elitist? . . . Page 2 Essay Contest Highlights Student Perspectives on Professionalism . . . Page 3 Being an Effective Mentor and Mentee . . . Page 11 Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and find out where they will conSince 1952, on the third Thursday tinue their training. The match procin March, senior medical students ess is a complicated one: in order to nationwide have maxi miz e the celebrated Match number of filled Day, the culminatraining programs, tion of an arduous, the NRMP uses a year-long applicacomputerized tion process to mathematical alresidency progorithm to match grams. As a class, preferences of the these soon-to-be applicants with physicians gather those of the resitogether to open dency program up their envelopes COURTESY OF MOUNTSINAI.COM directors. SEE MATCH, PAGE 4 from the National Sinai students celebrate at Match Day.