NYMC School of Medicine Viewbook
An overview of the School of Medicine, its students, faculty, academics, educational highlights, curriculum, learning environment and campus life.
School of Medicine New York Medical College New York Medical College School of Medicine Ready to apply? Go to www.nymc.edu/apply.html Becoming a Doctor How long have you aspired to become a physician? Since childhood or sometime during your schooling? Or perhaps you discovered this passion later, even embarking on another career before you realized your professional vocation. We share your commitment. New York Medical College School of Medicine Passion for Learning Are you prepared to continuously strive to acquire the knowledge and skills of an accomplished and caring physician? To be engaged by inspiring faculty, visionary research, compelling academics, and an unwavering dedication to learning? We welcome you to our community of learners. New York Medical College School of Medicine We Pledge • To provide a dynamic educational program that inspires our students to become expert, compassionate, culturally sensitive physicians. • To encourage and support a diverse student body, taught by a dedicated faculty that prepares our graduates for a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural 21st century world. • To connect students with patients right from the start—offering early clinical experiences with practicing physicians and access to a diverse network of clerkship sites. • To sponsor highly sought-after accredited residency, fellowship and continuing medical education programs that foster lifelong learning. New York Medical College School of Medicine Educational Highlights Excellent Faculty Gifted, dedicated teachers are what make New York Medical College a superior medical school. During your four years here, you’ll work alongside more than 3,000 physicians, scientists, researchers and healthcare professionals who have accrued a lifetime of experience and accomplishment in 6 basic science and 19 clinical science departments. Renowned for their contributions to medicine and the biomedical sciences, our faculty continuously earn national and international acclaim for their publications, research, and contributions to medicine, education and the advancement of health. Early Patient Contact We believe that the best medical education starts up close, with firsthand patient encounters at the earliest possible point in your medical education. Within weeks of starting your studies at New York Medical College, you will be interviewing patients and taking histories during your Foundations of Clinical Medicine course. Foundations of Clinical Medicine We know you are eager to begin your journey toward becoming a doctor. Working with a variety of patients in many different settings is central to our program’s success. Our preceptors—dedicated, community-based doctors who turn their clinical practices into classrooms—teach first- and second-year medical students the principles of primary care medicine in an outpatient setting. The experiences you encounter with patients from various cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds will teach you, in a personal and immediate way, how social history influences a patient’s health behaviors, as well as his or her relationship with you, the evolving physician. To read more, go to www.nymc.edu/primarycare.html 2 Technology NYMC is keeping up with technological advances in medical education. In the lecture hall, audience response systems allow students to instantly interact with professors using a wireless keypad. A digital curriculum database is a portal to an integrated knowledge resource that offers lecture capture recordingsâ€”the ability to listen to and view lectures online, and to arrange archived recordings into meaningful segments that can be reviewed whenever and wherever the student is ready. The school also subscribes to a virtual patient case system that offers online medical case studies in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics and surgery. Students can log on from any internet connection to engage with virtual patients and gain immediate feedback. Diversity of Patients and Clinical Experiences NYMC is ideally situated to provide you with an impressive array of clinical experiences. Through our network of more than 20 affiliated hospitals and medical centers, you will encounter the health challenges found in inner-city public hospitals as well as suburban and rural locales. Your experiences might include rotations at a fast-paced tertiary care facility, a center for hospice care, or a world-renowned childrenâ€™s hospital. There is no better way to discover and develop your skills as a caring practitioner than to work one-on-one with the varied populations of this diverse clinical network. Dual Degree Programs For medical students interested in research, we offer a dual M.D./Ph.D. degree, with the freedom to choose any of the six programs in the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences for your concentration. Completing this degree generally takes six to seven years. Alternatively, you could combine your medical school studies with a masters degree program in the School of Health Sciences and Practice, where an M.D./M.P.H. degree can be completed in four or five years. Ready to apply? Go to www.nymc.edu/apply.html 3 New York Medical College School of Medicine Academics Programs of Study Our approach to medical education balances the importance of academic excellence, rigorous research and expert clinical care. Our goal is not only to train well-rounded physicians, but also to prepare them for the medical and social complexities of todayâ€™s world. We do that with more than 1,400 full-time and 1,600 voluntary faculty, and a curriculum that draws on 25 clinical and basic sciences departments. At the same time, we focus on the deeply personal components of becoming a physician, enriching medical education with the values and attitudes that todayâ€™s ethical and compassionate practitioner requires. First Year In your first year, you will take courses in gross anatomy, biochemistry, neuroscience, physiology, epidemiology, cell biology, behavioral science, community and preventive medicine and medical ethics. Within the first few weeks, you will also learn medical interviewing and physical examination skills and work side by side with a primary care physician in his or her practice. To read more, go to www.nymc.edu/calendars.html 4 Second Year During your second year, you will spend less time in large lectures and more time in small discussion groups, focusing on clinical skills and problem-solving in pathology/ pathophysiology, medical pharmacology, and medical microbiology. Your work with physician mentors continue during the Foundations of Clinical Medicine II course and you will practice on various types of simulated patients—both trained actors playing the part of patients and technological marvels such as cardiology mannequins that breathe, pulse and go into arrest. By the end of second year, you will be equipped to take a complete and accurate history, conduct a thorough physical exam and create well thought-out differential diagnoses. Third and Fourth Years Your immersion in the basic sciences and early patient experiences with a preceptor prepare you in your third year for a post at a teaching hospital where you will complete clinical clerkships in medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, neurology and family medicine. You will become an integral part of a clinical team of attending physicians, residents and nurses. In addition to attending lectures and rounds, you will have the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned to supervised patient care. The emphasis on clinical experience increases during your fourth year, with a subinternship in the field of your choice, rotations in diagnostic medicine/radiology, critical care, emergency medicine, and a special one week Transition to Residency program. You will also complete an additional 18 weeks of electives, which can offer an exciting glimpse into the specialties and programs where you may decide to do your residency. “ At the same time, we focus on the deeply personal components of becoming a physician, enriching medical education with the values and attitudes that today’s ethical and compassionate practitioner requires. ” Ready to apply? Go to www.nymc.edu/apply.html 5 New York Medical College School of Medicine Learning Environment At the hub of activity on campus is the Medical Education Centerâ€”four floors of educationcentered facilities and amenities designed to cluster teaching areas and research labs in specialized spaces. On the first floor are three lecture halls with sophisticated educational media capabilities. The second and third floors each feature nine modular classrooms that can be further divided into small group teaching and study rooms, accommodating more than 200 students in a variety of flexible configurations. Gross Anatomy Lab The 2,800 sq. ft. Alumni Gross Anatomy Lab occupies the entire top floor of the Medical Education Center. Its high ceilings and skylight windows suffuse the room with ambient, natural light. The labâ€™s specialized ventilation system infuses the room with fresh air, while video monitors allow you to observe a procedure from any position in the room. Library You can visit the Health Sciences Library to take advantage of its up-to-the-minute collection of periodicals, books, videotapes and software, or you can log into its online computer databases for immediate, remote access to the latest scientific literature, gene libraries, and other vital research material. 6 Access to Faculty More than 3,000 physicians, scientists, researchers and healthcare professionals usher you through your years at NYMC. They’re here because they want to help shape the healthcare system of tomorrow by teaching and mentoring the next generation—your generation—of physicians. Few medical schools will give you more consistently immediate access to faculty, and ours number among the nation’s most accomplished clinicians, scientists, and educators. Collegiality Choosing New York Medical College makes you part of a community. As a student here, you share a vision with thousands of physicians, scientists, public health specialists, and other healthcare professionals who are dedicated to excellence in education and training, research, healthcare and community service. From the day you arrive, your fellow students are colleagues and your teachers are mentors. The spirit is one of collegiality. Our entire community is committed to your medical education and professional success. “ Ready to apply? Go to Our faculty number among the nation’s most accomplished clinicians, scientists and educators, and the spirit is one of collegiality. ” www.nymc.edu/apply.html 7 New York Medical College School of Medicine Campus Life Location The New York Medical College campus is located 30 miles north of Manhattan in Westchester County—450 square miles of historic river towns, suburban communities, rural enclaves and urban centers. Although public transportation is available, having a car is essential in order to fully participate in the geographically diverse clinical experiences included in the curriculum and to take advantage of the myriad of recreational and cultural offerings in the county. Within short driving distance from campus you will find everything from big name department stores to fine restaurants, local nightlife, antique shops, farmers’ markets, and historic sites and restorations. For outdoor adventures, there are state parks, rivers and lakes for hiking, cycling, rock climbing, fishing or swimming. The growing and vibrant arts scene, with galleries, theaters, folk cafes, jazz clubs and a symphony orchestra will satisfy culture seekers. One additional perk of NYMC’s location is its proximity to New York City. Bus, train or car will get you there in as little as 30 minutes, depending on traffic and where in the city you’re going. To read more, go to www.nymc.edu/StudentServices/ 8 New York City Housing One of the unique aspects of the NYMC community is the availability of on-campus housing. The student residences on the Valhalla Campus are comprised of garden- and suite-style complexes. A centrally located student center contains a laundry room and exercise center equipped with a weight room and cardio-fitness room. Monthly housing charges include all utilities. Cable TV (including selected premium channels) is provided. Air conditioning units are not included; however, you may install your own. The garden-style complex is comprised of one, two and three bedroom unfurnished apartments. Single students as well as married couples and families are eligible to live in these carpeted units. Kitchens are equipped with a full size refrigerator, microwave oven and electric oven/stove. The suite-style complex is for single students only. Each apartment contains three or four single bedrooms, a full living/dining room, a kitchen with full size refrigerator, microwave oven and gas oven/stove and two bathrooms. Off the living room is a private balcony/ terrace. All apartments are carpeted and fully furnished with dining table and four chairs, a couch, loveseat, and a coffee and end table in the living room. Each bedroom has a twin, extra-long bed, five-drawer dresser, desk with a bookcase carrel and desk chair. Off-campus housing is available in nearby Tarrytown, Elmsford, Valhalla, Pleasantville, Mount Pleasant, Thornwood or White Plains, all about 10 minutes away, so youâ€™ll need a car. The College also provides off-campus housing workshops. Plus, Extended Stay Hotels in Elmsford, five miles from campus, offers NYMC students specially-discounted, fully-furnished studio apartments. Ready to apply? Go to www.nymc.edu/apply.html 9 New York Medical College School of Medicine Student Connections A rich and active student life is an important complement to medical school. That’s why we host a wide variety of clubs and activities on and off campus and urge our students to get involved. Specialized medical student groups for minority students, women, and various cultural subgroups provide a home for cultural and political preferences. There are traditional student medical associations, clubs devoted to medical specialties, and clubs for the arts and enjoyment, such as a cappella, wind ensemble, and wine tasting. Student publications welcome your commentaries, research abstracts, poetry and artwork, humor, faculty profiles, and restaurant and music reviews. Student Government Run for Student Senate and have a voice in shaping the quality of student life at NYMC. The Senate addresses students’ problems and needs by serving as a liaison to the administration. The group also sponsors social events, lectures and intramural sports, supports fundraising efforts, and publishes the yearbook. Recreation We offer a full range of sports and exercise options, including dance, fitness, softball, basket ball, racquet sports, climbing, soccer, volleyball and women’s basketball. Play a sport that’s not listed? Find help in getting a group started. Community Outreach Student groups literally find a world of oppor tunities to contribute to the community, both locally and globally. A chapter of the American Red Cross Corps is right on campus. Or you could explore the Boricua Latino Health Organ ization, which undertakes some of the most pressing issues in the Latino community. If global action drives you, then you may be interested in Physi cians for Human Rights, Student Physi cians for Social Responsibility, or the Genocide Awareness and Prevention Club. La Casita de la Salud La Casita de la Salud (Spanish for “Little House of Health”) does big work. Volunteer for this student-run clinic, which brings primary and preventive health care to East Harlem’s uninsured and undoc umented adults regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, or ability to pay. STEP STEP is an acronym for Science and Technology Entry Program, a state-funded project aimed at helping minority students and other economically disadvantaged students from high schools in lower Westchester and the Bronx. The Saturday morning program is staffed by medical students who volunteer their time tutoring youths who are considering medical school and other healthcare careers. 10 SPAD First-year students create their own medical conference when they volunteer for StudentPhysician Awareness Day (SPAD), an annual event planned, organized and conducted by medical students. Classes are canceled for the day to allow students to participate in a series of seminars covering topics that go beyond the traditional curriculum. Convocation of Thanks You’ll finish your first year with the Convocation of Thanks, an emotionally intimate and stirring ceremony that uses song, poetry, prose and art offered by first-year students as a way to convey their appreciation for those who donated their bodies for the study of human anatomy. The event is attended by the families and friends of the anatomical donors—sometimes called the “first teachers.” Research Opportunities Cutting-edge Research— bench, clinical and population-based—plays a major role in the vibrant and vigorous intellectual atmosphere at NYMC. More than $34.5 million in sponsored research and other programs makes New York Medical College the leading academic biomedical research center between New York City and Albany. Our campus and affiliated institutions house researchers and clinical investigators whose investigation into cardiovascular disease, cancer, kidney disease and renal research, infectious disease and the neurosciences is leading to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illnesses and emerging public health threats. Raise Your Research Profile— Students are encouraged to participate in research activities on campus as a way to develop scientific writing, critical analysis and presentation skills. Students can present their work to fellow students, faculty and members of the scientific community at national or even international meetings, often taking home awards or publishing credits. Medical Student Research Forum—The annual Medical Student Research Forum offers an intramural competition of oral presentations and poster sessions in basic and clinical science. An afternoon keynote address is delivered by guest speakers that may include Nobel laureates and other leading scientists. Past forums have resulted in candidates for drug patents, scientific articles, and the application of new technology and medical techniques—all by students. To read more, go to www.nymc.edu/clubs.html Ready to apply? Go to www.nymc.edu/apply.html 11 New York Medical College School of Medicine Affording Your Education We know how hard it is to finance a medical education. We know that today’s economic climate makes it even harder. The Office of Student Financial Planning at New York Medical College offers students a financial program that assists them with their decision making before, during and even after medical school. The Office strives to help students locate the numerous financial resources available and understand how these resources will impact their lives. Our goal is to sharpen your financial literacy and help you make sound and educated financial choices. New York Medical College graduates have one of the lowest student loan default rates in the nation. We believe our students have benefited from the expertise and support of the Student Financial Planning Office. To read more, go to www.nymc.edu/financialaid.html “ New York Medical College graduates have one of the lowest student loan default rates in the nation. ” Ready to apply? Go to 12 www.nymc.edu/apply.html A Community of Healers In an atmosphere of collaboration and collegiality, our students hone their skills to perfect the practice and art of medicine. They aspire to earn the privilege of caring for the health of individuals and the well-being of society. We invite you to join our community of healers. New York Medical College School of Medicine The Future is Here In our increasingly complex world, society needs competent and compassionate doctors more than ever. We promise to do our best to equip you with the knowledge, skills, and experiences you need to achieve your personal best, just as we have continued to do since 1860. The rest is up to you. 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