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New York Medical College 2009 – 2010 Annual Report

A i m i n g To wa r d t h e


A dva n c i n g O u r M i s s i o n

Aiming Toward the Future—Advancing Our Mission


New York medical College 2009 – 2010 Annual REport

a m e s s a g e f r o m OUR LE A DERSHIP In 2010, New York Medical College celebrated its Sesquicentennial, marking 150 years since the 8-member faculty began teaching the first medical school class of 59 students. Over the course of Academic Year 2009 – 2010, our community found numerous ways to recognize and rejoice in this important milestone in our illustrious history. Now, as we conclude our year of celebration, we turn our gaze to the present and future. The fact that New York Medical College continues to carry out its mission to educate caring and compassionate physicians, brilliant scientists and dedicated health care professionals for more than a century and a half is nothing short of a major triumph. By upholding the values and vision of our founders, we can anticipate a future that shines just as brightly as do the achievements of our distinguished past.

Karl P. Adler

President and CEO

In this annual report, we will examine three areas in which New York Medical College has established a robust presence with which to meet the future. They help demonstrate our forward-thinking approach to research, education and service.

Technology to Save Lives. The College

secured a half-million dollar grant to fund the purchase of a state-of-the-art flow cytometer, a sophisticated, shared-use instrument that is contributing to investigations ranging from cancer to diabetes to aging blood vessels.

Advanced Curriculum Methods. With

today’s multi-tasking, technology-savvy millennials, the College is finding new ways to more fully engage students in the learning process. Using audience response systems, virtual patient cases, patient simulators and the contentrich digital curriculum database, educators are engaging and inspiring their students. As you read this report of the activities and accomplishments of the academic year 2009– 2010, we hope you will be inspired by the ways in which this institution, with its proud history, is preparing for the future with innovations in research, teaching and patient care. This is what we had in mind when we chose our slogan for the Sesquicentennial: “Building on the Excellence of Our Past.”

Improving Quality of Patient Care. An award-winning Educational Innovation Project developed by our faculty in the Division of Internal Medicine at Westchester Medical Center aims to reduce errors during “handoffs”— the transfer of patient information during shift changes. The program helps demonstrate the College’s commitment to quality improvement as an educational goal.

Advancing Our Mission.”

Ronald F. Poe

Ralph A. O’Connell, M.D.

Chairman, Board of Trustees

We invite you to read and enjoy this copy of the 2009 – 2010 New York Medical College Annual Report, “Aiming Toward the Future—

Provost and Dean, School of Medicine 3

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C e l l S o rt e r Sat i s f i e s t h e N e e d f o r


It has its own laboratory in the Department of Pathology, where it commands attention—and

almost all of the available space—with its winking lights, delicate calibrations and mesmerizing laser beam. It is surrounded by a special, sophisticated protection hood, like a rare butterfly captured under glass. It can analyze several thousand particles a second and then sort them by specific properties, all at blinding speed. It has a catchy, memorable name: MoFlo.

Above, the stream from the instrument is divided into streams of individual drops, which are moving at a speed that makes them barely visible to the naked eye. Using the electronics of the machine to select cell subpopulations of interest, up to four populations can be isolated and purified into one of the four waiting tubes. 4

If it seems almost as if a new hire has come to work at New York Medical College, thanks to a shared instrument grant from the National Institutes of Health, it’s not far from the truth. The Beckman Coulter MoFlo XDP, a state-of-the-art flow cytometer, or cell sorter, is the latest iteration of technology that received its first patent in the 1950s. A technological marvel that its manufacturer describes as “built for speed,” the MoFlo also works well with others: at last count, nine researchers from at least five basic science and clinical departments have worked with the MoFlo to advance their investigations of cancer, diabetes, pulmonary hypertension, toxoplasmosis, Lyme disease and aging blood vessels. The cell sorter suspends microscopic particles (such as cells or chromosomes) in a stream of fluid and directs multiple wavelengths of light into the fluid. It then counts and examines the particles. It is routinely used in

the diagnosis of diseases, especially cancers, but can be applied in research and clinical practices. It replaces— and substantially upgrades—an outdated cell sorter, purchased more than a decade ago, that once performed similar functions but with less sophistication and speed. The $500,000 grant to purchase the MoFlo was awarded in 2009 to Zbigniew Darzynkiewicz, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pathology, medicine and microbiology and immunology, and director of the Brander Cancer Research Institute. His colleague, Frank Traganos, Ph.D., professor of pathology, coordinates the shared use of the instrument, the only one of its kind within a 20mile radius. The two researchers agreed to house and maintain the instrument, arrange for the training of skilled operators, and oversee its utilization by multiple users. Similar equipment at two nearby pharmaceutical laboratories is not available to outsiders, and only the instrument here at New York Medical College features a special protection hood, which prevents aerosols that might contain harmful bacteria or viruses from escaping during sorting. With its capacity for increased productivity, its popularity as the instrument of choice for a growing number of scientists, and its collaborative role in some of the most cutting-edge research being conducted at New York Medical College, the MoFlo’s job security is all but guaranteed.

New York medical College 2009 – 2010 Annual REport

It can analyze several thousand particles a second and then sort them by specific properties, all at blinding speed. It has a catchy, memorable name:



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R e s i d e n ts l e a r n a n d e m b r a c e

quality of care

Who cares about quality improvement in health care? Is it just hospital administrators, the

“bean-counters,” the Joint Commission?

The program’s software package will soon include a mobile platform that automatically prioritizes patients by level of illness, tracks “to do” tasks with reminder prompts, and provides instant messaging for relaying test results.


It should matter a great deal to every individual who works in a hospital, or plans to, but that idealistic goal has been somewhat elusive. Now an innovative, multipronged approach, developed by the Department of Medicine and singled out for excellence by a national accrediting entity, has begun making great strides in correcting a persistent and pervasive problem, winning new hearts and minds to the cause of quality improvement and patient safety in hospitals where it is implemented. In 2005, the American Council for Graduate Medical Education invited the nation’s internal medicine residency programs to submit applications for the Educational Innovation Project (EIP), a novel pilot program that encouraged residency directors to find new ways to integrate quality improvement and educational outcomes in patient care into their curriculum. Among the 17 sponsored residency programs selected for participation was the New York Medical College internal medicine residency program based at Westchester Medical Center. The EIP team administrators knew just the area to target for improvement: the “hand-off” — the transfer

of patient information between primary and covering teams in hospitals during shift changes. Without a clear cut system of checks and balances, dangerous errors and oversights have been known to occur when a patient’s care is turned over to a different doctor. The team began its work after the medical center’s administration obtained a state-of-the-art computerized sign-out program called the Patient Documentation Transfer System, which already had a reputation for successfully standardizing the flow of patient information during shift changes. But these innovators didn’t stop there: they introduced unique patient safety features that made house staff and supervisors more accountable, honing the communications tool to even greater precision and effectiveness. They also developed an administrative internship of sorts, thus ensuring that house staff become fully immersed in the EIP-inspired quality of care curriculum. By rotating residents through the hospital’s departments as they complete patient quality projects with pharmacists, case managers, risk managers, occupational health staff and others, house officers are gaining a deeper understanding of how all units function together to produce the highest quality of care. As a result, several EIP project participants are on their way to becoming authorities on the subject. As for the hand-offs? They are showing a marked improvement.

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But these innovators didn’t stop there: they introduced unique patient safety features that made house staff and supervisors more accountable, honing the communications tool to even greater precision and .



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To day ’s cu r r icu lum n eed s to Research suggests that the exclusive use of passive lecture in the classroom may actually inhibit learning, as defined by the long-term retention of material. It’s not hard to imagine why: sitting in a lecture hall while even the most captivating teacher moves through a series of slides yields little in the way of long-lasting learning. To that end, New York Medical College is finding new ways to engage today’s students. Raised on technology and multi-tasking, these millennial learners have come to expect a variety of ways to connect with the vast amounts of material they need to learn.

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Audience Response Systems are rapidly improving

lecture-learning by changing the passive experience to a lively, interactive one. The lecturer may ask questions or poll students, who submit their responses by means of a small wireless keypad, or “clicker.” By immediately analyzing and displaying feedback on screen, the ARS allows the instructor to measure the relevance of the material, promote interactive discussion, and help students improve retention.

The Digital Curriculum Database provides a

portal to a vast body of knowledge, integrated and centralized to give students a way to customize the way they absorb information. Dozens of applications have come into use since the DCDB was introduced to the College in 2002, including the most recent addition: lecture capture. Using synchronized audio and visual presentations that are available online, students can review lectures after class to reinforce the material or replay segments they didn’t fully grasp the first time.

Virtual Patient Cases offer students a way to

engage in clinical problem solving through interactive, web-based patient scenarios and simulations. Designed to supplement traditional clerkship teaching and patient care activities for third-year medical students, the technology allows them to evaluate, diagnose, and treat computer-generated “patients,” each of whom presents


with a unique medical history and symptoms. Students currently engage in peer-reviewed medical case studies in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics and surgery. In this supplementary form of virtual patient care, students are free to explore, make and correct errors, and receive feedback for a richer learning experience.

Patient Simulators are computerized mannequins

that are designed to replicate a wide range of symptoms and health conditions. “Sims” offer students the freedom to practice difficult or complex medical procedures before encountering them in real-world, high-pressure situations. The College adopted the use of cardiac patient simulators almost a decade ago, and found that simulation training provides learners a more focused environment to practice techniques and learn from feedback and critique. Other forms of practice technology include standardized patients— actors trained to simulate symptoms and responses to a clinical situation—and human victim simulators, which emulate the conditions and responses of victims of a mass casualty event. On the horizon: a clinical skills center at New York Medical College that will bring these technologies and more under one roof, part of a new focus on educational technologies that is more akin to the adage “practice makes perfect” than the previous “see one, do one, teach one.”

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By immediately analyzing and displaying feedback on screen, the ARS allows the instructor to measure the relevance of the material, promote interactive discussion, and help students improve



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UNIVERSI T Y H i g h l i g h ts Unified efforts, undertaken by the entire NYMC community, were among the most powerful and rewarding achievements of 2009 – 2010. In October, 2009, the College launched a celebration of its 150th anniversary. Throughout the year, events such as the White Coat Ceremony to welcome the new class of medical students, Academic Convocation, which traditionally recognizes faculty appointments and promotions, and the Author Recognition Sherry, which celebrates faculty authorship during the prior year, were given an historical theme in honor of the Sesquicentennial. The annual Founder’s Dinner, reconfigured as the Sesquicentennial Dinner, honored representatives of the College’s most enduring supporters: alumni, trustees, faculty, students, house staff and employees. Guests enjoyed a brief video produced by the Office of Public Relations, providing an exciting visual recap of highlights from the College’s history. In January, when the news came of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti, members of the community began mobilizing efforts to help victims of the disaster. Sean Kivlehan, now a fourth-year medical student who is also a trained paramedic, spent 10 days in Haiti assisting a nonprofit organization that responds to global disasters. Alumnus Lt. Cmdr. Mill Etienne, M.D. ’02, a neurologist stationed at a naval hospital in Bethesda, Md., boarded a hospital ship traveling to Haiti to tend to the injured. A host of fundraisers organized by students and staff helped generate a flow of donations to help recovery efforts in the stricken nation. 10

structure that is expected to house a clinical skills and simulation laboratory, a center for emerging infections and a medical response training center. New York Medical College’s 151st Commencement was held on May 26 on the grand stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The College awarded 192 M.D. degrees, 22 D.P.T. degrees, 8 Ph.D. degrees, 75 M.S. degrees, 83 M.P.H. degrees and 3 Dr.P.H. degrees. The Commencement address was delivered by Ralph A. O’Connell, M.D., provost and dean of the School of Medicine.

A team consisting of a cross-section of the College community embarked on a comprehensive self-study of the university’s objectives and activities in preparation for the next Middle States Commission on Higher Education site visit, scheduled for April, 2011. A steering committee, headed by James J. O’Brien, Ph.D., vice dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice, and Matthew A. Pravetz, O.F.M., Ph.D. ’88, associate professor of cell biology and anatomy, was appointed by the president. Six subcommittees were created and began meeting to draft preliminary reports for review and evaluation before submitting a final report in February, 2011. In May, New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins held a press conference on campus to announce the awarding of $3.25 million in state funding to support the development of a biotechnology center at New York Medical College. The funding was secured through the New York State Senate Gen*NY*sis (Generating Employment through New York State Science) program. Plans are underway for the development of a centralized

The Off ice of Public Relations completed a major redesign of the College website. Designed to be more welcoming and intuitively organized, the new site is targeted toward an audience of prospective students, donors, community members and alumni. In short, the goal was to reach those who might be visiting the site for the first time or seeking information they need to become a supporter of the College. For most of 2009, College leaders were engaged in discussions with Touro College with the intention of replacing the Archdiocese of New York as the College’s sponsor. In December 2009, an agreement was signed that signaled the start of a process to join New York Medical College with the Touro family of colleges and academic programs. For the remainder of 2009 – 2010, representatives from Touro met with key members of all College constituencies. Several task forces, appointed by President Adler, also met with Touro to discuss ways of forging a positive relationship that would ensure that both parties can maximize the opportunities presented by their new association. By the end of 2009 – 2010, the closing had not yet taken place, but is expected by the end of 2010 – 2011.

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School of Medicine

Supporting the continuum of medical education has been a goal of the School of Medicine for 150 years. Medical Education Update

After an exhaustive review process that culminated in a site visit in January, 2010, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) awarded New York Medical College continued full accreditation for the next three years as an Institutional Sponsor of Graduate Medical Education. At the time of review, the College was sponsoring 82 programs and educating more than 1,200 trainees, making it one of the nation’s largest institutions for advanced medical education. This achievement was all the more remarkable when last year’s closing of a major academic medical center affiliate — St. Vincent’s Hospital Manhattan — is taken into account. St. Vincent’s Hospital Manhattan, a New York Medical College affiliate since 1982, declared bankruptcy and closed its doors in April, 2010. The venerable teaching hospital, which had served the people of Greenwich Village and the surrounding area in New York City for 160 years, trained thousands of residents in internal medicine, surgery, rehabilitation medicine,

anesthesiology, radiology and ophthalmology during its affiliation with the College. With barely two weeks notice, St. Vincent’s was forced to close 30 programs, displacing 350 residents and fellows. The task of finding placements at other hospitals for these residents fell to a team of dedicated administrators led by Richard G. McCarrick, M.D., vice dean for graduate medical education and affiliations. The medical student educational program was also impacted as a result of the closing of St. Vincent’s, prompting a careful review of the clerkship educational program. Led by Paul M. Wallach, M.D., vice dean for medical education, Jennifer Koestler, M.D., associate dean for medical education, and Gladys M. Ayala, M.D., M.P.H., senior associate dean for student affairs, new models for clerkship education were considered. The redesigned curriculum includes selectives that permit students to have more educational choices in their third year, and adds a new program in translational research. Each clerkship has developed clear educational objectives and innovative approaches to encourage students to keep up with reading during the clerkship program. Though the

faculty and educational experiences at St. Vincent’s will be missed, the College emerged with a stable and strong educational program. New affiliations were established with Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut, Phelps Memorial Hospital Center in Sleepy Hollow, New York, and Keller Army Community Hospital, West Point, New York.

New Academic Leadership

Paul M. Wallach, M.D., was appointed vice dean for medical education, while Fern R. Juster, M.D., was promoted to senior associate dean for admissions. Montgomery B. Douglas, M.D., became the College’s first associate dean for diversity and inclusion, in addition to his role as chairman of the Department of Family and Community Medicine. John C. McGiff, M.D., stepped down after 30 years as chairman of the Department of Pharmacology at the close of the academic year, and was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree at Commencement. Dr. McGiff, who later announced his plans to retire at the end of 2010, is succeeded by Michal L. Schwartzman, Ph.D., who was appointed acting chair of the department. John T. Fallon III, M.D., Ph.D., was recruited from Mount Sinai School of Medicine to assume the post of Chairman of the Department of Pathology and director of pathology at Westchester Medical Center.


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Faculty Achievement

Eleven New York Medical College scientists received new or additional NIH funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) in 2009 – 2010. These researchers are conducting studies in the Departments of Pediatrics, Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, Physiology, Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Cell Biology and Anatomy. ARRA funds will provide $4 million to advance research at the College over the next two years. A total of 414 faculty authors who published 1,749 books, chapters, journal articles, citations or newspaper articles in the previous academic year were honored in January at the annual Author Recognition Sherry. The Office of Continuing Medical Education sponsored 7 major conferences and 40 grand rounds series in support of the continuing education of faculty members, house staff and residents.


The Office of Admissions received more than 11,000 applications for placement in the School of Medicine’s Class of 2013, who entered in the fall of 2009. The class numbered 194 students, comprising 48% women and 10% under-represented minorities, a significant improvement to ongoing efforts to meet diversity objectives set by national accrediting agencies. Students continue to score above the national average on the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam, and pass rates on Step 1 and Step 2 were 98%. The Class of 2010 performed well in the National Resident Matching Program, garnering residency positions at some of the nation’s most well-regarded programs. About 46%


matched at hospitals in the New York area. The most popular career choices were internal medicine (21.8%), radiology (14.6%), pediatrics (10.4%), emergency medicine (9.4%), anesthesiology (8.9%) and general surgery (8.3%).

In Memoriam

Margaret D. Smith, M.D., senior associate dean and professor of clinical medicine, was killed on July 5, 2010, when the single-engine Cessna she was piloting crashed while attempting to land at Essex County airport in New Jersey. In her role as senior associate dean at St. Vincent’s Hospital Manhattan, Dr. Smith was among several key individuals who worked tirelessly to relocate a large number of residents whose training was interrupted by the hospital’s closing in April 2010. Colleagues mourned her passing, calling her “a gifted educator… respected by her fellow faculty members and loved by her students.” Just months later, on November 2, 2010, Paul K. Woolf, M.D., senior associate dean and associate professor of pediatrics, died at the age of 59. A pediatric cardiologist who played a key role in the development of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, Dr. Woolf was a role model for thousands of medical students and residents.

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S c h o o l o f H e a lt h S c i e n c e s a n d P r a c t i c e Contributing Expertise on a National Scale

Studying the Health Effects of the Gulf Oil Spill: Diane E. Heck, Ph.D., professor and chair of environmental health science, joined scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI), MIT, Brown University, Louisiana State University and the University of Connecticut as they gathered in Woods Hole, Mass., to investigate potential effects on human health of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in April, 2010. Dr. Heck joined fellow experts in microbial, aquatic, eco- and soils toxicology to discuss and prioritize a range of scientific and environmental studies. Improving Transportation Safety and Efficacy: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) made widespread use of a worksite poster developed by faculty and students. The poster, created for baggage handlers at Westchester County Airport, demonstrated simple stretches and exercises to prevent workrelated injuries and promote safe body mechanics for distribution at airports nationwide. The poster project was conducted by Michael J. Majsak, P.T., Ed.D., associate professor and chairman of the Department of Physical Therapy, and students in the doctoral program in physical therapy. The material has been expanded into a handbook for TSA employees.

Expanding Our Reach

The Children’s Environmental Health Center of the Hudson Valley, a joint venture with Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, completed its second year of operation as a resource for the treatment, education and research on the effects of environmental pollutants and toxins on young children. Faculty members from the Center addressed gatherings of pediatricians and other health professionals, and presented at meetings of children’s advocacy groups and childcare program directors. The Center also provided targeted health

information to 5,800 patients and their families, including 1,276 from underserved and high-risk communities. Andrea Fischer, Germany’s former Federal Health Minister, was the featured speaker at the Second Annual Health Leaders’ Symposium, hosted by the doctoral program in Health Policy and Management. The School joined some 25 institutions at the inaugural New York State Global Health Forum held at the New York University College of Dentistry in December 2009. This event brought together educators and students from professional health schools across the state to discuss the delivery of education and implementation of global health programs. Throughout the year, 15 public health master’s and doctoral students and faculty members were presenters or co-presenters at the American Public Health Association meetings, in addition to presenting at other professional society meetings.

Supporting the Military and Federal Agencies

The School of Health Sciences and Practice now provides a 50% tuition discount on certain courses for active duty members of the military, the U.S. Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In addition, the School has been designated a Yellow Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This designation identifies New York Medical College as a veteran-friendly institution that allows qualifying applicants to earn advanced degrees and graduate certificates at little or no cost.


Dean Robert W. Amler, M.D., was appointed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s federal advisory

committee on children’s health protection, with Allen J. Dozor, M.D., professor of pediatrics and director of pediatric pulmonology, serving as an alternate member. David S. Markenson, M.D., professor of pediatrics and clinical public health and director of the Center for Disaster Medicine, was appointed to the National Advisory Council to advise the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on issues related to disaster preparedness. Howell Sasser, Ph.D., associate professor of public health practice and director of epidemiology studies, was appointed to a three-year term as a member of the American Public Health Association Science Board.

Program Developments

In the fall of 2009, the public health program received full accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), following a year of transition, a self-study, and a site visit by CEPH. The Speech-Language Pathology program celebrated its 10th anniversary in the spring. In the Department of Physical Therapy, a new dual degree program was introduced, affording physical therapy students the option to concurrently earn a D.P.T. and an M.P.H. in health policy and management. The Department of Health Policy and Management joined the New York Times Knowledge Network, and last spring began offering a dynamic, interactive online course on health care reform to a wide audience. The course, which features interactive sessions with a noted economist, is proving to be increasingly popular with medical students and other health professionals. 13

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G r a d uat e S c h o o l o f Ba s i c M e d i c a l S c i e n c e s Successful Programs

The 2009 – 2010 academic year was marked by continued outstanding performance of the school’s newest academic offerings—the Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP) and the Integrated Ph.D. Program (IPP). The AMP, launched in 2007 and admitting its first full class in 2008, delivered excellent placement results in 2009-2010. More than 80% of students in the program who submitted applications to medical schools were successful in gaining admission to one or more U.S. allopathic programs—including NYMC. Using the knowledge they gained during their master’s year, these AMP alumni-turned-medical students have participated as tutors and teaching assistants in the first-year medical and graduate courses in histology, biochemistry, physiology and neural science. This full-circle exchange benefits new students in those courses, and offers the tutors an equally valuable opportunity to review and solidify their mastery of the material they learned a year earlier. It has been five years since the launch of the Integrated Ph.D. Program. With more than half of the original members of this class graduating in May 2011 (one graduated in May 2009), and the others well on their way, the program is meeting its goal of reducing the time-to-degree. The performance of this inaugural class, although not yet complete, appears as if it will trim a half-year off both the school’s previous time-to-degree average and the national norm for biomedical programs. Many other goals of the IPP—such as greater selectivity in admissions, attracting more U.S. students, enhancing student camaraderie and peer support and improving the presence of underrepresented minorities—have also been met. 14

Practice and Reputation-Building

Student research forums, an annual practice in all the basic sciences departments, provided students with key opportunities to sharpen their presentation skills and fortify their ability to articulate and defend their research results. The school-wide 22nd Annual Graduate Student Research Forum was held in April 2010, at which 36 graduate students, including Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D. and M.S. candidates, offered oral or poster presentations on their work. Panels of faculty and external judges rated each presentation, offering recognition and constructive feedback for the students’ further improvement in these important communication skills. Marc W. Kirscher, Ph.D., a renowned cell biologist, member of the National Academy of Sciences, and the founding chair of Harvard Medical School’s Department of Systems Biology, gave the keynote address. Stanley S. Passo, Ph.D., professor of physiology, received the students’ Honored Faculty Award for his outstanding and dedicated work on behalf of the students of the GSBMS and for his 40 years of service with the College. At various times throughout the year, smaller department-based forums in microbiology, biochemistry, cell biology and pharmacology offered students in those departments similar opportunities to practice their research communication skills. Another important opportunity for Ph.D. students was the Ph.D. Colloquium series, open to the entire College community. Once a month, a senior Ph.D. student presents an hour-long seminar on his or her dissertation research. These extended presentations provide the student with useful feedback from faculty and other researchers outside their home departments, and also provides them with an opportunity to establish a reputation as a skilled scientist among this broader community.

Young People in the Sciences

Each summer, graduate faculty throughout the basic science departments host a variety of high school or college students who are seeking to learn more about biomedical science and explore research as a possible career path. Of many such mentorships sustained by faculty in 2009 – 2010, one stands out. Dana Mordue, Ph.D., assistant professor of microbiology and immunology, acted as mentor to Matt McIntyre, a high school student investigating how Toxoplasma mutant parasites respond to nitric oxide and iron. Matt’s work earned prizes at the Westchester Science and Engineering Fair and at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, as well as an award from the Air Force for microbiology. Internally, administration in the Graduate School underwent considerable reorganization during 2009 – 2010. Carolyn Chiarieri, M.S., was named assistant dean for admissions and recruitment, the first assistant dean in the school’s history. In this capacity, she will oversee all aspects of admission and recruitment for all the School’s programs. Staffers Barbara Lewis, M.A., and Valerie Romeo-Messana launched a complete overhaul of many internal procedures related to admissions, student tracking and other matters, which will provide more efficient student service and better data retrieval.

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UNIVERSI T Y D e v e lo pm e n t

The generosity of New York Medical College’s many benefactors

demonstrates their belief that the university’s mission will continue to better our world for many generations to come. Funds Raised in 2009 – 2010 Unrestricted Annual Giving....................................................$ 705,845 Dinner....................................................................$ 349,675 Bequests...............................................................$ 5 13,232 Endowments.........................................................$ 199,910 Research...................................................................$ 188,030 Scholarships...........................................................$ 383,448 Other Restricted Funds.....................................$ 602,687

Despite the weak economy, our trustees, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, friends, corporations, foundations and other supporters donated nearly $3 million last year. Through their generosity, they provided crucial unrestricted support for student scholarships and loans, campus facilities and equipment, and other operational expenses. Donors also provided restricted funds to strengthen our endowment and to advance a wide range of programmatic and research initiatives. This support allows the College to continue strengthening its mission of teaching, research and service.

The College is fortunate to have many generous benefactors with an unwavering loyalty to its mission. Following is a list of those benefactors who played a leadership role through their giving to the College during the previous year. A complete listing of all who donated in 2009 – 2010, along with some of their inspiring stories, can be viewed in the Office of Development’s annual Donor Report. For more information, please call (914) 594-4550.

Total: .....................................................................$2,942,827


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($25,000 & Above) $500,000 to $999,999 Estate of Dale Hylton, M.D. ’53 $250,000 to $499,999 Sarah Upham Trust* $100,000 to $249,999 William Randolph Hearst Foundation Benjamin H. Homan, Jr. Charitable Trust* $50,000 to $99,999 Bernard and Dorothy Layton Foundation* Carl J. Saphier, M.D. Henry I. Saphier, M.D. ’61* Estate of Dorothy S. Stengel $25,000 to $49,999 The Jack and Mimi Amsterdam Foundation ENT Faculty Practice, LLP* The Sidney E. Frank Foundation The George Link Jr. Foundation, Inc. Camille Mallouh, M.D.* The Louis and Rachel Rudin Foundation, Inc.* Richard A. Stram, M.D. ’78* Robert A. Welke Cancer Research Foundation, Inc.*

1860 Society

($10,000 to $24,999) Dr. and Mrs. Karl P. Adler* Alumni Association of New York Medical College* Bank of America* Fred J. Brotherton Charitable Foundation Catholic Health Care System Mr. and Mrs. Gerald W. Cunningham* Mr. Michel David-Weill Department of Pediatrics Mrs. Joann Giamelli*+ Martin S. Katzenstein, M.D. ’78 Kelley Drye & Warren LLP* Mahopac National Bank 16

Mutual of America* Leonard J. Newman, M.D. ’70 and Randi Newman Northwestern University Dr. and Mrs. Ralph A. O’Connell* PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP* Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers* Eugene W. Sweeney, M.D. ’60* Westchester Medical Center Kerri L. Wilks, M.D. ’85

President’s Society ($2,500 to $9,999)

$5,000 to $9,999 Anonymous* Archdiocese of New York* Gladys M. Ayala, M.D. Saverio S. Bentivegna, M.D. ’50, F.A.C.S.* Bleakley Platt & Schmidt, LLP* Calvary Fund, Inc.* Michael Campion, M.D. ’82* Mr. George K. Cooney* Michael B. Corbett, M.D. ’61* Joseph Dello Russo, M.D. ’62 Department of Orthopedic Surgery Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Barbara Tighe Edwards, M.D. ’83 Empire BlueCross BlueShield* Ernst & Young Foundation Emalie and John Feerick* Nancy J. Freeman, M.D. ’81* Lucille P. Taverna Giardina, M.D. ’71* Jean F. Jones, M.D. ’51* Laser Eye Practice of New York, P.L.L.C. Zvi Lefkovitz, M.D. Jocelyn A. Luongo, M.D. ’06 Heather Lurie-Perla, M.D. and Elliott N. Perla, M.D. ’74* Kathryn E. McGoldrick, M.D. and Jonathan Mardirossian, M.D.* Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. Montefiore Medical Center Mrs. Miriam K. Moran* MRA Physicians*

Neurological and Spine Surgery Associates, P.C.* The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary* Dr. and Mrs. Bruce W. Peek ’82* Raymond M. Planell, Esq.* Mr. and Mrs. Ronald F. Poe* School of Health Sciences and Practice Dr. Lester J. Schultz Memorial Fund The William and Sylvia Silberstein Foundation John R. Stabile, M.D. ’76* Naomi Chaim Watman, M.D. ’86* $2,500 to $4,999 Anonymous (2) Anonymous (2)* Michael S. Alexander, M.D. ’78* Robert W. Amler, M.D. and Sherlita Amler, M.D. Elaine M. Angelides-Kopp, M.D. ’85 Doris Bate, M.D. ’50* Francis L. Belloni, Ph.D.* Augusta H. Belmonte, M.D. Steele S. Belok, M.D. ’71 Marcelle Bernard, M.D. ’44* Thomas A. Caleca, M.D. ’81 Joseph A. Camilleri, Jr., M.D. ’85* Kenneth Cohn, M.D. ’68* Waldemar A. Comas, Esq.* Lawrence J. DeLorenzo, M.D. ’76* Margot Ammann Durrer, M.D. ’49* Joseph F. Dursi, M.D. ’59* Earl H. Eaton, M.D. ’44* Joseph T. English, M.D.* William H. Frishman, M.D.* Dr. Michael and Mrs. Judy Gewitz* David M. Goldenberg, M.D. ’82 The Mack Goldner Memorial Foundation/ Philip A. Marraccini, M.D. ’50, President* Jill A. Gradner, M.D. ‘94 and Mokarram H. Jafri, M.D. ’94* Elaine M. Grammer-Pacicco, M.D. ’85 and Thomas J. Pacicco, M.D. ’85* Reginald E. Greene, M.D. ’60* Donald S. Gromisch, M.D. ’60 Naomi R. Ham, M.D. ‘84 and Elmer C. Agustin, M.D.* William E. Hennessey, M.D. ’60*

* indicates donors who have made gifts to the College for five or more consecutive years. + indicates donors who are deceased.

CAPT Deborah Ann Hinkley, M.D. ’89 Peter Hoffmann, M.D. ’83* John J. Kearney, M.D. ’63* Mitchell G. Kirsch, M.D. ’81 Howard J. Kline, M.D. ’58, F.A.C.C.* Orest J. Kozicky, M.D. ’81* Mrs. Julie A. Kubaska* Edmund F. La Gamma, M.D. ’76* Debra J. Lastarria, M.D. ’85 and Emilio F. Lastarria, M.D. ’85 George W. Lutz, M.D. ’61* George D. Lyons, M.D. ’92* Frederick MacDowell, Jr., M.D. ’53 William W. MacLaughlin, M.D. ’81* Christopher T. Maloney, M.D. ’63 Carl M. Marchetti, M.D. ’60 Edmund D. Marinucci, M.D. ’44* Gabrielle S. Marshall-Salomon, M.D. ’83 Paul A. Maxwell, M.D. ’70 Mr. John H. McAteer* Neal Mittman, M.D. ’77* The North Division of Montefiore Medical Center Nixon Peabody LLP Otsuka Pharmaceutical, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Piccolo Jr.* Joan F. Poll, M.D. ’76* John T. Repke, M.D. ’78 Anne M. Reynolds, M.D. ’85 and Jonathan T. Rie, M.D. ’85 Mr. and Mrs. Gerard D. Robilotti Richard E. Rohr, M.D. ’80* Sidney A. Sass Associates, Inc.* Ellen Sawamura, Ph.D. Justin Scheer, M.D. ’50* Melissa Silver and Stephen G. Silver, M.D. ’94 Leonard Stern, M.D. ’75* Richard K. Stone, M.D. ’68* Joyce M. Sudeall-Blackwood, M.D. ’74 Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc. Verizon Foundation Matching Gifts* Vincent J. Vigorita, M.D. ’76 Stanley E. Waintraub, M.D. ’77

New York medical College 2009 – 2010 Annual REport

A d m i n i st r at i o n a n d F i n a n c e

Successful operation of an educational institution requires competent administrators, focused on mission and dedicated to serving the needs of the university. The College was awarded a grant from the Department of Homeland Security to continue upgrading the campus safety and security infrastructure. The funds, which were awarded in June 2010, went toward the purchase and installation of new surveillance equipment that would expand the security perimeter to include areas such as the laboratory animal research complex, access to the Biosafety Level 3 laboratory, rooftop heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems and the boiler plant. These upgrades help satisfy certification requirements for BSL-3 laboratories to demonstrate the use of systems and procedures that protect human and animal occupants, the environment and the research integrity of the institution. Every four years, the College submits an Indirect Cost Proposal (ICP) to the Federal Government for the purpose of establishing an overhead rate for federal research grants. The government reviews the proposal and negotiates with the College in terms of what it deems as an equitable share of costs associated with conducting organized research. At the time

of the last ICP in 2005, the College was awarded a reimbursement rate that averaged to 57.75% per year for four years. As a result of our negotiations in the spring of 2010, the College was awarded a reimbursement rate that averaged to 60% per year over a period of four years. Based on current activity, the College earns approximately $8 million a year for overhead costs, so the favorable rate represents a crucial step in securing the institution’s financial well-being. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in June to dedicate a newly renovated multi-purpose computer room located in the Health Sciences Library. The room was named after the donor who made it possible: School of Medicine alumnus Mark Novitch, M.D. ’58. The Novitch Computer Lab, upgraded with new equipment and multi-media capabilities, will be used primarily for training purposes. The Office of Facilities Management, which oversees buildings and grounds, food service, and other infrastructural supports, deserves credit for

ensuring the success of events aimed at honoring and celebrating the College’s Sesquicentennial. They contributed time and expertise to the installation of pole banners, flags, building signs and the oversized New York Medical College Sesquicentennial banner that hung across the stage at Carnegie Hall during Commencement; the serving of the “150th birthday cake” on the anniversary of the signing of the charter, April 12; and the Community Barbecue in June, hosted by President Adler, attended by more than 1,000 hungry faculty members, students and employees. The Department of Human Resources started things off by hosting the first official Sesquicentennial Event: Employee Recognition, held in September 2009. Nearly 200 attendees gathered to honor colleagues celebrating anniversaries from 5 to 50 years of service. For the first time, a keynote speaker was invited. William H. Frishman, M.D., the Barbara and William Rosenthal Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine, gave a talk on the College’s 150-year history, a service he was called upon to replicate—and expand upon—twice more: at Academic Convocation in November and the Alpha Omega Alpha induction dinner in March. Each successive talk served to broaden and deepen his listeners’ grasp of the most illustrious moments in the history of the institution, its faculty and its alumni. 17

F i n a n c i a l R e p o rt 5.4%



Statement of Financial Position



($ in Thousands)





Cash Receivables Investments Land, Buildings and Equipment, net

$ 10,595 49,241 66,437 70,288

5.4 25.0 33.8 35.8





Liabilities and Assets Payables and Other Liabilities Deferred Revenues Long-Term Debt Net Assets Total


$ 57,502 26,747 55,091 57,221

29.3 13.6 28.0 29.1



3.8% 14.3%

15.4% 48.4%

Change in Unrestricted Net Assets ($ in Thousands)

21.6% 10.8%


Revenues and Other Support Affiliation Contracts Faculty Practice Tuition, net Research and Other Grants and Gifts Other Total 18




$ 100,444 22,383 44,827 31,875 7,917

48.4 10.8 21.6 15.4 3.8



Expenditures and Decreases Affiliation Contracts Faculty Practice Instruction and Research Support Activities Subtotal Decrease in Unrestricted Assets Total


$ 98,865 21,604 60,260 29,697

47.7 10.4 29.0 14.3

210,426 (2,980)

101.4 -1.4



New York medical College 2009 – 2010 Annual REport

2 0 1 0 U n i v e r s i ty L e a d e r s h i p Board of Trustees Ronald F. Poe Chairman of the Board Henry J. Amoroso, Esq. Michael A. Antonelle, M.D. ’62 George K. Cooney Louis E. Fierro, M.D. ’60 Thomas E. Hales James H. Heym, Ph.D. Henry J. Humphreys Michael D. Israel, M.P.H. Edward V. Lahey Jr., Esq. Philip A. Marraccini, M.D. ’50 Jonathan O’Herron Raymond M. Planell, Esq. Eugene C. Rainis Bernard E. Reidy Gerard D. Robilotti Maureen L. Roxe William E. Whiston Albert Willner, M.D. ’43 Honorary Members John K. Castle Edmund D. Pellegrino, M.D. UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATION Karl P. Adler, M.D. President and Chief Executive Officer Ralph A. O’Connell, M.D. Provost and Dean, School of Medicine Robert W. Amler, M.D. Dean, School of Health Sciences & Practice Vice President of Government Affairs Francis L. Belloni, Ph.D. Dean, Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences Stephen Piccolo Jr. Senior Vice President for Finance Chief Financial Officer and Vice Provost, Administration William A. Steadman II Senior Associate Dean and Vice Provost for Academic Administration Vice President for Strategic Planning Judith A. Ehren, M.A., J.D. Associate Provost and University Registrar

Renee Garrick, M.D. Vice Dean for New York Medical College Chief Medical Officer for Westchester Medical Center Richard G. McCarrick, M.D. Vice Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Affiliations Paul M. Wallach, M.D. Vice Dean for Medical Education James J. O’Brien, Ph.D. Vice Dean, School of Health Sciences and Practice Waldemar A. Comas, J.D. Vice President and General Counsel Julie A. Kubaska, M.S. Vice President, University Development and Alumni Relations SCHOOL OF MEDICINE Department Chairs Anesthesiology Kathryn E. McGoldrick, M.D. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Ernest Y.C. Lee, Ph.D. Cell Biology and Anatomy Joseph D. Etlinger, Ph.D. Dental Medicine Joseph F. Morales, D.D.S. Dermatology Bijan Safai, M.D. Emergency Medicine Gregory L. Almond, M.D., M.S. ’00, M.P.H. ’00 Family and Community Medicine Montgomery Douglas, M.D. Medicine William H. Frishman, M.D. Microbiology and Immunology Ira Schwartz, Ph.D. Neurology Brij Singh Ahluwalia, M.D. Neurosurgery Raj Murali, M.D. Obstetrics and Gynecology Howard Blanchette, M.D. Ophthalmology Joseph B. Walsh, M.D.

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Orthopedic Surgery David E. Asprinio, M.D. Otolaryngology Steven D. Schaefer, M.D. Pathology John T. Fallon III, M.D., Ph.D. Pediatrics Leonard J. Newman, M.D. ’70 Pharmacology Michal Laniado Schwartzman, Ph.D. (Acting Chair) Physiology Thomas H. Hintze, Ph.D. ’80 Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Joseph T. English, M.D. Radiation Medicine Chitti R. Moorthy, M.D. Radiology Zvi Lefkovitz, M.D. Rehabilitation Medicine Maria P. de Araujo, M.D. Surgery John A. Savino, M.D. Urology Muhammad Choudhury, M.D. SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES AND PRACTICE Chairs and Program Directors Amy Ansehl, R.N., M.S.N., F.N.P.C. Director of Public Health Practice Executive Director, Partnership for a Healthy Population Peter Arno, Ph.D. Director of Doctoral Studies, Health Policy and Management Ansley Bacon, M.A., Ph.D. Director, Center on Disability and Health Lydia V. Cavieux, M.P.A. Director of Distance Education Chia-Ching Chen, M.A., M.S., Ed.D., C.H.E.S. Director of Health Education Annette Choolfaian, R.N., M.P.A. Chair, Health Policy and Management Diane E. Heck, Ph.D. Chair, Environmental Health Science Interim Chair, Epidemiology and Community Health

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Penny Liberatos, M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. Director of M.P.H. Studies, Behavioral Sciences and Health Promotion Michael J. Majsak, P.T., Ed.D. Chair, Physical Therapy David S. Markenson, M.D. Director, Center for Disaster Medicine Padmini Murthy, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., C.H.E.S. Director, Global Health Michael J. Reilly, M.P.H., Dr.P.H. ‘10 Director, Emergency Preparedness Howell Sasser, M.P.H., Ph.D. Director of M.P.H. Studies, Epidemiology Michael Shakarjian, Ph.D. Director of M.P.H. Studies, Environmental Health Science Qiuhu Shi, M.S., Ph.D. Director, Biostatistics Denise Tahara, M.B.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. Director of M.P.H. Studies, Health Policy and Management Deborah Viola, M.B.A., Ph.D. Associate Director of Doctoral Studies, Health Policy and Management Ben Watson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP Chair, Speech-Language Pathology GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BASIC MEDICAL SCIENCES Program Directors Francis L. Belloni, Ph.D. Director, Integrated Ph.D. Program Victor A. Fried, Ph.D. Director, Cell Biology Program (M.S. and Ph.D.) Henry P. Godfrey, M.D., Ph.D. Director, Experimental Pathology Program (Ph.D.) Kenneth Lerea, Ph.D. Director, Basic Medical Sciences Program (M.S.) Norman Levine, Ph.D. Director, Accelerated Master’s Program Fred Moy, Ph.D. Director, Experimental Pathology (M.S.) Alberto Nasjletti, M.D. Director, Pharmacology Program (Ph.D.) Fabio A. Recchia, M.D., Ph.D. Director, M.D./Ph.D. Program

Charles T. Stier Jr., Ph.D. Director, Pharmacology Program (M.S.) Carl I. Thompson, Ph.D. Director, Physiology Program (M.S. and Ph.D.) Raj K. Tiwari, Ph.D. Director, Microbiology and Immunology Program (M.S. and Ph.D.) Yuk-Ching Tse-Dinh, Ph.D. Director, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program (Ph.D.) Joseph M. Wu, Ph.D. Director, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program (M.S.) AFFILIATED HOSPITALS Academic Medical Center Westchester Medical Center University Hospital Metropolitan Hospital Center Specialty Hospitals The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary St. Vincent’s Hospital Westchester Affiliated Hospitals Benedictine Hospital Calvary Hospital Greenwich Hospital Keller Army Community Hospital, West Point Montefiore Medical Center, North Division Mount Vernon Hospital Northern Westchester Hospital Center Norwalk Hospital Phelps Memorial Hospital Center Richmond University Medical Center Saint Joseph’s Medical Center, Yonkers Saint Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport Sound Shore Medical Center of Westchester Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center VA Hudson Valley Health Care System Affiliated Ambulatory Care Programs Center for Comprehensive Health Practice Westchester Institute for Human Development


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