22 NYU School of Medicine Faculty and Staff Present at AAMC 2011 Annual Meeting

November 11, 2011 - 12:16pm

Twenty-two NYU School of Medicine faculty and staff members presented at the Association of American Medical Colleges’(AAMC) Annual Meeting this week in Denver, Colorado, on topics ranging from medical school expansion to research opportunities in challenging times, innovative partnerships with industry and new models of care. The AAMC is a not-for-profit association representing all 135 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools. Each year more than 4,000 academic medical professionals attend this meeting to discuss educational opportunities to help transform health care for all Americans.

Key presentations made by NYU School of Medicine faculty included:

-Curriculum Redesign: Challenges, Perils, & Pitfalls
Melvin G. Rosenfeld, PhD, associate professor of cell biology, associate dean for medical education
Over a hundred years since the publication of the original Flexner Report, curriculum reform is sweeping the nation’s medical schools. Dr. Rosenfeld highlighted NYU School of Medicine’s implementation of its modernized curriculum, entitled the Curriculum for the 21st Century (C21), and discussed a variety of aspects associated with curricular reform with particular emphasis on the challenges, perils, pitfalls, and recommendations for success. 
-The Diagnosis and Remediation of the Clinically Weak Medical Student
Lynn Buckvar-Keltz, MD, clinical assistant professor of medicine, associate dean for student affairs
Adina L. Kalet, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine and surgery, Division of General Internal Medicine, director of the Program in Professional Development Assessment and Outcomes, Office of Medical Education
Medical educators struggle with students that perform poorly in clinical settings and often these students are not identified until late in medical school. In this session, Drs. Buckvar-Keltz and Kalet, in collaboration with medical educators from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), introduced the topic of clinically weak students, contrasted how these students are different from students that fail a knowledge based exam, and framed the problems regarding identification and successful remediation of these students.
-Increasing Diversity in Residency Training: Tales from Two Cities
Donna P. Phillips, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics and orthopaedic surgery 
Session examined strategies used in a combined program between the Department of Orthopaedics at NYU Langone Medical Center and an institute in Chicago to increase diversity in residency training, and examined a training and assessment model in cultural competency and professionalism geared towards serving underserved patients. In this discussion, Dr. Phillips highlighted what the Department of Orthopaedics is doing to increase diversity in their residency program, gave a brief overview of the professionalism curriculum, and summarized the results of a pilot program to assess patient care provided by the residents to underserved populations at Bellevue Hospital Center using unannounced standardized patients (USPs).  This is the first orthopaedic residency program to use USPs to assess resident competence in core competencies that include communication skills and professionalism.
-Redesigning the Clerkship Years to Include Cross-Cutting Clinical Topics & Intersessions
Mary Ann Hopkins, MD, associate professor of surgery, director of clinical education
Adina L. Kalet, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine and surgery, Division of General Internal Medicine, director of the Program in Professional Development Assessment and Outcomes, Office of Medical Education
Traditionally, the clinical years of medical school consist of required core clerkships that usually act independently without a unified curriculum. In this workshop, Drs. Hopkins and Kalet discussed curricular reform at NYU School of Medicine in which cross-cutting clinical topics are taught during the clerkship years in independent sessions.
-A New AAMC Initiative: Global Health Learning Opportunities "GHLO"
Mekbib Gemeda, adjunct assistant professor of social medicine, assistant dean for diversity affairs and community health
In response to growing interest by medical students and medical schools to expand elective offerings internationally, the AAMC is launching a new application service entitled Global Health Learning Opportunities (GHLO). Initially aimed at final year medical students, this global mobility program will facilitate information about, and application to, cross-border experiences. In this session, Mr. Gemeda addressed cultural competency in global health education and discussed NYU School of Medicine’s International Health Program (IHP) which sends approximately 38% of its students to sites across the globe to explore health care in other countries and to participate in clinical or basic research, public health initiatives, or clinical education programs. He also explained that NYU School of Medicine is developing a 12-week concentration in global health, an opportunity for students to explore global health in more depth.
-Education Data Warehousing and Multi-Dimensional Analysis for the Medical School Management and Research (Poster)
Marina Marin, MSc, senior information management developer
Growing challenges to traditional models of education and dramatic changes in health care delivery are prompting curricular reform at many academic medical centers.  The NYU School of Medicine’s curricular transformation effort, entitled the Curriculum for the 21st Century (C21), calls for longitudinal tracking of learner and teacher data for metrics and measures of performance. Ms. Marin discussed how the Division of Educational Informatics (DEI) at the NYU School of Medicine has addressed this need by building an Education Data Warehouse (EDW) that aggregates data from a large set of educational data sources. This approach allows NYU School of Medicine to evaluate its curriculum, teaching efforts and learners’ competencies using powerful analytics software.  
-Web-based Virtual Human Designed for Medical Education (Poster)
John Qualter, MSc, research assistant professor of educational informatics
NYU School of Medicine's Division of Educational Informatics has developed a comprehensive 3D model of human anatomy.  The dataset has been packaged and deployed in the BioDigital Human Platform as an online anatomy trainer facilitated by recent advances in web and browser technology. This digital content is also being displayed in stereo using high quality consumer grade 3D glasses.
-Different Strokes for Different Folks: Best Practices Integrating LGBT Health in Medical Education
Mekbib Gemeda, adjunct assistant professor of social medicine, assistant dean for diversity affairs and community health
This session examined comprehensive and specific approaches taken to address LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) health at three medical schools. During the discussion, Mr. Gemeda offered the genesis and impact of the new LGBT Health Program for medical students offered this past year at NYU School of Medicine. 
For additional information on the AAMC Annual Meeting, please visit https://www.aamc.org/meetings/2011_annual_meeting/. For additional information on NYU School of Medicine, please visit http://school.med.nyu.edu/.
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