Children of Alumni Information Session

COM – Save the Date (July 2018)

Calling all Children of Alumni who are College Juniors, Senior, and College Graduates interested in Medical School. There will be an Information Session on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, for the College of Medicine.

To register for the Information Session go to the following link: http://calendars.downstate.edu/event/3512915

If your child would like to set up an appointment to discuss their medical school application, competitiveness, and process, please contact the Alumni Association. You can email us at alumni@downstate.edu or call 718-270-2075.

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Notice for Medical Student Small Group Facilitators

Facilitators Needed for Medical Student Small Groups

The Alumni Association has been approached by Andrew Adler MD ‘72, Associate Director of Clinical Skills for Foundations. He asks our assistance in identifying retired or semi-retired Downstate COM alumni who might be interested in serving as small group facilitators for first or second year medical students.

Currently, there are 16 small groups in each of the first two years with 12-13 students in each group. The faculty believes that the current group size is too large and, ideally, should not exceed 10 students in each group. To accommodate these smaller groups, four additional facilitators per year would be needed for a total of 8 new facilitators. Apparently, the COM does not have the resources among the active faculty to achieve this goal and therefore seeks volunteers among the alumni.

The groups focus on clinical skills including medical interviewing, clinical reasoning and ethical principles. Each small group meets once a week, usually for 2 hours but occasionally for 2.5 hours for about 30 weeks. First-Year students meet on Mondays either from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm or 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm and Second-Year students meet on Tuesdays during the same hours.

Initially, Dr. Adler or one of the other faculty in the Education Office meets with new facilitators for 1-2 hours before the year starts to provide orientation.

In addition, regular weekly one-hour sessions for facilitators are held at 1:00 PM, Monday or Tuesday, depending on whether the small group is first- or second-year. These meetings provide the opportunity to debrief about the current week’s session and offer guidance on conducting the following week’s session.

Time Frame for Facilitators:

First year (Foundations 1) begins in early to mid August 2018 and ends early to mid-March 2019.
Second year (Foundations 2) begins at the end of March, 2018, breaks in May and restarts in August ending in mid-February 2019.

Preferably, facilitators each participate for the entire 30 weeks. (This schedule may be adjusted as necessary). Dr. Adler recognizes that this represents a major commitment of time for any alumnus. However, he believes that, for the right individuals, this close interaction with students is likely to be a personally rewarding and eminently gratifying experience.

If you would consider becoming a facilitator or would like to learn more about the experience, please contact Dr. Andy Adler at andrew.adler@downstate.edu or call 718-270-1425. Please note that email is the preferred method of communication.

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Alumni Today 2017 Edition

Note from the Executive Director, Eric T. Shoen-Ukre: 

Our 2017 Alumni Today magazine is arriving in mailboxes as we speak. We are grateful for the hard work that our editor, Constance Shames, MD ’63 puts into making this magazine a reality.  She volunteers her time to do the majority of the work on the magazine and single-handedly makes all of the editorial decisions for the contents.  You can click here to read an electronic copy of the 2017 issue of our magazine: http://www.downstate.edu/alumni/alumni_today.html and to see links to some of our previous issues.

Please continue to email any class notes to alumni@downstate.edu, or to mail them to our office so they can be included in our email newsletter and printed in the next (2018) issue of Alumni Today.

Winter Celebration 2017

On December 6, 2017 the Alumni Association hosted a Winter Celebration for the College of Medicine Alumni and the current medical students who they have supported. Alumni and students alike expressed jubilation throughout the evening.

Over light hors d’oeuvres and wine, groups of students and alumni formed, conversing on topics of experience in medical school and possible future career options.

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A special sentiment of gratitude was expressed to Dr. Constance Shames, Class of 1963, for her spectacular work on the Alumni Today magazine. (Pictured above).


If you you would like to view the entire album from the Alumni Association Winter Celebration 2017, please visit the following link: http://bit.ly/2BmKUiL

 

 

 

 

Student Profile – Malcolm Winkle

This month’s SUNY Downstate College of Medicine student profile is of Malcolm Winkle, class of 2018. Malcolm completed his undergraduate education at The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education- The City College of NY where he majored in Biomedical Sciences.

What is/will be your specialty? Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Who is/was your favorite professor at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine and why?
Dr. John Delury and Dr. Elliot Dehaan (both infectious Disease Doctors); they both take their time when assessing patients, rounding with their respective teams, and allowing students to take advanced roles in caring for patients; they both are excellent listeners and encourage team input and teach to better orient the team to the most important problems that a patient faces.

What is your favorite memory so far of your time studying at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine?
Receiving aid from the Alumni Association to study cancer pain mechanisms at NYU College of Dentistry for 6 months where I decided what my specialty was going to be.

How has the Alumni Association for the College of Medicine at SUNY Downstate helped you?
The Alumni Association has supported me with research stipends, networking opportunities with local physiatrists, and CV editing for the residency match. Pretty much anything career-oriented I can think of that I need help with I feel comfortable speaking to the Alumni Association and am confident that they can provide optimal support.

Is there anything else that you think Alumni would like to know about you?
I plan on assisting the Association in any way that I can in the future. I am grateful for its support.

How has the Alumni Association influenced your experience at SUNY Downstate?
The Alumni Association has served as a one stop shop for career guidance that is flexible to any need that I may have. It has made my time at Downstate more enriching by opening opportunities that I didn’t know were available to me: networking, stipends, resume/CV development and more. Downstate is a large organization and having the Alumni Association makes it easier to find the things you need.

When did you know you wanted to become a doctor?
When I was in high school I had the opportunity to shadow physicians. I enjoyed the patient-doctor relationship that my advisors had with their patients and how much patients trusted their physician’s recommendations and judgement.

First Year Student Profile – Ana Maria Lopez

This month’s special edition student profile is of first year medical student Ana Maria Lopez, class of 2021. In this profile she included her dog, Pancake Lopez, who is accompanying her on her journey to becoming a doctor. Ana Maria completed her undergraduate education The City College of New York.

Hometown: Valley Stream, Long Island and Buffalo, NY

 Potential specialty: Cardiology ❤

What inspired you to study medicine? I have an extreme love for the biological sciences. I also desire to help and potentially inspire people through my profession. What could be a better choice?

How is your family handling the fact that you’re in med school now? They are overly thrilled and amazingly supportive. Pancake: Grandma takes care of me when Mommy has it super busy.

How did you choose Downstate? I did a few summer programs at Downstate during my undergraduate career and fell in love with the school.  Pancake: I was born in Brooklyn, so I figured I’d return.

How does it feel to actually start med school? It feels like a huge weight has been lifted while simultaneously a larger weight has been added! But seriously, I feel so super blessed and excited to finally be here. Pancake: I don’t know what Mom is stressed about. I am having a wonderfully stress free time. I’m happy I get to see so many people on my walks. Also, I get to sleep when we study!

First Year Medical Students iPad Giveaway! 2017

After much anticipation, first year Medical Students, MS1, came to the Alumni Association office filled will jubilation to pick up their iPads. The 194 iPads were donated by an anonymous alumnus donor who wanted to provide students with another resource to succeed during their time in Medical School. As expected, students responded with gratitude and a multitude of different reasons why this generous gift meant so much to them.

From financial reasons to differing types of learners, below are testimonials from students on the utility of the donation:

“I thought about purchasing an iPad for the longest time but couldn’t due to financial reasons.” – Hermione Gaw

“I can be slow at learning sometimes and visual aids are very useful to me …I hope you know that you aren’t just donating iPad to a “class,” but to individuals people who have their own unique reasons for cherishing this gift.” – Rebecca Walton

“I am already using this iPad mini to organize myself, make Anki flashcards, and observe anatomical structures with the many amazing apps available.” – Kelila Kahane”

“I can imagine a multitude of ways your gift will aid in our studies, from now as we delve into learning about anatomy, to have a handy reference on our future rotations.” – Swetha Mummini


The connection to SUNY Downstate and its vast Alumni Network has already begun to take root:

“I am also touched by what this gift represents – the continuity of the Downstate College of Medicine and that alumni still feel connected and invested in the college. I will keep that in mind so that one day I too can give back.” – Kelila Kahane

“I hope that you continue to be prosperous in your endeavors, and I promise to take the baton and pass it on at every stage of my learning experience and career.”  – Amarachi Uwaga

“I am proud to be a part of SUNY Downstate, especially knowing that it has a great alumni network and wonderful alumni.” – Johnny Wai Ming Tang


One student even looks forward to what this donation can contribute to in her future medical career:

 “While I know my mind may change, I currently plan to go into Cardiology and contribute to society from that. I hope to one day work in an underserved area and, when financially stable enough, to open my own clinic in order to build stronger bonds with my patients and provide them with greater one to one care. I also want to one day travel to the Dominican Republic and provide free basic healthcare to those families living in the countryside and impoverished areas of the country.” – Ana Maria Lopez

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Class of 2017 Commencement Recap

The Class of 2017 Commencement of the College of Medicine, the School of Graduate Studies, and the School of Public Health of the SUNY Downstate Medical Center took place again at Carnegie Hall on May 23, 2017.  The College of Medicine graduated 191 students from the Class of 2017 including two MD/PHD graduates and eight MD/MPH graduates.

Students, Faculty, and Professors alike resounded with  jubilation for the newly graduated doctors!  The theme for the ceremony was progression based on hope and determination. Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient, David A. Bennahum, MD, said “we must always take care of our patients within the context of hope,” and highlighted the importance of continuing to the enrich your imagination.

Check out the video from SUNY Downstate about Commencement 2017 here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVjOtpTtXH8&t=2s

New graduates were provided with keys to success from distinguished speakers. “Medicine is both an art and a science” -David A. Bennahum, MD, on what it takes to be a good doctor. The College of Medicine Alumni Association President, Suzanne S. Mirra, MD ’67, also said “be an advocate for your patients, for proposed changes in healthcare, and when necessary, resist.”

You can watch the Class of 2017 take the Hippocratic Oath in our video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cbMOZKM57Y

Check out the full video of Dr. Mirra’s welcome speech here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4YC8d_RMyM&t=20s

Congratulations Graduates !

 

 

SUNY Downstate News March 2017

SUNY Downstate medical students excelled in the 2017 National Residency Match, passing the national average. Also, 71% of Graduates will train in New York State. Read more about SUNY Downstate Match 2017, here.

Research by SUNY Downstate Medical Center 4th-year Medical Student Jared Ditkowsky and 2nd-year Pediatrics Resident Sairaman Nagarajan, MD, MPH, was recognized by members of the national press at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) in Atlanta, March 3-6. These research projects were performed in the Center for Allergy and Asthma Research (CAAR) at SUNY Downstate, an ongoing interdepartmental translational research collaboration. Read more about this allergy research at SUNY Downstate, here.

Pilot eye movements change noticeably by two hours in-flight. Pilot fatigue is a major contributor to aviation disasters, but coming up with an objective measure of fatigue has long eluded supervisors in both military and commercial airlines. Standard practice involves a combination of subjective self-report measures by the pilot, and an assessment by commanding officers. With numerous factors at play, including social and financial ones, how can one objectively determine a pilot’s ability to focus and fly safely? Read more about this SUNY Downstate research into flight safety, here.

 

SUNY Downstate: Emory Global Case Competition Finalists

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SUNY Downstate’s Team (Bridget Furlong, Shelley Jain, George Mo, Brian Starkman, and Zachary Wolner) were selected as finalists out of 24 teams at the Emory International Global Case Competition.

 

“We prepared for months for the weekend long competition in Atlanta (Mar 24-26),” Zachary writes. “Patriot Yang and Angela Yao organized the team and provided us with invaluable insights based on their successes at last year’s competition. When we arrived in Atlanta on Thursday, we began preparing our solutions to the challenge case: treating mental illness in the children and adolescents of Monrovia, Liberia. After a long Friday night we went in front of two judges to detail our interventions.

 

“Out of 24 teams, we, and three others, were selected to present our solutions on the unmet needs of the mentally ill in Liberia to the other competitors and a panel of 6 judges from varied distinguished backgrounds in global health. The experience was thrilling and something we will never forget. Our performance earned us honorable mention and a $900 prize.

 

“This never would have happened if it weren’t for the generosity of the alumni foundation. We are so thankful for the foundation flying us out to Atlanta to participate in this wonderful event.

 

Thank you again,

Zachary Wolner


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