Tenth Annual Dean’s Cup Strongest Person Competition

Tenth Annual Dean’s Cup Strongest Person CompetitionIcahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai students and staff showed off their biceps along with Dennis S. Charney, MDAnne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and President for Academic Affairs, Mount Sinai Health System, during the Tenth Annual Dean’s Cup Strongest Person Competition on Monday, April 11, in the Aron Hall Gym. This contest included deadlift, bench press, squat, pull-ups, and push-ups. The Dean’s Cup is a week of fun and competition with games for all medical students, including a 3v3 basketball tournament, 5K run, table tennis, pool, soccer, and Ultimate Frisbee. Winners received Icahn School of Medicine sweatshirts, sweatpants, and other prizes.

Medical Students Host First Annual Ethics Conference

From left: Nada Gligorov, PhD, Associate Professor, Bioethics Program; Vanessa Northington Gamble, MD, PhD; and Paul J. Cummins, PhD, Education Program Manager, Medical Education, Bioethics Program.

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s Bioethics Program hosted its First Annual Medical Student Ethics Conference, a forum designed to provide medical students across the country with an opportunity to discuss and resolve the ethical challenges they may encounter during physician training. A call for abstracts was issued to medical schools in the region and to several academic medicine and medical ethics organizations. Eight students from six medical schools gave poster presentations that examined such topics as “Anatomy and Cadavers as First Patients,” and “Anticipating Obligations as Future Physicians.” Keynote Speakers Vanessa Northington Gamble, MD, PhD, University Professor of Medical Humanities, George Washington University, and Robert Klitzman, MD, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Director of the Masters of Bioethics Program, Columbia University Medical Center, discussed, respectively, personal and historical reflections on racism, medicine, and bioethics; and the role reversal experienced when physicians become patients. The conference, funded by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, took place on Saturday, March 19, and drew 65 participants.

25 Years and Counting

Nada Gligorov, PhD of the Bioethics Program at ISMMS responds to a research presentation.

Nada Gligorov, PhD of the Bioethics Program at ISMMS responds to a research presentation.

The Oxford-Mount Sinai Consortium on Bioethics convened April 11–13, 2016 at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) for an exchange of research  on ethical issues in medicine and biomedical science. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Consortium—co-founded by Rosamond Rhodes, PhD; Stefan Baumrin, PhD, JD; and Daniel Moros, MD—is an interdisciplinary collaboration which focuses on faculty development. The annual meeting encourages its members to devote a portion of their research to bioethical topics and share their findings. Read more

Student Leads New York Forum on Dismantling Racism in Health Care

Neil Calman, MD, and Kamini Doobay

Neil Calman, MD, and Kamini Doobay

Kamini Doobay, a fourth-year medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, played a key role in organizing a recent forum in New York City that featured renowned medical, public health, and academic leaders who convened to examine racial inequities that contribute to poorer health outcomes in communities of color.

The program, “Dismantling Racism in the NYC Health System: The Time is Now,” took place Saturday, March 12, at the CUNY Graduate Center and drew 200 participants. Ms. Doobay worked with Mount Sinai’s Department of Medical Education, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, and other entities to develop the day-long activities. Read more

Meet a Winner: Kelly Hyles

Kelly Hyles“To be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.” —Zig Ziglar

Kelly Hyles has taken the steps to become a winner and in fact, is winning already: the young woman, who has recently been accepted to 21 colleges, including all 8 Ivy League universities, is on a determined path to becoming a neurologist and the first college graduate in her family. Read more

21st Annual Medical Student Research Day

Mount Sinai School of Medicine Student Research Day 2016.

Mount Sinai School of Medicine Student Research Day 2016.

Five Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai students were chosen to give oral presentations of their basic and clinical research projects at Mount Sinai’s 21st Annual Medical Student Research Day, on Thursday, March 10, in Stern Auditorium. Mitra Heshmati, PhD, Imikomobong Ibia, Emily Leven, Paul Peng, PhD, and Elizabeth Tarras received a prize of $250 each for their work, which was carried out under the supervision of faculty mentors: Scott Russo, PhD, Associate Professor of Neuroscience; Charles Mobbs, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, and Neuroscience; Eyal Shemesh, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, and Psychiatry; Joshua Brody, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Medical Oncology); and Rosanne Leipzig, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, and Population Health Science and Policy. Christina Wyatt, MD, Associate Director, Medical Student Research Office, moderated the oral presentations. Read more

Hands-On Learning at the Brain Awareness Fair

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From left: Steven Philemond, Clinical Research Coordinator, Neurosurgery, examines a brain image with Amir Du Bose and Andre Levins, students from the Eagle Academy for Young Men.

More than 100 volunteers from the Mount Sinai Health System and 500 local students and members of East Harlem and surrounding communities participated in the Fourth Annual Brain Awareness Fair on Tuesday, March 15, in The Mount Sinai Hospital’s Guggenheim Pavilion Atrium.

Educational hands-on activities and demonstrations included building neuron models out of pipe cleaners, examining models of brains from different animals, observing monkey brain neurons under a microscope, and learning how the five senses function within the brain. Read more

Seven Mount Sinai Leaders Receive 2016 Jacobi Medallion

Seven Mount Sinai Leaders Receive 2016 Jacobi Medallion

Standing, from left: Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mount Sinai Health System; Adolfo García-Sastre, PhD; Dennis S. Charney, MD; Alexander Kirschenbaum, MD; Donald Bergman, MD, President, The Mount Sinai Alumni Association, and Clinical Professor of Medicine; Albert L. Siu, MD, MSPH; and William Lawson, MD, DDS. Seated from left: Jean C. Crystal; Jewel Mullen, MD, MPH, MPA; Sandra K. Masur, PhD, Chair, Jacobi Medallion Selection Committee, and Professor of Ophthalmology; and Rosanne M. Leipzig, MD, PhD.

Nearly 330 Mount Sinai Health System alumni, donors, faculty, students, and staff gathered at The Plaza on Wednesday, March 16, to honor seven leaders with the 2016 Jacobi Medallion, the highest award bestowed by Mount Sinai in recognition of distinguished achievement in the field of medicine or extraordinary service to the hospital, the school, or the alumni.

Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and President for Academic Affairs, Mount Sinai Health System, highlighted recent achievements. “As Mount Sinai continues to grow, important partnerships and opportunities are preparing our medical school and graduate students to be health care innovators and entrepreneurs,” he told the guests. He also noted that the Icahn School of Medicine, for the first time, has been ranked No. 15 nationwide in National Institutes of Health research funding. “Our 2016 Jacobi Medallion recipients are part of this extraordinary trajectory of accomplishment and embody what is best about our School of Medicine: exceptional talent, an ingrained sense of commitment, and dedication to outstanding research, patient care, and education,” said Dr. Charney. Read more

Medical Students Celebrate Match Day 2016

Medical Students Celebrate Match Day 2016

Celebrating their residency matches were, from left: Sonia Yen Jarrett, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (Pediatrics); Jake Goldman Prigoff, NewYork Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center (General Surgery); and Adam Fields, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (General Surgery).

The upbeat dance-pop song “Feel This Moment” was playing at full volume in the Annenberg West lobby on Friday, March 18, as graduating medical students opened their envelopes to learn which residency programs they would be attending during the next phase of their training. Joining them were family members, friends, and Mount Sinai Health System physicians and staff who shared in their energy and excitement, and offered hugs and congratulations during the annual Match Day event.

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s graduating students were matched to residency programs throughout the country, including highly competitive ones at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Yale-New Haven Hospital, Duke University Medical Center, and University of California San Francisco Medical Center. Fifty one students will remain within the Mount Sinai Health System to continue all or part of their graduate training. Read more

Defying the Odds and Rising to the Top

DR_PD SorosYou could say Denisse Rojas Marquez is a modern-day Phoenix: a woman who has overcome every obstacle life has thrown in her goal-oriented path with inspirational resilience and tenacity, defying the odds at every turn.

Despite being an undocumented immigrant and ineligible for financial aid, Denisse not only graduated from UC Berkeley—but also co-founded Pre-Health Dreamers (PHD) to provide resources and advocacy for other undocumented youth like herself. Today, as the first undocumented student to attend the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS), Denisse is one of 30 2016 recipients of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. Read more