Recognizing Outstanding Staff at Mount Sinai Beth Israel

Front row, from left: Althea Reid, Patient Care Associate; Yazmin Navarro, Manager; Terry Altilio, LCSW, Social Work Coordinator; Hinde Nessanbaum, CI, Coordinator; and Milord Baptiste, Lead X-ray Technician. Back row, from left: Cheryl Gilmore-Hall, RN; Carzei O’Neill, CASAC, Counselor; Teisha Horton-Jordan, RN; Susan Somerville, RN; Jinquan Ye, CST, Surgical Technician; and Lakiyah Glivens, Registrar I.

Front row, from left: Althea Reid, Patient Care Associate; Yazmin Navarro, Manager; Terry Altilio, LCSW, Social Work Coordinator; Hinde Nessanbaum, CI, Coordinator; and Milord Baptiste, Lead X-ray Technician. Back row, from left: Cheryl Gilmore-Hall, RN; Carzei O’Neill, CASAC, Counselor; Teisha Horton-Jordan, RN; Susan Somerville, RN; Jinquan Ye, CST, Surgical Technician; and Lakiyah Glivens, Registrar I.

Ten Mount Sinai Beth Israel employees received a 2016 Heart Award, one of the hospital’s most prestigious honors, at a lunch reception on Friday, February 26, held at Podell Auditorium. The award recognizes employees—nominated and selected by their peers—who continuously focus on patient safety, enhancing the patient experience, and making Mount Sinai Beth Israel the hospital of choice for patients, staff, and the community. Mount Sinai Beth Israel President Susan Somerville, RN, congratulated the 2016 awardees at the reception.

Mount Sinai Receives Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification

Mount Sinai has become the first medical center in New York State to receive advanced certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and joins an elite group of institutions around the nation that meets The Joint Commission’s standards and requirements for complex stroke care. The announcement was made after The Joint Commission reviewed Mount Sinai’s stroke-care programs in June.

“By achieving this advanced certification, Mount Sinai has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of its patients with a complex stroke condition,” said Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, President, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends Mount Sinai for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate the standard of its care for the community it serves.”

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The Department of Spiritual Care and Education

Imam Souleimane Konate entered, his robes billowing out behind him.  He sat down and joined the others, some regulars and a few new to the group.  It was the morning of the monthly community religious leaders involvement breakfast.  Rabbi Rafael Goldstein, Director of the Department of Spiritual Care and Education introduced himself and we went around the table giving our names and congregations.  The Imam then gave the opening blessing, in both Arabic and English.

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Reforming Medical Education

Pre-med education is fundamentally flawed. This is something that the Medical Education community has known and written about for decades but has never acted upon. There are three critical problems:

  • Pre-med science requirements were established almost 100 years ago and have not changed since then despite extraordinary advances in clinical medicine and biomedical science.
  • These requirements consume an enormous amount of time and energy, detracting severely from what should be an enriching, stimulating college education.
  • The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is an expensive (between the tests fees and pre courses), time-consuming hurdle that perpetuates the need to focus on memorization of facts and competition for grades.

More than 100 years ago, Abraham Flexner reformed medical education throughout the nation. He was considered visionary and is responsible for establishing what we currently consider to be the gold standard for how medicine is taught, both in medical school and in preparing for medical school. Since then, medicine and science have changed more rapidly than any other field, with the possible exception of information technology. Yet educators at both the college and medical school levels have failed to refresh his vision and align the physician training with society’s needs. We’ve also perpetuated the notion that everyone has to be taught the same requirements in lockstep, with little room for flexible, individualized, and self-directed learning.

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