Dear Colleagues and Friends of New York Medical College:
The start of a new year is a good time to take stock of where we have been, what we have achieved, and where we are going. There are challenges before us, but with the strength of our faculty, students, and staff, I am sure that we will enhance the tradition of excellence that has always been associated with New York Medical College.
The 2010 closure of St. Vincent’s Hospital, a major clinical affiliate for decades, challenged the size and scope of our medical student clinical educational experience and our graduate medical education programs. We have resolved this challenge through the creation of a new partnership with St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, New Jersey. This 650-bed hospital offers an excellent range of clinical rotations for our medical students, opportunities for clinical training of a wide variety of health sciences students from Touro, and an array of graduate medical education programs. We have signed preliminary agreements to move forward on building new student housing directly across the street from the hospital. With the core of our clinical education taking place at Westchester Medical Center, Metropolitan Hospital, the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, and St. Joseph's, we will expand our network of affiliated hospitals to meet additional educational needs.
Applications for admission to the M.D. program have reached a record high, along with record high MCATs and GPAs for our matriculating students. The applicant pool for our D.P.T, Dr.P.H, M.P.H, Ph.D., and M.S. programs is strong and the quality of students in these programs is excellent. Curricular innovation can be seen in the development of new courses in the medical humanities and educational field trips. The coming year promises the development of new programs in partnership with Touro for Physician’s Assistant, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Masters of Biomedical Ethics.
We have benefited from an invited outside review of the College’s and Touro’s programs in public health, physical therapy, speech pathology, occupational therapy, physician's assistant, and nursing. The coming year will see the development and implementation of a plan in response to the recommendations we have received.
In 2012 we announced the appointment of a new Chancellor/CEO, Associate VP of Development, Director of Alumni Affairs, and Vice Dean for Medical Education and Director for of Interprofessional Education Development, and Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology. In 2013 we will conclude the search for a new Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and a Director of the Division of Cardiology.
Buildings and Grounds
Demolition has begun, to be followed by construction, for our new multimillion dollar clinical skills laboratory, disaster medicine center, and biotechnology incubator on Dana Road. A pedestrian walkway to this facility is in the planning stages. A team of faculty and administrators are hard at work to develop a definitive solution for a replacement facility for the Munger Pavilion. We are optimistic that a plan will be announced within a few months. Similarly, we are optimistic that we will be able to announce a major initiative for a student recreation center in the coming months.
We celebrate the success of our faculty’s research efforts. Recent high-profile publications in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and Academic Medicine are among the faculty’s contributions to the biomedical scientific and medical education literature.
Earlier this year a faculty committee issued a comprehensive research strategic plan. Now it is time to turn our attention to implementation. Members of the faculty are being convened to prepare an implementation plan. We intend to focus on new initiatives and on strengthening the efforts of existing faculty as well as greater collaboration between researchers at NYMC and Touro.
The groundwork has been carefully laid for addressing our two priorities for the coming year with regard to our clinical enterprise: (1) A faculty committee is finalizing its recommendations for a modern academic affiliation agreement with Westchester Medical Center (WMC). The committee expects to issue its report shortly so that we can engage in a detailed dialogue with WMC leading toward a mutually satisfactory agreement. (2) Following this, we will move forward aggressively, under the leadership of a second faculty committee, to design and implement a comprehensive faculty practice plan.
Development and Alumni Affairs
Philanthropy is one of the engines that will move us forward. We have initiated an aggressive outreach effort, and members of the administration have called upon our friends and alumni throughout the U.S. After seven months we are on track to increase fundraising, compared to last year, by 61 percent. Already, we have announced major progress toward new endowed Assistant and Full Professorships in Pediatrics and Obstetrics-Gynecology.
Great things are happening here!
We have an honorable past and an exciting future. In the coming year we will join together to create that future.
Page updated: March 1, 2013