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Message from the Chair

In my last letter, I brought you up to date a number of things going on in the department and at the college including the move to a new building, the 2014 residents’ graduation reception and the milestone of the Rehabilitation Medicine residency program which has been teaching and training residents in Rehabilitation Medicine for 62 years.

At this time, the department and indeed the college are feeling the loss of Dr. Catherine Hinterbuchner who passed away in early January. Dr. Hinterbuchner was professor and chairman of the department from 1971 to 2004 and remained on the faculty following her retirement. Throughout her long tenure Dr. Hinterbuchner strived for excellence, both as chairman at New York Medical College and chief at Metropolitan Hospital. Her dedication and successful leadership of the department helped achieve national recognition of the department for its teaching and training of residents, education of medical students and its research in RM. It is our goal to honor her memory with the establishment of a fund in her name to raise $100,000.00 to support resident education and enhance opportunities to develop leaders in our field.

Our program continues to be competitive with hundreds of applications received each year. We completed the recruitment process for July 2016 in January and all our positions were filled through the Match in March.

This year’s resident graduation/alumni dinner will be on June 19th at Calle Ocho, 45 West 81st Street, New York, NY. There will be a special tribute held for Dr. Hinterbuchner at the dinner event. We hope you will join us as we are again looking forward to the opportunity to share memories and network with recent graduates and alumni. Special awards will again be presented to deserving faculty and residents for their achievements during the academic year.

The residents again attended an anatomy/dissection course last month.  The course was given by the NYMC Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy and it is a learning experience that the program strives to offer annually to our residents.

The Residency program also continues to accomplish its goal of graduating residents and propelling them onward to successful careers and Fellowships, and with a remarkable Board Pass rate of 100%.

This year’s faculty and resident scholarly activities included five abstracts published in the American Journal of PM&R.

As I wrote in my previous letter, we have a new Dean of the School of Medicine, Dr. D. Douglas Miller, who joined the college in December 2014. Dr. Miller comes to the college from University of Alberta, Canada where he served as Dean of Medicine and Dentistry.  Prior to that Dr. Miller served as Dean of the School of Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia. We welcome Dr. Miller and the vision and leadership qualities he brings that will further enhance the college’s goals for excellence in education and patient care.

We welcome and appreciate new ideas and/or alumni interested in presenting to their colleagues. The upcoming year is again upon us as of July 2015.  It is going to present its unique challenges to the Department, and the Department cannot meet these challenges without your participation and help. It is with your support that we will be able to provide quality training for residents, and ensure continued successes within the NYMC Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. For those who enjoy teaching I welcome your time and expertise toward resident education and look forward to hearing from you to schedule your participation in our educational program.

For those with limited time for educational activities, I kindly request your donations which will help support our residents' education and professional development, encouraging them to participate in scholarly activities that contribute to the advancement of both the specialty and our residency program. This year I ask that you consider a one‐time gift in honor of Dr. Hinterbuchner, to get the fund in her honor off to a great start. I can think of no better way to pay tribute to her life, career and contributions to the field and this department than by establishing this fund that enhances the education of the residents that she cared so much about. It is through a strong partnership of RM Alumni and the Department, both vested in education and the future of our specialty, that we can maintain the stature and recognition of one of the oldest and excellent Rehabilitation Medicine programs in the United States. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Sincerely yours,

Eduardo Lopez, M.D.  
The Catherine and Vladislav P. Hinterbuchner Professorship and Chair of Rehabilitation Medicine
NYMC School of Medicine