Once an auspicious member of the School of Medicine Class of 2001, Andrew Mutnick, M.D. ’01, has returned to NYMC as associate dean for student affairs. Dr. Mutnick brings exceptional educational and leadership experience to his new role, which includes developing and administering student affairs programs and serving as advisory dean of the Stowe House. He reports to Gladys M. Ayala, M.D., M.P.H., vice chancellor of medical student affairs and SOM senior associate dean for student affairs.
Dr. Mutnick’s path to medical school was circuitous. Following college, he worked for a decade as an actor, appearing on stage and in television and film. Then medicine beckoned upon the death of his father and the birth of his first daughter. “I am so grateful that New York Medical College took a chance on me. I was not the traditional medical student,” he said. He was also quick to point out that he was not the oldest member of his class, noting he had a classmate who was four months his senior.
Upon graduation, Dr. Mutnick earned impressive awards: an Alpha Omega Alpha scholarship and the Joan P. Liman, M.D.’83, M.P.H. ’93, Award, now known as the “Better Late than Never Award,” given to a graduate who entered the field of medicine after endeavors in another career and achieved a distinguished academic record while serving the College community and student body with dedication and enthusiasm. He was also the inaugural recipient of the Annual Alumni Endowed Scholarship for exceptional academic performance and community service.
Dr. Mutnick completed his pediatric residency and was chief resident at Columbia University/Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian, before joining the faculty of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he held the title of director of pediatric medical student education. In addition to leading the pediatric clerkship and sub-internship programs, he guided the department’s undergraduate medical education efforts throughout the continuum and maintained a core faculty role in the Foundations of Clinical Medicine course.
Dr. Mutnick was a core faculty advisor for the hospital’s pediatric residency program and led Resident-as-Teacher programs throughout the institution. He was selected as Teacher of the Year by the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Class of 2007, and was elected as Fellow of the Virginia Apgar Teaching Academy in 2009. He also served on the Executive Committee of the Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics. Dr. Mutnick is a graduate of the Educational Scholars Program of the Academic Pediatric Association and has led workshops locally, regionally and nationally on Feedback in Medical Education, Assessing and Remediating Clinical Reasoning and Team-based Learning.
“I am very excited to be back at New York Medical College and I am looking forward to working with our students in all of their endeavors,” said Dr. Mutnick. “I believe there should be a holistic approach to medical education and I will do whatever it takes to support our students.”