The academic year is well underway and student leadership groups are in the midst of tackling new projects that focus on the quality of student life, professional development, community service, social activities and student advocacy.
School of Medicine Student Senate
The School of Medicine (SOM) Student Senate’s mission is to serve the student academic community by representing the concerns and ideas of their peers to administration and working to develop initiatives that will help improve the lives of their classmates. Currently the first year senators are embarking on their first leadership project, the annual NYMedTalks health care symposium. Other Student Senate projects this year include the development of a student-written FAQ guide for each year of medical school, a partnership with the Department of Operations to explore changes in the cafeteria, restructuring of club funding methods and participation in pre-clinical curriculum reform. The School of Medicine Student Senate, back from left: Robert Kane, SOM Class of 2020, Bevan Bonhomme, SOM Class of 2019, Anna Odermann, SOM Class of 2017, Alec Selby, SOM Class of 2019, Philip Maynard, SOM Class of 2019, secretary, Henry Feng, Class of 2017, vice president, Qais Karim, SOM Class of 2017, and Kaitlin Swanson, SOM Class of 2018.
Front from left: Kenny Guber, SOM Class of 2020, Jennifer Lindelof, SOM Class of 2020, Kendall Presti, SOM Class of 2020, Abhiniti Mittal, SOM Class of 2020, Lydia Bunker, SOM Class of 2017, president, Hannah Gissel, SOM Class of 2019, Jake Feldman, SOM Class of 2018, Justin Cole, SOM Class of 2019, Adam Gordon, SOM Class of 2018, Paul (Seung) Jeong, SOM Class of 2018, and Stephen Shapero, SOM Class of 2018.
Not pictured: Jessica Oh, SOM Class of 2017, and Mario Corro, SOM Class of 2017.
Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences Graduate Student Association
The Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences (GSBMS) Graduate Student Association (GSA) continues to strengthen the ties between the GSBMS with the NYMC campus and community at large and offers guidance to the graduate students. They successfully executed the first annual NYMC Snowman Project, a school-wide holiday gift drive for Sheltering Arms, an organization that works to strengthen the education, well-being, and development of vulnerable children, youth, and families across the New York metro area to maximize their potential. The GSA is boosting camaraderie this year, hosting social events throughout the year including Knicks outings (with discounted tickets) this winter. The GSA is also busy organizing their hallmark springtime event, the Graduate Student Research Forum scheduled for March 2017. The GSA from left: Dana Weinstein, vice chair, Graduate Student Research Forum; Aaron Conway, chair, Graduate Student Research Forum; Elizabeth Sira, treasurer; Joseph McCafferty, president; Jenna Kiley, secretary; Charles White, vice president; and Elizabeth Fischman, chair, community building.
School of Health Sciences and Practice Student Healthcare Executives Club
The School of Health Sciences and Practice Student Healthcare Executives (StuHE) Club was formed to provide a network for students to exchange ideas on health care management issues, promote healthy lifestyles by serving as role models in the community, participate in events to promote public health, and help shape the future environment of health care. StuHE led a team of NYMC students, faculty, family and friends at the 18th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Manhattanville College in October and held bake sales on campus to raise more than $1,000 for the American Cancer Society’s fight against breast cancer. They hosted the Seventh Annual SHSP Career Mentor Session, offering students and recent alumni the opportunity to learn about a broad range of public health career opportunities from mentors that included professionals representing behavioral/community health, global health, environmental health, hospital systems and pharmaceuticals, recruiters and county health commissioners. Most recently, StuHe staffed a booth at the Grasslands Shelter Fair to promote awareness of colon cancer screening, early detection and prevention. The group is also engaged in coordinating events for National Public Health Week, April 3 - 9, 2017. Front to back, from left: faculty advisor Denise C. Tahara, M.B.A., M.Phil, Ph.D., associate professor of public health practice and director, M.P.H. Studies; Minal Patankar, vice president of communications; Sumeet Gill, member; Adesola Akinyemi, president; faculty advisor Michael P. Shakarjian, Ph.D., assistant professor and program director, M.P.H. Environmental Health Science Studies; Namrata Fnu, secretary; Ikram Hussain, vice president, marketing; Koua Her, vice president, special events; Soumya Mikkilineni, coordinator of volunteers; Benjamin Agu-Ibe, event coordinator; Jason Xenakis, School of Medicine liaison; Namrata Nepal, vice-president, membership; Cindy Jakubowski, administrator, Department of Health Policy and Management; and Laili Qiyam, vice president, marketing.
Touro College of Dental Medicine at New York Medical College Student Government
The Touro College of Dental Medicine (TCDM) at New York Medical College Student Government is focusing on their primary goal of establishing the Student Government Bylaws, which will govern the student body and facilitate an environment that promotes professionalism, empowerment and collaboration among students, educators and administrators. They are establishing inter-professional relationships with other student groups on campus and they are in the process of establishing TCDM Student Government committees including social, yearbook, fundraising, student health and wellness and designating course representatives. They have appointed a food representative who is working on establishing more food options at 19 Skyline Drive. The TCDM Student Government is also working closely with the SOM Student Senate who has shared their own experiences and offered advice. The two groups are discussing future joint events as well as shared spaces and resources. The TCDM Student Government from left: Alexander Black, secretary; Morgan Atanasio, president; and Benjamin Droney, vice president.