Time is both linear and circular. When it is linear we move from event to event in what we strive and hope to be a progressive, forward fashion. When time is circular we repeat events that we have previously experienced.
The time rhythms of this College are often circular. The National Residency Match occurs, then graduation, and the campus briefly becomes quiet as the senior students leave. Then, within a few weeks, there is a bustle of activity as the new class arrives, orientation takes place, and the student body settles down to the routine of lectures, laboratories, and examinations, clinical rotations, and laboratory research. Then, in the Spring, the Match takes place, another graduation, and another new class arrives.
Over the space of a year, time at the College is also linear. Over the past year there have been many events demonstrating, convincingly and repetitively, progress at New York Medical College.
- Most recently we welcomed Donald Douglas Miller, M.D., C.M., M.B.A., as the new dean of the School of Medicine. Dr. Miller comes to NYMC from the University of Alberta where he served as dean of faculty of medicine and dentistry as well as chair of the Health Sciences Council.
- We have decommissioned the Munger Pavilion and renovated and occupied the new 250,000-square-foot Skyline Building containing faculty offices and administrative and instructional facilities;
- We have renovated and opened the Dana Road building with its state-of-theart Clinical Skills and Disaster Medicine Training Center and biotechnology incubator;
- In partnership with Touro College we have obtained an investment grade bond rating for tax-exempt bonds, issued those bonds, and found that they were over-subscribed—a seal of approval in the financial marketplace;
- In partnership with Touro College we have opened a new M.S. in Biology Education to help supply science teachers to the school systems;
- The School of Medicine has received a record high number of applications and the percentage of students accepting offers of admission over the past two years has risen 160 percent;
- The School of Medicine has continued our historic mission of educating those historically impeded in acquiring a medical education. Twenty-one percent of the first year class are under-represented minorities, one of the highest percentages in the state of New York;
- We have expanded our class size in the graduate programs in physical therapy and speech-language pathology;
- We have signed new academic affiliation agreements with Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn, Saint Michael’s Medical Center in Newark and Beckley Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Beckley, West Virginia;
- Construction barriers are appearing on our Valhalla campus and our Paterson affiliate as we begin work on new walkways, a residency hall, and driveways;
- Our graduate medical education program has achieved the extraordinary milestone of 12 years of reaccreditation and 55 residency programs all fully accredited; and
- Our faculty continue to garner a substantial number of peer-reviewed research grants and contribute to the published biomedical literature.
While we remain true to the core values of New York Medical College in the circular rhythms of academic time, we are excited by our forward progress in linear time.
Great things are happening here!
Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A.
chancellor and chief executive officer
New York Medical College