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What we know — and don't know — about immunity to the coronavirus

May 01, 2020

Scientists still have a lot to learn about immunity to the coronavirus. The World Health Organization has said there currently isn't evidence to prove people can't get reinfected with the virus — and even if they do have some protection after recovering from the virus, it's unknown how long that may last. Labs are working on developing a vaccine but it will take time.

Faculty News: Robert G. Lahita, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine

CBS News

Should you put your life at risk to help others? Rabbis have been grappling with the question for centuries.

April 30, 2020

Ira Bedzow, Ph.D.For a short time, New York state officials enacted controversial guidelines that again tested the inherent tension that the COVID-19 pandemic is causing between our country’s most deeply cherished values – respect for multiculturalism and religious freedom, and the state’s responsibility to promote the common good.

NYMC Faculty News: Ira J. Bedzow, Ph.D., associate professor of medicine and director of the Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program

Jewish Rhode Island

I went out looking for turkeys and found ticks!

April 30, 2020

Gary Wormser, M.D.Gary P. Wormser, M.D., the chief of infectious diseases at Westchester Medical Center and a professor at New York Medical College, is familiar with Dr. Ostfeld's theory. "That, combined with the nice weather, and people now beginning to get out in the nice weather, will undoubtedly bring people into contact with more ticks," he says.

Faculty News: Gary P. Wormser, M.D., professor of medicine, microbiology and immunology, and pharmacology, and vice chair of medicine for research and development

The Daily Sun

Top 5 Lessons Learned about Telehealth As We Face Our New Normal

April 30, 2020

BioIncWhile the need for safety and saving lives during this pandemic has increased our usage of telehealth, we are seeing that it's capability to address everyday medical needs will make it part of our lives for good. Telehealth has always been a viable solution within our healthcare system, but now, in our new normal, we look to telehealth not just for convenience, but for its safety and flexibility.

BioInc@NYMC News: Samant Virk, M.D., founder and chief executive officer of MediSprout, a BioInc client

Medical Economics

Women, Health, & Equity: Progress & Challenges from 1995 to Present – A UN CSW Parallel Event.

April 29, 2020

Padmini MurthyPlease join us on Thursday, May 14, 3:00 PM EST for AMWA’s first parallel event as an association affiliated with the United Nations Department of Global Communication. This event was originally scheduled as part of the UN Commission on the Status of Women and is now being presented virtually by Zoom webinar. 

Faculty News: Padmini Murthy, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., M.Phil., CHES, professor of public health and global health director and clinical assistant professor of family and community medicine

AMWA

U.S. Picks Worst Possible Moment to Cut Funding to WHO.

April 28, 2020

Padmini MurthyThe interconnectivity of the world has never been more evident than at present as illustrated by the COVID crisis. As a professor, often I have told my graduate students in public health that we need a passport and visa for travel but not a disease as it can cross geographic boundaries easily and often undetected. This fact has been highlighted by the recent global onslaught of pandemics in the past decade.

Faculty News: Padmini Murthy, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., M.Phil., CHES, professor of public health and global health director and clinical assistant professor of family and community medicine

AMWA

Why Universities Need Chief Learning Officers.

April 23, 2020

Ira Bedzow, Ph.D.The “new normal” that is setting in with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed a structural weakness at many universities across the country. While no one can predict a black swan event, in fairness, this pandemic and the changes that universities have to make to respond to it were not unpredictable.

NYMC Faculty News: Ira J. Bedzow, Ph.D., associate professor of medicine and director of the Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program

Forbes

Should you put your life at risk to help others? Rabbis have been grappling with the question for centuries.

April 23, 2020

Ira Bedzow, Ph.D.For a short period of time, New York state officials enacted controversial guidelines that again tested the inherent tension that the COVD-19 pandemic is causing between our country’s most deeply cherished values — respect for multiculturalism and religious freedom on the one side and the state’s responsibility to promote the common good on the other.

NYMC Faculty News: Ira J. Bedzow, Ph.D., associate professor of medicine and director of the Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program

Jewish Telegraphic Agency

With COVID-19, Civil Discontent Must Not Lead to Civil Disobedience

April 19, 2020

Ira Bedzow, Ph.D.People all over the United States are voicing their anger over some of the public health policies that states and local governments are enacting to slow the spread of COVID-19. They are protesting and calling for public demonstrations of civil disobedience.

Ira Bedzow, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Medicine, director of the Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program, and UNESCO chair of bioethics at New York Medical College and Adam E. Block, Ph.D., assistant professor of public health at New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice.

Forbes

Leaders Must Flatten The Political Curve

April 19, 2020

Ira Bedzow, Ph.D.We are approaching a potential inflection point of political and economic instability that may have dire social consequences. While many among us who haven’t left our homes in weeks to months are beginning to see this time as one that calls for solidarity, there has also been a rise in extremist sentiment, on both the left and the right. 

NYMC Faculty News: Ira J. Bedzow, Ph.D., associate professor of medicine and director of the Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program

Forbes

We need a better CARES package for the elderly

April 18, 2020

Ira Bedzow, Ph.D.In February and early March, the nation watched as COVID-19 swept through Life Care Center, a nursing home that became the early epicenter of the outbreak in Washington state. One home, 35 deaths, 129 infections.

NYMC Faculty News: Ira J. Bedzow, Ph.D., associate professor of medicine and director of the Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program

The Hill

Wake Up Call For Industry Leaders: The Time To Think About COVID-19 As A Complex Adaptive Challenge Is Now

April 12, 2020

Ira Bedzow, Ph.D.The arc of our country’s moral universe, bending toward justice, has steadily sought to broaden the practical application of the words of our Declaration of Independence, “that all men are created equal.”

NYMC Faculty News: Ira J. Bedzow, Ph.D., associate professor of medicine and director of the Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program

Forbes

When the current crisis passes, will we all still be created equal?

April 12, 2020

Ira Bedzow, Ph.D.The arc of our country’s moral universe, bending toward justice, has steadily sought to broaden the practical application of the words of our Declaration of Independence, “that all men are created equal.”

NYMC Faculty News: Ira J. Bedzow, Ph.D., associate professor of medicine and director of the Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program

The Citizens’ Voice

Balancing darkness and light as Passover 2020 approaches

April 06, 2020

Ira Bedzow, Ph.D.As the weeks are turning into months, the weight of the COVID-19 pandemic is getting more and more difficult to bear. It is not simply that we are cooped up in our homes, frustrated and stressed, without an outlet to forget what’s going on around us.

NYMC Faculty News: Ira J. Bedzow, Ph.D., associate professor of medicine and director of the Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program

The Times of Israel

Weighing the economics, public health benefits of sheltering in place

April 06, 2020

Imagine trying to hold your breath. Some of us can hold it only for a few moments, others for a bit longer. Now imagine trying to hold your breath as someone starts taking the air out of your lungs. The impulse to breathe becomes much stronger.

Ira Bedzow, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Medicine, director of the Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program, and UNESCO chair of bioethics at New York Medical College and Adam E. Block, Ph.D., assistant professor of public health at New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice.

Modern healthcare

What happens when we run out of ventilators? Jewish law and state guidelines may have different answers.

April 02, 2020

Ira Bedzow, Ph.D.The COVID-19 pandemic facing this city will test our country’s most deeply cherished values: respect for multiculturalism and religious freedom on the one side and the state’s responsibility to promote the common good on the other. This inherent tension is quite literally an issue of life and death.

NYMC Faculty News: Ira J. Bedzow, Ph.D., associate professor of medicine and director of the Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program

Jewish Telegraphic Agency

The ethical minefield of prioritizing health care for some with Covid-19

April 01, 2020

Ira Bedzow, Ph.D.As US hospitals grapple with the influx of infected patients, this war analogy is creating a morally problematic way of thinking about how to allocate resources to the critically ill. In a war, we want to treat and return the strongest and fiercest soldiers to the battlefield to kill the enemy. 

NYMC Faculty News: Ira J. Bedzow, Ph.D., associate professor of medicine and director of the Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program

CNN

Coronavirus in New York: Hospitals race to expand bed capacity 50% as COVID-19 cases surge

March 26, 2020

Ira Bedzow, Ph.D.Dr. Ira Bedzow, a biomedical ethics expert teaching at New York Medical College in Westchester County, described the bed-capacity expansion push in New York as a reaction to the COVID-19 fallout in Italy, where the virus overran hospitals and forced doctors to ration care based on survival odds.

NYMC Faculty News: Ira J. Bedzow, Ph.D., associate professor of medicine and director of the Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program

The Journal News

Coronavirus, Quarantine, and Loneliness: The Next Public Health Crisis?

March 26, 2020

Ira Bedzow, Ph.D.The United States is facing a national emergency because of COVID-19, which has now reached pandemic proportions. Schools are closed, social gatherings are banned, and people are scared.

NYMC Faculty News: Ira J. Bedzow, Ph.D., associate professor of medicine and director of the Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program

The Globe Post

Coronavirus-testing red tape frustrates Westchester resident

March 11, 2020

White Plains Hospital said it set up the hotline to help identify potential Covid-19 cases in the community and has fielded 3,000 calls in its first week. Its screening process follows guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state Department of Health. It refers any person in need of immediate care to the Department of Health. 

New York Medical College Leadership News: Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., vice president for government affairs and dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice

Crain’s New York Business