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New York Medical College Announces Academic Affiliation With Rome Memorial Hospital

NYMC AND RMH will establish a clerkship program at the hospital for the training and education of NYMC’s undergraduate medical students

Date: July 30, 2018
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Valhalla, N.Y. – New York Medical College (NYMC) and Rome Memorial Hospital (RMH) announced an academic affiliation designating the hospital as a teaching site for the education of NYMC’s third- and fourth-year medical students. The agreement outlines mutual commitment to promoting medical education programs, meeting the medical care needs of the community and developing other clinical education and research.

The partnership establishes a clerkship program at the hospital for the training and education of NYMC’s undergraduate medical students on required and elective rotations in internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, primary care, emergency medicine and other specialties. RMH is a nonprofit health care system based in Rome, N.Y., whose mission is to deliver quality care with compassion to patients throughout Central New York through a broad range of healthcare services and in collaboration with its community partners. The hospital has 130 licensed acute care beds with more than 3,800 annual inpatient discharges, an 80-bed skilled nursing facility, and a broad array of outpatient services, including substance abuse counseling and prenatal care services for the underserved, and a 24-hour emergency department which receives more than 31,000 visits annually.

“We believe medical education and medical care are interdependent, and that the best health care services and clinical training are fostered in healthcare institutions dedicated to those endeavors,” said Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., chancellor and chief executive officer and interim dean of the School of Medicine. “With our shared mission of delivering skilled and compassionate medical care to culturally and economically diverse communities, this partnership will train the next generation of medical professionals and deliver quality healthcare to the Rome community.”

“As a teaching site, Rome Memorial Hospital will provide medical students with the opportunity to expand their knowledge in a community hospital environment where attending physicians can provide them with personal attention,” said Rome Memorial Hospital President/Chief Executive Officer David Lundquist. “Behind the walls of this hospital lie an extraordinary team focused on the delivery of patient-centered care.”

“The opportunities at a community hospital are different than at a large academic facility. Rome gives medical students the opportunity to be directly involved in patient care under the tutelage of an attending physician,” said Orthopedic Surgeon R. Mitchell Rubinovich, M.D. CM FRCS(c) FACS, associate dean at Rome Memorial Hospital and president of the medical staff. “Teaching medical students keeps you sharp, makes you answer pointed questions and re-examine things that you believe in.  It’s rewarding to impart the knowledge that you’ve garnered through the years to the next generation of physicians.”

New York Medical College

Founded in 1860, NYMC is one of the oldest and largest health sciences colleges in the country with more than 1,400 students, 1,000 residents and clinical fellows, more than 2,600 faculty members, and 23,000 living alumni. The College, which joined the Touro College and University System in 2011, is located in Westchester County, New York, and offers degrees from the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences, the School of Health Sciences and Practice, a School of Dental Medicine and a School of Nursing. NYMC provides a wide variety of clinical training opportunities for students, residents, and practitioners.

About Rome Memorial Hospital

Rome Memorial Hospital, Inc., is a non-profit health care system based in Rome, N.Y., providing services to patients throughout Central New York.  From primary care to long-term care, Rome Memorial Hospital delivers quality, compassionate medical care for every stage of life. With its specialized Senior Behavioral Health Unit and Residential Health Care Facility, the hospital has become recognized as a valuable resource for senior services. Ranked among the top 20 percent of skilled nursing facilities for four consecutive years, the hospital has earned special recognition as a NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) facility for providing quality care for older adult patients.  Rome Memorial Hospital is an affiliate of St. Joseph’s Health and an affiliated clinical site of New York Medical College.