New York Medical College Awarded Grant to Improve Pediatric Training and Care in New York State
Grant from The Children’s Dream Foundation to support purchase of equipment for the NYMC Clinical Skills and Simulation Center
Jennifer Riekert, M.B.A.
Vice President of Communications
New York Medical College
Valhalla, NY – New York Medical College (NYMC) is one of four organizations to receive 2020 training grants from The Children’s Dream Foundation (CDF), an organization working to advance pediatric emergency medicine in New York’s Hudson Valley region, during a very competitive grant cycle.
The grant will allow the NYMC Clinical Skills and Simulation Center (CSSC) to purchase a family of Pediatric Emergency Airway Management Task Trainers (teenager, adolescent, infant and difficult airway) to train for pediatric intubation and airway management from Laerdal Medical, a provider of training, educational and therapy products for live saving and emergency medical care. The equipment will be used to train medical students and first line responders in their education of pediatric emergency care at a critical time during the COVID-19 pandemic.
By supporting the purchase of this innovative training technology, The Children’s Dream Foundation’s grants will help improve the quality of pediatric care for thousands of children throughout Westchester County.
“We are very honored to be receiving this grant for a fourth consecutive year,” said Katharine Yamulla, M.A., CHSE, senior director of competency-based assessment and clinical skills education and director of the CSSC. “CDF is an outstanding organization, and we are very grateful for their ongoing support of our clinical skills training program. Understanding the fundamentals of pediatric airway management through simulation will greatly enhance the pediatric curriculum for NYMC students and will support the continued education of local healthcare providers for affiliates of NYMC. Moreover, The CSSC’s partnership with local emergency room physicians and pediatric anesthesiologists, provides learners with access to emergency airway experts who are expertly trained to teach the basics of pediatric airway management through simulation.”
In the past, NYMC has received grants from The Children’s Dream Foundation used for the purchase of a Laerdal SimBaby, a Laerdal 25-week Premature Anne and pediatric Ventrilophone specialized stethoscopes for use on standardized patients and manikins, all supporting The Children’s Dream Foundation’s commitment to ensuring all children receive the best medical care possible and NYMC’s continued education of the next generation of health care professionals.
About New York Medical College
Founded in 1860, New York Medical College (NYMC) is one of the oldest and largest health sciences colleges in the country, with nearly 1,500 students and 330 residents and clinical fellows, more than 2,600 faculty members and 23,500 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, the Touro College of Dental Medicine at NYMC and the Touro College School of Health Sciences’ nursing program at NYMC. NYMC provides a wide variety of clinical training opportunities for students, residents, and practitioners.
Children’s Dream Foundation
Since 1992, the Children’s Dream Foundation (CDF) has provided grants to health care organizations to ensure that the highest pediatric health care, especially emergency services, is available to all children in New York’s Hudson Valley region. Currently, CDF is the only organization in this region specifically working to advance pediatric emergency medicine.