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Office of Academic Support

Academic Support Department

Sunshine Cottage Administration Building
2nd Floor, Rooms 213-222A
New York Medical College
40 Sunshine Cottage Road
Valhalla, NY 10595 

Hours: 9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday
(note: the College closes at 3:00 p.m. on Fridays from October 1 - March 31)

Phone: (914) 594-3800
Fax: (914) 594-3595

Kristina H. Petersen, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean, Academic Support Programs

Kristina H. Petersen holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Cardiff University. Since arriving at NYMC in 2014, she received two NYMC SOM Student Senate Awards for enhancement of student life, won 3 mentoring and teaching awards, and was elected to be inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Society in 2018. She has pursued several IRB-approved Medical Education research projects while at NYMC and is a co-author on several ongoing research projects and a book. Dr. Petersen previously served as the Co-Director of the Office of Academic Support and Counseling at Einstein College of Medicine, and taught various undergraduate courses at NYU and Columbia where she won teaching awards. She enjoys working with students to improve their study skills, create strategies for synthesizing large amounts of dense science material in short periods of time, and help them manage their time more effectively. She has given many lectures and workshops on transitioning from undergraduate to medical school curriculum, Step 1 preparation, transitioning from basic science curriculum to clinical rotations, and Shelf & Step 2CK preparation. She has also been invited to speak at various events including the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science and Medical Education Conference, the SNMA Northeast Regional Conference, Mentors in Medicine Conferences & workshops, and faculty development seminars at various medical schools. 

Erika Maikish, M.A.
Writing Specialist

Erika earned a M.A. in English alongside a graduate certificate in teaching writing and composition from Stony Brook University. In addition to teaching rhetoric and composition to undergraduate and graduate students, Erika has worked extensively within writing centers as a peer tutor, faculty specialist, and director. Erika pulls from her experiences in all of these roles as New York Medical College's writing support specialist and coordinator of peer learning partners. While happy to assist students on any writing project from a literature review to a final term paper, Erika enjoys the personal statement the most due to its unique and individual nature. 

Megan Siemers Livingston, M.S.Ed
Academic Support Specialist

Megan Siemers Livingston is the Director of Accommodations and Accessibility and Academic Support Specialist in the Office of Academic Support with over ten years of experience working in higher education. Megan previously has worked at Fordham University in Academic Advising and Student Development. Prior to coming to NYMC, Megan served as the Director and Assistant Dean for Student Life at New York Institute of Technology. She received her B.S. in Elementary Education from University of Hartford with a concentration in Special Education and her M.S.Ed from Springfield College. Megan is passionate about supporting all students and is happy to be at New York Medical College. 

Kelsey Polikoff
Administrative Assistant

Kelsey began her journey with NYMC in July of 2018. She enjoys the higher education environment and being surrounded by students who are eager to learn. Kelsey supports the Academic Support office on all levels, and thrives by planning, organizing, and sifiting through the meticulous details required for smooth functioning.