Week of July 24, 2023

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Dr. Pamela Ludmer Appointed Interim Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education

Pamela Ludmer, M.D., M.S., associate dean for curriculum integration and clinical assistant professor of pediatrics and medicine, will serve as the SOM interim dean for undergraduate medical education and faculty lead for the SOM’s accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. Read the full story on Dr. Ludmer.

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Artist Biagio “Gino” Civale Gifts Mural to NYMC

The NYMC community buzzed with excitement inside the café in the Basic Sciences Building on July 19 as the abstract mixed media mural from the 1980s, titled “Strolling Through Tibbetts Park in Yonkers,” remained hidden behind a black curtain waiting to be unveiled. Yonkers-based artist Biagio “Gino” Civale, center, gifted the artwork to the College for students to appreciate art as they study for their careers in the sciences. Read the full story about the mural unveiling.

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NYMC Alumna Dr. Blanco Appointed SLP Director of Clinical Education

Stefanie Blanco, SLP.D., M.S. '10, CCC-SLP, TSSLD, ATP, has been named the director of Clinical Education for the SHSP Division of SLP. In her new role, Dr. Blanco is responsible for the oversight of the coursework content for the SLP clinical education program and monitors the required externship experiences for each SLP student. Read the full story on Blanco.

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SHSP Renovations for the New Academic Year

NYMC’s SHSP has undergone numerous renovations this summer, curating an environment that supports students, faculty and staff. The Department of Public Health is moving back into the building after spending the past 10 years in the Skyline building. The Division of SLP is heading over to the Vosburgh Pavilion, joining its clinic, which will create an SLP hub. SLP is also being granted a new space where students can prepare for clinical work. Vikas Grover, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, chief, division of SLP, Professors Stephanie Blanco, SLP.D., CCC-SLP, TSSLD, ATP, and Monica McHenry, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, will each have their own lab space as well. One aspect of this renovation that is sure to excite students is the development of the Drs. Esther and Ben Chouake Student Commons on the ground floor. This area, formerly home to the Chouake physical therapy lab, will house a grab-and-go food and drink area, and provide a space for students to study or unwind outside of class. Victor Santamaria, M.Sc., Ph.D., PT, will direct the biomechanics lab for physical therapy and there will be seven new rooms in the building designated as flex space for students.

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SOM Welcomes Student Senate E-Board Officers

With the start of the new academic year, the NYMC SOM Student Senate is officially in session and ready to tackle what the year has in store. The 21 peer-elected student representatives, which include five senators per class and the student senate president, collaborate with students, faculty and administrators throughout the year to ensure the success and holistic wellness of the entire NYMC community. Read the full story on the senators elected to the executive board for the 2023-2024 academic year.

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Mock Interview Day for the D.P.T. Class of 2024

On July 10, students from the NYMC D.P.T. Class of 2024 participated in the first annual mock interview day for their Professional Practice II course. The three-hour event allowed third-year D.P.T. students the opportunity to meet with 12 professionals from the field of physical therapy for 30-minute, one-on-one mock interviews. The students came prepared with their resumes and were provided feedback by the interviewers, who served as mentors for the soon-to-be doctors. Read the full story on the Mock Interview Day.


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SOM Office of Admissions Leads Students to Their Future Careers in Medicine 

The SOM Office of Admissions guides prospective medical students through the programs and curriculum NYMC provides to help shape compassionate and clinically skilled medical professionals. The admissions team of six is hard at work, combing through 10,000 applicants to fill the 212 seats. Karen M. Murray, M.D. '99, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology and associate dean for admissions for the SOM, provides the inner workings of her office. Read the full story on the SOM Office of Admissions.


Tracey A. Milligan, M.D., M.S., FAAN, FAES, FANA, professor and chair of the Department of Neurology, was awarded the Edithe J. Levit Distinguished Service Award at the 2023 Annual Meeting of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) on July 11. Dr. Milligan was recognized for her more than 14 years of dedicated service to the NBME. She served in multiple leadership positions, including as a member of the NBME Council, member of the Board, member of the Stemmler Fund Steering Committee, chair of the Behavioral Sciences Test Material Development Committee, chair of the Interdisciplinary Review Committee, chair of the Test Material Development Committee and chair of the Forms Review Committee.

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Chandra Pauline Daniel, Dr.P.H. Class of 2023, has been accepted to the prestigious Fellowship at New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM). The NYAM Fellows are top practitioners, academics and policymakers in their fields, which span medicine, nursing, social work, public health, administration, health policy, pharmacy, dentistry, law and government. As a Fellow, Daniel will participate in cutting-edge research, educational and health policy programs; organize events addressing critical health issues; and enjoy unprecedented networking, as well as active engagement with NYAM's staff, programs and Library. 

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Adam D. Hammerman, M.B.A., vice president and chief financial officer, was one of four panelists invited to share his thoughts in an interactive roundtable discussion on “Unlocking Potential: The Power of Mentoring” and relevant business topics enhanced with Jewish values at the Jewish Business Network Business Lunch Roundtable on July 11.

Christopher S. Leonard, Ph.D., professor and interim chair of the Department of Physiology, and his laboratory are working on finding treatments and therapies to help those with drug addiction. View the video on their research.


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Applications are now being accepted for the 2023-2024 New York Medical College Academy of Medical Educators. The Academy of Medical Educators is an academic community that inspires and supports educational innovation, scholarly activity and collaboration. The deadline for applications is Monday, July 31, 2023.

To view an informational video and download the application, please navigate to the "Teaching and Learning Opportunities" section and scroll to "The Academy of Medical Educator's" section of the website. Please feel free to email Dr. Monica Glina.





Tuesday, July 25

5:30 p.m.

Mindful Medicine Session

Wednesday, July 26

1:30 p.m.

Department of Neurology Grand Rounds

Friday, July 28

11:00 a.m.

SOM Class of 2027 White Coat Ceremony

Monday, July 31

5:30 p.m.

Staff and Faculty Yoga

Tuesday, August 1

5:30 p.m.

Mindfulness Class

Friday, August 4

9:00 a.m.

Accelerated Biomedical Sciences Fall 2023 New Student Orientation

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Leadership News

PEOPLE ON THE MOVE: Dr. Neil W. Schluger, New York Medical College

Crain’s New York Business - 7/12/23

Neil W. Schluger, M.D., dean of SOM, Barbara and William Rosenthal Chair of the Department of Medicine and professor of medicine


Multiple Sclerosis: The Added Challenges Among African American and Hispanic Patients

MedPage Today - 7/12/23

Mill Etienne, M.D.’02, M.P.H., vice chancellor of diversity and inclusion, associate dean of student affairs and associate professor of neurology and of medicine

Finding the Right Multiple Sclerosis Care Team as a Person of Color

Everyday Health - 7/10/2023

Mill Etienne, M.D.’02, M.P.H., vice chancellor of diversity and inclusion, associate dean of student affairs and associate professor of neurology and of medicine

Millwood Resident Named Dean Of NYMC School Of Medicine

Patch.com - 7/13/23

Neil W. Schluger, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine, effective August 15

NYMC names Schluger dean

Westchester and Fairfield County Business Journals - 7/15/2023

Neil W. Schluger, M.D., dean of SOM, effective Aug. 14; Barbara and William Rosenthal Chair of the Department of Medicine and professor of medicine


The Life Sciences Industry Is Rapidly Expanding in Westchester

Westchester Magazine - 7/8/2023

Salomon Amar, Ph.D., D.D.S., vice president of research and professor of pharmacology and of pathology, microbiology and immunology

Faculty News

Bugs in the System

Mishpacha - 7/11/23

Gary P. Wormser, M.D., professor of medicine, pharmacology and of pathology, microbiology and immunology

General News

Life Science Innovations Find a Home in Westchester

Westchester Magazine - 7/12/2023


North 80, Westchester's long-awaited biotech hub, may soon rise in Valhalla

LoHud - 7/18/2023


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