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Fall 2014 Calendar of Events Now Available

Our Fall 2014 Calendar is now available! Take a look here, or stop by the Office of Diversity Affairs to pick one up!

Dr. Victor Torres Wins the Burroughs Wellcome Fund for Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease Award

Victor J. Torres, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Microbiology, has received the 2014 Burroughs Wellcome Fund’s Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease Award. This prestigious honor, awarded to only 12 researchers this year, comes with a $500,000 grant that will help fund Dr. Torres’ research over the next five years. The grant will support Dr. Torres’ ongoing investigation of the way in which the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, more commonly known as MRSA, causes disease. Specifically, Dr. Torres and his lab are exploring previously unknown effects on the human body by several toxins produced by the bacteria.

Fritz Francois, MD, Named American College of Gastroenterology's Minority Digestive Health Care Award Winner

The ACG has awarded Dr. Fritz Francois the Minority Digestive Health Care Award. The criteria used in judging is focused upon active involvement in clinical practice or clinical research and demonstrated efforts to improve the digestive health of a minority group or underserved population.

LMSA Elects NYU SOM Student to National Membership Co-Chair

Vivian Ojeda was elected National Membership Co-Chair for LMSA at the National Conference at Baylor SOM in Houston, Apr 26. As membership co-chair she will be maintaining the membership database, working with regional boards in recruitment of members and strengthening of existing chapters, as well as unifying chapters nationally.

LMSA Elects NYU SOM Student to National Vice President

Camilo Doig Acuna was elected National Vice President of the Latino Medical Student Association at the National Conference at Baylor SOM in Houston, Apr 26. As Vice President, he will oversee logistics planning for national events and coordinate with different national committee chairs to ensure their agendas are in line with the National President and the Executive Board's yearly goals.

Alana D'Alfonso, MS2, Presenting at 6th Annual Research Symposium

Under the NYUSOM Health Disparities Research Fellowship through the Office of Diversity Affairs, Alana has worked with Dr. Nathan Bertelsen in the NYU/Bellevue Program for Survivors of Torture. Her research examined whether survivors of torture with a history of moderate to severe traumatic brain injury are clinically distinct from survivors of torture without a head injury. More>>

Chelsea Fullerton, M.Ed., Published in AAMC's Wing of Zock Blog

"It is essential that medical schools take great case in ensuring that the next generation of physicians is not only aware of the existence of transgender people but prepared to serve them effectively."- Chelsea Fullerton, M.Ed. More>>

NMF Scholarship Awardee: Natasha Ramsey

The inaugural program's mission is to meet the need for culturally competent physician-leaders to better serve the community and ultimately improve health. The program helps develop the future health workforce and create healthier communities by providing an opportunity for oustanding US minority medical students to engage in community service, develop critical skills, and join an active collegial network. Ms. Ramsey's community project will involve providing health education for teens centered around reproductive health.

NYU School of Medicine Students Selected into National Institutes of Health’s Medical Research Scholars Program

NYU School of Medicine students Chinonyerem Okoro and Andrew Yang were selected to join the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) class of the Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP). The NIH MRSP is a year-long enrichment program that provides mentored training to creative, research-oriented medical, dental, and veterinary students.

NYU School of Medicine Student Highlighted in Gates Cambridge Article

NYU School of Medicine student, Said Saab, has recently been highlighted on the Gates Cambridge site for his work in Translational Medicine & Therapeutics at the University of Cambridge. “When babies are born prematurely their lungs are deficient in surfactant, the fluid which is essential for them to breath properly. While this can be given synthetically, our work is looking at how to improve an already existing clinical surfactant preparation,” says Said. More >>

NYU School of Medicine Students Receive National Medical Fellowships Research Scholarship Awards

NYU School of Medicine Students, Candace Tannis and Andre Bryan, were both recipients of the 2013 NMF research scholarship award. For more than 67 years, National Medical Fellowships (NMF) has been working to help underrepresented minority medical students fulfill their dreams of becoming a physician. More >>

Candace Tannis presents at Society for General Internal Medicine's Annual Meeting

Graduating Senior, Candace Tannis, presented her research at the 2013 SGIM Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. The abstract titled, "Acculturation and Risk Factors for Hypertension among a Heterogeneous population of Black men" also won Ms. Tannis the National Medical Fellowship research scholarship. Ms. Tannis said, "Working on this project has given me the opportunity not only to apply the research skills which I have gained from my public health coursework, but also to work with a dynamic team and reach out to medically underserved neighborhoods throughout New York City with strategies for successful health behavior change."

Prioritizing Health Disparities in Medical Education to Improve Care

Knowledge and reduction of health disparities is a central part of the Office of Diversity Affairs' mission. Dr. Fritz François, our Associate Dean for Diversity and Academic Affairs, was a key planning member and presenter at the first: Prioritizing Health Disparities in Medical Education to Improve Care conference, held on October 2, 2012 at the New York Academy of Sciences, for medical students, faculty, educators, and administrators to convene and discuss how medical school education can reduce health disparities by promoting more diversity in healthcare professions, equipping doctors with tools to serve underrepresented groups and reaching out to the community. This conference was sponsored by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the Associated Medical Schools of New York, NYU School of Medicine, and the New York Academy of Sciences. Click the Academy E-briefings link to read an overview and listen to lectures given at the conference: Academy eBriefings

NYU School of Medicine Student Receives American Medical Association Scholars Award

Darien Sutton-Ramsey, a student at NYU School of Medicine, is a 2012 American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation Minority Scholars Award recipient.  He is one of only 13 medical students in the nation to receive this honor. Read the Press Release and view the AMA website for More >>

Two NYU School of Medicine Students Selected into National Institutes of Health’s New Medical Research Scholars Program

NYU School of Medicine students Carlos Miranda and Daniel Rogan were selected to join the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) inaugural class of the Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP). The NIH MRSP is a year-long enrichment program that provides mentored training to creative, research-oriented medical, dental, and veterinary students. 

Awareness Of Racial And Ethnic Health Disparities Has Improved Only Modestly Over A Decade

Despite persistent racial and ethnic gaps in health care and health status, awareness of such disparities remains low among the general public. Much work remains to be done to better inform the U.S. population of health conditions that disproportionately impact specific racial and ethnic minority groups, according to an OMH survey conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago. Specifically, the Nation's awareness of racial and ethnic disparities increased from 54.5 percent in 1999 to 59 percent in 2010 - a statistically significant, but modest, increase of 4 percentage points. Increases in awareness among Americans of health care access disparities like health insurance status were similarly modest - under 10 percentage points.

These and other findings were released Oct. 6 in an article authored by Jennifer K. Benz and Oscar J. Espinosa of NORC, Valerie A. Welsh of OMH, and Angela Fontes of Illinois State University, in the October issue of Health Affairs -- a thematic issue of the journal, Agenda for Fighting Disparities, which examines the state of health and health care disparities in the nation and steps that show promise in closing the gaps. More >>

NYU School of Medicine Student Awarded Two Prestigious Scholarships to Study at University of Cambridge

NYU School of Medicine student Said Saab was awarded two prestigious, competitive doctoral training program scholarships to study at the University of Cambridge. He received the Gates Cambridge Scholarship from the Gates Cambridge Trust in the United Kingdom (UK) to obtain a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree, as well as a scholarship from The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program to complete a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree.

Gbenga Ogedegbe, MD, MS, MPH, Awarded 5-year grant through NIH Fogarty International Center

Dr. Olugbenga Ogedegbe, MD, MS, MPH was recently awarded a 5 year grant through the National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center as part of the Chronic, Non-Communicable Diseases and Disorders Across the Lifespan (NCD-Lifespan) initiative which aims to build the ranks of experienced clinicians and researchers by establishing research training programs in more than a dozen low-and middle-income countries. More >>

NYU Researchers Win $368K NIH Grant to Study Race and Prostate Cancer

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $360,000 grant to a team of researchers at New York's Mount Sinai School of Medicine and NYU School of Medicine to study the impact that race has on prostate cancer. More>>

Department of Medicine Grand Rounds Lecture Series: Navigating Controversies in the Management of Prostate Cancer

Herbert Lepor, M.D.
Professor and Martin Spatz Chair, Department of Urology
Director, Smilow Comprehensive Prostate Cancer Center

Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Smilow Seminar Room

Taking Charge of your Breast Health: Breast Cancer in Women of Color

A day of empowered learning and sharing for women at risk, previously diagnosed and those who care for them.

Saturday, September 24, 2011
8:30 am-1:00 pm
Club 101, NY, NY

Congratulations to Dr. Uché Blackstock for receiving the PrMEIR’s intramural grants award

A Bedside Ultrasound Simulation-Based Curriculum for Medical Students on the Department of Emergency Medicine, Elective and Selective Rotation (Uche Blackstock, MD, RDMS and Demian Szyld, MD, EdM, Emergency Medicine)
*Co-sponsored by the Offices of Medical Education and Student Affairs

Congratulations to Dr. Fritz Francois and Dr. Iman Osman

Fritz Francois, MD and Iman Osman, MD were honored this year at the Alpha Omega Alpha ceremony. More>>