Connecting the Department of Medicine
March 2017

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The Virtual Sixth Player on Rounds

A Message From the Chair, Steve Abramson, MD

This month's spotlight features Patrick Cocks, internal medicine program director and associate director for GME. Patrick is among the outstanding clinician-educators in the department. On ward rounds, his vast knowledge brings depth to both patient care and team learning. However, such encyclopedic knowledge is uncommon among us. Often on patient care rounds, important questions are left unanswered, relegated to the waste-bin of "why don’t you look it up and let us know tomorrow." Meaningful follow-up rarely happens, and when it does, an opportunity for contextual learning and—more importantly—the potential impact on immediate clinical decision-making for the patient, are lost.

Which leads me to advocate for the integration of real-time bedside learning using the iPad on rounds. Used judiciously, carried by a designated member of the team, the iPad can be called upon as needed to address unanswered questions that relate to disease mechanisms or treatment. In some ways, the iPad becomes the rounding counterpart to the Sixth Man in the NBA and the Sixth Woman in the WNBA, for which awards are given each year. Such awards recognize a basketball player who is not a starter, but who is sent from the bench to ignite the team. The presence of a good sixth man is a sign of team excellence and depth. I would suggest that the iPad can become the Sixth Player for ward teams.

Continue reading Dr. Abramson's message

Spotlight on Patrick Cocks, MD

In this Spotlight video, we talk with Patrick Cocks, MD, director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program, about the unique residency tracks, the broad-based exposure to different patient populations, the remarkable camaraderie, and the new training procedures that allow house staff to "hit the ground running" on day one.

News From Our Divisions & Programs

Innovation and collaboration are the hallmarks of our programs and events. Learn more about recent happenings, including:
  • A celebration commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine awarded to André Cournand, Dickinson Richards and Werner Forssmann
  • The Annual Promotions and Appointments Recognition Reception
  • PrMEIR's new Merrin and Martinsen fellows, Drs. Nina Blachman and Verity Schaye
  • The launch of the United Arab Emirates Healthy Future Study, led by Medicine's Ann Marie Schmidt, Ravichandran Ramasamy, and Scott Sherman, among others at NYUSOM
  • And much more... Explore the PDF for additional news.

NYU Langone Selected as Part of AHA’s Strategically Focused Obesity Research Network

The American Heart Association recently announced that NYU Langone Medical Center has been named one of four centers that will comprise the AHA’s sixth Strategically Focused Research Network, with a focus on obesity research. The NYU AHA Obesity Network, called IGNITION (InvestiGating Novel obesIty soluTIONs), will be led by principal investigator Ann Marie Schmidt, Iven Young Professor of Medicine and Director of the Diabetes Research Center.

Learn more about the NYU team's project in the PDF, and read the AHA's press release to learn more about the research network.

Enjoy the following stories in this month’s Medicine@NYULMC. Open the PDF for the full issue.

Researcher Profiles

The Department of Medicine has long been a leader in cutting-edge research that transforms patient care and education. In this issue, Dr. David Goldfarb discusses his research on kidney stones and ways to prevent stone recurrence. Dr. Cynthia Portal Celhay takes us inside her work on Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

History Quiz:
Vaccines and Politics

In recent years, vaccine safety has been a hot—and controversial—political issue. In this history quiz, we give you the statements of four candidates made during presidential campaigns. Trump, Obama, Carson, and Clinton: can you tell who said what?

Featured Student Essay

One unique assignment for students on the Medical Clerkship is to write a personal essay. The resulting works reveal inner thoughts and struggles, and in many cases, insights and improved understanding, as students become doctors. In this issue's featured essay, Shivani Srivastav contributes a creative and moving take on a patient's medical record, balancing straightforward clinical notes with observances that help to form an intriguing portrait.

Clinical Correlations and Clinical Inquiry Corner

This issue's Clinical Correlations round-up features a wide range of topics, including pieces on the present and future of the treatment of hepatitis C and hepatocellular carcinoma, whether there's such a thing as too much information when it comes to a patient's ability to make a decision, and grapefruit juice as the "forbidden fruit," while Clinical Inquiry Corner highlights articles on the etiologies of aortitis, how lorazepam causes metabolic acidosis, and more.

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The next newsletter will be a New & Noteworthy edition focused on faculty, staff, and housestaff news. We welcome your announcements:



Big Gut Seminars: Focus on Complex Inflammatory Bowel Disease (March 31) & Colorectal Disease (April 1)


Invasive Cardiology Update for Practicing Health Care Professionals


Patient Experience Book Club

The Patient Experience Book Club, led by Dr. Kathy Hochman, brings together people from all areas of the medical center to discuss books related, even tangentially, to patient care. The next book to be discussed will be Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink.

To RSVP and for more information, contact Jasmine Knox


Update in Advanced Cardiovascular Disease


Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: Comprehensive Management of a Complex Disease


Advances in Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Improving treatment for patients with diabetes


Dietary and Lifestyle Strategies for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction


Medicine Research Day

This year, the Department of Medicine will hold its Annual Research Day on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at the beautiful Apella Event Space at the nearby Alexandria Center (450 East 29th Street, 2nd Floor). Students, residents, fellows and junior faculty are encouraged to submit abstracts for presentation. (Deadline March 17, 2017)

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