Spotlight on Dr. Adam Skolnick
Flashback Photo: Who Can You Name?
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April 2018

The Intersection of Humanities and Humanism in Medicine

A message from the chair, Dr. Steve Abramson

The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.  - William Osler

This issue of Inside Medicine describes a unique program at the medical school, the Rudin Medical Ethics and Humanities Program, established in 2013. The program is led by David Oshinsky, director of the department’s Division of Medical Humanities and Arthur Caplan, director of Division of Medical Ethics in the Department of Population Health. The Rudin program is funded by one of the largest grants in medical humanities and ethics ever given to a medical school – nearly $2 million thus far – and provides students, trainees, and faculty a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary, scholarly engagement that helps promote their growth as humanistic physicians.

We are fortunate to have such luminaries such as Drs. Caplan and Oshinsky bring their expertise in the humanities and medical ethics to enrich our learning at NYU. But, the question presents, do the humanities promote the training of humanistic physicians? They are technically quite different terms: Humanism in healthcare is characterized by a compassionate relationship between physicians and their patients. The Humanities, in contrast, have been described as the study of how people process and understand the human experience, using philosophy, literature, religion, art, music, history and language. Two separate concepts. Yet, we are fortunate at NYU to have a long history of fostering the intersection of these, using the humanities to illustrate the role of physicians in society and thereby further the humanistic teaching and practice of medicine.

Rudin Medical Ethics and Humanities Program

NYU School of Medicine has long been distinguished for its innovative curriculum, which is patient-centered and strategically integrates the basic and clinical sciences. A vital addition to our educational mission has been the Rudin Medical Ethics and Humanities Program, established in 2013 through the generous support of The Louis and Rachel Rudin Foundation.

The Rudin program is funded by one of the largest grants in medical humanities and ethics ever given to a medical school – nearly $2 million thus far...

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Spotlight on Adam Skolnick, MD

In this Spotlight video interview, Dr. Adam Skolnick, associate director of the telemetry service at NYU Langone Health and a physician honored as Master Clinician Educator and NYU Distinguished Teacher in the Basic Sciences, talks about advances in cardiac care, the role of spirituality in medical practice, and the inclusion of older adults in clinical research.

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Meeting Highlights: The 10-Year Vision, A Sequel to The House of God, and More

The Department of Medicine Faculty & Staff Meeting, held on March 14, welcomed Dean Robert I. Grossman, MD, as he reviewed NYU Langone Health's accomplishments over the last decade and looked forward to the vision for the next 10 years. Also featured were Lauren Greene on the ins-and-outs of US News & World Report rankings and Doximity voting, and Samuel Shem, with a reading from his new novel, Man's 4th Best Hospital, a sequel to The House of God.
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History Quiz: War and Disease

It is common knowledge among historians that until World War II, with the introduction of vaccines, antibiotics, and sanitary improvements, many more soldiers died from disease than from battle wounds. What is less well known, however, is the impact of disease upon the outcome of vital military campaigns—some of which helped change the very course of history. David Oshinsky, PhD, looks at how disease affected the Revolutionary War, Napoleon's invasion of Russia, and World War I.  Continue reading.

Flashback Photo

The photo above features the Class of 2005-2006 from our Internal Medicine Residency Program. Do you recognize a colleague? Are you in the photo yourself? We’d love to identify all of the alumni in the photo who are still at NYU Langone.

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Shortly after receiving final regulatory approval to launch a new lung transplant program, NYU Langone Health surgeons successfully performed the institution’s first procedure, giving two new lungs—and a new lease on life—to a Brooklyn woman with a complicated form of pulmonary fibrosis. The new lung transplant program is led by medical director Luis F. Angel, MD, professor in the departments of Medicine and Cardiothoracic Surgery, and surgical director Zachary N. Kon, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Read more.

NYU School of Medicine ranked no. 3 out of 144 medical schools nationwide for research on the 2018–2019 "Best Graduate Schools" list issued online by U.S. News & World Report. This is an increase of nine places from no. 12 last year, and a significant leap from our initial no. 34 ranking in 2007. Read more.

Match Day, the annual rite of passage which this year took place across the country at noon on Friday, March 16, was cause for celebration as 148 members of the School of Medicine’s class of 2018 matched with a residency program. Learn more and watch a video featuring members of the class of 2018



Paul E. Oberstein, MD, a nationally renowned clinician-scientist, joins the Department of Medicine and the Perlmutter Cancer Center as director of Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology and assistant director of the recently established Pancreatic Cancer Center.

See the physicians who have recently joined our Faculty Group Practice at various locations across the five boroughs and beyond, and learn more about NYU Langone Medical Associates - Chelsea here.


The Department of Medicine's Employee Recognition Program presents the opportunity for all faculty and staff within Department of Medicine to recognize their staff peers for exceptional job performance. Congratulations to our inaugural group of winners (shown above), who are recognized for their innovation, collaboration, and action-oriented behavior. See the winners and make a nomination.



Student Essay: "The Good Code"
Two patients. Two codes. Two outcomes. In this essay, Allison Perelman reflects on the interplay between maintaining distance and creating connection, and what makes for a "good code."

Clinical Correlations: "The '90s: Residency at a Pivotal Time for the HIV Epidemic and Residency Hour Restriction"
In honor of its 10th Anniversary, Clinical Correlations is presenting a four-part series of life as a house officer at Bellevue Hospital in the '60s, '70s, '80s and '90s. Former resident Olivia Begasse de Dhaem conducted extensive interviews with our faculty who worked at Bellevue in each of these decades. In the fourth part, she talks with Drs. Doug Bails and Neil Shapiro.

Dr. Jerome Lowenstein celebrates the 40th anniversary of the HAME (Humanistic Aspects of Medical Education) Program with HAME faculty, past and present, and supporters.

Dr. Kathy Hochman leads one of the many Big Read sessions that have been held over the past three months, as the NYU Langone community has come together to read and discuss the book When Breath Becomes Air.

The annual NYU Langone Seminar in Advanced Rheumatology welcomed more than 275 attendees to hear presentations on state-of-the-art treatment in rheumatology, at the leading edge between new clinical knowledge and its translation into practice. View the photo gallery (password: samantha) and learn more about the event, agenda, and awards program.

Events & Opportunities


Medicine Grand Rounds

"Genetic Basis of Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms and Acute Aortic Dissections Beyond Marfan Syndrome"
- Dianna M. Milewicz, MD, PhD

7:45 am, Schwartz Lecture Hall E


PERSON PLACE THING: Lucy Kalanithi, MD, in conversation with Randy Cohen

A live taping of the podcast PERSON PLACE THING with Lucy Kalanithi, MD, internist at Stanford School of Medicine and widow of the #1 New York Times best-selling author of When Breath Becomes Air, neurosurgeon Dr. Paul Kalanithi.

Palliative Interdisciplinary Care Conference

All are invited to the Palliative Interdisciplinary Care Conference, to be held in Alumni Hall on April 24. This year's conference will cover communication as it applies to discussing goals of care, advanced directives, spirituality, child life, and delirium and depression. In addition, there will be two breakout sessions where providers can choose from hospice, art therapy, communication skill building 'boot camp,' pain management, non-cancer symptom management, and self care.

The Program for Medical Education Innovations and Research (PrMEIR) 2018 Murray J. Berenson, MD Distinguished Scholar: Alicia Fernandez, MD

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