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Companion App, Flashback Photo: Who Can You Name?
November 2017

The Companion App and the Inquiry Time-Out

A message from the chair, Dr. Steve Abramson

Hospital rounds on busy wards are often hectic, necessarily focused on important management decisions, the day’s work and transactions. The chance to take time out for inquiry and the exploration of the “Why” questions often receive short shrift, relegated to “why don’t you look it up and let us know tomorrow.” We need to allocate more time for inquiry on rounds and ensure that attendings and housestaff continually access information to enhance “real-time” learning and clinical decision making.

Enter the Companion App. In a prior newsletter, I advocated for the use of technology to help facilitate real-time bedside learning during patient rounds, becoming a Virtual Sixth Player on rounds. This fall, Marc Triola, featured in this month’s Spotlight and the director of the Institute for Innovations in Medical Education, together with his colleagues Ben Adams, Sabrina Lee, and Jake Sippel, have introduced the Companion App. The Companion App for iPad and iPhone gives immediate access to clinical guidelines, Up-to-Date, PubMed, and the EPIC record, and through QRs permits the immediate transfer of information among team members. The introduction of the Companion App has been led by Harry Saag, Kevin Hauck, and chief residents Tamar Schiff and Dan Taupin. I encourage you to check out the video (linked below) in which Harry illustrates its use. Over the next year we will integrate the use of the Companion App on rounds in order to facilitate the goal of enhanced real-time learning. We are hopeful that the Companion App will ensure periodic Inquiry Time-Outs on rounds critical to housestaff education and premier patient care.

Drs. Harry Saag and Melissa Latorre demonstrate the Companion App at the Department of Medicine Faculty & Staff Meeting on October 24, 2017.

Spotlight on Marc Triola, MD

In this Spotlight interview, Dr. Marc Triola, associate dean for educational informatics and director of Institute for Innovations in Medical Education, talks about how rapidly changing technology and the explosion of data are turned into tools to improve teachers' skills, students' performance, and our patients' health.

Watch the video

Watch Dr. Triola's TED Talk, "Can medical school be a 'Fantastic Voyage'?", in which he and John Qualter of BioDigital systems preview BioDigital Human, a web-based 3D virtual anatomy model.

In this Issue

Division & Faculty News

  • Lynn Buckvar-Keltz, MD, has been named the inaugural associate chair for professional development in the Department of Medicine.
  • The NYU Langone Health Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) Program has received official accreditation from the Adult Congenital Heart Association as a Comprehensive Care Center. Of the 15 accredited programs in the country, the NYU Langone Health ACHD Program is the only such program in New York State.
  • A new study by Michael D. Weiden, MS, MD, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, finds that biomarkers may provide early warning of lung problems in 9/11 firefighters.
  • Adam Goodman, MD, is named new director of endoscopy and quality at NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn.
  • Marianne Strazza, PhD, a member of Dr. Adam Mor's lab, received an Outstanding Postdoc Award at the Fifth Annual Postdoc Research Day.

History Quiz:  "The Other John Snow"

  • David Oshinsky gives us a look at four remarkable physicians whose research—and stubbornness—combined to save untold numbers from needless suffering and death.

Research Profile: Bo Shopsin, MD, describes how his work aims to understand the adaptive changes in Staphylococcus aureus that take place during infection.

Medical Student Essay: "Washed Away" by Allyson Alfonso


DOM in Photos

"Picture it: residency, 1978..."  The photo above features the class of 1978 from our Internal Medicine Residency Program. Can you spot our chair, Dr. Steve Abramson? Who else do you recognize in the photo?

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NYU medical students from the History of Medicine Club—advised by David Oshinsky—visit the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia. Read about their trip in the NYU LitMed Magazine. Celebrating Faculty Excellence at Dean’s Honors Day (shown above: Drs. Mark Pochapin, Brian Bosworth, and Gaetane Michaud) See more photos from Dean's Honors Day

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 this first part—"Tales of Survival from the '60s – Residency in the Old Hospital and Before Medicaid"—she talks with Drs. Jerry Lowenstein, Martin Kahn, Anthony Grieco, and Lois Katz. [Continue reading]

Events & Opportunities


Medicine Grand Rounds

Wednesdays at 7:45 am, Schwartz Lecture Hall E


Second Annual Medical Education Innovations and Scholarship Day


DOM Staff Town Hall

4:00-5:00pm, Alumni Hall B
Reception to follow

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