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Medical Student Education Update

January, 2018 - Volume IV, Issue 1


msed-2 Welcome to the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry's medical student education update. This quarterly newsletter is a way to keep you connected to medical student education. In this and future newsletters, you will learn about important medical student policies, curriculum updates and innovations, and student and faculty happenings. We greatly appreciate your dedication to medical education and hope that this newsletter will improve the way that we connect to and inform our community.

Congratulations to the Class of 2018 Alpha Omega Alpha inductees!

Congratulations to the Class of 2018 Alpha Omega Alpha inductees!  

Alpha Omega Alpha, founded in 1902, is the national medical honor society. Election to Alpha Omega Alpha is an honor signifying a lasting commitment to scholarship, leadership, professionalism, and service. A lifelong honor, membership in the society confers recognition for a physician's dedication to the profession and art of healing.

Students: William Archibald, Patrick Asselin, Lindsay Carafone, Jennifer Corcoran, Gabrielle Flamm, Justin Grischkan, Steven Hong, Michael Kelly (President), Kyle Koster, Peter Krasniak, Elizabeth Levy, Alcina Lidder (Vice President), James Loftus, Jinhee Oh, Adam Russak, Catherine Sheils, Andrew Shubin

Residents: Janice Cheong, MD (Medicine), Catherine Glatz, MD (Med/Peds)

Faculty: John T. Hansen, PhD  (Neuroscience), Luke O. Schoeniger, MD, PhD (Surgery/Oncology)Alumna: Robert Matthew Kottmann, MD (Pulmonary)

Volunteer Clinical Faculty: Shantonu Ghosh, MD (Primary Care)

You are invited to attend the annual AOA lecture, which will take place on Thursday, February 15 from 4:00-5:00 pm in the Class of '62 Auditorium at URSMD. The keynote speaker is Dr. David E. Burns, Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry.  For additional information, please contact Diane Frank, Director of Student Services at 275-7923.

Past Student News

Congratulations to URSMD alumna, Dr. Antonia P. Eyssallenne '01M (MS), '04M (PhD), '06M (MD) for receiving the School of Medicine and Dentistry Alumni Achievement Award

Dr. Antonia Eyssallenne is the program director of the Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program and assistant professor of internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida.  Dr. Eyssallenne also serves as the director for the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for Partners in Health at University Hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti, where she started and structured their ICU in 2015. In this role, she advises and provides care for critically ill and adult and pediatric patients and facilitates local training though strategic academic partnerships. Additionally, Dr. Eyssallenne is the medical education consultant with Project Medishare for Haiti in Miami, and co-creator and program director of Hospital Saint Damien/Bernard Mevs Pediatric Residency Program in Port au Prince, Haiti.

She received her bachelor's degree in medical laboratory sciences from Hunter College - The City University of New York in 1996. At the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Dr. Eyssallenne earned her master's degree in pathology in 2001 and, through the Medical Scientist Training Program, received her doctorate in pathology and medical degree in 2004 and 2006, respectively. She graduated from the combined Internal Medicine-Pediatric Residency Program at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami in 2010 as chief resident and the Jay Weiss Residency Program for Social Medicine and Health Equity in 2011.

Dr. Eyssallenne became the chief medical officer (CMO) of Hospital Bernard Mevs in 2010 - a 50-bed trauma/critical care hospital in Port au Prince, which was the result of a partnership between a local hospital managed by two Haitian surgeons and the non-governmental organization Project Medishare,founded by University of Miami physicians. In 2011, she was appointed associate program director of the combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program at the University of Miami, where she also started and currently directs their Global Health Track.

She has received special training though courses in Global Health Delivery at Harvard University and Global Health Emergencies at Weil Cornell Medicine in New York, and the Canadian Disaster and Humanitarian Response Training Program at the Canadian Consortium for Humanitarian Training in Montreal.

In July 2012, Dr. Eyssallenne published a perspective article in the New England Journal of Medicine focused on critical care medicine in a resource-poor setting. In the fall of 2013, she started a pediatric residency program in Haiti focused on evidence-based and critical care medicine. Dr. Eyssallenne stepped down as CMO in 2014 to become Project Medishare's medical education consultant in order to focus on capacity building through medical education in Haiti. She received an appointment as adjunct professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Miami teaching global health to master of public health candidates in the summer of 2014.

Dr. Eyssallenne retains memberships in several academic and professional organizations, including the American Medical Association and Academy of Medical Educators at the University of Miami, and she is a fellow at both the American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Physicians.

Alumni Achievement Award

Established in 2012, the Alumni Achievement Award recognizes an outstanding alumnus who has excelled in teaching, community service, research, clinical and/or health policy in furtherance of the ideals of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. All Schools of Medicine and Dentistry alumni who completed their training within the last 25 years are eligible for this award. The recipient is chosen by the School of Medicine and Dentistry Alumni Council.

Congratulations to URSMD alumna, Dr. Sophina Calderon '11M (MD) for receiving the School of Medicine and Dentistry Humanitarian Award

Dr. Sophina Calderon provides medical care to disadvantaged populations in the United States and abroad. As a member of the Navajo Nation in Arizona, she was inspired to pursue medicine for her community that would improve access and health care quality. She is a family medicine physician at Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation (TCRHCC) in Tuba City, a small town on the western end of the Navajo Nation in northeastern Arizona. She works in multiple clinics within TCRHCC, including Continuity Family Medicine, Same Day Urgent Care, Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, and Medical Mobil. Dr. Calderon also provides in-patient obstetrics labor and delivery services in a midwife provider role, managing all triage, deliveries, postpartum, and newborn admissions, as well as lactation consultations and newborn weight checks. She serves as the HIV officer for the hospital, providing care and education for both providers and patients in the community.

She earned her bachelor's degree in mathematics at Dartmouth College in 2004 and completed her premedical studies at Bryn Mawr College in 2005. She joined the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2006 as the only Native American minority of her class. Dr. Calderon helped organize events for Native Heritage Month each November at the School, and gave lectures to bring awareness to Native American health issues and best practices for providing culturally sensitive care to Native people. She also worked with the Finger Lakes Migrant Health Care Project, delivering screenings and education to migrant worker camps around the Sodus, New York area. Dr. Calderon received a Community Health Fellowship grant in 2008 and served as a community health worker for the program, providing interpretation services, rapid HIV testing in camps and preventative education classes. She also provided extensive obstetrics education for pregnant migrant worker women.

Dr. Calderon's work in a migrant clinic shaped her decision to specialize in Family Medicine and she earned her medical degree in 2011. She then joined the University's Family Medicine Residency Program with an emphasis in Global Health and Obstetrics/Maternal Health. She participated in medical brigades to Honduras where the objective is to prepare residents to care for underserved populations anywhere in the world. In 2014 Dr. Calderon returned to Tuba City to work at TCRHCC. She is a member of several professional committees, serving on both the medical staff credentialing and patient education committees.

Dr. Calderon, her husband, Martin and their two young sons, Josue and Julian, enjoy exploring the Southwest and making trips to Mexico to visit the Calderon side of the Family.

Humanitarian Award

Established in 2009, the Humanitarian Award recognizes an alumnus of the School who has provided unique, compassionate care to patients who have special needs because of specific afflictions, poverty, or living conditions that lack resources. The award recognizes dedication to providing medical care to the underprivileged and underserved. The recipient has devoted a significant portion of his or her medical career to this type of care. He or she may have been salaried by a philanthropic organization (religious, educational, governmental) or public health program, or may have donated this care to underserved populations. Alumni whose work has affected large, underserved populations will also be considered in additional to those who work directly with them. The recipient is chosen by the School of Medicine and Dentistry Alumni Council.

URSMD Commencement

School of Medicine commencement exercises will be held on Friday May 18 at 4:00 pm at Eastman Theatre. 

URSMD graduate (1981), David B. Nash MD, MBA will be the keynote speaker.  Dr. Nash is a board certified internist who is internationally recognized for his work in public accountability for outcomes, physician leadership development, and quality-of-care improvement. He was named the Founding Dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health in 2008 and is also the Dr. Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon Professor of Health Policy. He is regularly on Modern Healthcare's list of Most Powerful Persons in Healthcare and is a principal faculty member for quality of care programming for the American Association of Physician Leadership. He serves on the NQF Task Force on Improving Population Health and the John M. Eisenberg Award Committee for The Joint Commission. He also is a founding member of the AAMC-IQ Steering Committee, the group charged with infusing the tenets of quality and safety into medical education. Dr. Nash has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and edited 23 books, including Connecting with the New Healthcare Consumer, The Quality Solution, Demand Better, and most recently Population Health: Creating a Culture of Wellness (2nd edition).

Please contact Student Services at 275-4537 for more information. 

Giving Feedback

The following videos, prepared by the Committee on Media Creation for Giving Effective Feedback at URSMD, provide a resource for faculty, residents, preceptors, small group leaders, and tutors in giving feedback to students.


Teaching Opportunities at the University of Rochester School of Medicine

There are many opportunities to teach medical students at URSMD. Different formats and options include:

  • Clinical Teaching in the clerkships
  • Small Group teaching
  • Serving as a Problem Based Learning tutor
  • Serving as preceptor for 1st and 2nd year medical students in primary care offices

Please contact the Office of Curriculum and Assessment at 275-0827 to discuss the different options available.

School of Medicine and Dentistry Policies

The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (URSMD) has updated and revised important medical student policies. Students, residents and faculty should be aware of these policies to optimize the learning environment.  Policies and Procedures are located, in full, in the URSMD student handbook. The Teacher-Learner polices can be directly accessed by visiting: