Virtual Mentor. April 2005, Volume 7, Number 4.
About the Contributors
Theme issue: Professional Self-Regulation.
Paul Aronson is a fourth-year medical student at the New York University School of Medicine and a future pediatrician. Prior to entering medical school, he majored in drama at Duke University where he was also a Connect Four champion, the only sport at which he really excelled.
Drew Carlson is director of communications for the Federation of State Medical Boards. He coordinates the organization's print and electronic public relations communications.
Veronica Catanese, MD, is an associate professor of medicine and cell biology and senior associate dean for education at the New York University School of Medicine. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine's Clinical Research Roundtable and chair of the NIH study section on bioengineering and physiology. Dr. Catanese was also a 12-year member of the National Council of the American Federation for Medical Research where she served as the organization's president and editor-in-chief of its journal, The Journal of Investigative Medicine.
Mitchell Charap, MD, is the Abraham Sunshine Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and associate chair for Graduate Medical Education (GME) at New York University School of Medicine. He has been the program director for 5 years, but has been involved with GME for 20 years. His area of interest is in the development of innovative approaches to enhancing the teaching of clinical medicine.
Richard L. Cruess, MD, is a professor of orthopaedic surgery, and a member of the Centre for Medical Education at McGill University. He previously served as chair of orthopaedics, and dean of the faculty of medicine at McGill University. He is currently an officer of The Order of Canada and of L'Ordre National du Québec. Since 1995 he has carried out independent research on professionalism in medicine.
Sylvia R. Cruess, MD, is an endocrinologist, an associate professor of medicine, and a member of the Centre for Medical Education at McGill University. She previously served as director of the Metabolic Day Centre and as medical director of the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. She was also a member of the Deschamps Commission on Conduct of Research on Humans in Establishments. Since 1995 she has carried out research on professionalism in medicine.
Jahan Fahimi is a fourth-year medical student at the New York University School of Medicine and is concurrently pursing an MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health. He will be soon be applying to residency programs in emergency medicine.
Michael L. Freedman, MD, is a professor and the chief of the Department of Geriatric Medicine and director of The Diane and Arthur Belfer Geriatric Center at New York University Medical Center in New York.
Alison Kitay graduated from Amherst College with a BA in economics in 2001. Before attending medical school at New York University, she conducted biomedical engineering research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is currently a second-year medical student considering a career in orthopaedic surgery.
Mahesh Krishnamurthy, MD, is a fellow in the Department of Geriatric Medicine at New York University Medical Center in New York.
Vincent Liu, MD, is completing his internal medicine residency at New York University Hospitals Center/Bellevue Hospital and will be the chief resident at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center next year. He plans to pursue fellowship training in pulmonary and critical care medicine.
Joseph Lowy, MD, is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine. He specializes in pulmonary medicine/critical care and is a faculty member of the Palliative Care Team at NYU's Tisch Hospital.
Deirdre Masterton, MD, graduated from New York University School of Medicine in 2004 and is a first-year obstetrics and gynecology resident at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island.
William Martinez graduated from Dartmouth College in 1999 where he studied biology and philosophy. After graduating from college, he was a research assistant for the Division of Medical Ethics at the University of Utah. He is currently a third-year medical student in the University of California-Berkeley/University of California-San Francisco Joint Medical Program and recently completed a master's degree with a focus in medical ethics.
David Pryluck is a third-year medical student at New York University School of Medicine where he plans to pursue a career in radiology. After graduating from Duke University, he worked for 3 years as a senior financial analyst in health care investment banking at Credit Suisse First Boston.
Frank C. Spencer, MD, attended medical school at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. Following medical school he was trained at Johns Hopkins University and UCLA. He received the Legion of Merit Award for a major contribution to repair of arterial injuries during the Korean War. He also helped establish the open heart surgery program at Hopkins. He served as surgery chairman for more than 32 years at New York University and after retirement from the chairmanship accepted a full-time administrative position concentrating on patient safety and professional liability.
Justin M. Thomas is a second-year medical student at New York University School of Medicine. He has worked with the Professionalism Development Committee at NYUSOM where he has pursued his interest in promoting professional development training.
James N. Thompson, MD, is the president and chief executive officer of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB). Prior To joining FSMB he served as dean and university vice president at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Dr. Thompson is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology.
Theme Issue Editors
Anne Bertkau, MD, graduated from Amherst College in 1999 and worked as an analyst at McKinsey and Company for 2 years before starting medical school at New York University. She is currently a fourth-year medical student and will begin a residency in internal medicine at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, MA this July.
Jaclyn Halpern is a fourth-year medical student at New York University School of Medicine. Prior to entering medical school, she earned a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked for 2 years on curriculum development and educational programming at NYUSOM and has developed an interest in promoting professional development training. She will begin a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation after completing an internship in internal medicine, both at NYU Medical Center.
Sanjay Yadla is a fourth-year medical student at New York University School of Medicine. He has been a member of the Professionalism Development Committee at NYU and is a past contributor to Virtual Mentor. He will begin his residency in neurosurgery at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this summer.
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