November 17th 2014 is Election Day for New Officers for BWAFP!

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Dear BWAFP members,

November 17th 2014 is election day for new officers of the Bronx-Westchester Academy of Family Physicians. I am pleased to announce that after much deliberation, the following members have accepted the nomination to run for officers of our Academy. We are very proud of the work of the outgoing board of directors, which set the stage for this very capable and dedicated team to stand for office. Even though none of the positions are contested, I request you still cast your vote for or against members of the slate below, and to please do so within 24 hours of this message being posted on the BWAFP website. We’ve also decided to recruit a resident and alternate resident from each of the 4 residencies in the Bronx and Westchester, as well as a medical student and alternate student from each of the two medical schools. Unlike the attending positions, which last two years, the resident and student positions are for one year.

President: Doug Reich, MD, Chair of Family Medicine, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, Bronx

  • Vice President: Sonia Velez, MD, Program Director, NYMC FMRP at St Joseph’s, Yonkers
  • Treasurer: Bob Morrow, MD, Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and private practitioner, Bronx
  • Secretary: Daren Wu, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Open Door Family Medical Centers, Ossining
  • Immediate Past President: Sudhir Vaidya, Attending at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine, New York Medical College
  • Member at large: Shantie Harkisoon, MD, Program Director, NYMC Phelps FMRP, Sleepy Hollow
  • Member at Large: Jose Tiburcio, MD, Program Director, Bronx-Lebanon FMRP, Bronx
  • Member at Large: Anna Flatteau, MD Clinician and part-time faculty member, Montefiore, Bronx
  • Member at Large: Russell Perry, MD, Vice Chair, Dept of Family Medicine, Bronx-Lebanon

You can vote by simply commenting in the section below or email BWAFP at info@bwafp.org. 

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call me. Thanks very much.

Montgomery Douglas, MD
Chair, BWAFP Nominating Committee
Associate Professor and Chair
Dept of Family and Community Medicine
New York Medical College
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2014 AAFP National Conference – New York Medical Student Reflections

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

BWAFP supports students to attend the National Students and Residents Conference. Students had great experience!

This was my first time attending the AAFP national conference. I was thrilled to have had this opportunity to share in the excitement of Family Medicine. In addition to attending lectures and networking events I was able to participate in a procedural workshop to further develop my suturing skills. Most inspiring for me was meeting so many physicians and medical students who share my vision of providing healthcare while serving communities. The presentations on advocacy, global health and fellowship opportunities provided a glimpse into the countless career possibilities. The AAFP conference reinforced my interest in become a Family Physician. I look forward to attending the conference again in future years.

-Pham, Bao

I had an extremely positive experience attending the National Conference in Kansas City, MO, this year. Having never attending before, I was unsure of what to expect. However, from the very first day’s “new-attendee orientation” session, I felt very welcomed! The conference days featured numerous educational sessions and emphasized the flexibility and wide breath of Family Medicine practice. One of my favorites was the “Integrative Medicine: A Key Addition to the Medical Home,” which included hands-on exposure to acupuncture, manual manipulation, yoga, and mediation.

In addition, there was ample time for students to explore the many residency program booths. Meeting the residents and program directors face-to-face at these booths was certainly the most exciting and helpful part of the conference, as I plan to apply to several of these programs this year. Additionally, I enjoyed socializing with medical students and FM residents from across the country, who will soon be my colleagues. I highly recommend attending the National Conference to any medical student considering Family Medicine!

- Kanthi Dhaduvai

The AAFP National Conference was an amazing event and eye opening experience. The National Conference was the first time in my career that I was surrounded by colleagues that all had a common interest: family medicine. Before the conference, I was not aware of all of the possibilities a career in family medicine provided, ranging from preventive medicine to sports medicine to emergency medicine.  As a senior medical student, the conference provided me with a great foundation for the residency application process. Not only were there information sessions on how to apply or how to prepare for interviews, but the residency exhibitions helped me select programs I felt best suited my goals as a future resident. I look forward to participating in upcoming conferences as an educational experience to further expand my knowledge and network with like-minded peers.

- Linda Alvarez

I had an amazing time at the AAFP Conference! I am very glad that I went! I learned about different aspects of Family Medicine that I did not realize were available.  For example, I had the opportunity to experience Complementary Medicine first hand. The workshop included hands on experiences in meditation, yoga, and acupuncture. I was able to explore my interests and speak to like-minded individuals. It was so refreshing to be surrounded by people who think like me. I met people who are very excited to join Family Medicine and who wish to make a difference through their profession. That was a source of inspiration to me.

In addition, it was a tremendous opportunity to meet several residency program directors and residents in one place. I was able to get a feel for what the programs were about at a personal level.  This is going to be very helpful for me as I embark in the process of residency applications.  In summary, not only did I connect with like-minded individuals, I also learned more about myself and what sort of things I am looking for in a residency program. The National Conference is an incredible opportunity for all the medical students who are thinking of joining Family Medicine.  A special Thank You! to the NYSAFP for making this opportunity a reality!

-Ingrid Gutierrez-Villa

 

 

THANK YOU!

 

It’s time for Election Officers for BWAFP

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Dear BWAFP members,
 
It’s time for elections officers to the Bronx-Westchester Academy of Family Physicians.  After sending you the notice weeks ago seeking candidates, I’m pleased to report that several have responded…in time to meet the deadline for closure of nominations, which is Wednesday, September 17th.  

All attending positions will be for 2 years, whereas the resident rep and student rep. positions will each be for one year.  Because I was late in soliciting student candidates, I’ve requested and obtained permission from the board to postpone the closing of nominations for that position by 30 days.

In consultation with the current board members, I’ve come up with a recommended slate of candidates, and I’m pleased to present them to you thus:
 
President: Doug Reich, MD, Chair of Family Medicine, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, Bronx
Vice President: Sonia Velez, MD, Program Director, NYMC FMRP at St Joseph’s, Yonkers
Treasurer: Bob Morrow, MD, Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and private practitioner, Bronx
Secretary: Daren Wu, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Open Door Family Medical Centers, Ossining
Member at large: Shantie Harkisoon, MD, Program Director, NYMC Phelps FMRP, Sleepy Hollow
Member at Large: Jose Tiburcio, MD, Program Director, Bronx-Lebanon FMRP, Bronx
Member at Large: Anna Flatteau, MD Clinician and part-time faculty member, Montefiore, Bronx
Member at Large: Russell Perry, MD, Vice Chair, Dept of Family Medicine, Bronx-Lebanon
Resident Rep. CONTESTED ELECTION: Julia Krim of the NYMC Phelps FMRP; Fernando Enrique Hernandez of the Bronx-Lebanon FMRP; and Lince Varughese of the NYMC Phelps FMRP.  .
Student Rep.  Nomination deadline postponed to next month
 
The current President Dr Sudhir Vaidya, is not running for re-election, but per the bylaws, he’ll remain a voting member of the BWAFP board as Immediate Past President
 
I now entertain nominations from the floor, and request that you do them no later than midnight today, September 17th.  The election itself will take place electronically on Sunday, November 16th, 2014. 
 
Thanks.
 
Montgomery Douglas, MD
Chair, Nominating Committee
Associate Professor and Chair
Dept of Family and Community Medicine
New York Medical College

Post Match Dinner at NY Medical College 2014

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

I had the opportunity to attend the Post Match Dinner organized by the FMIG;  held on Thursday, March 27th at Center for Interactive Learning at New York Medical College.

It was a pleasure to watch the interaction between 8-10 of the 16 upperclassmen, who matched in Family Medicine from New York Medical College and about 15 1st to 3rd year aspirant students interested in Family medicine.

The matched students answered all the very interesting question from the aspirants and gave them excellent general tips on how to prepare the application, prepare personal statement really well, get the recommendation letters, plan the interviews, present themselves well at the interviews and have follow up conversations etc.

The matched students were really thankful for Monty (Dr.Douglas), for giving at least one hour to each student, and writing really nice Chairman’s letter.  They also mentioned how at some of the interviews they could highlight the special programs available for training during Family Medicine rotation such as training on Medical Errors at New York Medical College.

My contribution to the meeting was asking every matched student to give a perspective from their interview experience, how each one of them stood out in the crowd. That discussion resulted in creating ideas, as to how the aspirant students should prepare themselves to stand out as real good applicant for the specialty. Meeting lasted almost for 2 hours.

Sudhir Vaidya, M.D.
Clinical Associate Professor, New York Medical College and President of the BWAFP

Important provisions of the New York ISTOP Law take effect Aug. 27

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

NYSAFP 
During the 2012 legislative session, New York’s ISTOP law was passed and signed by Governor Cuomo to prevent prescription drug abuse and the related problems and deaths that can result. One of the primary provisions of the new law (Part A) requires the State to create a new and enhanced prescription drug monitoring program (PMP) and requires all prescribers, with some limited exceptions, to consult the PMP prior to prescribing any controlled II, III or IV substances to check the patient’s medication history. This section of the law takes effect Aug. 27. In order to help our members prepare for the implementation of this law, below we have provided a summary of Part A which describes in detail the PMP requirements on prescribers, the list of exemptions from consulting the PMP and other pertinent information.

As the Academy discussed directly with the head of the State Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement (BNE) of the State Department of Health, Terry O’Leary, when he spoke at our recent Congress of Delegates meeting, it is critical for all prescribers who do not already have a health commerce system (HCS) account to sign up for one now since this is required to access the PMP that prescribers will be required to consult on and after Aug. 27. In addition, the ISTOP law allows prescribers to designate other staff who do not have to be licensed personnel to access the PMP and print out the patient’s history on their behalf. These individuals also must have HCS accounts and then be designated by prescribers as their designees. Attached, please find two fact sheets shared with the Academy by Mr. O’Leary in follow up to our recent meeting which provide step-by-step instructions on how prescribers and their unlicensed personnel can obtain HCS accounts. Again, we urge you to sign up now to ensure access to the PMP before the August 27th effective date.

If members encounter any difficulties signing up for HCS accounts or using the PMP, you can contact the BNE call center at 1-866-811-7957. Thank you for your attention to this important issue.

Raymond Ebarb, MD
President

Follow these links for fact sheets on setting up HCS accounts for licensed and unlicensed professionals. We encourage you and your staff designees to sign up for HCS accounts now to ensure access for August.

Bob Morrow MD

Associate Clinical Professor-Department of Family and Social Medicine
Associate Director of Interventional CME-Center for CME
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
718-884-9803

11th Annual Sports Medicine Teaching Day

Friday, March 9th, 2012

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Sunday, March 13th, 2011

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