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

When Dr. Sudhir Vaidya, FAAFP Director of Sports Medicine and NYMC faculty member, organized this year’s 11th Annual Sports Medicine Teaching Day on Sunday, October 30, he did so one month earlier than last year’s event out of concern for snow and poor driving conditions.  As luck would have it, the event fell on the morning after the biggest recorded October Nor’easter in New York City in history!  Yet that did not stop members of the American, New York State and Bronx-Westchester Academies of Family Physicians, as well as Family Medicine residents and NYMC Family Medicine Interest Group medical students, from flocking to the all-day event, which was sponsored by the BWAFP at the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains, NY.

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Sports Medicine Teaching Day Emphasizes Discipline’s Essentials

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

When Dr. Sudhir Vaidya, FAAFP Director of Sports Medicine and NYMC faculty member, organized this year’s 11th Annual Sports Medicine Teaching Day on Sunday, October 30, he did so one month earlier than last year’s event out of concern for snow and poor driving conditions.  As luck would have it, the event fell on the morning after the biggest recorded October Nor’easter in New York City in history!  Yet that did not stop members of the American, New York State and Bronx-Westchester Academies of Family Physicians, as well as Family Medicine residents and NYMC Family Medicine Interest Group medical students, from flocking to the all-day event, which was sponsored by the BWAFP at the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains, NY.

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