NYAM Fellows represent the highest levels of achievement and leadership across the fields of urban health, medical sciences research and practice, public health, social work, nursing, dentistry, education, law, and health and social policy. This year, the Office of Trustee and Fellowship Affairs continued its support for Fellows' Sections and Special Interest Groups offering quality programs on a variety of topics with greater program co-sponsorship across Sections.
At the Annual Meeting of the Fellows in November 2011, 47 new Fellows, 16 Members, 33 Associate Members, and 12 Student Members, recommended by NYAM's Committee on Admission and Membership, were inducted into the NYAM community. The meeting was followed by the presentation of NYAM's Distinguished Contribution Awards (see Awards page for honorees). Susan Dentzer, Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs, delivered the 164th Anniversary Discourse, "Disparities, Prevention and the Promise and Perils of Health Reform."
In a long tradition of Section activities that mentor the next generation of professionals, Student, Trainee, and Residents' Nights or Mini-Board Reviews were sponsored by the Sections on Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Pediatrics, Ophthalmology, Social Work, and Urology.
In 2011, NYAM's highly successful Author Night Series continued to showcase the written work of Fellows and others at eleven events. The History of Medicine Section held its first annual Fellows History Night with presentations by five accomplished Fellows. Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Donna Shalala, spoke on the future of nursing for the Section on Health Care Delivery's Duncan Clark Lecture. A presentation on "Molecular Therapies for Rare Heritable Skin Diseases" was the topic for the Howard Fox Memorial Lecture by the Section on Dermatology. The Section on Urology held its Ferdinand C. Valentine Lecture with "Overactive Bladder" as the presentation topic.
A generous multi-year grant of $250,000 from Laurie Norris and Clarence Pearson supported the establishment of the Alison Norris National Educational Symposium for trainees and faculty in nephrology to be held biennially at NYAM. The inaugural symposium, "Psychosocial Issues in the Practice of Nephrology," was held in November.
The Section on Evidence Based Health Care conducted its annual three-day TEACH (Teaching Evidence Assimilation for Collaborative Healthcare) conference in August with more than 90 participants. The Section on Anesthesiology gathered New York-area anesthesiologists and residents at the International American University School of Medicine in St. Lucia for presentation on scientific papers and a talk on fragile brains. The Nuclear Medicine Section presented updates on clinical advances in SPECT and PET brain imaging and gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary nuclear medicine. The Social Work Section held a conference on inter-professional care coordination with sponsorship by the Section on Psychiatry, NYAM's Nursing Special Interest Group, and the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. The Sections on Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Social Work saw co-sponsorship of several programs as well throughout 2011. Finally, the Section on Dentistry and Oral Health was launched with its first program in October on cleft lip and palate surgery in rural Bangladesh.
2011 was a year of prestigious appointments for many of NYAM's Fellows. Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed NYAM Fellow Nirav Shah, MD as New York State's Health Commissioner. Judith S. Palfrey, MD, a NYAM Fellow and recipient of NYAM's prestigious Millie & Richard Brock Visiting Professorship and Lectureship in Pediatrics, was appointed Executive Director of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! childhood obesity initiative. Terry T. Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, a NYAM Fellow and Vice Chairman of the NYAM Board of Trustees, was appointed Dean at Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University.
"It was clear to me that The New York Academy of Medicine was the place where important conversations were being held about the health of the public, and also the health of cities. I thought the programs were compelling, and I was very excited when I was accepted as a Fellow."
-Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean, Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University