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Awards and Honors Across Weill Cornell Medicine - Week of Jan. 1 - 8

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Department of Medicine Residency Program Named an Apple Distinguished Program

The Joan and Sanford I. Weill Department of Medicine Residency Program at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian has been named an Apple Distinguished Program for seamlessly integrating Apple's iPad into the curriculum.

Dr. Lia Logio

The Apple Distinguished Program designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership and educational excellence, and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments.

Led by Dr. Lia Logio, vice chair for education at Weill Cornell Medicine and program director of the Weill Department of Medicine Residency Program at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, the initiative put iPads into the hands of 20 faculty and 130 residents in the fall of 2014. Starting with the incoming class in July 2015, much of the learning material offered by the program is available as part of a large digital resource library that was launched last summer and has continued to grow. On their iPads, residents can annotate and share documents with peers, show images and data to patients at the bedside, and continue study outside of the classroom.

"There has been a real need to encourage critical thinking about medicine and patients, but in a way that meets the digital learner, especially since most of my residents are in their late 20s," Dr. Logio said. "Once I saw the power of the iPad, and saw how easy and fluid it was to use, it wasn't hard for me to realize how accessible, completely searchable, and frankly fun we could make the learning."

Today Dr. Logio estimates that 85 percent of her first-year residents are constantly using their iPads. "I want their brains on fire. I want their synapses burning," she said. "I want them really thinking, not just repeating information and giving stock answers. Enhancing the level of engagement improves patient care."

Additional Awards and Honors

Dr. Nasser Altorki, the Gerald J. Ford-Wayne Isom Research Professor in Cardiothoracic Surgery and a professor of cardiothoracic surgery, gave the keynote lecture at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Japanese Association for Thoracic Surgery, hosted Oct. 16 - Oct. 20 in Kobe, Japan. Dr. Altorki gave his talk, which focused on limited resection for early lung cancer, as part of a larger lung series during the conference. The association was founded in 1948 to improve the quality of thoracic surgery across Japan and now has more than 8,000 members.

Dr. Joseph Fins, chief of the Division of Medical Ethics, the E. William Davis, Jr. Professor of Medical Ethics and a professor of medicine, of healthcare policy and research, of medicine in psychiatry, and of medical ethics in neurology, gave the David Kopf Lecture on Neuroethics, entitled "Giving Voice to Consciousness: Neuroethics, Human Rights and the Indispensability of Neuroscience" for Neuroscience 2015, the Society for Neuroscience's annual meeting, on Oct. 19 in Chicago. The annual meeting is considered the premier venue for neuroscientists to present emerging science, learn from experts, forge collaborations with peers, explore new tools and technologies, and advance careers.

On Sept. 22, 40 Weill Cornell Medicine physicians were selected for the 2015-2016 Leadership in Academic Medicine Program, a year-long faculty development program for junior faculty. The program's monthly seminars introduce participants to the fundamentals of career planning, self-management, and leadership skills. The program provides faculty with tools that will enable them to accomplish their primary career goals and aspirations. This year's selected participants are:

  • Dr. Jaime Aaronson, Anesthesiology
  • Dr. Cynthia Lein, Medicine
  • Dr. Jonathan Avery, Psychiatry
  • Dr. Tal Levy, Anesthesiology
  • Dr. Andrea Card, Medicine
  • Dr. Alicia Mecklai, Medicine
  • Dr. Marissa Censani, Pediatrics
  • Dr. Lisa Mix, Library
  • Dr. Suzanne Cloonan, Medicine
  • Dr. Mary Mulcare, Medicine
  • Dr. Timothy D'Alfonso, Pathology
  • Dr. Jeremy Pick, Anesthesiology
  • Dr. Jeff Dayton, Pediatrics
  • Dr. David Pisapia, Pathology
  • Dr. Megan Fitzgerald, Anesthesiology
  • Dr. Renata Scott-Ram, Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Dr. Francine Garrett-Bakelman, Medicine
  • Dr. Adriana Rossi, Medicine
  • Dr. Hassan Ghomrawi, Healthcare Policy and Research
  • Dr. Paula Roy-Burman, Medicine
  • Dr. Renuka Gupta, Medicine
  • Dr. Steven Salvatore, Pathology
  • Dr. Eliza Hampton, Pediatrics
  • Dr. Milagros Silva, Medicine
  • Dr. Peggy Han, Pediatrics
  • Dr. Harsimran Singh, Medicine
  • Dr. Yelena Havryliuk, Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Dr. Matthew Shear, Psychiatry
  • Dr. Joshua Hayden, Pathology
  • Dr. Jae Hyuck Shim, Pathology
  • Dr. Arun Jesudian, Medicine
  • Dr. Anne Stone, Pediatrics
  • Dr. Selin Somersan Karakaya, Medicine
  • Dr. Rajesh Swaminathan, Medicine
  • Dr. Nicole Kucine, Pediatrics
  • Dr. Cindy Wang, Anesthesiology
  • Dr. Diane Lane, Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute
  • Dr. Joshua Weaver, Neurology
  • Dr. Sangmin Lee, Medicine
  • Dr. Vivian Yap, Pediatrics

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