May 2022
Roger Duvivier, MD, FACOG Lecture

The Eighth Annual Roger Duvivier, MD, FACOG Lecture was held on May 3, 2022. Roger Duvivier, MD, FACOG is a member of Einstein's Class of 1974. The annual lecture is given in recognition of over four decades of teaching and mentoring future doctors and his commitment to improving the quality of life of women and girls in the US and abroad.  Dr. Duvivier also served as president of the Einstein Alumni Association (2001 - 2003).  Due to COVID, the annual lecture has been hosted virtually since 2020.  This year the Einstein community was thrilled to welcome Dr. Duvivier back on campus after a two year hiatus, to touch base with colleagues and friends.

This year's keynote speaker was Ann-Gel S. Palermo, DrPH, MPH, Senior Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai.  The lecture topic was entitled,  "Addressing Racism and Bias in Medical Education" (see below for the link to the PowerPoint presentation).

Duvivier Lecture Power Point Presentation
Match Day
The Office of Diversity Enhancement congratulates this year's graduating class on their amazing Match Day.  It has been a real honor to support the medical education experience of our students.  We wish you success in your residency training and beyond.  You will be missed!
Match Results
Celebrating Our Students
Tonya Aaron:  Congratulations to Tonya Aaron, MD/PhD candidate, on successfully defending her PhD thesis!    Tonya's thesis was entitled, "Tumor Necrosis Factor Alpha-mediated Inflammation Regulates Normal and Malignant Plasma Cell Retention in the Bone Marrow".
Maria Feliz Norberto:  Congratulations to Maria Feliz Norberto for being awarded the ASH Minority Hematology Graduate Award!  Maria is a second year Ph.D. student and she is co-mentored by Drs. Teresa V Bowman and Sofia de Oliveira. She is investigating how specific mutations in myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) synergizes with age-associated inflammation and/or innate immune cell dysfunction to promote disease progression.

Zachary Coles:  Zachary Coles, MSII, presented his research poster entitled, "Skin Reactions with Dermabond© Prineo© Skin-Closure System in Primary Total Knee Arthroplasty:  A Case Series" at the Davidoff Education Day event.  An annual event dedicated to innovations in medical education coordinated by the Office of Faculty Development.  The poster session has been a perfect way for faculty and students to showcase their research in medical education that is occurring within Einstein affiliates.

Eric Sosa:  Congratulations to Eric Sosa, MD/PhD candidate!  Eric was awarded a F31 Grant which will be used to support his research training.  His grant application was favorably reviewed and received an impact score of 15 and a 1.0 percentile score.

Bianca Ulloa:  Congratulations to Bianca Ulloa, MD/PhD candidate, on successfully defending her PhD thesis!  Bianca's thesis was entitled, "Deciphering the Development of Hematopoietic Stem and Progenitor Cell Self-Renewal and Differentiation".  In addition, Bianca is the recipient of this year's Julius Marmur Award!  This annual award was given to four students in recognition of exceptional contributions to research by Einstein's Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences.

Hayden Hatch:  Congratulations to Hayden Hatch, MD/PhD candidate, on successfully defending his PhD thesis!  Hayden's thesis was entitled, "Regulation of Neuronal Development and Function by the Intellectual Disability-Associated Transcriptional Regulator KDM5".  Hayden is also a recipient of this year's Julius Marmur Award!  This annual award was given to four students in recognition of exceptional contributions to research by Einstein's Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences.

Betsiti Araya: Congratulations to Betsiti Araya, MS1!  Betsiti was selected to join the inaugural cohort of Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation Clinical Investigator Pipeline Program (BMSF CIPP), a 6-week summer immersion program in New Orleans.  The scholarship is awarded to "medical students from groups underrepresented in medicine poised to become leaders in bringing diversity into clinical trials".
Student Groups Supported by ODE
The Office of Diversity Enhancement serves as an academic advisor to seven student groups.  In addition to advisement, ODE also offers financial support for student group hosted activities and conference attendance.
APAMSA Executive Board
May is Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Heritage month.  Einstein's chapter of the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association  (APAMSA)  executive board kicked off AAPI Heritage Month by celebrating the festival of colors Holi.  We invite you to visit the AAPI Heritage Month display at the library and learn about Asian-Pacific culture.
EMSA Executive Board
The Einstein Minority Scientist Association (EMSA) executive board hosted a graduation BBQ for graduating PREP students.  PREP is a postbaccalaureate, grant-funded program whose goal is to encourage individuals from groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences to earn a PhD degree in biomedically relevant sciences.   


LMSA Executive Board
The Office of Diversity Enhancement was pleased to support the attendance of Einstein's chapter of the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) members at the National and Northeast Regional Conference held in Philadelphia, PA.  The theme was "Cincuenta Años de Comunidad: Fostering Service, Health Equity, and Leadership."  This conference was the LMSA's kick-off event in commemorating the organization's 50th anniversary.  The Boricua Health Organization (the original name of the LMSA), was first founded in 1972, at Harvard Medical School. 

At the conference's gala, current and past Einstein students had the opportunity to network and socialize.  
LMSA hosted it's first "Familia Time" event over the weekend.  The goal of the event was to create a festive  environment for community building and getting to know each other better.
MSA Executive Board
Einstein's Muslim Student Association (MSA) Chapter hosted an Eid ul-Fitr banquet, a fast-breaking feast in celebration of the end of Ramadan.  Along with the delicious meal everyone enjoyed the opportunity for community building and learning about the Muslim faith.
SNMA Executive Board
The Office of Diversity Enhancement was pleased to support the attendance of Einstein's chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) members at the annual medical education conference (AMEC) in Orlando, Florida. This year's AMEC theme was "The Emergence - Achieving Purpose In An Era of Health Advocacy, Equity and Reform." The conference provided both an opportunity for professional development and networking.
Alumni Update
Keila Muñiz, MD, Class of 2014

Keila Muñiz, M.D. Class of 2014, has joined St. Joseph’s Health in Syracuse, NY as a urogynecologist attending.

She has extensive training in urogynecology and reconstructive surgery, and is a member of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Eugene Palatulan, MD, Class of 2017

When Eugene Palatulan, MD, Class of 2017, planned on attending the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) conference this year, he never thought he would have the honor of being a recipient of the Jason Davenport Scholarship. Each year, the AMSSM gives this award to five trainees who best exemplify an aspiring sports medicine physician who has devoted their young career in service to their community. When Eugene applied, he wrote about his lifelong service to the Bronx starting as a citizen who tutored and mentored in high school, one who became a teacher for seven years in Bronx high schools and noted especially his experience as a medical student at Albert Einstein College of Medicine when he, along with like-minded classmates, started a mentoring program for high school students in nearby schools in the Bronx. The icing for Eugene is his service to the community, a truly lifelong goal.

He is ecstatic about the opportunity in the coming months (mid-August 2022), as he will begin his dream journey as an attending sports medicine physician at Montefiore, which he considers to be a full circle. He hopes to use the wealth of knowledge and experience he has accumulated in the Bronx and what he has added through all his training, most recently as a sports medicine fellow at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, to serve his community he fondly calls the Boogie down Bronx.


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