The 2005 Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series in the Basic Sciences P&S established the lecture series to honor some of the world's leading scientists, physicians and scholars for significant contributions to their fields. The lectures emphasize the collaborative nature of scientific inquiry and enrich the traditional scholarly exchange among CUMC faculties and the greater scientific community. Here, Gerald D. Fischbach, executive vice president and dean, presents biochemist and cell biologist James Rothman, Ph.D., Wu Professor of Chemical Biology and Director of the Judith P. Sulzberger, M.D. Columbia Genome Center, with a silver medallion of the Columbia seal as the 2005 Dean's Distinguished Lecturer in the Basic Sciences on Sept. 13 in Alumni Auditorium. Dr. Rothman's topic was "High Throughput Cell Biology and the Columbia Genome Center."
2005 Thomas Q. Morris Symposium on Medical Education David M. Gaba, M.D., professor of anesthesia and associate dean for Immersive and Simulation-based Learning at Stanford, was the featured speaker at the symposium in September. Dr. Gaba spoke about "The Route to Safety through Simulation in Medical Education." The Morris Symposium is held annually in honor of Thomas Q. Morris, M.D., who spent nearly 50 years at Columbia, beginning with his enrollment as a P&S medical student in 1954. He later served as interim dean and was president of Presbyterian Hospital from 1985 to 1990, among many other positions. The Morris Symposium explores the future of medical education, featuring participants who have promoted quality education in significant ways. From left: Dr. Gaba, Dr. Fischbach and Dr. Morris.
First Reunion of Families Helped to Conceive by CUMC's Center for Women's Reproductive Care Hundreds of families gathered in September for a reunion and carnival at Morningside to celebrate the birth of children they conceived with the help of CUMC's Center for Women's Reproductive Care. The center, now in its fifth year, is fulfilling its mission to help a diverse patient population achieve parenthood using advanced fertility techniques. Columbia established the first in vitro fertilization program in New York City more than 20 years ago and now the center performs more than 1,000 in vitro fertilization cycles per year. Despite specializing in difficult cases, the center's success rates meet, and often exceed, national outcomes averages. Mark Sauer, M.D., professor and vice chairman, obstetrics and gynecology, is the program director of the Center for Women's Reproductive Care. For more information, visit www.columbiafertility.org.
keeping young bodies injury-free CUMC occupational therapy students and alumna educated children on preventing backpack injuries at the Palisades Mall in Rockland County during Backpack Awareness Day in September. Eight OT students worked with children to assess what the maximum weight of their backpacks should be and to teach the children how to best pack and wear their gear to keep from hurting their backs. Here, Kim Schaffer, OT'06, helps a young student.
caring for teeth at 'take time for health day' The School of Dental & Oral Surgery's Mobile Dental Center and the Student National Dental Association joined forces during CUMC's annual Take Time for Health Day on Sept. 25. Providing dental screenings to more than 100 children and adults, the event was successful in strengthening SDOS's commitment to offering quality dental services and oral health education to the northern Manhattan community. The Mobile Dental Center offered screenings, answered clinical questions and gave participants referrals for further treatment while student volunteers provided oral health education to participants, did face painting and assisted with patient management. Pictured above are members of the Student National Dental Association, Robert Mensah SDOS'07, center, Tina Vani, foreground, and Neeru Singh, in back, SDOS'08.