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AMSNY Deans Support NIH Funding

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The Associated Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY) held its annual Washington DC Advocacy Days July 29th and 30th. The Deans and government relations representatives from over half of AMSNY’s member institutions met with Senators and Congressmen, and their staffs, from nine states and both political parties to stress the need for bi-partisan support for NIH funding.
Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) has introduced the Accelerating Biomedical Research Act, legislation that would allow for adjustments to the caps put on the NIH budget by the Budget Control Act. The intent is to allow the NIH to restore the purchasing power it would have had, if its’ funding had kept pace with inflation since 2003. Over 20 organizations and institutions have endorsed the bill.

Time Warner Cable News: Medical Leaders Push For More Research Funding

When it comes to star research scientists, those in the medical field say New York state is lagging behind several other states. Why? Because New York commits far less money to research investments. In March, a delegation of doctors and medical school officials pushed for $100 million. but the state budget delivered less than $1 million. Jo Wiederhorn, the President and CEO of the Associated Medical Schools of New York, and Doctor Laurie Glimcher, Dean of the Weill Cornell Medical College, joined us to explain. http://www.nystateofpolitics.com/2014/06/medical-leaders-push-for-more-r…

The Journal News: Valahalla medical college program graduates first in new program

Olubunmi Amakor on May 22 became the first graduate of the Associated Medical Schools of New York’s (AMSNY) post-baccalaureate program at New York Medical College’s School of Medicine. The program offers minority students a guaranteed admission to medical school upon completion of the 1- to 2-year post baccalaureate program, along with a $16,000 stipend. Read more here.

Spinal Cord Injury Research Funding Will Support Science, Bring Hope

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The Associated Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY) congratulate the New York State Legislature and Governor Cuomo for adding $7 million to the Spinal Cord Research Injury Program (SCIRP) in the 2014-2015 state budget. This funding will support neurological research at New York’s 16 Academic Medical Centers and other research institutions statewide.

This funding is in addition to $900,000 remaining in the program from last year; the total $7.9 million is just below the $8.5 million recommended by law, and will support important research into healing spinal cord injuries.

“SCIRP has established New York as a leader in neuroscience research,” said AMSNY President and CEO Jo Wiederhorn. “Not only does SCIRP bring hope to those who suffer from spinal cord, brain and other nerve injuries, but it also represents a valuable investment in advanced neuroscience research.”

Several New York medical schools have received SCIRP funding and have made significant advancements in effective therapies. SCIRP has also generated patents, leveraged research dollars from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and private sources and supported research-related jobs in New York State.

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The Associated Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY) is a consortium of the 16 public and private medical schools throughout New York State. AMSNY’s mission is to promote high quality and cost-efficient health care by assuring that the medical schools of New York State can provide outstanding medical education, care and research.

Media Contatct: Anat Gerstein
Email: anat@gerstein.com

Medical School Deans Urge New York State to Invest in Biomedical Research and Entrepreneurship

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Led by four medical school deans and three star research scientists, the Associated Medical Schools of New York descended on Albany on March 12 for its annual advocacy day. AMSNY met with distinguished legislators and policymakers, including Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, Senate Health Committee Chair Kemp Hannon, Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah, as well as the Governor’s Deputy Secretaries for Education and Economic Development.

Biomedical research – particularly support for the intellectual capital that drives the discovery of new diagnostic technologies and treatments – was the focus of the day. New York State is the third-largest recipient of National Institutes of Health funding for research, drawing $2 billion annually. But as NIH funds decline across the country, states like California, Massachusetts are making their own billion-dollar investments in research and attempting to recruit New York’s world-class scientists. AMSNY urged legislators to support a bill (Senate 6500 and Assembly 9000) that, when enacted, will provide funds for medical schools to compete for top scientific talent.

New York State has several existing programs aimed at specific types of research, and AMSNY also advocated for continued funding for the Empire State Stem Cell Program (NYSTEM) and the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program. Likewise, AMSNY called for continued support for its Diversity in Medicine Program, which provides a pathway for middle school, high school and college students to careers in the health professions. Since 2008 the diversity programs, like many state-supported programs, have endured funding cuts; AMSNY urged legislators to restore funds in light of New York’s much-improved economic outlook. These restored funds will allow AMSNY to provide MCAT test prep and academic enrichment to students from backgrounds currently underrepresented in medicine.

Despite that the visit was in the midst of budget season, legislators and staff were gracious with their time and enthusiastic in their support for biomedical research, acknowledging the critical role it plays in the long-term health of New Yorkers, and also in growing the states’ economy. Likewise, they voiced their support for AMSNY’s diversity programs and remarked on the successful outcomes of the programs, with 93 percent of graduates of the post-baccalaureate and Master’s degree programs going on to attend medical school.


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The Associated Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY) is a consortium of the 16 public and private medical schools throughout New York State. AMSNY’s mission is to promote high quality and cost-efficient health care by assuring that the medical schools of New York State can provide outstanding medical education, care and research.

AMSNY Presents Columbia University's 2013 S-PREP Events

Committee on Diversity and Multicultural Affairs”

On December 14, 2013, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons held a Bring Your Parent to Class Day, Financial Aid Workshop and Holiday Party for the State Pre-College Enrichment Program (S-PREP) students and parents.

S-PREP students also joined the H.E.A.L.T.H. for YouthsCity Harvest Food Drive, during which program participants donated over 100 lbs. of food and other items.

AMSNY’s Science and Technology Entry Programs (STEP) is a consortium of ten rigorous academic enrichment programs across the State, including S-PREP at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. S-PREP is an educational and motivational program for academically talented minority and economically disadvantaged high school students who endeavor to enter the field of medicine, science or related health professions. The program’s aim is to be a pipeline that will assist with increasing the number of minority physicians, scientists and other health professionals. S-PREP is one of the 60 STEP programs in New York State.


Interview on AMSNY's Diversity in Medicine Programs

Committee on Diversity and Multicultural Affairs”

In an interview with Susan Arbetter of The Capitol Pressroom, Jo Wiederhorn, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Associated Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY), discussed the importance of diversity in medicine.

According to Ms. Wiederhorn, AMSNY’s programs have been very successful in helping under-represented minority students pursue careers in medicine. She emphasized how these pipeline programs help to ensure that the physician workforce in New York reflects the diverse background and culture of the state’s population.

AMSNY supports programs across the educational continuum to expand the pool of students choosing careers in medicine and other health professions. The programs, which are mainly housed within New York State’s medical schools, are supported through a grant from the State Department of Health, with additional financial assistance from the medical schools. The goal of the diversity in medicine programs is to provide enrichment and support to students from groups underrepresented in medicine and/or from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

The following schools host AMSNY’s post-baccalaureate programs:

Each year, New York educates more doctors than any other state in the country. In a recent press release, AMSNY reported that 2,424 new medical students enrolled this fall in the state’s 16 medical schools. Students enter AMSNY’s programs through the medical school admissions process and are granted conditional acceptance upon successful completion of the program. 93 percent of students who have participated in the post-baccalaureate programs have continued on to medical school and graduated.

For the full interview, click here.
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AMSNY and Bronx/Manhattan C/STEP Region Host 4th Annual College Fair at the City College of New York

Committee on Diversity and Multicultural Affairs”

On October 19th, 2013 the Associated Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY) worked with the Bronx/Manhattan C/STEP Region to host the 4th Annual College Fair at the City College of New York.

50 colleges and universities were present, giving students the opportunity to meet with admissions representatives from across the East Coast region. In addition to speaking with admissions representatives, students also received an array of useful resources to assist them in their college decision-making process.

Parents and students also participated in workshop offerings throughout the day. Workshops included Admissions 101 and an alumni panel who discussed the high school to college transition.

The Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) and the Collegiate Science and Technology Program (CSTEP) are opportunity programs funded by the New York State Education Department. Both programs serve a population of highly motivated educationally, economically and underrepresented high-school and college students. These students are interested in entering the fields of science, technology, medicine or the allied health professions.
For more information about STEP and CSTEP, please visit: www.stepforleaders.org.