News Commentary by Jo Wiederhorn: Medical research's fading state

New York has long been a global leader in biomedical research and development. Our state’s 16 medical schools contribute to that position by employing some of the most innovative, talented and prolific researchers in the field. In fact, New York is home to 26 Nobel Laureates in medicine and physiology. But now, our state’s standing and the $85 billion medical school industry face fierce competition from other states, making millions of dollars and top-paying New York jobs hang in the balance. Read more here.

WXXI News: NY Med Schools Ask Legislature to Invest in Retention of Top Biomedical Researchers

Medical Schools in New York State are asking the legislature to include $50 million for faculty development in the state budget. University leadership calls the NYSTAR Faculty Development Program an investment needed to grow programs that will attract high-profile entrepreneurial biomedical researchers. Jo Wiederhorn, President of the Associated Medical Schools of New York, says state medical schools can’t keep world-class researchers without the most up-to-date research lab technology and talented support staff. Wiederhorn said, while each school already puts money toward attractive recruitment packages for the best researchers, they could use more help. “We will continue to support this because we also believe this is very important. We would just like to get some help as other schools within states have gotten help from their states.” Read more and watch a clip here.

STEPping Toward Success in Medicine

This article in The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education covers the Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP consortium) sponsored by AMSNY. The program aims to remedy the disproportionate numbers of people of color in the medical and health professions. The March 9th issue can be found here.

Capital New York: Medical schools hope to fare better on state research money

The Associated Medical Schools of New York is renewing its request for the state to invest millions of dollars in the NYSTAR Faculty Development Program, an initiative that aims to recruit and retain biomedical researchers.

Jo Wiederhorn, president and C.E.O. of the Associated Medical Schools of New York, a consortium of the state’s 16 public and private medical schools, said she is hoping Governor Andrew Cuomo will put $50 million into this year’s budget, allowing New York to compete with states such as California, Texas, Utah, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland and Georgia.

The delegation representing the group met with Cuomo administration officials at the end of last month, according to Wiederhorn. Read more here. (Capital New York is now POLITICO New York)

WABC-TV NY: Junior High Students Learn at Mount Sinai Through Hands-on Experience

One hospital is trying to get young teens interested in medicine, and it begins with the scalpel. Some junior high school students got a chance to dissect sheep brains as part of a program that’s inspiring would-be doctors. It’s not exactly your typical day at school but these 7th and 8th graders are spending the day at Mount Sinai Medical Center for an up close look at what life might be like as a medical student. The students are minorities and from disadvantaged backgrounds.
They’re invited to Mount Sinai’s Center for Excellence in Youth Education with the hopes of getting them excited about a career in medicine. And the program hopes to keep these students in the pipeline, with courses offered through high school and summer programs during college.

The medical world needs doctors of diverse backgrounds and these students fit the bill.
Read more here.