Elvis Camacho’s Unusual Path to Medical School

Now in the Ivy League, Elvis Camacho’17 couldn’t be much farther from the slums of Puerto Rico, where he was born. “It’s surreal at times,” he said. “When you first get that acceptance letter, you think it must be a mistake.” Being from a world in which “little is expected of you and college is… Read More

Pipeline Program Offers Opportunities for Academic Excellence

Three years ago, when Kathy Persaud got accepted to the Einstein Enrichment Program (EEP), she had no idea that it would become a turning point in her life. This fall, Ms. Persaud, along with fellow EEP student, Julio Henriquez, will attend Columbia University on a Higher Education Opportunity Program scholarship—an award that helps educationally and… Read More

Diversity in Biomedical Research

Like other fields, biomedical research is enriched by diversity. Innovation thrives when people with different viewpoints, backgrounds, and skills contribute to an organization or attempt to solve a problem. The really thorny questions that biomedical science seeks to answer–like how cancer cells metastasize, or why some neurons degenerate–require collaboration with researchers from a variety of… Read More

Meet New York State’s Newest Doctors: Maurice Selby

My name is Maurice Selby and I am a tried and tested New Yorker as I have lived in every borough of New York City. A product of the New York City public school system, I attended the City College of New York for my undergraduate education and I recently graduated from the SUNY Downstate… Read More

Meet New York State’s Newest Doctors: Jennifer Yerke

Jennifer Yerke, MD ’12 a native of Hamburg, N.Y., has known since medical school that she wanted to stay and practice in Western New York. Now, as a first-year resident in family medicine, she is more sure than ever. “Growing up in the area, I’ve always loved it. I’ve never really gone far away because… Read More

Meet New York State’s Newest Doctors: Kyra Bernstein

In the life of a medical student, time is rare and stress abundant. Kyra Bernstein knows this perhaps better than anyone. In addition to her studies, she shares responsibility for two children—4-year-old Nelly and 1-year-old Jonah—with her husband, Dov Sebrow, a second-year ophthalmology resident at Columbia. Though the New York City native is what she… Read More

Meet New York State’s Newest Doctors: Daniel Harris

Age: 27 years oldHometown: Wellsville, NYCurrent city: Syracuse, NY Why did you choose to stay in New York? Staying in NY – I made staying in NY my top choice for residency. You might say “”location is everything”” for me, but more specifically “”I have to be near friends and family!”” Coming back to Syracuse… Read More