MSSNY eNews: June 2, 2021 – JAMA’s Editor Resigns Over Controversial Podcast on Racism


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JAMA’s Editor Resigns Over Controversial Podcast on Racism
The American Medical Association announced Tuesday that Howard Bauchner, MD will voluntarily step down as editor in chief of JAMA and JAMA Network effective June 30. Dr. Bauchner has been on administrative leave since March while the AMA investigated the origins of a podcast and related tweet—which was later deleted—that said that no physicians are racist.

“I remain profoundly disappointed in myself for the lapses that led to the publishing of the tweet and podcast.  Although I did not write or even see the tweet, or create the podcast, as editor in chief, I am ultimately responsible for them,” Dr. Bauchner said in a statement. “I share and have always supported the AMA’s commitment to dismantling structural racism in the institutions of American medicine, as evident by numerous publications in JAMA on this issue and related subjects and look forward to personally contributing to that work going forward.”

JAMA Executive Editor Phil Fontanarosa, MD, will serve as interim editor in chief until a new editor is appointed.

The AMA has begun to form a search committee to start the process of appointing a new editor in chief. The chair of this committee will be Otis Brawley, MD, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Oncology and Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University. He served as Chief Medical and Scientific Officer and Executive Vice President of the American Cancer Society. In that capacity, Dr. Brawley twice chaired the search committee for the editor in chief of the journal Cancer. Other members of this committee will be named soon.

USA Today Details Ambitious Plan by Longtime MSSNY Member Physicians to Treat COVID Patients On-Site During Pandemic
A recent article in USA Today, How an Endwell Family Medical Practice Went to Battle Against COVID-19 — And Won, details the practice’s approach to overhaul their operations to see, test, and treat COVID patients onsite. The twelve Endwell Family Medical Practice physicians are all long-time MSSNY members.

Following is an excerpt with a link to the full article in USA Today:

In the early, uncertain days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the primary care facilities that people had always counted upon were ill-equipped to help patients showing symptoms of the frightening new virus.

Not only did they not have the infrastructure, they were actively told not to: The battle against COVID, many believed then, would be won and lost inside hospital emergency rooms. 

So when a longtime patient of Endwell Family Physicians — a man in his 80s — came into the office in March 2020 with a mysterious runny nose and symptoms consistent with dehydration, the team there followed protocol and sent him to the hospital.

Later, they would learn he had died.

His loss was part of an overwhelming sense of frustration from the Endwell team of health care providers and administrators, who felt hamstrung to help the very people it had been their mission to protect.

It was time to fight back. And the battle plan was revolutionary.

Read full article in USA Today.

COVID Vaccination College Scholarship Incentive
The “Get a Shot to Make Your Future” vaccine incentive is a public outreach campaign to increase awareness of the availability and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and provide incentives to New Yorkers 12-17 years of age to get a COVID-19 vaccination.

Parents or legal guardians of any New Yorker, ages 12 to 17, can enter their child who has received at least their first COVID-19 vaccine dose, for a chance to win one of 50, four-year full-ride scholarships (including tuition, fees, room-and-board, and expenses) to any New York State public college or university.

The drawings will be conducted weekly, for five (5) weeks, beginning on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Ten weekly winners (for a total of 50 winners) will be announced each Wednesday.

Please print and post this flyer in your office and encourage your patients and families to register for this incentive.

Additional information is available at:

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MSSNYPAC members are a force for change in healthcare policy.

MSSNYPAC supports the policy initiatives that MSSNY members have prioritized through the MSSNY House of Delegates, the MSSNY Council and MSSNY’s various committees. A contribution to MSSNYPAC enables physicians to directly interact with policymakers on a personal level while providing crucial campaign support. Working together with grassroots activities like letter-writing, social media interactions, and in-district visits, collective political action by physicians is a powerful mechanism to voice the concerns of physicians and their patients.

The strength of MSSNYPAC and its effectiveness requires NY’s physicians to be “all-in” when it comes to safeguarding the profession of medicine, assuring patients can access needed care, and investing in the present and future viability of medical practices. With well-funded, often-opposing interest groups—including trial lawyers and insurance companies—seeking to expand liability and exert increasing control over clinical decision-making, physicians cannot afford to give up their seat at the discussion table.

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Registration Now Open for The Lingering Pandemic: Long COVID Symptoms & Treatments
Some studies estimate that up to one-third of COVID survivors continue to experience a multitude of ongoing effects for months after initial recovery.  Learn more about Long COVID and how to recognize and treat it by registering for Medical Matters: The Lingering Pandemic: Long COVID Symptoms & Treatments.

The webinar is on Wednesday, June 16th at 7:30 am.  William Valenti, MD, chair of MSSNY’s Infectious Diseases Committee, will serve as faculty for this program.

Click here to register for the webinar.  Click here to view the flyer for the program.

Educational objectives

  • Recognize the symptoms associated with long COVID
  • Identify referral options to treat long COVID
  • Examine CDC guidelines for caring for patients with long COVID symptoms

The Medical Society of the State of New York is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Medical Society of the State of New York designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Which Undergrad Majors are Best for Med School?
The bulk of prospective medical students tend to follow a science-heavy course trajectory in their studies. Is that the wisest course of action?

Do any majors have an admissions advantage?

The data seems to indicate that is not the case. For instance, 30,921 students with majors in the biological sciences applied to medical schools in 2020–2021. The matriculation rate for that group was roughly 40 percent, lower than several other primary majors. Among the listed majors, students who studied biological sciences also had an average total MCAT score that fell in the middle of the group of tracked primary undergraduate majors.

Tonya Fancher, MD, MPH, is the associate dean for workforce innovation and community engagement at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine (UC Davis). The medical school is one of the 37 members of the AMA Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium working together to create the medical schools of the future and transform physician training.

UC Davis’ admissions office, Dr. Fancher said, doesn’t give more weight to one major or another as long as a student has completed the required prerequisites. “We look for mastery in an area that a student is passionate about,” Dr. Fancher said. “That could be in the study of art or history or science, in participation in college athletics or music or dance, or in making an impact in their community.”

That holistic approach to admissions may have benefits. A December 2018 study published in the journal Medical Education, “Pre‐medical majors in the humanities and social sciences: impact on communication skills and specialty choice,” found that medical students with premedical backgrounds in the humanities and social sciences may be more effective at communicating with patients.

In terms of what schools expect once students get on campus, the core competencies for entering medical school consist of a list of 15 traits the ideal medical student should possess. The list is broken down into three groups—preprofessional competencies, thinking and reasoning competencies and science competencies—and some of those traits may be screened for in the admissions process.

Will certain majors help you have more success?

Some students have found a science-focused major gives them the foundation to succeed on the MCAT and hit the ground running once they enter medical school.

“In my [med] school, most of the premed requirements were easy to satisfy doing a bio major,” said Avi Levy, a third-year medical student at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.

“I was considering majoring in economics,” he said. “If I would’ve chosen that, I don’t know that I would have been as prepared for med school. The curriculum is hard enough having a degree in [biology].”

Jose Morfin, MD, a health sciences professor of medicine and nephrology and faculty lead of admissions at UC Davis, echoed those sentiments.

“I would recommend students to find a major that they are interested in and build on their strengths,” said Dr. Morfin. “Although you don’t need to be a science major to be a competitive applicant to medical school, a solid foundation in the sciences is necessary to succeed in the MCAT and medical school curriculum.”

The success that prospective applicants and medical students have will also be related to the knowledge and experiences they bring from outside of the classroom.

“We want students to be smart and adaptable,” Dr. Fancher said. “We also value their diverse backgrounds, which can enrich our learning environment and enhance care for our patients.”

Medicine can be a career that is both challenging and highly rewarding but figuring out a medical school’s prerequisites and navigating the application process can be a challenge into itself. The AMA premed glossary guide has the answers to frequently asked questions about medical school, the application process, the MCAT and more.

Link to full article.
–Brendan Murphy, AMA



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NYS Jobs LogoReview Vacancy

Date Posted: 03/23/21 Applications Due: 04/06/21 Vacancy ID: 85272

Position Information 

Agency Health, Department of
Title Health Program Director 2 -TBD
Occupational Category Other Professional Careers
Salary Grade 665
Bargaining Unit M/C – Management / Confidential (Unrepresented)
Salary Range From $122092 to $154253 Annually
Employment Type Full-Time
Appointment Type Permanent
Jurisdictional Class Non-competitive Class
Travel Percentage 10%



Hours Per Week




From 8:30 AM
To 4:30 PM
Flextime allowed? No
Mandatory overtime? No
Compressed workweek allowed? No
Telecommuting allowed? No


County Albany
Street Address CCH; Division of Family Health

Corning Tower, ESP

City Albany
State NY
Zip Code 12237

Job Specifics 

Minimum Qualifications Twelve years of professional level work experience, three of which must have included managerial, decision-making and/or oversight responsibilities for a major health-related program or in the direction of a major administrative function of a large health-related organization. A bachelor’s degree may be substituted for four years of the general professional experience.

Twelve or more years of progressively responsible administrative experience in programs that improve perinatal health, child and/or adolescent health, early care, and learning, and/or sexual violence prevention, including four years of managerial, decision-making, and/or program direction. Seven years of this experience would also include fiscal management, policy making and oversight responsibilities, and statewide supervision of professional level staff. The preferred candidate would be familiar with representing departmental interests and serving as a spokesperson and liaison to Executive staff, and have experience working with other state and federal governmental programs. Experience with second-level professional supervision as well as strong oral and written communication skills is also desired. A master’s degree in an appropriate field may substitute an additional one year of the general professional experience, not to exceed a maximum of five years total allowable educationPlease refer to full listing

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NYS Jobs Ad LogoReview Vacancy

Date Posted: 04/09/21 Applications Due: 05/10/21 Vacancy ID: 85840

Position Information

Agency Health, Department of
Title Director Public Health – 601
Occupational Category Administrative or General Management
Salary Grade NS
Bargaining Unit M/C – Management / Confidential (Unrepresented)
Salary Range From $149004 to $149004 Annually
Employment Type Full-Time
Appointment Type Temporary
Jurisdictional Class Exempt Class
Travel Percentage 20%



Hours Per Week




From 9 AM
To 5 PM
Flextime allowed? No
Mandatory overtime? No
Compressed workweek allowed? No
Telecommuting allowed? No


County Albany
Street Address Office of Public Health

ESP, Corning Tower OR Metropolitan Area Regional Office (MARO) Church Street

City Albany OR New York


State NY
Zip Code 12237

Job Specifics

Minimum Qualifications A Bachelor’s degree and eleven years* of professional level government or non-profit experience, five of which must have included managerial, decision-making and/or oversight responsibilities for a major public health-related program or in the direction of a major administative function of a large health-related organizaton. Substitution – JD or Master’s degree may substitute for one year of the general experience, a PhD may substitute for two years of the general experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Track record of strong analytical and organizational skills; excellent written and verbal communication; ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced and confidential environment under tight deadlines is essential; experience in a managerial role, interacting with state and federal government officials is preferred;
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