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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Department of Family Medicine

State of the Department of Family Medicine 2011-2012

Dear Colleagues,

Once again, it is my pleasure to present the annual report of the major educational, clinical, and research/scholarly endeavors of our nationally-recognized Department of Family Medicine at SUNY-Downstate Medical Center.

I am thrilled to report that our Family Medicine Resident Graduates in 2012 scored a 100% pass-rate on our Family Medicine National Board Examination and that our training program remains with a full accreditation status from the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). We underwent an RRC review, in cycle, this past July and expect to receive the results in early 2013. We owe a great deal of gratitude to the dedication and hard work of the Residency Program Director, Dr. Margaret Donat, as well as our devoted and talented faculty. The Department of Family Medicine at SUNY-Downstate is committed to provide the very best educational experiences and opportunities for our Family Medicine residents, and our Downstate Medical students.

In the medical school, our credo is that the students come first. We are proud of the success we have achieved with our third-year Family Medicine clerkship, a multi-faceted learning experience combining traditional clinical mentorship and innovative, creative and effective teaching presentations by our knowledgeable and talented faculty as we lead the teaching in primary care at our institution. Family Medicine faculty are actively and extensively involved in the ECM course, in CBL and in curriculum development. Our department also reaches out to students in other ways. My door is always open to students who drop by seeking information or guidance, and our faculty and staff are ever mindful to make all students feel welcome when they visit our offices.

The Department of Family Medicine can only provide outstanding pre and post doctoral educational programs if we continue to excel clinically, providing the highest quality, most culturally sensitive comprehensive and longitudinal primary care services in our community at Suite B, Family Health Services, and our six School Based Health Centers at P.S. 13, the Wingate High School, M.S. 51, P.S. 38, P.S. 142, and P.S. 293. In all our centers, we promote healthy lifestyles and preventive health screening measures to improve the quality of life for the residents of Brooklyn, where many chronic illnesses remain prevalent. Our patients must always represent the primary focus in all of our endeavors.

Against the backdrop of continuing excellence in education and clinical activities, our department continues to work actively in primary care clinical research. This past year we were awarded two Joslin grants that enable us to examine the care that we provide to our patients who struggle with type 2 Diabetes Mellitus so that we may better understand the cardiometabolic parameters of our patients, the quality of care we provide and where we need to focus our performance improvement efforts as a department. We are also fortunate to be actively involved in a continuing collaborative IRB-approved, NIH-funded research project with Drs. Girardin Jean-Louis and Dr. Ferdinand Zizi from Downstate's own Brooklyn Health Disparities Center. In addition, we are proud to work with Dr. Jack Dehovitz on a federally funded SAMSHA project designed to implement screening and early intervention for substance use, depression and HIV in our patients over the age of fifty. This research enterprise is envisioned to create a sustained program of ongoing research in primary care designed to enhance our educational and clinical programs while focusing our investigatory efforts on reducing the prevalence of the chronic diseases and their complications that we treat each day: type 2 diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease and renal disease. Our combined research efforts are intended to meet the goals of Healthy People 2020, and decrease the mortality risk while we increase the quality of life of the community we serve.

We enjoy and appreciate the loyalty and hard work of our faculty, residents and supportive staff and hope you will enjoy "meeting them" in this annual report. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of our School Based Health Center Program Administrator, Verona Rowe, despite the most challenging fiscal environment our school based programs have faced, we continue to not only enjoy the opportunity of serving our Brooklyn community children at Wingate Health Center and P.S.13 Child Health Program, but now also from our four additional School Based Health Centers at M.S. 51, P.S. 38, P.S. 142, and P.S. 293. The Coordinator for Residency Training, Anthony Sanderson, worked tirelessly with our Residency Director and Departmental Administrator to ensure our readiness for our July 17, 2012 RRC review. Our Clerks, Laboratory Technicians and Nurses in our clinical service units work closely with us as we care for our patients.

In this year's annual report we chose to focus on the special role that Family Medicine plays at our academic medical center as a leader in the provision of high quality primary clinical care, education and research at the State University of New York-Downstate Medical Center.

"To teach, to care and to learn…" this, remains our mission. Many thanks to our dedicated and hard-working support staff, our faculty, residents, specialty colleagues and administration for your interest, support and encouragement throughout this year.

It is my privilege to serve.

Miriam T. Vincent, MD, PhD, JD
Professor and Chair
Department of Family Medicine
Medical Director of Ambulatory Care
University Hospital of Brooklyn
SUNY-Downstate School of Medicine