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“The Joy of Clinical Medicine” A Talk by Dr. Louis Kuchnir

The Columbia Office of Preprofessional Advising, CU AMSA, and the Charles Drew Premedical Society are pleased to welcome Dr. Louis Kuchnir, who will give a talk on

“The Joy of Clinical Medicine”

Friday, February 14, 2014, 1-2pm

401 Lerner Hall

Pizza will be provided.

Please register for this event here, or on our website:

Back when doctors were among the wealthiest Americans, they could have retired early, but instead they tended to work until their own health failed.  Lately, clinical medicine is cast as an unrewarding profession.  Observers point to how “jackpot justice” is causing a malpractice crisis while cost-savings programs developed by managed care bureaucracies are blamed for destabilizing the doctor-patient relationship.  I’ll try to inspire those of you interested in becoming clinicians by explaining how the rewards of medical practice are so enormous that they outweigh the indignities that dominate the headlines.  In the end, modern doctors are still blessed with the same rewards as our predecessors, while technology expands our potential even beyond their dreams.

Dr. Kuchnir is the President of the Massachusetts Academy of Dermatology and sees patients at Kuchnir Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery in the suburbs of west of Boston.  KDDS is consists of eight physician dermatologists, two nurse practioners and patient care providers and nineteen “patient care coordinators” — half of whom are future physicians spending a “gap year” as dermatology patient care coordinators.  He went to college at MIT, earned a PhD from Harvard in physical chemistry, and attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis.  He completed residency at UMass where he is on faculty and takes professional interest in the philosophy of undergraduate premedical education.

Valentine’s Day Rose Fundraiser for the American Heart Association

Valentine’s Day is coming and love and care are in the air. Purchase red roses for your friend, love interest, instructor, parent etc! The roses can either be picked up from Lerner Hall ramp on Valentine’s Day or we can deliver them! You can specialize it with a note and we will attach it for you. Please have your order in by February 11 at noon! All proceeds benefit the American Heart Association. Your rose order will not be completed if a PayPal payment is not made. This is a wonderful way to make a sweet gesture to a special person and also support a great cause at the same time!

Columbia Healthcare Leadership Summit

Columbia Healthcare Leadership Summit

Columbia University’s Healthcare Leadership Consortium (HLC), in collaboration with the Charles Drew Premedical Society, will be hosting its First Annual Summit on Monday, February 3rd, 6 pm, in Uris Auditorium 301. The 2014 Summit will bring together some of the nation’s foremost leadersin healthcare reform and innovation to deepen our understanding of the current challenges in healthcare, the legislation enacted to affect change, and care delivery innovations underway at New York City’s leading medical centers.  Joining us in the discussion will be the following:

  • Robert V. Sideli, MD (Moderator), Chief Information Officer for Columbia University Medical Center
  • Meera Mani, MD, PhD, Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company; former CNBC business news correspondent
  • Michael S. Sparer, PhD, JD, Department Chair, Health Policy and Management, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • Neil Calman, MD, Chief Executive Officer and President at The Institute for Family Health; previously worked on the Health Information Technology Panel under the Obama administration
  • Charles L. Schleien, MD, MBA, Professor and Chairman of Pediatrics at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
  • Ilyana Kuziemko, PhD, Associate Professor of Finance at Columbia Business School; Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the U.S. Treasury.

Tickets have been going quickly. Please do not hesitate to put your name on the waiting list, as the HLC team will be releasing additional tickets very soon.  Feel free to contact us with any questions!

Charles Drew Spring Semester Kickoff Weekend!

Charles Drew Spring Semester Kickoff Weekend!
Co-Sponsored by Kaplan Test Prep

Friday January 31st, 3PM            MCAT Jeopardy

Hamilton 303

Saturday February 1st, 12PM    Medical School Admissions Seminar

Hamilton 304

Students of all years are welcome on both days!
You won’t want to miss this!

Doctor in the House – A Panel Discussion with Columbia Alumni

Doctor in the House – A Panel Discussion with Columbia Alumni

Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

401 Lerner Hall

Dr. Adam Bender (CC ’64) graduated from Columbia College with a degree in Zoology in 1964. He attended Columbia’s College of Physicians & Surgeons and then completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Harlem Hospital followed by a residency in Neurology at the Neurological Institute of New York. He is currently an Attending Neurologist at Lenox Hill Hospital, an Associate Attending Neurologist at Mount Sinai Medical Center, and an Associate Clinical Professor of Neurology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He spent over 20 years conducting research on neuromuscular disorders such as myasthenia gravis. He served for two years as a Senior Assistant Surgeon in the United States Public Health Service and serves currently in the United States Public Health Service Reserves.

Dr. Chirag Gandhi (SEAS ’93) obtained his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Columbia University and his medical doctorate from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He completed both his residency in Neurological Surgery and a fellowship in Endovascular Neurosurgery/Neurointerventional Radiology at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine and has been on staff at UMDNJ (now Rutgers New Jersey Medical School) since 2007. He is an expert in both open cerebrovascular surgery as well as minimally invasive endovascular neurosurgery and is one of only a few neurosurgeons in the country that is dual-trained in both specialties. Since 2009, Dr. Gandhi has also served as the Director of the Endovascular Neurosurgery Fellowship Program, which is open to neurosurgeons, radiologists, and neurologists who have completed the prerequisites for neurointerventional training. Additionally, he is the Director of Undergraduate Neurosurgical Education, with the responsibility of mentoring and training medical students during rotations on the neurosurgical service at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He is also the Director of the Traumatic Brain Injury Basic Science Laboratory. His research is looking at promising new strategies for promoting brain repair and regeneration after traumatic brain injury.

Dr. Juliette Provenzano-Gober (SEAS’04, SEAS MS’05) is from New Rochelle, NY. She graduated from the Fu Foundation of Engineering and Applied Science in 2004 with a BS and in 2005 with a MS, both in Biomedical Engineering.  As an undergraduate, she worked in the Cornish Group in the department of Chemistry doing research in organic chemistry and as a graduate student worked with Lance Kam’s group in the department of Biomedical Engineering working with micro- and nano-structure biocomplexity. After years of bench work, she decided to pursue a clinical medicine career and went to Albert Einstein College of Medicine from 2006-2010. She then completed an Internal Medicine residency at NYU Medical Center in 2013. She had a baby in 2012 during her third year of residency and is currently home full time with her daughter and will start a part-time hospitalist position in Westchester next month. She resides on the Upper West Side with her husband Dave, daughter Penelope and Pug Oscar.

Dr. Ingride Richardson (CC ’00) is an Assistant Professor of Urology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and an attending surgeon and Associate Director of Quality Improvement in the Department of Surgery for the North Bronx Healthcare Network, Jacobi Medical Center/North Central Bronx Hospital. Dr. Richardson has a clinical and research interest in both female pelvic medicine and quality improvement in medical care. She was recently awarded a fellowship in Clinical Quality with the Greater New York Hospital Association. Dr. Richardson has authored several book chapters and peer-reviewed articles in the field of urology. Dr. Richardson obtained her undergraduate degree from Columbia University and her MD from Weill Medical College, Cornell University. Dr. Richardson lives in Harlem, NYC. 


 Doctor in the House – A Panel Discussion with Columbia Alumni

Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

401 Lerner Hall

Are you considering a career in medicine? Would you like to meet College and Engineering alumni who are now working in medicine and hear about their experiences at Columbia and beyond? If so, this panel is for you!

The format will be a panel discussion followed by a reception where students will have the opportunity to network with the panelists.

Alumni panelists will include:

Dr. Adam Bender, CC ’64

Dr. Chirag Gandhi, SEAS ’93

Dr. Juliette Provenzano-Gober, SEAS’04, SEAS MS’05

Dr. Ingride Richardson, CC ’00

You can register for this event here.

Brought to you by:

The Office of Pre-professional Advising

Columbia College Alumni Affairs and Development

SEAS Office of Alumni and Development

Charles Drew Premedical Society

Charles Drew Discounted Kaplan MCAT Course Auction ($500 Start Price)

MCAT season is around the corner!
We are hosting a discounted Kaplan MCAT Course Auction starting at $500.
The course has a $1999 value and can be redeemed within the timespan of three years.
Auction Opens: 9AM Monday November 25th
Auction Closes: 9:00:59 PM Tuesday November 26th
The highest bid before 9:01PM on Tuesday wins.  Please see Facebook event for more details and how to bid.  Any questions may either be posted on the Facebook event or emailed to [email protected]
Link to Charles Drew Auction (Facebook Event):
Lots of savings! $

Fall 2013 Charles Drew Apparel Sale is Here!!!

The Charles Drew Fall 2013 Apparel Sale is going on now!!! Don’t miss this opportunity to buy a Charles Drew crew neck and/or T-shirt! Place order now to confirm your crew neck and/or T-shirt. Supply is limited. Great for yourself or as a holiday gift! Money will be collected Sunday November 10th at our general body meeting starting at 4PM in the Satow Room of Lerner Hall. There will be free pizza. Apparel will be ready for pickup by December 1st.

Great prices!

$10 for T-Shirt
$15 for Crew Neck

Place your order here!

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First General Body Meeting 9/15/13 3PM Broadway Room, Lerner Hall

Come find out all you need to know about Charles Drew Pre-Medical Society. Would you like to know how to find out information about the medical school application process from doctors on admissions committees of medical schools? Or, what classes you should take as a pre-med student at Columbia? How to become a member of our undergraduate mentoring program, high school pipeline program, or shadowing program? How to gain wonderful leadership experience and skills to put on your resume as well as how to get involved on campus by joining our e-board? If you are interested in any of the following, come out to our first general body meeting!
Free Food + Great Info = Opportunity You Cannot Turn Down!!!