The classic Hollywood depiction of a scientist is a person working in solitude. Nothing could be further from the truth, especially in today’s high-paced, highly connected, technology-driven world. Many novel discoveries are the result of the combined work of teams of scientists from diverse fields. Graduate school is a critical time to master the skill of communication for working in collaborative environments.

Learning to communicate
Science is deeply rooted in fact and skepticism. Throughout the process of earning a Ph.D., whether in the graduate program in biomedical sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine or elsewhere, a graduate student must master the skill of critical thinking. Without a strong rationale or logic, it is difficult to interpret your own work or that of others. Implicit in the mastery of critical thinking is the ability to convey your arguments and critique those of others.

Male And Female Scientist Working In Laboratory

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A recent post on this blog by Dr. Yvette Calderon, associate dean for diversity enhancement at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, described the importance of mentors and role models as she navigated her way through the unfamiliar territory of medical school and residency in the 1980s. Now, one of her central roles is to act as a mentor to our medical students.

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Like most 23-year-olds, Erica Sellers didn’t give much thought to an unexpected, life-changing event.

On April 9, 2013, a routine bike ride from her Bronx studio production job to her former Upper West Side apartment changed all that. She was struck by an SUV at a Bronx intersection and thrown to the ground. She remembers landing with a thud on the pavement. She credits her helmet for sparing her brain damage, though she did suffer a gash above her eyebrow, a black eye, a broken finger and a badly twisted left foot. She also suffered a concussion.

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pregnant woman

I get an hour to teach Albert Einstein College of Medicine third-year students a formal lecture in obstetrics during their six-week rotations, so I cram in a lot of information during that session. Of course, I spend more time with them informally; we see patients together on labor and delivery, or in clinic at Montefiore Medical Center, where I practice.  [click to continue…]

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Dr. Huma Naqvi, Albert Einstein College of MedicineEditors’ NoteWhen she heard about dearth of rehabilitation facilities for children in war-torn Iraq, Dr. Huma Naqvi, assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and an attending physician at Montefiore Medical Center, Einstein’s University Hospital, decided that she had to find a way to help, even if she couldn’t physically travel there.

Using cellular communications, she teamed up with a friend, Dr. Batul Ladak, to exchange images and messages with personnel at Baghdad’s Medical City Hospital. Via telemedicine, the two doctors consulted with their peers about rehab techniques, analyzed the problems of patients and prescribed exercises.

Eventually, Dr. Naqvi sought a more hands-on approach. She began traveling to Iraq in 2012 on visits where she could provide in-person support and consultations with physicians and therapists.  “I’ve seen children without crutches, canes or wheelchairs who have been carried for miles by their parents so that they can access the specialized medical care that is only available in the major cities. There is such a need to fill,” she said.

While the visit proved fruitful, she felt she needed to do more.

In an inspiring mission, Dr. Naqvi secured a microgrant from Einstein’s Global Health Center that is helping to support a training program that’s making a difference.

 

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