Professor Jennifer Koestler of New York Medical College Awarded $25,000 Grant From Arnold P. Gold Foundation

Date: January 08, 2014
Dr. Jennifer Koestler, associate professor of pediatrics at New York Medical College
Dr. Jennifer Koestler, associate professor of pediatrics at New York Medical College
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Touro College is pleased to announce that The Arnold P. Gold Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant to Jennifer Koestler, MD, FAAP, associate professor of pediatrics at New York Medical College (NYMC), for her project, entitled: “Deliberate Humanism: A Longitudinal Mentoring Curriculum.”

The goal of the project is to explicitly train all NYMC students to become “patient-focused physicians who demonstrate integrity, excellence, compassion, altruism, respect, empathy and service,” Koestler, the project’s principal investigator, wrote in her proposal to the Gold Foundation.

The core of the program, according to Koestler, will be mentorship, reflection, deliberate practice and the humanities, which she hopes will create a “habit of humanism.” Both individually and in small groups, students will have the opportunity to discuss personal reflections from patient-care experiences, concerns about the healthcare system and conflicts arising from the hidden curriculum of the workplace. Mentors will meet with students throughout all four years of medical school to “review the students' developmental portfolio containing reflective assignments and student assessments and provide positive role-modeling of professional and humanism behavior,” she wrote.

Seven other grantees will receive funding from the Gold Foundation over a two year timeline. Later this year the project teams will meet for a one-day workshop with expert consultants and other grantees to explore ways to improve and enhance each project in areas such as methods and assessment, and as a benefit from a cross-fertilization of ideas.