Dr. Sharonie Valin
Hospital Program Co-director at NYGH - UEC committee member 2006-2017, Evaluation Committee Director Undergraduate - 2015-present
What do you think the DFCM's greatest achievements have been over the past 50 years?
This is hard for me to say, however I think that the number of leadership roles within the department has expanded tremendously and this has given a lot of people at all stages of their careers more opportunity to get involved in work at the central level. Brining recognition to people's work is also something I have noticed that has been in increasing in leaps and bounds. Work that one puts into big or small research is now being published in posters and workshops and the support for members of the DFCM to accomplish this is tremendous. In general I have found the DFCM (in all my years there from 2006 onwards) to be an extremely supportive environment for myself as a woman in medicine, in academic medicine, as a mother trying to balance career goals and Homelife. The DFCM is filled with people who "get it". There has never been a sense of failure in my experience at the DFCM, rather a sense of - how can we help you achieve and accomplish and at what pace? I don't experience this kind of working environment anywhere else. Although this is also an anecdotal comment (as per question below) I feel it is a huge achievement on the part of one of the biggest departments in the medical school.
In your opinion, what event, project, or initiative that you were involved in had the most impact?
I have always loved the UEC workshop. I didn't create this workshop but it is well known to have been a practical/useful and successful experience for undergraduate teachers. UEC - is such a productive committee and I feel that as a group and over the last decade since I have been there, UEC has produced so much important change in curriculum, evaluation, PD impacting students and teachers alike.