The IMSMP has a strong commitment to academics and medical education. Every week, there are numerous conferences and other educational activities to sharpen our skills as clinical providers and ensure the staff is up to date on the latest advances in multiple sclerosis. The IMSMP is affiliated with St. Luke's-Roosevelt Medical Center, a nearby academic institution where Dr. Sadiq recently served as the Chairman of the Department of Neurology. Dr. Sadiq also has an appointment at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where Dr.'s Sylvester and Stark completed their neurology training, and is a former faculty member of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where Dr. Williams trained. The IMSMP welcomes interested health professionals who are still in training, so that they may learn more about multiple sclerosis, and there are often individuals, particularly from these institutions, who spend time at the center.
The Tisch MS Research Center of New York holds several conferences throughout the week, which the clinical staff of the IMSMP are invited to attend. Tisch MS Research has a weekly meeting which provides updates on a particular project's progress as well as to discuss alternative approaches and novel ideas for future directions. A weekly Journal Club also takes place, in which recently published articles are critically reviewed and discussed, with particular attention to their relevance to clinical practice.
The IMSMP conducts clinical conferences as well. World renowned leaders in the field of multiple sclerosis and neuro-immunology speak weekly to the entire staff at our Grand Rounds lecture. The staff also meets every morning to review the day's schedule, discuss each patient and assign clinical duties to each staff member. This ensures that the day runs efficiently and punctually with minimal interruption. Additionally, the attending physicians, clinical fellow and nurse practitioner meet weekly to discuss all patients new to the center. This conference is important for generating new ideas for patient evaluation and management as well as to familiarize each provider with every patient who is under the center's care. A bimonthly, neuro-immunology case conference is attended by the clinical staff in which particularly challenging diagnostic dilemmas are presented and discussed. Finally, throughout the month, there are a variety of educational activities arranged for particular staff members. These have recently included: transfer training, injection training on each of the injectible medications, clinical journal club and clincal research update conference.