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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 Mt. Sinai West, a nearby academic institution. Dr. Sadiq also has an appointment at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where Dr. Stark completed his neurology training, and he is a former faculty member of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where Dr. Williams trained. The IMSMP always welcomes interested health professionals who are still in training to do an elective rotation at the Center, so that they may learn more about multiple sclerosis.
The Tisch MS Research Center of New York holds several conferences throughout the week, which the clinical staff of the IMSMP attends. The Tisch MS Research Center has a weekly lab 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 to the entire staff at our Grand Rounds lecture. The staff also meets in the mornings to review the daily 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 manager meet weekly to discuss all new patients to the Center. This conference is important for generating new ideas for patient evaluation and management as well as to familiarize each provider with all of our patients. There is also a bimonthly, neuro-immunology case conference, in which particularly challenging diagnostic dilemmas are presented and discussed with the clinical staff. Finally, throughout the month, there are a variety of educational activities arranged for particular staff members. These have recently included: transfer training, injection and infusion training, clinical journal club, and a clinical research update conference.