NYU & Merrin: Improving Bedside Patient Care

by Merrin Gallery Press

Ed is a keen supporter of NYU’s Program for Medical Education Innovations and Research (PrMEIR) through the Merrin Bedside Teaching Program.

The PrMEIR reception with Dr. Lipkin, Dr. Crowe and Mr. Merrin engaged in conversation

Dr. Lipkin, Dr. Crowe and Mr. Merrin at PrMEIR's annual reception at the NYU Medical Center

From its founding in 2003, there have been several new additions to the team and, among other generous donors, Ed and Vivian Merrin were honored at PrMEIR’s receiption on June 7th 2011, which was preceded by mention in the Fall 2010 edition of Tufts Magazine:

PrMEIR’s faculty development programs have been made possible by the deeply appreciated support of private philanthropists, such as the Merrin and Zabar families. A primary goal of these programs has been to help reverse the nation-wide decline in bedside teaching resulting from technological advances and shorter hospital stays.

Photo of Dr. Greene, Dr. Shah, Mr. & Mrs. Merrin, Dr. Felson, Dr. Mints and Dr. Wong

The Merrin Bedside Teaching Program was created in 2003 to improve the proficiency and quality of this essential instructional technique within the Division of Greater Internal Medicine. The program’s keystone, the Merrin Master Clinician Fellowship Program, provides selected Internal Medicine faculty with training to become masters of the physical examination and experts in teaching physical diagnosis skills at the bedside.Now starting its fifth annual cycle, the PrMEIR Intramural Grants Program enables faculty to pursue new initiatives in medical education and research. Each year a different theme is chosen for the funded projects, reflecting the current educational needs of NYU School of Medicine. On the theme of patient safety, Critical Care conducted a study using patient simulation—lifelike mannequins outfitted with sophisticated computer feedback programs—to assess the ability of house staff to prevent cardiac arrest in patients showing early signs of cardiopulmonary instability.

A common theme runs through all of PrMEIR’s projects and initiatives: making sure medical education creates the skilled, compassionate doctors we as patients and as a society want to have. “Our purpose,” concludes Dr. Zabar, “is to educate doctors with the stingiest possible patient-centered communication skills—doctors who get their parents to tell them their stories fully and clearly, who listen careful and actively to their patients and reinforce their autonomy and decision-making confidence. We to to graduated physicals who are going to be amazing at what they do and change the face of medicine.”

Ed adds that, “PrMEIR takes the right approaches in improving patient care, and is fantastic for letting physicians do what they do best at the NYU Langone Medical Center.” The organization has been running for almost a decade and is always looking for new donors and fellows.