Congratulations! Dr. Spears. 2018 Columbia University Presidential Award For Excellence in Teaching




Dr. Jim Spears, your deep and sustained commitment to health care for those people who need it the most is at the core of your contribution to teaching at Columbia for almost twenty-five years. You are a marvelous teacher, mentor, and role model in the formal medical school and Family Medicine residency curriculum. You have also inspired faculty colleagues in Family Medicine to be better teachers.

This Presidential Teaching Award recognizes your innovative contribution to service-learning at the Columbia student-sponsored clinics: the Columbia Harlem Homeless Medical Program (CHHMP) and the Q-Clinic that serves LGBTQ youth. You have taught medical, dental, and public health students real world lessons about health care program planning, development, funding, and operation. The students’ clinical services for the homeless or LGBTQ youth provide a unique practical experience of the patient-centered, community-oriented approach to health care that you teach in the formal curriculum.

As doctor, you approach the clinical encounter with attention and kindness, honesty and insight. As teacher, you ask students to think through clinical decisions, consider alternatives and discuss plans with patients in the context of their lives. You are the guide and role model who has indeed impacted the lives of countless students and their future patients. Indeed, many of those students are today’s doctors and teachers.

Dr. Spears, you exemplify the noblest attributes of the medical profession: passion and integrity, encouragement and empathy. It is an honor to present to you today the 2018 Columbia University Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Family Medicine Grand Rounds

Getting to Great- Improving Access to Care for Underserved Populations

Guest Speaker:

J. Nwando Olayiwola, MD, MPH, FAAFP


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Dr. Nwando Olayiwola is a family physician and the inaugural Chief Clinical Transformation Officer for RubiconMD, a leading eConsult platform that improves primary care access to specialty care for underserved patients. In this role, she works to better integrate eConsults into primary care settings across the nation using principles of practice transformation and implementation science. She is one of a very small number of physicians and women of color bridging healthcare and health technology leadership. She also continues to provide clinical care to underserved patients at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). 

Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018

Time: 4:30pm–6:00pm

Location: Hess Commons, Conference Room 10th Floor

Mailman School of Public Health, 722 West 168th St

Light Refreshment will be Served

Family Medicine Grand Rounds

"Community Medicine Month and Dominican Republic Trip” by Family  Medicine Interns

"Mass Incarceration and Racial and Health Disparities" by Dr. Robert Fullilove


Robert E. Fullilove, EdD is a Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at CUMC, an Associate Dean for Minority Affairs,MSPH, and the co-director of the Cities Research Group. Dr. Fullilove has authored numerous articles in the area of minority health. Since 2010, he has been teaching public health courses in six New York State prisons that are part of the Bard College Prison Initiative (BPI) and serves as the Senior Advisor to BPI's public health program.


Hess Commons Conference Room 10th Floor

722 West 168th Street

Thursday, November 9, 2017


Light Refreshments will be served

CFCM Hosts 18th Annual Residents Graduation Ceremony

The 2017 Residents Graduation Ceremony was held on Thursday, June 22, 2017.  This marked the 18th year of the Family Medicine Residency Graduation Ceremony.  Those who graduated includes (pictured below): Drs. Quang Huynh, MD, Lalita Abhyankar, MD, Sharon Chacko, MD, Elyceia Dortch, MD, Lara Harisay, MD, David Jang, MD. Congratulations to all!!!

Residents and Faulty Presented at 50th Annual STFM Conference

FP050 Improving Rates of Post-Partum Depression Screening at a Family Medicine Health Center, a Team Based Quality Improvement Project, Sharon Marise Chacko, MD; Quang Huynh; Mary Claire Abbot; Stephanie Arnold; Jenny Bohrman; Heather Belle; Rebecca Leeds; Urmi Desai, MD; Heather Paladine, MD

B051 Getting the Word Out: Sharing the Realities of Rural Medicine With Future Rural Physicians, Carol Hustedde, PhD; Heather Paladine, MD; Julie Phillips, MD, MPH; Andrea Wendling, MD

B071 Flipping Feedback: A Workshop for Residents on Receiving Feedback, Heather Paladine, MD; Krishna Desai; Laura Belland

S78 Strategies to Facilitate Successful Part-time Employment, Heather Paladine, MD; Sarina Schrager, MD, MS; Andrew Slattengren, DO; Vincent WinklerPrins, MD; Emily Holt, DO, MPH

FP087 Improving Satisfaction in Feedback for Faculty Members at a Family Medicine Residency Program, Lalita Abhyankar; Sharon Marise Chacko, MD

FP148 Optimizing Resident Engagement in Community Oriented Primary Care (COPC) – Analysis of an Active Learning Model, Rebecca Leeds, MD; Sharon Marise Chacko, MD; Anita Softness, MD

FP149 Increasing Advance Directive Discussions with Elderly Patients at a Community Health Center: A Quality Improvement Project, Lalita Abhyankar; Louis Cicatelli DO; Urmi Desai, MD

FP059 Patterns of Patient Non-Attendance at a Community Health Center, David Jang; Susan Lin, DrPH; Nan Liu

FP142 Evaluation of Formative Experiences Amongst Columbia P&S Graduates Choosing Primary Care Residencies, Christie Miles; Morgan Beatty; Urmi Desai, MD

Family Medicine Grand Rounds

Resident Research and Team QI Projects

Presenters: NYP Family Medicine Residents

Classes of 2017, 2018 & 2019

Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017

Time: 4:30pm–7:00pm

Location: Russ Berrie Medical Center 1st fl., Conf. Rm. 2 (1150 St Nicholas Avenue & 168th Street)

Light Refreshments will be Served

CFCM Hosts 17th Annual Residents Graduation Ceremony

The 2016 Residents Graduation Ceremony was held on Thursday, June 23, 2016.  This marked the 17th year of the Family Medicine Residency Graduation Ceremony.  Those who graduated includes (pictured below): Drs. Anoop Raman, MD, Chrsitine Chang, MD, Michael Spertus, MD, Olivia Perlmutt, MD, Emily Holt, DO, Zane Martindale, MD. Congratulations to all!!!