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EMPH Student Spotlight – Ingrid Edshteyn

Ingrid Edshteyn is a Preventive Medicine physician, PGY2, at Yale-Griffin Hospital and has recently been elected to the Executive Board of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. She has embraced Preventive and Lifestyle Medicine as it encompasses both disease prevention and … Continue reading

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A Wonderful Evening Presentation and Discussion With Christopher Koller

This past Thursday right after classes we were treated to a wonderful evening presentation and discussion by Christopher Koller, President of the Milbank Memorial Fund on “Linking Evidence to Practice to Improve Population Health – Lessons from the States.”  Chris, previewed for … Continue reading

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Getting “Lean” is not Just for Keeping in Physical Shape or Manuafacturing Anymore

I have been a fan of Lean production and management practices for over 25 years (a big fan William Edward Deming) and have used these practices in many of my own professional services organizations.  In our recent EMPH class in … Continue reading

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Welcoming Our Newest EMPH Family Member!!

One of the best parts about the Columbia EMPH program is that it is not an online program but a diverse cohort of seasoned professionals who get together each month to have classes, socialize and network.  This in person experience … Continue reading

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Public Health Salon hosted by Ellen Coleman

To public health enthusiasts beyond the EMPH class of 2013,  here’s a note from classmate, Ellen Coleman, who hosts a lovely public health salon… “EMPH 2013 has been conducting a bimonthly public health Salon which we would like to open … Continue reading

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The Fat Paradox by Monica Mehta

About a year ago, in a context I’ve now forgotten, one of our classmates, Selim Arcasoy, mentioned the fat paradox during a class discussion.  He explained, “Overweight people may have a lower mortality rate.”  It momentarily registered in my brain, … Continue reading

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The Art of Asking a Question: My Interview with Disease Investigator and Adventure Traveler, Catherine Dentinger by Monica Mehta

There’s always one person in a room filled with vocal people who quietly listens and then asks the right question.  In our class, it’s Catherine Dentinger.  She has a unique way of injecting humor, introducing a novel thought, and probing … Continue reading

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The New Hot Spott3rs By Monica Mehta

I’m now reflecting upon the recent annual Mailman Health Policy & Management Conference.  It was great to see generations of EMPHers:  my classmates milling about our predecessors and successors, sharing stories, and getting updates.  I realized at one point that … Continue reading

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“Don’t Tear Down a Park to Build a New Yankee Stadium” and other words of wisdom from Susan Dentzer’s talk at Mailman by Monica Mehta

After listening to Susan Dentzer’s one-hour-ish talk entitled, “America’s Health Deficit: what we can do about it,” it became abundantly clear to me why she is the editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, the journal Washington Post calls “The Bible of Health … Continue reading

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“Coming to Terms With an Epiphany: An Interview With David Ramos” by Monica Mehta

As our class takes a step forward toward graduation, I thought we should take a step back and explore some of our motivations of going back to school in spite of the opportunity costs.  And more importantly, how these ideas … Continue reading

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