Adina L. Kalet - Sophie Davis Class of 1982 - is winner of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Associate Professor of Medicine and Surgery for her work as a leader in the promotion of humanistic medicine and professionalism in medical education. She is a Primary Care Internist and the Director of Medical Education for the Division of Primary Care, New York University School of Medicine. In February 1999, she became the Project Coordinator for the NYU component of the Macy Initiative in Health Communications. In this role she is responsible for implementing an exciting new curriculum to teach clinical communication skills to medical students at all levels of training. This teaching will be integrated into clinical work in a relevant and innovative manner and will overlap with the teaching of ethics, behavioral medicine, and evidence-based medicine.
Dr. Kalet has extensive experience with innovative medical education and Primary Care. After completing her Residency training, as a member of the first class of Primary Care Internal Medicine residents at NYU/Bellevue, Dr. Kalet conducted a grant funded study of Innovative Community Based Medical Schools in Beersheva, Israel and Mastricht, Holland. In 1990, She returned to NYU Following the completion of a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholarship at the University of North Carolina. Along with her husband, Dr. Mark Schwartz, she worked to establish Governor Diagnostic and Treatment Center, a community based ambulatory Care center affiliated with NYU, as an academically rigorous training site for Primary Care Internal Medicine Residents and medical students of all levels. She practices medicine at Governor.
As a member of the Faculty of the American Academy of Physician and Patient (AAPP) she teaches in faculty development workshops around the country. She has conducted and published studies exploring the interaction between aspects of doctor patient communications and clinical epidemiology. She consults regularly with training programs around the NYC area and conducts workshops for medical educators to enhance their repertoire of teaching skills.
She has a special interest in helping students learn to maintain both satisfying and productive careers and personal lives. She and Mark have worked together since residency. They have a seven-year-old son Zachai and 8 month old daughter Sara and live in Park Slope, Brooklyn where she is currently learning to Rollerblade. She loves teaching.
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