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It has been a long and arduous year due to the pandemic and all its effects: medically, emotionally, educationally, and logistically. We are confident that we are turning the corner on this devasting illness and are grateful to the heroes who have dedicated themselves to create, test and distribute vaccines that have proven to protect us from the more devasting effects of COVID-19.
The New York College of Podiatric Medicine is happy to announce that we will be welcoming back all students, faculty, and staff on June 1st, 2021. As things stand today, we believe we will meet all the requirements for all to return to the facility. We will be teaching and conducting exams in a modified fashion that will ensure that we still maintain acceptable social distancing and proper hygienic practices. For example, exams will be administered live and on campus, in several locations simultaneously. Labs, recitations, and workshops will be conducted in shifts and smaller groups. Large class lectures will still be conducted virtually for the time being. The details of those activities will be forthcoming along with new and/or modified schedules. Should the environment make an unfortunate shift all policies are naturally subject to change.
While the threat of illness is not over, we encourage each one of you to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The eligibility requirements have been reduced and most, if not all are eligible for this free service. The Administration of the College has decided at this time not to make the vaccine mandatory for your continued employment or student enrollment. As future doctors and healthcare workers, however, we see no reason why you would not want to protect yourself and your families.
Although we have been open since last summer, we have not conducted large in-person lectures, and have reduced building operations. We intend to maintain much of those precautions including mandatory facemasks in common areas, social distancing, encouraging proper hand sanitizing, and providing proper PPEís where needed.
The Administration looks forward to welcoming you back to campus and hope to see you all this coming summer. Be safe and healthy!
Michael J. Trepal, DPM, FACFAS
Professor of Surgery
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean
New York College of Podiatric Medicine
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
RE: COVID-19 and EDUCATION at NYCPM
Here are some details of how the College has approached re-opening:
Entry: Everyone who enters the NYCPM and FCNY buildings must wear face masks, which are available at entrances, and all who enter will have their temperature taken at the door. Those with a temperature over 100.4 degrees F will be reviewed again by a clinic physician for further assessment.
Student education: large lectures are delivered online while small recitations and workshops occur onsite. Testing remains remote but henceforth will depend on decisions by department heads.
Student clinical rotations started again on July 6th.
FCNY is open for regular hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8am-4pm; Wednesday 8am-6:00pm.
The Registrarís Office and Student Services continue to function.
The NYCPM library is physically open, with new protocols. Resources continue to be available online. Please visit http://library.nycpm.edu/homepage for Resources on COVID-19 and New Resources.
NYCPM and FCNY continue enhanced cleaning and disinfection by housekeeping.
Any students, faculty or staff who have fever, sore throat or cough should not come to campus, but should contact their doctor for guidance and report their status to the College. If observed to have these symptoms onsite they will be sent home.
I have the honor to introduce to you Jordan DeHaven, DPM, alumnus of NYCPM Class of 2007. Dr. DeHaven is a native of Portage, Indiana, found on the southern tip of Lake Michigan. He attended Purdue University Northcentral Campus in Westville, Indiana, where he was initially an education major. He soon realized that that was not the right career choice for him and switched to a major in biology with a chemistry minor. Because of this switch, his graduation date changed to mid-way through the next semester, making him a perfect candidate for the January class at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine (NYCPM); he enrolled right after graduation.
Dr. DeHaven was drawn to the field of podiatry after noting the variety of patients that can be seen on a daily basis. He knew he enjoyed working with his hands and surgery was something he was sure he wanted to do. NYCPM was the right fit for several reasons. Dr. DeHaven had always loved New York City, and the schoolís location provided a chance to get out of the Midwest. The podiatry clinic located at NYCPM was a deciding factor, as well as the opportunity to start immediately in January as opposed to waiting until the following year to apply.
Life as a podiatry student was enjoyable for Dr. DeHaven. He appreciated the learning environment, made great friends, and explored New York City. The friends he made as a student are still his great colleagues today and they discuss cases with each other almost daily. As a student, he was a member of the SNPMA and ACFAS clubs.
Dr. DeHaven attended Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence, Rhode Island for his podiatric residency, a program that provided a lot of variety in his training. He wanted to be trained in all aspects of podiatry, from complicated rear foot to the very simple procedures. He feels that he received all of that at Roger Williams. At that time, fellowship training was still in its infancy, so he went directly into the work force. He would, however, strongly recommend a fellowship, stating that it can be hugely beneficial and that further education is always of value.
His practice today, located in multiple locations in Rhode Island, is broad-spectrum and he feels he has the ability to treat anything and everything. He finds his work extremely rewarding and he primarily likes having the ability to alleviate a patientís pain in one visit. When patients walks into his office with discomfort, he takes pride in having them leave without said pain and with an explanation for it. He noted he canít see himself doing anything different and that the friendships that heís made within podiatry have been long-lasting. He is also Residency Director for the Roger Williams Medical Center.
On a personal note, Dr. DeHaven enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife, Tami and two great boys, Adam and Myles. They have a cat named Lilly. You can find the DeHavens vacationing in New Hampshire, where the mountains and the surrounding nature are amazing.
By Megan Mitchell, Class of 2023
Student Alumni Representative
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