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LUTHERAN HEALTHCARE AND GNYHA HOST "RESIDENT FOR A DAY" PROGRAM

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LUTHERAN HEALTHCARE AND GNYHA HOST "RESIDENT FOR A DAY" PROGRAM
Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz explores first-hand the link between physician training and patient care

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November 1, 2007, Brooklyn, New York…Lutheran HealthCare and the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) trained Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz as a physician "Resident for a Day."

As a "Resident for a Day," Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz accompanied physician residents on teaching rounds to learn first hand how graduate medical education (GME) supports the provision of quality health care in Brooklyn. At both the Lutheran Medical Center, and at the Family Physician Family Health Center, he interacted with and observed first-hand talented young physician residents—who provide primary and acute care services to Brooklyn communities on a daily basis. The Family Physician Family Health Center is the home of Lutheran HealthCare Family Practice Residency Training Program. Along with training in family medicine, the curriculum introduces residents to cross cultural health care, alternative medicine and osteopathic manipulation. 

Later in the day, Assemblyman Cymbrowitz was briefed by a team of medical center administrators and experts including Wendy Z. Goldstein, president and CEO, attending physicians, physician residents, and GNYHA staff. As an opportunity to provide legislators with a better understanding of the role that teaching hospitals play in providing health care, the discussion was centered on how graduate medical education (GME) supports the provision of quality health care in the communities they represent. 

"After visiting Lutheran, it's easy to see the tremendous impact this network of health care providers has on the Brooklyn community," said the Assemblyman. "My constituents deserve this high level of care and I pledge to do whatever I can to make certain we support our neighborhood's health centers and the physician residents who provide that care." Following the briefing Cymbrowitz was given a certificate of completion as honorary resident-for-a-day, and a white coat, mimicking the "White Coat Ceremony" that is held for medical school graduates.

The "Resident for a Day" concept was developed by GNYHA on behalf of its membership to offer legislators the opportunity to participate in an activity that demonstrates what it takes to become a physician and the inextricable link between physician training and patient care. Given the continued health care policy discussion on GME in Albany, GNYHA and its teaching hospital partners are pleased to help area legislators gain a better understanding of the operations of teaching hospitals as they pertain to graduate medical education and the impact on their legislative decisions.

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