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Just Desserts with Dr. Valerie Parkas is your chance to ask, "How did you decide on this career path? On your combination of clinician, educator, leader? What challenges have you met as a woman? Do you have time for your friends and family? For non-career interests?"

When: 2/4/2015
4:00 PM
Where: Annenberg 19-50
1468 Madison Avenue
New York, New York  10029
United States
Presenter: Valerie Parkas, MD
Contact: Dr. Sandra Masur

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Women In Science and Medicine 

JUST DESSERTS will feature Valerie Parkas, MD

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

Associate Dean of Admissions


Wednesday February 4, 2015 (First Wednesday)

Annenberg 19-50 (Note new room)

4:00 PM

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Just Desserts with Dr Valerie Parkas is your chance to ask, "How did you decide on this career path? On your combination of clinician, educator, leader? What challenges have you met as a woman?  Do you have time for your friends and  family? For non-career interests?"

You are invited to the Just Desserts monthly informal meeting sponsored by the ISMMS Office for Women's Careers featuring this month an outstanding women physician and educator on our own faculty. (Just Desserts was established in 2008 as an opportunity for an informal meeting between our women faculty and outstanding women physicians or scientists. ) 


Dr. Valerie Parkas was recruited in 1997 as an Instructor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and was promoted to Assistant and then Associate Professor (2008). She received both her undergraduate and medical degrees from Brown University and completed her residency training in internal medicine at New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical School and her fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Memorial Sloan Kettering. She came to Mount Sinai School of Medicine as an attending in the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases in 1997. 

Dr. Parkas has been involved in both clinical care and medical education from the start of her career. Clinically, Dr. Parkas works at the HIV outpatient practice and takes care of HIV-infected inpatients as well. 


In 2009, she became the Associate Dean of Admissions for Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. In this role she has worked to enhance the recruitment of committed, passionate, scholarly medical school applicants.


Educationally, Dr. Parkas has been committed to teaching clinical medicine to the Mount Sinai School of Medicine students for years.  From 2002 until 2009, she was the course director for the Art and Science of Medicine Course. In 2004, Dr. Parkas started an innovative program which allows all medical students to follow chronically ill patients longitudinally for their first two years of medical school. In 2009, she was part of a team that developed an innovative longitudinal clerkship for select medical students committed to urban primary care. 


She has received multiple awards for her work in medical education including the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Institute of Medical Education, the Student Council Award of Appreciation, the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, and The Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. 


We call the program Just Desserts because these women deserve the spotlight and because Mount Sinai's women deserve to learn from them. (Also we serve fruit and chocolate which we think are fine desserts.) These sessions have been great so far. The wisdom shared from career experiences and decisions hopefully help move us to our goal of increasing the retention and promotion of our excellent women scientists and physicians. It's your chance to hear how a successful path is charted and also to ask questions about career, life and all those other things that don't get covered in formal presentations.


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