2017 Scholarship Fundraiser Recipients

2017 Scholarship Fundraiser Recipients

A very special thank-you to all of our members who came out to support the Scholarship Fundraiser Event on April 19th at Chocolat Restaurant Lounge in Harlem. We were all pleased and deeply moved from hearing the heart-felt words of appreciation expressed by the Scholarship Award Recipients: 2016 MCMS Scholar, Etoroabasi Ekpe (3rd Year Medical Student, Columbia University College of Physician’s & Surgeons) and 2016 ESMA Scholar, Oseogie Okojie (2nd Year Medical Student, Stonybrook Medical School).

Thanks again for another successful scholarship fundraiser!!!! We are still away from our goal. You may help by making a donation either online via PayPal or via a check which may be mailed to the address below:

c/o Dr. Leon Scrimmager, Treasurer
210 East 86th Street, Suite 202A
New York, NY 1002

Thanks to our sponsors, American Diary Association Northeast and Ms. Stacey Jackson, and Mr. Al Canal. Thanks to our MCMS administrator, Ms. Stephanie Quinn and our Volunteer, Ms. Irene Edwards. Thanks to Mr. Leon Ellis and the staff of Chocolat for helping to make it a special night for all our guests. Thanks to Dr. Christopher Phang, President of the Empire State Medical Association for his continued support of our scholarship efforts. Thanks to the National Medical Fellowships for administering our scholarship and Ms. Esther Dyer and her team for their support. Check out the NMF website to learn more about our Scholarships.

Renew your Membership by February 16, 2017 and Save $50

Renew your association dues by February 16th during the National Medical Association (NMA) annual membership drive and receive a $50 discount on most membership rates. Your 2017 membership will be valid until December 31st, 2017. To renew please access the membership website platform at www.nmanet.org using your NMA ID # as your login. If you have not previously used the new membership website please contact the Membership Department at 1-800-662-0554 or via email memberservices@nma.net for assistance.

2016 ESMA Student Research Poster Competition

Please share this exciting opportunity for High School, Undergraduate and Graduate Students (including Medical School)




 Applications must be submitted by November 30, 2016

The Empire State Medical Association (ESMA) is pleased to announce their 8th Annual Student Research Poster Competition. Each year, ESMA holds this competition to create an environment for high school, undergraduate and graduate students to share ideas and research findings.  The posters are evaluated by a committee comprised of ESMA members and are judged on the basis of quality, significance to the field, thoroughness, and clarity of presentation.

The Empire State Medical Association is the New York affiliate of The National Medical Association (NMA) which promotes the collective interests of physicians and patients of African descent. NMA is committed to improving the quality of health among minorities and disadvantaged people through its membership, professional development, community health education, advocacy, research and partnerships with federal and private agencies.


  • The competitor must be a student enrolled in a high school, college, university or medical school at the time the research was undertaken and completed.
  • The competitor must have completed original research.  The competitor’s Research Advisor must be able to attest that the competitor’s work is original research of the type that is characteristic of the field.
  • The competitor must be listed as first or second author of the paper from which the poster is presented.
  • The competitor must attend the poster presentation and judging sessions during the conference on Saturday, December 17, 2016 in New York City, NY.
  • The competitor must be of African/Latin descent.

Scholarships Awarded to Winners in Each Category

High School, Undergraduate and Graduate/Medical School


A Meeting of the Minds: Panel Discussion on Suicidal Behavior and Depression in the Minority Community

Catalyst Network Foundation Inc.

A Meeting of the Minds
“Panel Discussion on Suicidal Behavior & Depression in the Minority Community”

Wednesday, July 15th | 6:00 – 8:30pm | TAJ Lounge: 48 W 21st Street

Complimentary Appetizers & 2 for 1 Drink Specials

RSVP via Eventbrite: https://cnf-nyc-motm-depression.eventbrite.com

RSVP via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/853782648042137/


In Partnership with the New York City Chapters of:

National Society of Black Engineers
Dominican Bar Association
Metropolitan Black Bar Association
New York Association of Black Journalists
National Black MBA Association


Michael A. Lindsey, PhD, MSW, MPH; Associate Professor at the Silver School of Social Work, New York University. Dr. Lindsey is a child and adolescent mental health services researcher, and is particularly interested in the prohibitive factors that lead to unmet mental health need among vulnerable youth with serious psychiatric illnesses, including depression. Dr. Lindsey is the author of the blog “Nerve-us” Breakdown.

Michelle Hope MA; Sexologist: A passionate edu-tainer, she combines her love of pop-culture, entertainment, and sexuality into opportunities that educate and motivate. Holding a master’s degree in Human Development and extensive post graduate training in sexuality, Michelle applies an awareness of the holistic implications of sexuality on one’s life and presents information on the many different ways it intersects with various social identities: race, class, gender, sexual orientation.

Dr. Karinn A. Glover, MD; Assistant Professor Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, is former Vice President of BPGNY, and Co-Founder and Principal Partner at Thrive Mindfulness Project.

Tanya S. Odums, LCSW-R; is a Licensed Psychotherapist and Assistant Principal/Director of Wellness and Preventive at Brooklyn Generation School. She also serves as a Mental Health Consultant for Community Counseling and Mediation and The Terrie Williams Agency. She is a contributor to the book, “ Black Pain: It just looks like we are not hurting”, written by Terrie Williams.

Dr. Dwayne Seymour, PhD, LMSW; is currently a Vice President of Behavioral Health and Business Development for a Health Provider in Upper Manhattan. He earned a MSW from Columbia University. He possess a LMSW, MBA, and PhD. His scholarship is focused on the empowerment and strengthening of families in crisis and, more in particular, families of African descent.


Bert Gervais: Founder of Success Mentor Education. He is a national best-selling author, speaker, and he is the coordinator for Project D.R.E.AM. A mentor program for the children of incarcerated parents.


Invitation to Attend Morgan’s Big Biology Test Play on Sunday, June 28 at Harlem Hospital Center

Date:  Sunday, June 28, 2015
Time:  Two Performances at 1pm and 4pm 
Location:  Harlem Hospital Center, Herbert Cave Auditorium
Ticket Prices:  $20 for adults and $10 for children
RSVP:   www.medicalmentor.org by Thursday, June 25
Please help us to spread the word!
Log onto www.medicalmentor.org today to register to attend. 

Young Physician Reception – June 17, 2015

Join the Empire State Medical Association’s Young Physician’s Committee of NY for our Spring meeting and reception! Enjoy networking, conversation, and delicious appetizers, while gaining financial management knowledge from MassMutual.  
Space is limited! 

RSVP Required: esmaypc@gmail.com

Young Physician Reception 
Presented by MassMutual 

Wednesday, June 17th
6:30 PM

Chocolat Restaurant & Lounge 
2223 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
Harlem, NY 10019

MCMS Meeting: June 11, 2015

You are cordially invited to attend a special

Manhattan Central Medical Society Meeting

Special Topic:

Addiction: The Often Unspoken Factor Affecting Clinical Outcomes Across Many Medical Specialties

Presentation by: Dr. Lawrence S. Brown, Jr. Chief Executive Officer of START

Date: Thursday, June 11, 2015
Time: Doors Open at 6:30 p.m. Tour of Facility @ 7:00 p.m. (Optional)
Refreshments & Dinner will be Provided
Location: START Treatment & Recovery Centers
119 West 124 St. Harlem, NY 10027 (bet. Lenox Ave. – Seventh Ave.)
Please RSVP by June 4, 2015 to: stephaniedquinn@hotmail.com

Special Thanks to Our Meeting Sponsors

  • RiverMend Health
  • National Medical Association
  • Start Treatment & Recovery Centers



3rd Annual Centers of Excellence (COE)

3rd Annual Centers of Excellence (COE)
Consortium Joint Conference for Minority Faculty Development
June 1-2, 2015

Dear Colleagues:

We are delighted to invite you to the 3rd Annual Centers of Excellence (COE) Consortium Joint Conference for Minority Faculty Development being held on June 1-2, 2015 at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. Registration to this conference is FREE! To register and view the At-A-Glance conference agenda, please visit the following link: http://goo.gl/forms/nwb2OztnfC

COE Consortium Mission:
To increase our collective capacity to attract, develop, and retain underrepresented minority physician and biomedical scientists by providing an opportunity for faculty development.

COE Consortium Members include:
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Meharry Medical College
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

COE Conference Co-Sponsors:
Office for Diversity and Inclusion, Mount Sinai Health System ;
Office for Academic Development and Enrichment of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Mentoring in Medicine Summer Programs 2015

Mentoring in Medicine is pleased to offer the following programs for the summer of 2015. Applications are due on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 11:59pm. Please spread to your networks.

Emergency Department Clinical Exposure and Mentoring Program

This program is for students in college and post-baccalaureate years.
Volunteer and shadow in the Emergency Department at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, attend Empowerment and Educational Seminars and perform health-related community service.

Please click on the following link to apply: http://bit.ly/1GLsx2n

Medical Pathway Program 11-Summer Boot Camp
This program is for students who will be taking the new MCAT in August 2015-January 2016.  Learn skills needed to succeed in medical school, receive new MCAT test prep with Kaplan and much more in this MPP Boot Camp from June 5 to August 15. Cost is $1,000 with limited scholarships available. Apply today! Space is limited!
Please click on the following link to apply: http://bit.ly/1abtILH