Introduction to EMPIRE

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Educational Multi-institutional Program for Instructing REsidents

Dear Residents, Members of the New York Section, and other colleagues,

As the COVID-19 crisis limited our ability to perform surgeries, see patients, and engage in learning opportunities, we set out to develop a collaborative lecture series with the New York urology faculty and other programs nationally.

Despite the challenges of living in the epicenter of this pandemic, we are resilient and remain committed to medical education. This is how the Educational Multi-Institutional Program for Instructing REsidents (EMPIRE) urology lecture series was originally born in the spring of 2020.

We hope residents can gain different perspectives from faculty at all of our collective institutions and take advantage of the increased accessibility of this virtual platform. We also anticipate this series will lead to increased collaboration between all the great New York Section institutions.

Please see the schedule and meeting details on the following page. Recordings of prior sessions will be available in the “presentation & videos” archive, and are a great resource for In-Service Exam, Board prep, and beyond.

We hope this communication finds you well and that you stay safe during these tumultuous times. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our organizing team.

Sincerely,

Gina Badalato, MD
Assistant Professor
New York-Presbyterian
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

@GMBadalato

Miyad Movassaghi, MD
Urology Resident
New York-Presbyterian
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

@miyadmovassaghi

Jennifer Nauheim, MD
Urology Resident
Montefiore Department of Urology

@JenniferNauheim

Akhil A. Saji, MD
Urology Resident
NY Medical College

@AkhilASaji

Alex Small, MD
Assistant Professor
Montefiore Department of Urology

@alexcsmall

Michael Smigelski, MD
Urology Resident
New York-Presbyterian
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

@SmigsM