Grand Rounds : Schedule 2015-2016

Dr. Mark H. Swartz

Mark H. Swartz, M.D., a graduate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine, has been recognized nationally and internationally for his teaching ability and has received many teaching awards. In 1998, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) awarded Dr. Swartz their prestigious national AAMC/Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award.

Over the past 25 years, Dr. Swartz has centered his research on improving medical education and assessment of clinical competence using standardized patients. Dr. Swartz has published more than 50 seminal articles in this area. The Founder of The New York City Consortium for Clinical Competence and the Founder and Director of The Morchand Center for Clinical Competence at Mount Sinai School of Medicine for more than 13 years, Dr. Swartz is currently Professor of Medicine at the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate College of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Medicine at New York Medical College.

He is the author of five textbooks. The Fourth Edition of his Textbook of Physical Diagnosis: History and Examination (2002) was reviewed for the second time in the New England Journal of Medicine (July 10, 2003), which cited this new edition as “the most accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive textbook of physical diagnosis available today.” It is the most widely read textbook in this field. The book has been translated into 14 languages. The Seventh Edition of his Textbook was published in March 2014. His book entitled The Ultimate Guide and Review for USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills was published in December 2006.

Dr. Swartz is currently the President of C3NY, the Clinical Competence Center of New York, which is an independent medical educational organization offering medical schools, international medical graduates and physicians a variety of curricula geared to achieving excellence in clinical skills and communication. C3NY works with the regional New York City medical schools including Albert Einstein College of Medicine, SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, and New York Medical College to create programs to teach and assess clinical skills using standardized patients throughout the four-year curriculum. C3NY Step 2-CS programs, including their monthly intensive three-day workshop, prepare the candidate for taking the USMLE Step 2-CS examination. These workshops provide detailed information about the entire examination focusing on history-taking skills, physical examination skills, interpersonal and communication skills as well as the patient note. Dr. Swartz has taught more than 6,500 candidates about the ECFMG CSA and USMLE Step 2-CS examinations in the past 18 years.