Cumc Hosts Student Town Hall To Discuss The Health Care Issues Of Election 2004

Columbia University Medical Center holds student “Town Hall” to address the issues

WHAT:The P&S Club (Columbia's College of Physicians & Surgeons student club), the Columbia University Medical Center Office of Government and Community Affairs and the Columbia Political Union will present a student forum on healthcare issues in the 2004 election. A moderated discussion by invited panelists will be followed by an interactive Q&A session with the students in the audience.

WHY:With the November presidential election just around the corner, this forum aims to help medical students understand the issues that will affect them most – the rising cost of malpractice insurance, HMOs and managed care, funding for stem cell research, Medicare and Medicaid coverage, and the Patient’s Bill of Rights. The discussion will illuminate where George W. Bush and John Kerry stand on the issues and will help the students make an informed decision before casting their vote.

WHO: Welcome: Emily Rothbaum, P&S class of 2006

Opening remarks: Dr. Gerald Fischbach, executive vice president for health and biomedical science and dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC)

Moderator: Ross Frommer, associate dean and deputy vice president for government and community affairs at CUMC

Panelists: *Steven Kroll, vice president of government affairs, Health Care Association of New York State *Dr. Jon Cohen, chief medical officer of the North Shore – Long Island Jewish Health System and senior advisor for healthcare to the John Kerry for President Campaign *Hon. John Faso (R), partner, Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, LLP and former minority leader of the New York State Assembly

WHEN & WHERE: Columbia University Medical Center Tuesday, Sept. 21, 4 p.m. Alumni Auditorium 630 West 168th St., 1st Fl.

# # #

Located in New York City, Columbia University Medical Center provides international leadership in basic and clinical research, medical education, and health care. The medical center includes the dedicated work of many physicians, scientists, and other health professionals at the College of Physicians & Surgeons, the School of Dental & Oral Surgery, the School of Nursing, the Mailman School of Public Health, the biomedical departments of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and allied research centers and institutions. The pioneering tradition of Columbia University health scientists, who have achieved some of the 20th century's most significant medical breakthroughs, continues today.

The Office of Government & Community Affairs represents the interests of Columbia University Medical Center before the federal, state, and city governments. The office also develops and implements programs with the communities surrounding Columbia University Medical Center and serves as the liaison between the Medical Center and the external community.

The P&S Club is the most active and comprehensive student activities organization in American medical education today. Founded in December of 1894 by Nobel Peace laureate John R. Mott, the Club currently sponsors over 50 major extra-curricular activities. An exhaustive variety of interests are represented, including theatre, music, film, athletics, student advocacy, community service, and good old-fashioned partying. New groups and activities are established as student interest arises; this maintains the Club's fluidity and responsiveness to the interests of the current student body.

The Columbia Political Union (CPU) is a non-partisan undergraduate organization established to promote involvement in the political process, domestic and international, and draw every member of the University community into an ongoing discussion of political ideas. CPU frequently hosts expert panels to explore issues as varied as the evolution of the Bush presidency, education policy and faith-based initiatives. CPU publishes a quarterly magazine of debate and political commentary and distributes thousands of pamphlets every year to educate the University community about topical political issues.


CPU, John Kerry, Physicians Surgeons, Town Hall