|Allan Tunkel, M.D., Ph.D., chairman of Internal Medicine at Monmouth Medical Center, and Jessica Israel, M.D., section chief of Palliative Care and Geriatrics, recently teamed-up to co-edit “Medicine: A Competency-Based Companion.” They are shown with third-year Internal Medicine residents, from left, Sreedevi Sodanapalli, M.D., Sheeba Mushtaq, M.D., and Syed Sameeruddin, M.D., at a recent book signing held in the Department of Medicine conference room.
Long Branch, NJ - Two Monmouth Medical Center physicians have collaborated on a pioneering textbook that takes a competency-based approach to preparing medical students and resident physicians for a lifetime of medical practice.
Allan Tunkel, M.D., Ph.D., chairman of Internal Medicine at Monmouth Medical Center, and Jessica Israel, M.D., section chief of Palliative Care and Geriatrics, recently teamed-up to co-edit “Medicine: A Competency-Based Companion.” Written by medical experts throughout the country, the book will be a useful and practical tool to educate and train medical students and internal medicine residents.
“There are things we were never taught years ago — how to say the right thing to patients and family members, and whether or not you should be Facebook friends with your patients,” Dr. Israel said. “These are things that no one ever taught you in medical school, but you do need to know to practice medicine today. We also talk about how physicians need to balance work and their private lives, covering such dilemmas as should you go away on a scheduled family vacations if one of your patients is very sick.”
According to the book’s description, “it is a handy, pocket-sized medical reference book that hones in on the must-know differential diagnoses of the common medical presentations and guides you through the most up-to-date and effective approaches to treatment, equipping you to excel.” A key feature of the book is a tool to help students assess their progress through activities that promote retention and application of knowledge, including online access to each student’s own competency-based portfolio tools and competency-specific learning modules.
Sold online through Elsevier — a leading publisher of health science books and journals — the 832-page textbook is described as a “complete, yet concise, textbook that provides the core information you need to think like an experienced clinician during your medical rotation.”
The book, fourth in a series of medical education books that includes surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatrics, strives to provide medical students with the clinical framework to understand and utilize the American Council for Graduate Medical Education’s (ACGME) six competencies as they encounter patients during training. These six ACGME competencies — Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Practice-Based Learning and Improvement, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Professionalism, and Systems-Based Practice — now provide the basis upon which all internal medicine residents are evaluated.
Dr. Tunkel and Dr. Israel both have extensive backgrounds in academic medicine.
Dr. Tunkel joined Monmouth Medical Center as chairman of the Department of Medicine in 2006, following a distinguished academic career with Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, the nation’s largest private medical school. At Monmouth Medical Center, Dr. Tunkel leads a department consisting of more than 250 physicians, including many primary care practitioners who deliver full adult medical services.
A fellowship-trained geriatrician who specializes in palliative care medicine, Dr. Israel was named section chief of Palliative Medicine and Geriatrics in 2002 and currently serves as medical director of the hospital’s Palliative Care and Geriatrics Programs and the medical director of the Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Program.
Additionally, both physicians have experience in writing and editing. Dr. Tunkel recently co-edited a title in the Handbook of Clinical Neurology Series. Dr. Israel has been chronicling her professional journey in personal writings for many years and one of her essays has been published in the New York Times.
Dr. Tunkel resides in Ocean Township. Dr. Israel resides in Matawan.
About Monmouth Medical Center
Located in Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, along with the Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, is one of New Jersey's largest academic medical centers and has been a teaching affiliate of Philadelphia’s Drexel University College of Medicine for more than 40 years. From its earliest days, Monmouth Medical Center has been a leader in surgical advancement and has introduced many technological firsts to the region, including robotic surgery and other minimally invasive techniques. The hospital is routinely recognized by HealthGrades, the nation’s largest premier independent health care quality company, for excellence in both emergency medicine and maternity care. U.S. News & World Report has recognized Monmouth as a regional leader in cancer, geriatrics, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery. For more information on Monmouth Medical Center, visit www.barnabashealth.org.
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