Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

Dr. Martha Grayson Appointed to NYS Board for Medicine

Martha Grayson
Martha Grayson, MD

Martha S. Grayson, MD, Senior Associate Dean of Medical Education Emerita and Professor Emerita, Department of Medicine, has been appointed to the New York State Board for Medicine for a renewable five-year term. The 24-member board is responsible for assisting the Board of Regents (BOR) and the New York State Education Department (NYSED) on matters concerning the licensure and scope of practice of physicians, physician assistants and specialist assistants. A nationally recognized educator, Dr. Grayson is known for developing innovative and rigorous medical educational programs and evaluation processes.

“Dr. Grayson promises to be an excellent member of the Board,” said Stephen Boese, Executive Secretary of the NYS Board for Medicine. “She presents an exemplary professional background and her experience and leadership in medical education will be a great asset.” Mr. Boese cited Dr. Grayson’s previous work with the NYSED serving on site review teams that evaluate and approve international medical schools that seek to place students in NYS hospitals for long-term clinical clerkships (longer than 12 weeks outside the country for the medical school).

Since 2015, Dr. Grayson has participated in three international site visits, including at the University of Debrecen, in Hungary; the Medical University of the Americas, in Nevis, West Indies; and the Medical University of Silesia, in Poland. She recently returned from a site visit to Kasturba Medical College, part of Manipal University, in Manipal, India. The site visit teams include consulting physicians with extensive experience in medical education to evaluate the physical plant, library, student support services, admissions criteria, curriculum, clinical internships, faculty, and financial viability of the medical school. The review follows a format similar to an LCME visit to medical schools in the United States.

In her previous role as both Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and Professor of Medicine, Dr. Grayson played a key role in developing, teaching, evaluating and overseeing the educational program for Einstein medical students.

“One major goal of our educational program is to prepare our students to become highly competent physicians and to prepare them for all professional licensing requirements and exams,” Dr. Grayson said. “I am particularly proud of the education at Einstein, as we place a strong emphasis on professionalism and humanism, as well as providing a strong foundation in communication skills. This is an essential part of training for future physicians and part of training our students to not only do well on licensing exams but practice with the highest level of professionalism.”

Dr. Grayson received her MD degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1979 and completed the Residency Program in Social Internal Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in 1982. She completed Michigan State University’s Primary Care Faculty Development Fellowship Program in 1992-1993 and the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Fellowship for Women at the Medical College of Pennsylvania in 2002. Dr. Grayson served as the Chief of General Internal Medicine at Metropolitan Hospital and Saint Vincent's Hospital, both in Manhattan. She was the first Associate Dean for Primary Care at New York Medical College, where she went on to become Vice Dean for Medical Education. Dr. Grayson was the Principal Investigator for several grants that focused on training medical students, residents and community physicians in the fundamental competencies needed for the practice of high-quality primary care.

In 2009, Dr. Grayson returned to Einstein to assume the dual appointment of Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and Professor of Clinical Medicine. During her tenure at the College of Medicine, she has introduced significant changes in both the structure of the Office of Medical Education and the delivery of the medical education curriculum. Chief among her accomplishments have been organizing the Medical Education Council (MEC), introducing the Einstein Medical Education Database (eMED) learning management system, creating the scholarly concentration program (SOAR), overseeing the development and implementation of a new set of educational competencies, and leading the design of the new Education Center. Dr. Grayson’s primary research interests include analyzing the factors that determine medical student career choice, and the assessment of educational programs.

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