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Erica Friedman

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Erica Friedman

Deputy Dean
Medical Professor

Harris Hall 301
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Prior to coming to Sophie Davis, Dr. Erica Friedman was the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (MSSM).  In that capacity, she oversaw the curriculum and assessment for the entire medical school.  In addition, she was the Medical Director of the Morchand Center for Clinical Competence, which is a state of the art Standardized Patient (SP) Center that assesses clinical skills including history taking, physical examination, communication and cultural competency.

She has created two comprehensive assessment exercises that occur at the end of the second and third years of medical school that use written and SP cases to assess medical students' clinical skills in patient management, ethical issues and evidence-based medicine. She has written multiple SP cases including cases requiring communication of an error to a patient, and obtaining consent for an autopsy and she has created written assessments that are linked to the SP cases to assess residents' ability to recognize a medical error, propose a solution and communicate with the patient.

She received a grant from the AAMC "Enhancing Education about Chronic Illness" to implement a longitudinal curriculum around caring for patients with chronic illness and the Mannix Award from the Medical, Educational and Scientific Foundation of New York, Inc. for a project entitled "Recognition and communication of medical errors: a three-year curriculum for Internal Medicine Residents" and is Co-Investigator on the Attorney General's Prescriber Education Program Grant, "Data smog and marketing fog: A critical skills curriculum to educate health professionals about rational prescribing."

She was co-chair of the Cultural Competency Curriculum and Evaluation Committee for the Center for Multicultural Affairs and in that role, she developed curricular goals and assessment tools for addressing cultural competency at MSSM. In addition, she worked as an Internist and Rheumatologist running the Mount Sinai Arthritis Clinic and teaching medical students, Internal Medicine residents and Rheumatology fellows. Her interests include enhancing physician-patient communication, promoting effective health care teamwork and educating people about osteoporosis and chronic illness management.

Research Interests

Recognition and Communication of Medical Errors

Assessing Medical Student Communication Skills: Focus on Culture Competence.

Enhancing Education for Chronic Illness Care.

Data Smog and Marketing Fog: A Critical Skills Curriculum to Educate Health Professionals about Rational Prescribing.

Improving Hospitalized Patient Satisfaction and Safety. 


Smith, K.L., Petersen, D.J., Soriano, R., Friedman, E. and Bensinger, L  2007  Training tomorrow's teachers today: A national medical student teaching and leadership retreat. Medical Teacher. 4:328-34.           

Cohen, B., Friedman, E., Zier, K  2008  Publications by students doing a year of full-time research: what are realistic expectations?  Am J. of Med. 121:545-548.

Anker, A., Feeley, T.H., Friedman, E. and Kruegler, J  2009  Teaching organ and tissue donation in medical and nursing education: a needs assessment. Progress in transplantation.19:343-348.   

Griffith, C.H. 3rd, Wilson, J.F., Haist, S.A., Albritton, T.A., Bognar, B.A., Cohen S.J., Hoesley C.J., Fagan M.J., Ferenchick, G.S., Pryor, O.W., Friedman, E., Harrell, H.E., Hemmer, P.A., Houghton, B.L., Kovach, R., Lambert, D.R., Loftus, T.H., Painter, T.D., Udden, M.M., Watkins, R.S., Wong, R.Y  2009 Internal medicine clerkship characteristics associated with enhanced student examination performance. Acad. Med. 84:895-901.

Feeley, T.H., Anker, A.E., Soriano, R.P. and Friedman, E  2010  Using standardized patients to educate medical students about organ donation. Communication Education. 59:249-262.

Friedman E., Muller, D., Rose, S., Sainte, M  2010  Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Acad. Med. 85: S370-S374.

Friedman, E., Sainte, M. and Fallar, R  2010  Taking note of the perceived value and impact on medical student chart documentation on education and patient care. Acad. Med. 85:1440-1444.

McCulloch, C., Marango, S. P., Friedman, E. and Laitman, J. T  2010   Living Anatomy: Teaching and learning musculoskeletal anatomy through yoga and Pilates. Anatomical Sciences Education. 3:279–286.

Triola, M., Friedman, E., Cimino, C., Geyer, E.M., Wiederhorn, J., Mainiero, C  2010   Health Information technology and the medical school curriculum. American Journal of Managed Care. (3 Suppl) 16:sp54-56.

Friedman, E., Karani, R. and Fallar, R.  2011  Regulation of medical student work duty hours: A national survey of deans. Acad. Med. 86:30-33.

Phyllis, S., and Friedman, E. 2011  Clinico-Histologic Conferences: histology and disease. Anatomical Sciences Education. 5:55-61.   

Mazurkiewicz, R., Friedman, E., Karani, R., and Lin, J. 2012. Expectations for Medical Student Work Hours in Inpatient Clinical Clerkships. Teaching and Learning in Medicine: 25: 2; 134-140.

Favia, A., Frank, L., Gligorov, N., Birnbaum, S., Cummins, P., Ferguson, K., Mendis, K., Friedman, E., and Rhodes, R. A model for the assessment of medical students' competency in medical ethics. American Journal of Bioethics. Jan 25, 2013. DOI:10.1080/21507716.2013.768308.

Arora, V., Eastment, M., Bethea, E., Farnan, J., and Friedman, E. 2013. Participation and Experience of Third-Year Medical Students in Handoffs: Time to Sign Out? J. Gen. Int. Med. April 18, 2013. DOI: 10.1007/s11606-012-2297-9.            
Book Chapters   
Friedman Asch E. and. L. Smith. 1999  Osteoporosis. In: Diagnostic Strategies for Common Medical Problem, 2nd Edition. American College of Physicians Press, Philadelphia, PA. pp. 438-449.

Friedman, E.  2006  Osteoporosis. In: Diagnostic Strategies for Common Medical Problems.American College of Physicians. 2nd Edition, revised. Philadelphia, PA. pp. 437-438.

Friedman, E.  2007  Gout. In: First Exposure: Internal Medicine Clerkship Ambulatory Medicine. McGraw-Hill. 1st Edition. New York, NY. pp. 337-341.

Friedman, E.  2007  Infectious Arthritis. In: Internal Medicine Clerkship Inpatient Medicine. McGraw-Hill. New York, NY.  pp. 407-412.       

Friedman, E.  2007  Chest pain training problems. In: Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine. Sub-internship. Curriculum training module. Revision. Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine.4:4-36.

Rhodes, R., Friedman, E.  2010  What you need to know about medical errors. In: Surviving Health Care:A manual for patients and their families. Cambridge University Press. New York, NY. pp. 56-68.

Friedman, E., Koestler, J.  2010  Standardized interactive multi-station assessments: A guide to medical education in the teaching hospital. In: Association for Hospital Medical Education, 4th Edition. Cambridge University Press. New York, NY. pp. 337-344.   

Friedman, E. 2012 The Competencies.  In: Medicine: A Competency Based Companion. Saunders and Elsevier. Philadelphia, PA.

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