AUC Statement on Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Shooting

July 2, 2017


Dear AUC Community,
 
With great sadness, AUC learned of a shooting at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center on Friday, June 30, 2017. Bronx-Lebanon is a core clinical site for AUC and we had students in core clerkships and electives there when the shooting occurred.

While each and every AUC student is safe and accounted for, we know that is not the case for other members of the Bronx-Lebanon community. We send our sympathies and condolences to the victims, our friends and colleagues, and the entire hospital. We are particularly grateful to the many medical personnel who worked tirelessly to care for the victims and to help protect our students.
 
Sadly, we learned that one AUC graduate was injured during the shooting. Fortunately, that individual is in stable condition and under close monitoring. Our hearts go out to our alumni and those who know and worked with the victims.
 
During her visit to Bronx-Lebanon Hospital on Saturday, July 1, Dr. Julie Taylor, Senior Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs, was able to meet with, talk to, and comfort students. She also met with senior deans from Ross University School of Medicine, whose students were similarly affected. Together, AUC and Ross students have created a tremendous support network for each other and we are so proud of how our students have handled this difficult situation.
 
We also want to acknowledge two Clinical Student Government Association seniors, Alexandria Tremis and Brittany Furrow, for their help locating AUC students at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital. Thank you for your display of leadership.
 
As our students and colleagues at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital begin the healing process, AUC will be present to support all those affected and to provide access to mental health services.

Schedule for the weeks of July 3 and July 10:

  • Wednesday, July 5: Jeffrey Anderson, Northeast Senior Regional Coordinator, will be at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital’s orientation for new students. He will also hold office hours in the Department of Medicine Conference Room (1650 Selwyn Ave., Milstein Building, 10C) from 10am – 4pm. To schedule a meeting, contact Mr. Anderson at Jeffrey.Anderson@aucmed.edu.

  • Thursday, July 6: Mr. Anderson will hold office hours at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital’s Department of Medicine Conference Room (1650 Selwyn Ave., Milstein Building, 10C) from 10am – 4pm. To schedule a meeting, contact Mr. Anderson at Jeffrey.Anderson@aucmed.edu.

    *A vigil for Dr. Tracey Sin-Yee Tam will be held from 3-9pm at Mount Eden and Grand Concourse. Dr. Tam was an attending physician in family medicine at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital and she taught and mentored AUC students. Dr. Kirkland will attend the vigil on behalf of AUC.

  • Friday, July 7: Dr. Kimberly Kirkland, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, and Mrs. Laura Cobb, LCSW, MSW, Wellness Counselor for AUC, will be at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital from 9am – 4pm for office hours and crisis counseling. Dr. Kirkland will be in the Department of Medicine Conference Room (1650 Selwyn Ave., Milstein Building, 10C) and Mrs. Cobb will be in the Department of Pediatrics Conference Room (1650 Selwyn Ave., Milstein Building, 6th floor, 6G). To schedule a meeting, please contact Dr. Kirkland at 336-926-0378 or kkirkland@aucmed.edu.

  • Saturday, July 8: Dr. Kirkland and Mrs. Cobb will have two private counseling rooms available at the Regus Midtown (415 Madison Avenue, 14th floor boardroom and adjacent office 1437) from 10am – 4pm. Counseling support will be open to all New York area students. To schedule a meeting, please contact Dr. Kirkland at 336-926-0378 or kkirkland@aucmed.edu.

  • Wednesday, July 12 – Thursday, July 13: Dr. Robert Hecht, Associate Clinical Dean for the US, will hold office hours at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital. Details about time and location will be forthcoming. To schedule a meeting, contact Dr. Hecht at RHecht@aucmed.edu

This immediate support will be followed by regular visits from the clinical sciences team throughout the summer. AUC will also be organizing a series of student only events for those in the New York area. All of these efforts will be closely coordinated with Bronx-Lebanon as the hospital offers regular mental health services and counseling support.
 
Many of you are probably wondering what you can do to help. Reach out to your classmates, offer to talk or simply be there to listen, and always remember to take care of yourself. You can also utilize the below support services:
 
Clinical Counseling Support
Dr. Kimberly Kirkland, PsyD
336-926-0378
kkirkland@aucmed.edu
 
Mental Health Crisis Hotline (24 hours/day)
721-587-6661
 
Campus Counseling Support
Laura Cobb, LCSW, MSW
lcobb@aucmed.edu
Campus location: Building 1, Room 315 / (721) 545 2298 ext. 4041410
Virtual support: https://my.vsee.com/s/161ff646 (video platform) / 505-720-9050 (mobile phone and WhatsApp)
 

In times like these, it is incredible to see our community come together. Thank you.
 
Sincerely,

Julie Taylor, MD, MSc
Senior Associate Dean, Student and Academic Affairs
Professor, Behavioral and Clinical Medicine
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine

Heidi Chumley, MD, MBA
Executive Dean and Chief Academic Officer
Professor, Behavioral and Clinical Medicine
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine