David P. Melamed, MD, MSc

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Education

Winthrop-University Hospital
Department of Medicine
Mineola, Long Island, New York
   
Maimonides Medical Center
Department of Medicine
Brooklyn, New York
St. George's University, School of Medicine
St. George's, Grenada, West Indies
M.Sc. in Research & Education
M.D.
Welcome to UCLA Extension University of California Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California
Extension Program for Continuing Education
Completed Pre-Med requirements
University of Southern California, School of Business
Los Angeles, California, USA
B.S. in Business Administration & Communication,
       Emphasis in the Entrepreneurship Program

Residency

bullet Maimonides Medical Center, Department of Medicine in Brooklyn, New York.
bullet Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, Long Island, New York.

MD/MSc

bulletAttended St. George's University School of Medicine (SGUSOM). In total 6 years.  The joint program was coordinated between the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF) and St. George's University.
bulletAfter three years I finished my time in St. George's, Grenada and I moved to the Island of St. Vincentes to complete my last four months of pre-clinical studies at Kingston Medical College, and the MSc degree (and my thesis) was completed.
bulletMy clinical (clerkship) years were primarily completed at Maimonides Medical Center (MMC) in Brooklyn, New York.

About St. George's University

bulletSGUSOM is located in the Island of Grenada some 3,500 miles away from the usual comforts of home.  The Island is occupied with generally friendly native Caribbean's.  It is a nice place to study with minimal distractions.
bulletThere are three aspects to the University's organization:
  1. The Headquarters:  Medical School Services, Bay Shore, New York.   This is the main office where everything administrative starts.  This is where you will find all the information you will ever need about the University.  No classes are held here, however the US address does give a comfortable impression of a US-based university.
  2. The University Campuses:  PART 1 -- St. George's University, Grenada, West Indies.  A small island with about 90,000 inhabitants is the foreign host of the medical campus.  The campus is located on a beautiful plot of land called True Blue (the name describes the gorgeous ocean view).  On average most students will spend 1-2 years here in order to complete part of their medical education.  PART 2 -- Kingstown Medical College, St. Vincente, West Indies.  Another island a few hundred miles north of Grenada is your host for 4 months.  Here you will complete your basic sciences requirements, get some hospital experience and prepare for the USMLE.
  3. The Clinical Years:  This will vary from person to person.   The university has contracts with many hospitals throughout the United States and England.  These hospitals will individually or jointly provide your clinical education.  Since early 1998 the university has implemented a more organized system that distributes students by lottery.  However, roomer has it that more sought-after placements are usually given to students with the higher GPA with good performance on the USMLE.  In addition, all students are required to spend 12-14 weeks in England (this can be appealed).
bulletThe bottom-line: the university is a conglomerate of multiple units.  You will need to become familiar with all departments and branches of the university.
bulletThe school has a state of the art Anatomical Sciences facilities with knowledgeable professors leading the students. Other subjects such as Biochemistry, Neuroscience, and Pathology are also taught by a knowledgeable faculty.  I say this only after a positive experience on the USMLE.
bulletI am generally happy with the school and they seem to be getting better all of the time.   The lecture halls and student facilities have improved a thousand folds.
bulletWINDREF (the research branch of the University) is a non-profit organization directed by Dr. Calum MacPherson (click for e-mail). The organization is based in the United States and works closely with Caribbean countries such as Grenada and St. Lucia. The MSc degree is granted by the University and not WINDREF.
bulletAlthough the MSc program is in its infancy (as of 1993) it has made tremendous headway. New areas of research include an Analysis of Grenada’s Marine Organisms for Potential Antineoplastic Activity, Research into Sleep Apnea, and The Seroprevalance of Toxoplasma in Pregnant Grenadian Women. My project is an HIV/AIDS Education and Evaluation Program for Grenadian Teenagers.
bulletThink long and hard before committing to WINDREF and an MSc degree.  Its involves a tremendous amount of work and a hell-of-a-lot of  "politics."

My Recommendations about SGUSOM

bulletIn the end it is your decision to attend St. George's University (SGU).  However, the input you receive from friends and acquaintances is likely to influence your judgment.   Contact me via e-mail if you want more personal information.
bulletAs you already know, SGU is not an American medical school.  It is a foreign (Grenadian) university with various ties to the United States.  Its principal function is to provide students with the opportunity to become a Medical Doctor.  Most students who go to SGU are there because they were unable to get accepted into a US medical school.  This does NOT reflect on the quality of the students or the education.  (The average GPA for an incoming student is a 3.5 with 80% and above ranking on the MCATs.  In addition, in June of 1996 an SGU student had the highest USMLE score in the United States.  Furthermore, 93% of SGU students passed the June 1997 USMLE.)  What I want you to understand is that you are here because you want to become a doctor, not because you have to be here.  
bulletI have met other students who attended Ross in Dominica and they had some real horror stories to tell me.  Although things have improved since 1999.  I don't have any horror stories to tell you about SGU.   Things are not made easy for you, but the resources are available.
bulletDo not get caught up in all the politics and headaches.  Just do what you set out to do and become a first class doctor. 
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Current Office Location

Location:

West Los Angeles

Address:

11860 Wilshire Blvd.

Suite 201

Los Angeles, CA 90025

Phone:

Fax:

(310) 473-1734

(866) 422-0554

Website:

www.WestLAMed.com

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Affiliations

American College of Physicians - American Society of Internal Medicine (ACP-ASIM)

bulletAssociate Member
bulletAn excellent organization that offers many benefits, not the least of which are opportunities for physicians to work together in their community and region.
bulletI attended the Annual Meeting for 2000 in Philadelphia. It was an excellent opportunity to meet other physicians and attend educational symposiums.
bulletI recommend membership to student as well as residents. If you are a student from a foreign medical school (such as SGU), then you will have to wait until your fourth year in order to apply for a Medical Student Membership.

American Medical Directors Association (AMDA)

bulletMember

 

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Projects

bulletAn on-line evaluation and procedure management system for training hospitals.
bulletResidents, Attendings, Fellows, Medical Student, Nurses and Patients can logon to the system and complete their required evaluations and procedures all at the same time.

 and 

bulletA complete solution for printing directly from your Palm Pilot at an affordable price.
bulletThe package includes the necessary software and cable for connecting your handheld computer or PDA (such as Palm) directly to the printer of your choice. 
bulletThe package is available at www.HotPrint.net

bulletOn-line appointment and medical office management solution
bulletPatients can make real-time appointment through the internet
bulletManage all office appointments through the internet
bulletPatients can communicate with doctor securely
bulletPatients can pay for services and co-pay with their credit card

The Biology of AIDS

bulletThis manual was designed in December of 1992. Following its first publication by PBS Publishing Co. the manual was updated every six months, in order to reflect current changes in the Science, Politics and Medicine surrounding AIDS.
bulletThe manual was used at the University of California in Los Angeles by Dr. Roger Bohman who taught Biology 40, a comprehensive class on AIDS. The manual was last published in the summer of 1995 and was used by over 2,100 student every year. The manual is currently published by Asyntax Publishing in Los Angeles.
bulletCheck out the historical page on the Biology of AIDS; Science and Politics.

Pathology Lecture Notes

bulletWhile in medical school at SGUSOM provided the Lecture Note Services to all second year students.
bulletA term-by-term note service provided for Students at St. George's University. The Notes have been compiled into a 770 page book covering both General and Systemic Pathology. The Appendix includes multiple case presentations and old exams.
bulletThe book is no longer in print, but unofficial copies are floating about. 
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Personal Information

WHO AM I?

bulletMy name is David P. Melamed, born in Montreal, Canada.
bulletMarried with three daughters.
bulletMy last name Melamed comes from the Hebrew word 'lamed' (to learn) and 'melamed' (to teach).  As such, my future goals include practicing medicine and teaching.

INTERESTS

Computer Consulting

bulletIn 1985 I started as a hardware and software consultant for small businesses around my home in Los Angeles. Currently, I have expanded my computer interests to include designing multi-media presentations and implementing Web sights for small business executives.

AIDS Education for Teenagers & Young Adults

bulletIn December of 1992 I designed an AIDS education manual for UCLA. The manual, The Biology of AIDS, was used for three years to teach undergraduate students about all aspects of AIDS.
bulletThis interest has been further advanced through a Masters of Science project at St. George's University.

Stamp Collecting

bulletAn interest started by my Great-Uncle Abraham (g-d rest his soul). Our family collection includes Persian stamps from over 80 years ago during the rein of Shah Reza Pahlavy. New additions including the Reagan Years from Grenada and Marylin Manroe. This sight is still under construction.
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Contact Information

Please tell me what you think about this site and how I might improve it.

e-mail address: David@DocMelamed.com

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Last Updated on September 28, 2007