Dr. Mark Swartz, CEO and President of C3NY, has been recognized nationally and internationally for his teaching ability and has received many teaching awards. In 1998, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) awarded Dr. Swartz their prestigious national AAMC/Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award.
Dr. Swartz is the author of five textbooks. Now in its Seventh Edition (2014), his Textbook of Physical Diagnosis: History and Examination was reviewed in the New England Journal of Medicine and cited it as “the most accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive textbook of physical diagnosis available today.” It is the most widely read textbook in this field and has been translated into 14 languages. His book entitled The Ultimate Guide and Review for USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills was published in December 2006.
His research over the past 25 years has centered on improving medical education and assessment of clinical competence. Dr. Swartz has published more than 50 seminal articles in this area. The founder of The New York City Consortium for Clinical Competence and the founder and director of The Morchand Center for Clinical Competence at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine for more than 13 years, Dr. Swartz is currently Professor of Medicine at the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate College of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Medicine at New York Medical College. He is also Professor of Medicine at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine.
Dr. Swartz was the convenor of the 2006 Ottawa Conference on Medical Education which attracted more than 1,000 international medical educators to New York City.
He travels nationally and internationally to lecture on the use of standardized patients in medical education for teaching, assessment, and licensure. He is working with several international government organizations to prepare medical licensing examinations in those countries. Most recently, he was honored as being appointed Visiting Professor of Medicine at Taipei Medical University in Taiwan (2012-2015).
Prior to founding C3NY in 2003, Dr. Swartz was the developer and director of the Kaplan Medical CSA Program.
Ms. Lank, Managing Director of C3NY, is a trained theatre professional and has worked with standardized patients since 1983. Ms. Lank assisted in training SPs at The Morchand Center at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (in addition to being one herself for many years) and at the National Medical School Review at Felician College in Rutherford, New Jersey, where she served as Associate Program Manager during the first year of the program. Currently she works with SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, designing cases and assessments utilizing Standardized Patient methodology for evaluating Medical Students in history-taking, physical exam and communication skills in all of their four years, and beyond.
As an actor, Ms. Lank performed regionally, Off and Off-Off Broadway, assaying everything from Moliere, Shakespeare and Gilbert & Sullivan, to Wasserstein, Durang and David Ives. She was the Producing Director of the New Artef Players in Los Angeles and has coached and trained actors professionally since 1985.
In addition, Ms. Lank has worked extensively as a consultant in development, special events, fundraising and human resources for many not-for-profit arts organizations in the tri-state area. She holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from UCLA, and is a proud member of ASPE, the Association of Standardized Patient Educators.