Dr. Cohen has been Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency at New York Hospital of Queens since February 2013, in addition to serving as Associate Chair for Education of the Department of Medicine. Prior to joining the program at NYHQ, Dr. Cohen served as Program Director at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in New Jersey from 2002 to 2013. A graduate of Cornell University Medical College, Dr. Cohen received her undergraduate education at Hampshire College and the University of Massachusetts. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, having trained in Primary Care Internal Medicine at Saint Vincent's Medical Center in New York City in the 1980's.
Before taking on the role of Program Director in New Jersey, Dr. Cohen spent over 15 years as a faculty member at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, where she played a leadership role in Graduate Medical Education in the Department of Medicine. Her major roles in the department there included those of Associate Director of the Primary Care Internal Medicine residency, and Director of Ambulatory Medical Education. Dr. Cohen is Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at UMDNJ – New Jersey Medical School (Appointment at Weill-Cornell Medical College is pending), and has been active in several committees of the Society of General Internal Medicine, The Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine, and the local chapter of the ACP. Major areas of interest in research and clinical education include preventive medicine and screening, women's health, and physician-patient communication, with an over-arching commitment to integrating the development of critical-reasoning skills into all aspects of clinical training for house staff. During her years in New Jersey Dr. Cohen also played a leadership role in founding the Legal Assistance for Medical Patients (LAMP) program, the state's first Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP), which provides much needed legal assistance to indigent patients with legal issues impacting their health and their access to health care services. Dr. Cohen has presented and published on a national level on the importance of MLP's in resident education.
“I view residency training as an exciting, critical period of professional development, during which one lays the foundation for a lifetime of learning the art of practicing medicine. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work with young doctors as they work to develop their personal professional identity and early career path. The essential tasks of a quality residency program are to provide residents the clinical substrate to enable them to build self-confidence and competency in their clinical work, nurture the development of excellent communication skills, and to guide residents in developing the skills necessary to acquire and critically apply new medical information for the rest of their careers. Simultaneous with these essential tasks, the residency program must offer residents diverse clinical opportunities which facilitate their choosing the right career path for themselves."