Mark H. Swartz, MD

Mark H. Swartz, MD, CEO and President of C3NY, is an internationally known medical educator based in New York City, who has been involved with performance–based assessments using standardized patients since 1991.  He is currently Professor of Medicine at the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate College of Medicine, Adjunct Clinical Professor of Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Adjunct Professor of Medicine at New York Medical College, Professor of Medicine at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, and honored to be a Visiting Professor of Medicine at Taipei Medical University in Taiwan.

Dr. Swartz is a prolific writer and is the author of five textbooks. Now in its Seventh Edition (2014), his Textbook of Physical Diagnosis: History and Examination is the most widely read textbook in this field and has been translated into 15 languages.  It 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.” He is also the author of The Ultimate Guide and Review for USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills.

Sought by medical institutions from around the world, Dr. Swartz travels lectures on the use of standardized patients in medical education for teaching, assessment, and licensure and well as teaching clinical skills.  He is a frequent traveler to medical schools and hospitals in Taiwan, China, Japan, Hungary, Poland, and countries in the Caribbean.  For many years, he has been working with several international government organizations to prepare medical licensing examinations in those countries.  

Dr. Swartz has been recognized globally for his teaching ability and has received many teaching awards. Among them, 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.

His research over the past 26 years has centered on improving medical education and assessment of clinical competence. Dr. Swartz has published more than 50 seminal articles in this area, many of which formed the foundation of the ECFMG Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA) and the USMLE Step 2CS Exam.

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 was the convener of the 2006 Ottawa Conference on Medical Education that attracted more than 1,000 international medical educators to New York City.  Prior to founding C3NY in 2003, Dr. Swartz was the developer and director of the Kaplan Medical CSA Program.

He is very pleased to be associated with Anna Lank, with whom he has worked closely for 20 years.

Anna Lank

Ms. Lank, Managing Director of C3NY, has been involved with standardized patient assessments for over two decades. A proud member of SSIH, The Society for Simulation in Healthcare, and ASPE, the Association of Standardized Patient Educators, Ms. Lank currently 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 and Podiatric students in history-taking, physical exam and communication skills in all of their four years, and beyond. She has presented lectures and workshops internationally in Taiwan and St. Lucia, and at IMSH, the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare, and the annual ASPE Conference.

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. 

She holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from UCLA and as an actor, performed regionally, Off and Off-Off Broadway, appearing in everything from Moliere, Shakespeare and Gilbert & Sullivan, to Wasserstein, Durang and David Ives. She 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 is delighted to teach with Dr. Swartz during the three day Step 2 CS preparatory workshop.


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