Jessica R. Berman, MD

Dr. Jessica R. Berman enjoys caring for patients with a variety of autoimmune and rheumatic diseases including systemic lupus erythematosus, sarcoidosis, Sjogren's syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic and seronegative arthritis, and mixed, overlap and undifferentiated cconnective tissue diseases.

She currently serves as Associate Director of the Rheumatology Fellowship Program and is responsible for rheumatology resident education for the Internal Medicine Residency program of Weill Cornell Medical College and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. She regularly supervises direct patient care and teaching, particularly joint injections with the fellows.

Dr. Berman co-founded the HSS Academy of Rheumatology Medical Educators with Dr. Stephen Paget in 2011. This aims to establish a stimulating and empowering academic educational environment that enhances the quality of teaching and promotes teaching careers and education research. Through the money raised by the Academy, funding of important education initiatives and programs in the department are made possible.

She received the American College of Rheumatology Clinician Scholar Educator Award from 2009-12 for her education research and has taken on leadership roles on several Education committees with the American College of Rheumatology.

Appointments

Associate Attending Physician, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Professor of Medicine (Education), Weill Cornell Medical College
Co-Director, Academy of Medical Educators, Hospital for Special Surgery
Assistant Program Director, Rheumatology Fellowship, Hospital for Special Surgery

Specialty

Medical Education

Special Expertise

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Mixed, Overlap and Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Diseases
Sarcoidosis
Sjogren's Syndrome
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Psoriatic Arthritis
Ankylosing Spondylitis
Inflammatory Bowel Disease-Associated Arthritis  
Gout/Pseudogout

Awards

Academy of Medical Educators Research Grants, 2012-13 and 2014-15
Clinician Scholar Educator Award, ACR-RRF, 2009-2012
Emmanuel Rudd Teaching Award, Hospital for Special Surgery, 2005
Phi Beta Kappa, Vassar College, 1988

Insurances Accepted

Aetna
Blue Cross PPO
Cigna
Medicare
Oxford
United Healthcare

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Education

MD, Harvard Medical School

Residency

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

Fellowship

Hospital for Special Surgery

Certification

Internal Medicine, 2001
Rheumatology, 2002

State Licensure

New York

Jessica R. Berman, MD has contributed to the following articles on HSS.edu:

Selected Publications

Education

Berman J, et al. The New York City Rheumatology Objective Structured Clinical Examination (ROSCE): Five Year Data Demonstrates its Validity, Usefulness as a Unique Rating Tool, Objectivity and Sensitivity to Change, Arthritis Care and Research. 2009. Vol 61. No 12,1686-1693.

Berman JR, Aizer J, Bass AR, Cats-Baril WL, Parrish EJ, Robbins L, Salmon JE, Paget SA. Building a rheumatology education academy: insights from assessment of needs during a rheumatology division retreat. J Rheumatol. 2012 Jun; 39(6):1280-6. Epub 2012 Apr 15.

Berman J, Ben-Artzi A, Fisher MC, Bass AR, Pillinger MH. A comparison of arthrocentesis teaching tools: cadavers, synthetic joint models, and the relative utility of different educational modalities in improving trainees' comfort with procedures. J Clin Rheum. 2012 Jun; 18(4):175-9.

Berman JR, Aizer J, Bass AR, Cats-Baril WL, Parrish EJ, Robbins L, Salmon JE, Paget SA. Creating an Academy of Medical Educators: How and Where to Start. Hospital for Special Surgery Journal 2012 8 (2):165-168.

Berman J, Aizer J, Bass AR, Blanco I, Davidson A, Dwyer E, Fields TR, Kang J, Kerr L, Krasnokutsky-Samuels S, Lazaro DM, Schwartzman-Morris JS, Paget SA and Pillinger MH. Trainee Use of Medical Jargon Correlates Inversely with Patient and Observer Perceptions of Professionalism: Results of a Subspecialty OSCE Using Challenging Patient Scenarios. J Grad.Med.Ed. submitted, March 2015.

Berman J, Rheum to Learn Online Teaching module for Medical Residents, Rheumatoid Arthritis.

 

Clinical and Basic Science

Berman J, Girardi G, Salmon J. TNF Alpha is a Critical Effector and a Target for Therapy in Antiphospholipid Antibody-Induced Pregnancy Loss. The Journal of Immunology, 2005, 174: 485-490.

Girardi G, Berman J, Redecha P, Spruce L, Thurman JM, Kraus D, Hollmann TJ, Casali P, Carroll MC, Wetsel RA, Lambris JD, Holers VM, Salmon JE, Complement C5a receptors and neutrophils mediate fetal injury in the antiphospholipid syndrome. J Clin Invest. 2003 Dec; 112(11):1644-54.

Loupasakis K, Berman J, Glaser MS, Jaber N, Zeig-Owens R, Webber MP, Moir W, Qayyum B, Weiden MD, Nolan A, Kelly KJ, Aldrich TK and Prezant DJ. Refractory Sarcoid Arthritis in World Trade Center- Exposed New York City Firefighters: a Case Series. J Clin Rheum, vol21.No 1. Jan 2015.p19-23.

Webber MP, Moir W, Zeig-Owens R, Glaser MS, Jaber N, Hall C, Berman J, Qayyum B , Loupasakis K, Kelly KJ and Prezant DJ. Nested Case-Control Study of Selected Systemic Autoimmune Diseases in World Trade Center Rescue/Recovery Workers. A&R, May 2015.

 

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Research Description

Scholarly Interests

Medical Education

  • Use of the NYC-Rheumatology OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) to 1) assess professionalism in the trainee and other ACGME-mandated competencies and 2) explore trainee use of jargon and empathy and the correlation with patients' assessment of physician professionalism.
  • The Role of Education Academies in the Academic Teaching Setting: Both the Implementation and Effect on the Development of the Clinician Scholar Educator and Research Productivity.

The Effect of 9-11 Environmental Exposure and Relationship to Rheumatic Disease

  • Development of Sarcoid Arthritis with Unique Clinical Features and Treatment Response
  • Greater Incidence of Autoimmune Connective Tissue Diseases.

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Late Patient Policy

Living, traveling and working in New York City is usually not so easy. I am well aware of this. Occasionally we run behind for reasons that are not always under our control. Dr. Berman may run late in practice because of emergencies, although this is rare.

In an effort to be fair to all patients (including those who are on time), if you are late for an appointment we will try to accommodate you at the earliest possible time. However, follow-up patients who were on time for their appointments will be seen first. Sometimes, you may find it preferable to reschedule an appointment rather than wait. However, please be sure to make the nurse know if you are having an emergency so we can handle the problem immediately. New patients who are greater than 15 minutes will not be seen and must be rescheduled to allow enough time for a full history and physical exam.

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Dr. Jessica Berman, Rheumatologist

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Office Locations

Hospital for Special Surgery
7th fl
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.774.7501
Fax: 212.606.1577

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Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, New York 10021

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