Medel Paguirigan

Clinical Associate Professor

1 212 992 5751

433 First Avenue
New York, NY 10010
United States

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Professional overview

Dr. Medel S. Paguirigan has been a nurse for more than 30 years.  He has clinical experience in critical care and nephrology nursing (Certified Nephrology Nurse) in both the adult and pediatric populations.    Dr. Paguirigan has been a nurse educator in both academic and acute care settings.  He began his career as a nurse educator in academia as a Clinical Instructor at New York University’s College of Nursing (NYUCN).  At NYUCN he taught didactic and clinical classes in the undergraduate program for both adult and pediatric curricula. Dr. Paguirigan was one of the faculty members who pioneered, taught, and integrated simulation technology in the adult and elder nursing curricula to supplement the off-campus clinical experience among undergraduate students.

As an educator in the acute care setting at the Mount Sinai Hospital (MSH) and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s (MSSL), Dr. Paguirigan developed more than 70 credits of Continuing Education, to enable the learning needs of the nursing and support staff.  He integrated quality measures of performance in delivering care that puts emphasis on patient experience and other nurse sensitive indicators such as falls, pressure injuries, hospital-acquired infections, and nurse engagement.  He introduced concept-based learning and used audience-response system for orientation and other educational offerings.  Dr. Paguirigan integrated simulation as a teaching methodology in developing the Ebola Readiness and Preparedness training for more than 30 nurses at MSH campus, as well as the Mock Code for nursing and support staff (MSSL).   Dr. Paguirigan originated the first “Transitions Program” in 2012 at MSH.  Modeled after the Nurse Residency Program, the Transitions Program is a program for new graduate nurses to provide a seamless transition from being a student to assuming a professional role.  He developed educational programs to address the knowledge, skill, and affective needs of new graduates.  Dr. Paguirigan maintained 91% retention rate for two years, while the rest of the nation averaged 65%.

Additionally, Dr. Paguirigan was a member of the Magnet Redesignation Committee on New Knowledge, Innovation and Improvement that earned The Mount Sinai Hospital its 3rd Magnet redesignation.  He also participated in the triennial Joint Commission Designation for both campuses.  As the NICHE Coordinator, Dr. Paguirigan initiated Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Early Implementation of NICHE Designation.

Dr. Paguirigan believes in the humanities and the power of art for the development of the whole person.  He obtained his early music training when he was six, with his mother as his first music teacher.  Currently, in his spare time, Dr. Paguirigan is involved in New York’s art scene, choral music, and film production.  As a bass baritone, he has performed with the choral organizations in New York City including Collegiate Chorale, Cantori New York, and New York Choral Society, which has a broad range of repertoire from classic and contemporary, to operas in concert.  As a chorus member, he has performed with the stars of the Metropolitan Opera, Andrea Bocelli, and other notable soloists.  Dr. Paguirigan collaborated with a fellow NYU colleague and an award-winning Philippine director, Joseph Israel Laban to produce a short film, “Antipo” that was accepted in the Court Metrage competition at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival in France.  As a summer resident of Fire Island, New York, he actively supports the Arts Project of Cherry Grove.

1982 - BSN, University of the City of Manila
2006 - MS in Nursing Education, NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing
2011 - Doctor of Education, Teachers College Columbia University
Honors and awards
Margaret Wolfe-Hirschberg Scholarship (New York University) (2005)
Senator Patricia McGee Nursing Faculty Scholarship (New York State Higher Education Services Corporation) (2008)
Teachers College Minority Scholarship (Teachers College, Columbia University) (2009)
Charles and Helga Westerberg Scholarship (Teachers College, Columbia University) (2010)
Deans Award (New York University) (2011)
M. A. Burgess Fellowship (Teachers College, Columbia University) (2011)
Barbara F. Prowant Grant (American Nephrology Nurses Association) (2012)
American Nephrology Nurses Association Health Policy Workshop Grant (Washington, DC) (2013)
Mount Sinai School of Nursing Alumni Association Grant ($100,000) (2014)
Nursing education
Professional membership
American Nephrology Nurses Association

Clicker technology in nursing education

Paguirigan, M. & Vezina, M (2015). Encyclopedia of nursing education New York: Springer Publishing..

Concept-based curriculum in nursing education

Paguirigan, M. & Vezina, M (2015). Encyclopedia of Nursing Education New York: Springer Publishing..

Sacrificing something important: the lived experience of compensated kidney donors in the Philippines

Paguirigan, M.S (2012). Nephrology Nursing Journal (39(2). 107-118).

Decreasing incidence of acute peritonitis in chronic peritoneal dialysis patients

Bologa, Roxana M.; Cheigh, Jhoong S.; Stenzel, Kurt H.; Castillo, Beverly; Lanto, Aurelita; Paguirigan, Medel; Rubin, Albert. (2001). Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. (424A-424A).

Peritonitis in CAPD patients: it's impact on morbidity, mortality and PD program

Bologa, Roxana; Paguirigan, Medel; Castillo, Beverly; Lanto, Bambi; Rubin, Albert; Stenzel, Kurt; Cheigh, Jhoong (1998). Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (279A-279A).

How well is hypertension controlled in Continuous Ambulatory peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD) patients?

Cheigh, J.S., Serur, D., Paguirigan, M., Stenzel, K.H., Rubin, A. (1994). Advances in Peritoneal Dialysis (10, 55-58.).