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Introduction to the Special Issue on Blended Learning in the Health Sciences

Dear colleagues,
We have started to do some work with the Online Learning Consortium (OLC). I just realized that they have a free online journal and that the current issues addresses online learning in the health professions.

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2015 Muriel Petioni Champion of Diversity Award in Public Health

Dr. Joseph is the Interim Chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at SUNY Downstate's School of Public Health. Dr. Joseph earned his BS in Health Science at Brooklyn College, his MPH in Chronic Disease Epidemiology from Yale University, and his PhD in Epidemiologic Science from the University of Michigan SPH. He completed postdoctoral training in cancer prevention and control at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Joseph is presently collaborating with colleagues from SUNY Downstate and the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health on an NIH-funded cluster randomized trial that is testing the efficacy of a CBPR-based behavioral intervention to reduce heterosexual Black men's HIV transmission risks. Dr. Joseph is the Director of the Training/Education Core of the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center; in this role he provides underrepresented undergraduate and graduate students with education and training to pursue advanced study in the area of health disparities research. Dr. Joseph has administrative and direct teaching experience of several graduate courses on biostatistics and epidemiology. Because of his knack for explaining difficult concepts in a simplified, yet exhaustive fashion, his course at the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, "Biostatistics for Non-Statisticians", is widely popular. Dr. Joseph is also an active speaker and mentor in several local pipeline programs which seek to inspire underrepresented young people to pursue health careers, including the Exploring Health Careers Program at SUNY Downstate and the Summer Health Internship Program at the Manhattan-Staten Island Area Health Education Center. Through inspiring talks such as: "What Is Biostatistics And Epidemiology?" and "What Can You Do With A Master's In Public Health Degree?", Dr. Joseph often shares his educational experiences in public health and offers sound, practical advice. Dr. Joseph consistently receives high praise in student evaluation of his talks, and he takes great personal interest in inspiring students to excel both academically and personally.

The College of Medicine recently presented the following outstanding faculty with special awards during the Clinical Education Awards Day:
Robin Ovitsh, MD - Hugh Carroll Clinical Educator of the Year Award
Stacy Blain, PhD - Outstanding Educator of the Year in Preclinical Sciences.
Alice Beal, MD - Outstanding Educator of the Year of the Clinical Affiliate Faculty

Downstate's COM Integrative Curriculum Design Unique and Innovative:

Drs. Lee Eisner and Rikki Ovitsh presented a snapshot of our CS/MK integrative approach of Head and Neck at the NEGEA (Northeast regional meeting for the AAMC) titled: "A Multimodal Active Learning Approach to Integrating Biomedical Knowledge with Clinical Skills Development of the Head and Neck Region".

Not only did I have people coming over to me throughout the day impressed with how we actually accomplished the integration and wanted to speak with me about it to bring it back to their institution, we actually won for "Best Short Communication Presentation for Undergraduate Medical Education" out of all the other schools there, including our friends in the city. The real message here is that we are accomplishing novel things at SUNY Downstate and our new curriculum can be the platform to continue getting us some well-deserved national recognition.

Congratulations to Lee and Rikki!

2015 Calendar

Faculty Affairs & Professional Development 2015 Calendar – CME Approved

  • September 17
    All School Faculty Orientation & Faculty Reception
  • October 14
    The New Curriculum - Lessons Learned
  • November 13
    Funding Initiatives - Light at the End of the Tunnel?
  • December 9
    Interdisciplinary Collaboration

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Advanced Certificate in Teaching and Learning Program:
Critically Reflective Teaching Practices

Dates: October 12 - November 20, 2015

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Previous presentations from the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development are available for viewing in iTunes »

From the video archives of our colleagues in GME, programs which may be of interest to you »

Career Resources

Useful information to help plan for the future. You can make arrangements for individual counseling with these representatives:


Contact either Stephen Baumeister at 212-916-4141 or Brian Gabel at 516-454-4053 to set up an appointment. All counseling sessions are between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm.

Available Dates:
  • Thursday, October 8, 2015
  • Thursday, October 22, 2015
  • Thursday, November 5, 2015
  • Thursday, November 19, 2015


Contact Cara Every at 845-490-4007 to set up an appointment. All counseling sessions are between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, and can be held at the Campus Library or employee's own office.

Available Dates:
  • Tuesday, November 24
  • Monday, November 30
  • Friday, December 18
  • Wednesday, December 23


Work-Life Services - Employee Assistance Program

For information:

Felton Jenkins, CEAP