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Office of Faculty Affairs & Professional Development

Program for Educators in Health Professions - January 7 - 17 and May 14 - 18, 2018 (Application Deadline : September 8, 2017)


The goal of the Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators in Health Professions is to enhance the professional development of physicians, basic scientists, and other healthcare professionals as educators. The program is built around 6 major themes: teaching & learning, curriculum, evaluation, leadership, educational research and information technology.

Competent clinical faculty can find it challenging to step into the role of teacher, especially if they don't have a background in education. The next generation of learners needs the capacity to discriminate vast amounts of information & extract & synthesize knowledge that is necessary for clinical and population-based decision making. These developments point toward new opportunities for the methods, means, and meaning of education. The program provides a select group of those involved in training the next generation of healthcare providers with the knowledge base and skills to enhance their expertise in conducting an educational project of their own design and taking a leadership role in the educational activities at their home institutions.

The program consists of two sessions in residence at Harvard" a 10 day winter session and a 6 day spring session. Learning formats include large group presentations; interactive exercises; problem based learning; observations; reflective use of journals; discussions in large and small groups. A variety of faculty facilitated small group formats are used to support learning from observations, to draw together scholars with common interests, and to further the development of each scholar's back home project for educational change.

Target Audience

  • Physicians                                              
  • Nurse Practitioners                         
  • Physicians Assistants                                                
  • Nurses                                              
  • Pharmacists                                    
  • Dieticians                                         
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals
  • Complementary & Alternative Medicine Practitioners
  • Researchers (PhDs)
  • Any faculty involved in training healthcare professionals    


The course is designed to meet the following Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Educational competencies:

  • Practice-based learning and improvement
  • Interpersonal and communications skills
  • Professionalism
  • Systems-based practice


By phone(617-535-6483), Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm (ET) or by email at:

For more information, and registration please click link below.

SCLD sponsors SUNY Open Access Week Webinar Series

Dear Colleagues,

Big News! The SUNY Council of Library Directors will be sponsoring our first SUNY Open Access Week Webinar Series. This exciting initiative is not only in support of the Open Access ideal, but is a significant public relations activity for our organization. I am told the event is catching fire as several libraries have already made plans to host local “webinar viewing parties” to engage their campus. What a terrific idea!

Please join me in thanking this generous and ambitious group of leaders drawn from across SUNY. It is significant to note that this webinar series is a result of a well-coordinated effort between campus librarians, library directors (from all sectors), the OLIS office, ESLN (aka 3Rs) and SUNY Press. What a powerful example of community! Their work makes us all look good.

Now it’s our turn to add impact to this good work. We must promote these webinars on our campuses and beyond SUNY. (Perhaps we can even get some national recognition for the effort.????) This will require your strong participation in promotion. The payoff will be worth it. Registration information and publicity flyers can be found here (


Career Development

CAPQ Guidelines

Faculty Handbook »

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.

Find Out More…

Copyright Basics

What You Need To Know!
Fair Use
Annual Copyright License


Quick Links

If there is other information you would like to see added to the site, please send us a note.


The Office of the SUNY Provost staff is seeking faculty feedback on learning modules developed by Labster offers a wide variety of online lab modules (with soon-to-be released virtual reality immersion options) ranging from basic lab safety to discipline-based information for chemistry, biochemistry and the biosciences.

A SUNY Provost's Advisory (FACT2) Task Group began exploring the role that virtual labs may play in supplementing both on-campus and online education over a year ago. Building on that foundation, we are now asking SUNY-wide faculty to review and help guide a potential pilot of software tools that may be of interest. Please share this message broadly with STEM faculty colleagues who may be interested!

We request that you evaluate three modules if possible, estimating a time commitment of one-to-two hours in total, however you are welcome to submit an unlimited number of reviews before the survey closes on Sunday, October 23rd. IMPORTANT: You will not be contacted by the vendor directly unless you separately and proactively elect to be included on Labster's mailing list.

To receive a SUNY assigned evaluation key for

1) Click on

2) Complete and submit the form to receive an email with a unique user key to access

3) Submit a brief (five question) review:

You may visit this site as many times as you wish before the October 23rd deadline.

Additional Details

Access to Optional Webinar Recording

A 5/24/16 webinar of "Labster: An Overview" hosted by the SUNY Center for Professional Development is available if you'd like to learn more about this tool from the developers.

Why Labster?

Labster has demonstrated development beyond server based modules (that can be integrated into an LMS) toward virtual reality. Currently, several of the modules run on Oculus lenses, with the promise of lower cost solutions on the near roadmap.

Who else is looking at these solutions?

In addition to SUNY, The University of Maryland System and Cal State University System are evaluating this solution, and we intend to compare your feedback and results with other faculty from across these systems.

Ultimately, the VR driven solutions may play an important role in streamlining access to traditional wet labs through advance orientation or flipped classroom approaches, and may potentially serve as a strategy to ensure quality access to lab-based instruction in online learning environments.

Thank you in advance for participating in this important review. Any questions regarding this pilot may be directed to or


Congratulations to Dr. Merlino on being selected for the 2016/17 New York Academy of Medicine Fellow Ambassadors program!

Distinguished Ranks

Dr. Richard Rosenfeld

Distinguished Professor

College of Medicine

Dr. Samy McFarlane

Distinguished Teaching Professor

College of Medicine

Dr. Stephen Goldfinger

Distinguished Service Professor

College of Medicine

Chancellor's Awards for Excellence

Dr. Maria Rosario Sim

Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching

College of Nursing

Anika Daniels-Osaze

Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional service

College of Medicine

Awards for Excellence in Education

Dr. Toni Zuccaro

College of Health Related Professions

Dr. Edward Heilman

College of Medicine

Dr. Steven Ostrow

College of Medicine

Dr. Richard Kollmar

School of Graduate Studies

Dr. Coleen Kumar

College of Nursing

Dr. Daniel Ehlke

School of Public Health


Books to Loan

How to Craft an Effective NIH Biosketch Using These Award-Winning Writing Styles

Oral Presentation for Scientists

Writing in Science & Medicine: Webinar Notes

Writing in Science & Medicine: The Investigators Guide to Writing for Clarity and Style

Mentoring Scientific Minds

Finding Top Talent: How to Search for Leaders in Academic Medicine

Leading: Top Skillls, Attributes, and Behaviors Critical for Success

Principles of Research Methodology

Faculty Senate Bulletin

Fall - Winter 2015-2016 (PDF) »


Introduction to OERs - Open SUNY COTE Professional Development Opportunity

Do you have an Open Education Resources (OER) initiative on your campus? How are you introducing OERs?

The thought of introducing OERs can be daunting and time consuming. The Open SUNY Center for Online Teaching Excellence can help. We are very pleased to offer Introduction to OERs beginning on October 3rd.

The objective of this course is to provide an introduction to Open Education Resources (OERs) to SUNY faculty, librarians, instructional designers, and any interested academic staff who want to learn about OERs. This course is offered in a facilitated fully online format and consists of 5 modules and a final project. Each module builds on the previous module, and is made up of readings, videos, and discussions. Upon completion of this course participants will have a better understanding of OERs and resources that can be used immediately in face to face and/or online instruction.

For more detailed descriptions, course fees, timelines, and registration visit:

A reminder that Open SUNY COTE SLA offers campuses more options and flexibility to take advantage of competency development offerings to support campus initiatives to systematically scale online faculty development.

To learn more about COTE and Open SUNY:









Open SUNY Twitter

2016 Calendar

Faculty Affairs & Professional Development 2016 Calendar – CME Approved

  • June 22, 2016
    SUNY Downstate Formal Mentoring Program Presentation
  • September 8, 2016
    IAMSE Web Seminar Series - Use of preclinical High Fidelity Medical Stimulations (HFMS)
  • September 14, 2016
    All School Re-Orientation; Writing your successful CV
  • September 15, 2016
    IAMSE Web Seminar Series - Self-directed learning in your curriculum-getting from theory to practice
  • September 21, 2016
    Workshop on Cultural Competency AND Faculty Awards & Reception
  • September 22, 2016
    IAMSE Web Seminar Series - Entrustment decision making in EPA-based curricula
  • September 29, 2016
    IAMSE Web Seminar Series - The Breadth and Depth of Standardized Patients in the Teaching and Assessment of Clinical Skills
  • October 6, 2016
    IAMSE Web Seminar Series - New Tools and Paradigms for Assessing Professionalism in the Health Sciences
  • October 19, 2016
    Simulation Equipment & Teaching
  • November 16, 2016
    Making Large Lectures Interactive
  • December 21, 2016
    The Standardized Patient in Education



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 TIAA-CREF's Service & Scheduling Group at 800-732-8353 from 8 am to 8 pm to set up an appointment on campus with Stephen Baumeister. All counseling sessions are held between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm at the Campus Library or employee's own office.


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.



Work-Life Services - Employee Assistance Program

For information:

Felton Jenkins, CEAP


Special Interest Groups - Dates and Times Vary by Group; call Office of Faculty Affairs for Current Schedule

Writer's Group - Putting Pen to Paper

Introduction to Research

Underrepresented Faculty

New Faculty Welcome to Downstate Campus & Faculty Peers

Using the Sim Lab

Enhancing Professional Interactions in Medical Education

Principles of Research Methodology - Dr. Supino, August 3rd - December 14th