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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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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 18
    Funding Initiatives - Light at the End of the Tunnel?
  • December 9
    Interdisciplinary Collaboration

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

Inaugural Presentation for ALL FACULTY of SUNY DMC

The Millennial Learner

T.J. Jirasevijinda, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Pediatric Undergraduate Medical Education
Weill Cornell Medical College

Was held on Wednesday, February 11th

Millennial students are students entering college after the year 2000. Quality student-faculty contact can enhance students' motivation and enthusiasm for their own educational experience. M.E. Wilson (2004) makes recommendations for enhancing teaching effectiveness that include:

  • Learning how to relate to authority figures and how to advocate for themselves.
  • Millennials are more likely to collaboratively work with their peers to enhance their own learning.
  • Since Millennials have a team-orientation, they ought to greatly benefit from active learning opportunities.
  • Most research on improving student learning emphasizes the need for prompt, frequent and constructive feedback from faculty to students.
  • Faculty can help their Millennial students to learn how to better manage their time and efforts in order for them to achieve their academic goals.
  • Faculty can help Millennial students by teaching them to think more critically and with more complexity, instead of just "teaching for the test."

Students' learning styles differ, which requires effective faculty to use a variety of teaching strategies. Millennials' achievement orientation will be challenged by any type of failure. By helping Millennial students to use different types of learning strategies in different situations, faculty are helping these students to be critical thinkers and adaptive learners