OAA Departments:

Center for Healthcare Simulation

The Center for Healthcare Simulation (CHS) provides immersive and simulation based educational programs for students, clinical trainees and faculty throughout the Downstate Medical Center. It fosters a unique interprofessional educational environment where students from all professions work collaboratively over the course of their education to promote professional excellence, teamwork and error reduction. The Center supports research and development of new immersive and simulation based educational programs and pioneers new technologies in healthcare education.


Jane Kim, MD
Medical Director

Aleida Llanes-Oberstein, CNN, LM, MS, FACNM, CHSE

Jennifer Brown-Charles
(718) 270-7633


Continuing Medical Education (CME)

The purpose of the Office of Continuing Medical Education is to promote quality medical care, patient safety and competencies by providing CME activities for faculty in their specialties and sub-specialties. CME provides educational activities including regularly scheduled conferences, grand rounds, tumor boards, review courses, as well as regional, national, international symposia and conferences, teleconferences, and materials that focus on quality improvement and performance in practice.

Our programs are open to practicing physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, researchers, visiting national and international guests, and other health care professionals in the community.

Our goal is to provide a lifetime of learning that measures changes in competence, performance and/or patient outcomes through continuous assessment of learner participants. We expect our activities to enhance our healthcare professionals’ knowledge, competence and performance in order to improve patient care.


Edeline Mitton, MEd
(718) 270-4409


Division of Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs advocates for student success and empowers students to grow as professionals, as well as individuals, by providing a wide range of support services. We work with students across all five schools and colleges to explore ways to enhance the entire student experience and to develop solutions to issues and concerns, both individual and collective. With a Students Firstapproach, the office serves as the student mentor, advocate and voice from the admissions process to matriculation to graduation.


Jeffrey Putman, EdD
Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs
(718) 270-2187


Medical Research Library of Brooklyn

The Medical Research Library of Brooklyn is located on three floors of the Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB). The main floor on the first level is the Library Information Commons that provides 24/7 access to users. The Library Information Commons has a designated eating area as well as collaborative learning spaces and individual carrels for private study. The second floor is a designated silent study area and also caters to group study. The basement level houses the Advanced Learning Resource Center with individual carrels and classrooms.

Over the years, the Library has continued to evolve to meet new needs and provide very different services and resources beyond its original mandate.

The collection is a hybrid of print and electronic resources and supports the academic, clinical and research needs of a wide variety of health related programs.


Mohamed F. Hussain, BA, MSLIS
Interim Dean of Academic Information Access
Interim Director of Libraries
(718) 270-7450


Office of Academic Support Services and Advisement (OASSA)

The primary goal of the programs offered by the Office of Academic Support Services and Advisement is to help SUNY Downstate Medical Center students achieve their full academic potential. In order to achieve that, OASSA provides counseling, content tutorials and testing, in both individual and group settings to students in all the schools and colleges at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, including College of Health-Related Professions, College of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Graduate Studies and the School of Public Health.


Seth Langley, PhD
Assistant Vice President for Academic Support Services and Advisement
(718) 270-7763


Office of Evaluation, Outcomes Assessment and Faculty Development (OEOAFD)

The webpage for this Office is currently under construction.

Please contact Leslie Schechter, MA at (718) 270-1766 for further information.