Institute for Medical Education

Programs and Events

The Institute for Medical Education at The Icahn School of Medicine has developed various programs and events to promote and recognize outstanding teaching, innovative curriculum design, and educational scholarship for our medical educators. Our goal is to accelerate the personal growth of our faculty through instruction of leadership and teaching skills, assistance with implementation and evaluation of effective curricula, and guidance for education research strategies. In addition, we strive to implement global improvements in health care education through a mutual sharing of information and achievements.

Medical Education Grand Rounds is a series of bi-weekly presentations held on alternating Wednesdays from October through April. These sessions are interactive and are designed to inform teaching faculty, staff, and students about emerging issues and highlight best practices in medical education.

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Education Research Day is an annual event that highlights and recognizes educational scholarship and curricular innovation. The event, launched in 2003, continues to provide a learning forum for educators and prepares authors for regional and national presentation of their scholarly work.

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Each year, we present the Excellence in Teaching Awards to recognize exceptional faculty, trainees, and staff who embody the principles of excellence in teaching by going above and beyond their roles as educators.

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Our Faculty Development Series provides educator faculty with practical training in teaching skills, new pedagogies, assessment, education scholarship, and research methodology. Faculty development programs are open to all faculty at the Icahn School of Medicine and its affiliate institutions.

We believe that physicians and scientists are lifelong teachers of patients, trainees, and colleagues; and formal teaching skills instruction should be a part of their education. Students are invaluable teachers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and our goal is to foster their success and professional development as educators.

Becoming a Medical Teacher, a fourth-year medical student elective, provides a comprehensive foundation for learning the principles of practical clinical and classroom teaching techniques. Traditionally, students are expected to transition naturally to the role of teacher once they enter internship. However, teaching is a skill rather than a gift, and this class provides students with formal training to help them excel as effective clinical teachers. The Becoming a Medical Teacher course is offered in the spring semester.

Contact Rainier Soriano, MD, by November of your fourth year for more information about the Becoming a Medical Teacher elective.

Distinction in Medical Education (DIME) recognizes students who have taken leadership roles in medical education and have developed and implemented a scholarly project related to the field of medical education. DIME will be awarded to students who have dedicated significant time to medical education and demonstrated excellence in at least one of five areas: teaching, mentoring, education administration, curriculum development or curriculum assessment, and to students who have taken a scholarly approach to their work in education.

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The INVEST Program is an innovative, eight-session course that focuses on practical teaching skills, curriculum design, and evaluation techniques for research scientists.

Research scientists play critically important roles in academic medical centers. In addition to maintaining active research laboratories, they serve as the primary teachers for preclinical medical students and graduate students. However, typically these instructors receive limited faculty development focused on their growth as educators. In addition, the literature on continued professional development courses focusing on teaching and curriculum design for researchers is scarce, so this remains an area of critical need and opportunity.

The goal of the INVEST program is to produce expert educators within basic science and its disciplines. The program is comprised of two parts: teaching skills instruction, and a staged approach to curriculum design and evaluation/assessment. The program includes didactics, experiential learning opportunities, group work, and application-based workshops. Students have opportunities to practice teaching in simulated sessions and receive feedback on their skills from INVEST program instructors.

For more information about INVEST, contact Reena Karani, MD.

This three-day course is provided by the Harvard Macy Institute in Boston. The course provides training in teaching and learning theory, as well as support in developing medical education scholarship. There is a fee for participation.

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