Institute for Medical Education


The leadership team of the Institute for Medical Education is devoted to the advancement of learning and teaching.

Reena Karani, MD, MHPEis Director, Institute for Medical Education, Medicine, and Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine.

Dr. Karani received her bachelor’s degree from Brown University and her MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed her residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine; and her fellowship, chief fellowship and medical education research fellowship in Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at The Icahn School of Medicine. Dr. Karani also received a Master of Health Professions Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Karani was the recipient of a Career Development Award from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and her research interests include performance-based learner assessment, knowledge and skill transfer, and novel curricular approaches in health professions education. Dr. Karani has presented her work nationally and internationally. She is the author of respected peer-reviewed publications focused on medical education and has served as a valued mentor to students, residents, fellows, and faculty.

Dr. Karani serves as faculty and is on the steering committee of Harvard University’s Program for Educators in the Health Professions. She is Co-Chair of the Education Committee at the Society for General Internal Medicine, a member of the Education Committee at the American Geriatrics Society (AGS), and chairs the Medical Education Research Review Committee for AGS. Her honors include the Sigma Xi Scientific Honor Society, the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, the Presidential Award in Medical Education from AGS, the John A. Hartford Center of Excellence Scholar, the Teacher of the Year Award from the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics, the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Icahn School of Medicine, Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and Master Educator from the Institute.

Robert Fallar, PhD, is Assistant Director, Institute for Medical Education and Director, Evaluation and Assessment, Department of Medical Education.

Dr. Fallar received his bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University, his Master’s Degree in Statistics from New York University, and his PhD in Educational Research, Assessment and Evaluation from Seton Hall University. He was also a recipient of the 2007 Institute for Medical Education Special Achievement in Teaching Award.

Dr. Fallar was previously Director of the Survey Center at The Mount Sinai Hospital and has mentored many students and faculty on projects that incorporate survey research methodology. He has also provided statistical and reporting support to The Morchand Center for Clinical Competence for more than 10 years. He brings to the Institute a wealth of experience in program evaluation and project design.