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NYU Academy of Health Educators to Be Established

Dr. Robert Berne

Dr. Michael C. Alfano

Dean Bertolami has announced that plans are underway to create the NYU Academy of Health Educators, which will bring together the Colleges of Dentistry and Nursing, the School of Medicine, the College of Arts and Science, and the Wagner School of Public Service to focus on fostering and recognizing excellence in education, mentoring faculty, supporting education-based research, and developing educational protocols for assessing teaching effectiveness and innovation in teaching and learning. The concept for the NYU Academy of Health Educators derives from models created by the Harvard Medical School and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine.

"Although excellence in teaching is indisputably central to the mission of educating tomorrow's healthcare providers across disciplines, it is often undervalued and undersupported," explained Dean Bertolami. "The decision to create the NYU Academy of Health Educators aims to rectify this situation by highlighting the important role of faculty in teaching and mentoring in addition to their roles in clinical care and research."

"Importantly, because NYU is so well positioned to capitalize on synergies among health professions education schools, the Academy's focus will be interdisciplinary and interprofessional in nature and will report directly to Senior Vice President for Health, Dr. Robert Berne, who, along with NYU Executive Vice President Michael C. Alfano, has helped to guide the vision of the Academy. It is my expectation that membership in the Academy will come to be seen as the gold standard for evaluating excellence in teaching."

Said Senior Vice President Berne: "Teaching excellence has always been a hallmark of NYU's academic programs in the health area, and the Academy will take a cross-disciplinary approach to advancing knowledge and expertise across the entire faculty. Issues related to technology, subject matter integration, and pedagogy are critical to teaching in all aspects of health."

Members of the Academy will be selected on the basis of a rigorous process designed to document direct teaching accomplishment; involvement in curriculum development and teaching and learning assessment models; advising and mentorship experience; educational scholarship; and educational administration and leadership.