Medical Education Department

Key Functions

patient with medical staff

Medical staff with patient

virtual simulation

virtual simulation

virtual simulation

virtual simulation

virtual simulation

students and staff

students and staff

The key functions of the department are identified and described below. It includes patient-centered education and assessment of clinical skills, data analysis, faculty development, and curriculum development and assessment. For health care providers wishing to enhance their academic careers, medical education provides clinical rotation experience in academic medicine and a Master of Science degree in Medical Education.

Patient-Centered Education and Assessment of Clinical Skills
This includes clinical skills training courses and involves the use of standardized patients, medical simulation, clinical skills examinations, OSCEs, and preparation for the COMLEX 2 PE. Programs are available to train physicians, residents, students, and other health care professionals in patient interactions and clinical skills.

Dr. Heather McCarthy serves as the medical director for patient-centered education. Clinical disorders and diseases are portrayed by a surrogate patient while training and assessment in physician-patient interactions are highlighted. The program utilizes community members to serve as surrogate patients in our training program. If you are interested in participating as a surrogate patient, please contact Donna Chase at (954) 262-1786 for an application or select from the Form link on the left pane.

The Medical Simulation Clinic resembles a hospital emergency room. We use robotic manikins and task trainers to teach various procedures and patient care to health care providers. Dr. Gary Hill can organize training for health professionals that duplicates the hospital setting where patient care is provided. If you are interested in receiving more information about our Medical Simulation Clinic or participating in a training program, please contact Marysel Sierra at (954) 262-1423.

Data Analysis
Data analysis provides data support for student matriculation and progression, curriculum, course evaluation, and clinical education evaluations. Academic support for grading is provided for several courses within the curriculum as well as monitoring of attendance. Data regarding outcomes on performance assessment are also available. The creation and maintenance of various databases within the college and providing up-to-date information on students and alumni is also provided.

This unit has been very active in the development of educational technology in the curriculum, especially with CurrMit (the curriculum management database), Blackboard (course management system), Tegrity, and Turning Point technology. Data analysis is heavily involved in medical simulation training for health professionals as well as the NSU Virtual Clinic and Art Observation in Second Life, which are emerging medical education technologies. Data analysis is also available to assist in using educational technology and providing research support for projects and grants. The director, Evelyn Walker, as well as Elizabeth Oviawe and Carmen Hernandez, are available to assist you with any questions by calling (954) 262-4390.

Faculty Development
Maintaining a cutting-edge educational program requires a continuous learning environment for administrators as well as faculty and staff members. Whether providing live or online instruction in educational methods, learning new technology tools, sharing knowledge about databases, or developing courses, Dr. Evelyn Schwalenberg, director of faculty development, is just a phone call away at (954) 262-1405. You are welcome to participate in any of our grand rounds lunch-and-learn programs, which allow faculty members to present medical knowledge on various topics within their fields. Our innovative, interprofessional grand rounds program is also a favorite of Health Professions Division personnel as faculty members from various programs present aspects of diseases from the views of the different professions. To view past programs, you can access the faculty development link from the NSU-COM homepage in Shark Link.

To enhance and develop skills of students and faculty, several programs are

available.  Students, who wish to consider a career in academic medicine, can take an Academic Career elective as a fourth year student which provides hands-on training in education. To participate, please contact Dr. Marti Echols at 954-262-1496. Beginning in 2013, three new faculty development tracks will be offered to COM faculty free of charge. They include: Training as a Course Director, Faculty Health & Wellness, and Using Technology in Teaching. Dr. Evelyn Schwalenberg can assist you in participating. Finally, for healthcare professionals wishing to enhance teaching skills and share hands-on knowledge of their profession, a Masters Degree in Medical Education is available. The program is jointly sponsored by the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Fischler School of Education. To enroll in this graduate program, contact Dr. Marti Echols at mechols@nova.edu for assistance.

Curriculum Review, Assessment, and Development
This area of medical education provides oversight of the NSU-COM curriculum using a curriculum database called CurrMit. This identifies what, where, and when content is taught within the curriculum. It also provides a forum to compare curriculums amongst other medical schools and stay abreast of the ever-changing needs of medical education. By participating in various forums, curriculum feedback and evaluation is received, which allows for continuous quality improvement of our curriculum. Our reputation for providing a "cutting-edge medical education" is a source of great pride.

This area also serves as academic support of the curriculum by providing numerous academic assistance programs for students, faculty support, course support, and exam analysis. Support for students needing assistance in study and test-taking skills or preparation for the COMLEX 1, 2 CE, and 2 PE is also available. Dr. Marti Echols, assistant dean for medical education, has an open-door policy and welcomes your input and participation in the medical education curriculum. You may contact her via her assistant, Chania Vargas, at (954) 262-1716.