Strategies for Facilitating Learner Engagement

David Elkowitz, D.O

Dr. Elkowitz currently is the Associate Dean and Director of the Academy of Medical Educators, Director of Undergraduate Medical Education for the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Associate Director of the PEARLS program (case-based curriculum) at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine.  He is a full time facilitator in the case-based (PEARLS) component of the curriculum. Previously, Dr. Elkowitz directed the problem-based learning curriculum and the Office of Academic Medicine Fellowship at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Dr. Elkowitz has published over 40 articles, book chapters, and abstracts and has been an invited speaker at schools and meetings across the country talking about medical education topics.

Strategies for Facilitating Learner Engagement

This professional development "bite" provides a brief overview of how a relatively new medical school has taken an approach to the design of its undergraduate medical education curriculum.  This approach includes learners being held responsible for their own learning.  Attention is given to the application of information rather than simply memorization to stimulate critical thinking and application of material.

At the end of the professional development byte you ail be able to:

  • Explain the Hofstra approach to learner engagement
  • Apply the concept of student centered  learning to ones' own teaching

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  1. The PEARLS curriculum

Release date:  June 01  2017

Expiration date: May 21, 2020

Dr. Elkowitz has disclosed he has no relevant financial relationships