David Elkowitz, DO

Dr. Elkowitz 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. He 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 byte 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 holding students responsible for their own learning. This byte also covers the application of information rather than relying on memorization to stimulate critical thinking.

At the end of the professional development byte, you will 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

Dr. Elkowitz has disclosed he has no relevant financial relationships.