Novel Assessment Strategies in an Integrated Curriculum

Presented by Judith Brenner, Samara Ginzburg, & Keith Metzger on September 27, 2012 at 12:00 am

In this session we will discuss the general scheme of assessment and some of the specific assessment techniques and instruments used to evaluate undergraduate medical students at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. The focus of this system of assessment is to both evaluate traditional medical student competencies as well as the ability of students to apply basic medical knowledge to clinical scenarios and link basic and clinical science. Additionally, our assessments aim to provide meaningful feedback to students in the form of developmental, competency-based milestones.

Topics highlighted in this session will be:

  • Overview of the assessment scheme at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
  • Use of a regular “Reflection, Integration and Assessment” week to provide opportunities for both summative and formative assessment of students
  • Assessment of higher-order learning in traditional laboratory courses
  • Assesment in Case-Based Learning: Use of self and group assessments in sessions and in weekly follow-up essays

Presenter Bios

Judith Brenner – no bio available


Samara GinzburgSamara Ginzburg, MD is an Associate Dean for Medical Education, and Director of Case-Based Learning at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, as well as Director of Undergraduate Medical Education for the North Shore-LIJ Health System.

Dr. Ginzburg is part of the leadership team at the School of Medicine and thinks critically with others about ways to bring innovations into the curriculum. She works with all the Course Directors to bring the SOM’s philosophies and values into development of the case-based studies, which are a form of problem-based learning that will be used to teach key science concepts and ground students in understanding disease and solving clinical problems. Dr. Ginzburg is also integrating her role in clinical education at the Health System with the developing clinical education for the SOM.

Previously, Dr. Ginzburg was Director of Case-Based Learning for the Department of Medicine’s Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s Education Innovation Project at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. In addition, she was involved in both medical resident education and Endocrine practice.

Dr. Ginzburg received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biopsychology from the University of Michigan, and a Medical Degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She completed a Residency and Chief Residency in Internal Medicine, followed by a fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Mount Sinai Hospital.


Keith MetzgerKeith Metzger, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Science Education at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. His primary roles at the School of Medicine are in curriculum development and as co-director of the Structure course, which combines the traditionally compartmentalized topics of anatomy, embryology, pathology, histology, clinical imaging and physical diagnosis in a laboratory-based course. Dr. Metzger’s research and scholarly interests are in evaluation of integrating curricula in promoting knowledge application, anatomical sciences education, and use of technology in medical education. Additionally, he conducts basic science research investigating the functional morphology (form-function relationships) and biomechanics of vertebrates, with a focus on the vertebrate feeding system.

He received his Ph.D. in Anatomical Sciences from Stony Brook University.