Promoting Learning over Teaching: Organizing Principles for Curriculum Design at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine

Presented by David Battinelli, M.D. on February 8, 2011 at 12:00 pm

During this session, Dr. Battinelli will be describing the story of a new medical school The Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. He will be focusing on the development of the curriculum and our efforts to promote learning over education. Highlighted will be approximately 10-12 facets of the process and curriculum that they believe are somewhat unique and innovative. Including:

  • The 50:50 partnership of a University and a very large multihospital health system
  • The importance of core values and guiding principles
  • A unique departmental structure
  • A completely integrated curriculum teaching normal, abnormal, and therapeutics
  • Early meaningful patient experiences including an EMT curriculum and a continuous longitudinal integrated clinical experience from the earliest days of medical school
  • A fairly unique assessment process including a heavy emphasis on demonstrating knowledge in action including essay exams, simulation and performance based OSCE’s
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David BattinelliDr. Battinelli received a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in biology from the University of Scranton, Scranton, Pennsylvania and subsequently his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, New Jersey.  He completed an internship, residency, and chief residency at the Boston City Hospital.  After his chief residency he became an Assistant Director in the Department of Medicine and Assistant Director of the Housestaff Training Program at the Boston City Hospital. Later he directed the Training Program at the Boston University Medical Center Hospital, and subsequently, the integrated Boston City Hospital/Boston University Medical Center Hospital/Boston Veterans Administration Medical Center Combined Training Program.   In 1996, he became Vice-Chairman for Education and led the Internal Medicine Training Program after the formation of the Boston Medical Center (a result of the merger of the Boston City Hospital and the Boston University Medical Center Hospital).  In July of 2007 he left Boston University to assume the position as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer for the North Shore – LIJ Health System, the nation’s second largest, non-profit, secular healthcare system.  The health system includes 15 hospitals throughout Long Island, and New York City,  11 long-term care facilities, a medical research institute, four trauma centers, five home health agencies and dozens of out-patient centers. North Shore-LIJ facilities house more than 8,600 beds, and are staffed by over 8,000 physicians, 10,500 nurses and a total workforce of about 42,000 — the largest employer on Long Island and the ninth largest in New York City. In this role he is in charge of all undergraduate and graduate educational programs, all continuing medical education, and academic affairs and institutional relationships.  The North Shore-LIJ Health System has over 110 ACGME accredited programs, 1400 residents and fellows, and 500 visiting medical students.

The North Shore- LIJ Health System in partnership with Hofstra University formed the newly accredited Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.  This is the first new medical school on Long Island in over 40 years. In addition to his responsibilities as the Chief Academic Officer for the health system, Dr. Battinelli is the Senior Associate Dean for Education and Chaired the committee that developed the curriculum for the new medical school.

Dr. Battinelli’s interests are primarily in the area of medical education and faculty development.  He is a trained facilitator for the Stanford Faculty Development Program for clinical teachers and has taught more than 250 local, regional and national faculty development seminars, courses and workshops on improving clinical teaching.  He has also presented over 100 grand rounds and clinical problem solving presentations, and given more than 50 Boston University continuing medical education lectures on a variety of topics for the general internist.  He is a Past-President of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine.  He has worked closely with and served on numerous committees for a variety of national medical organizations including the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine, Association of Professors of Medicine, Association of Subspecialty Professors, Association of Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, American College of Physicians, American Association of Medical Colleges and the Accreditation Committee on Graduate Medical Education.  He  initiated and chaired a national effort to reform the fellowship application and matching process to help restore the balance of interests between resident applicants and fellowship programs. This resulted in the ERAS for fellowship application and matching process now used across the country and throughout all of GME.

Dr. Battinelli has also received a variety of awards including graduating AOA, receiving the Jessie B. McCall Award for Most Proficiency in Internal Medicine at UMDNJ, Teacher of the Year Award at Boston University, Visiting Lectureships including The Harold J. Jaghers Memorial Alumni Memorial Lecture at UMDNJ, The Leah Lowenstein Memorial Alumni Lecture at Boston University, as well as consistently listed in Best Doctors, Guides to America’s Top Physicians and Boston Magazine’s Best Doctors for Internal Medicine.