Office of Faculty Development

Davidoff Education Day

The Office of Faculty Development runs an annual day dedicated to innovations in medical education entitled Davidoff Education Day. This year's event is taking place on Wednesday, December 11, 2019.


Dr. Luanne Thorndyke, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, is joining us as our featured speaker for Einstein's Sixteenth Annual Davidoff Education Day on December, 11, 2019. The day will focus on developing effective conflict management skills to enhance efficiencies in the workplace setting. There are five conflict-handling modes: competing, accommodating, avoiding, collaborating and compromising. Each of us can use all five conflict styles; personal predisposition and work situations contribute to an individual’s conflict management style in the workplace. This session will help attendees explore their own conflict management style, which will enable them to transform conflict into collaboration and enhance their leadership skills.

In previous years, the day focused on themes such as:

Leading Change 

On December 13, 2018, Mr. Kevin H. Souza, Associate Dean for Medical Education at UCSF and Dr. Brian Schwartz, Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF, visited our campus as we hosted the Fifteenth Annual Davidoff Education Day. Together they facilitated a workshop on Leading Change with mini-talks by Mr. Souza speaking on “Leading Change: Getting to the Other Side” and Dr. Schwartz speaking on, “Applying Kotter’s Change Model to Change at a National Society.”  The day will also feature a networking luncheon and series of interactive workshops led by Einstein faculty.

Approaches to Achieving the Integration of the Basic and Clinical Sciences Under the Curriculum Renewal 

On April 27, 2017, Einstein’s Fourteenth Annual Davidoff Education Day focused on the different approaches to achieving the integration of the basic and clinical sciences under the curriculum renewal. The morning began with a plenary session entitled, "Lost in Translation: Collaborating to Bring the Basic Sciences Back to Entrust Excellence in Everyday Medical Practice" presented by Dr. Leslie H. Fall, MedU Executive Director and Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. The day also featured presentations of "Works in Progress", led by faculty members who have undertaken long-term projects with the potential to effect significant change and improvement in the education of medical students. 

Medical Education Scholarship
On June 16, 2016, Einstein’s Thirteenth Annual Davidoff Education Day focused on medical education scholarship. The morning began with presentations of "Works in Progress" by faculty members who have undertaken long-term projects with the potential to effect significant change and improvement in the education of medical students. This was followed by the plenary session entitled, “Medical Education Research and Scholarship: A Call to Action” presented by Dr. Reena Karani, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education and Curricular Affairs and Director of the Institute for Medical Education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The day also featured a networking luncheon and series of interactive workshops led by Einstein faculty in the afternoon.

Small Group Teaching
Einstein’s Twelfth Annual Davidoff Education Day in 2015, Dr. Auguste Fortin, Director of Psychosocial Curriculum and Director of Communication Skills Education at Yale School of Medicine lead the morning plenary entitled, “The Small Group Teacher: Center Stage or Centered Sage?”. And led a workshop about "The Tao of Small Group Facilitation: "They will all say, 'We did this ourselves”. During these sessions, Dr. Fortin discussed the critical role that small group teaching plays in medical education and he defined the characteristics of an effective small group facilitator.

In 2014, Davidoff Education Day focused on the role of online teaching in medical education. We were fortunate to host Dr. Thomas S. Riles, The Frank C. Spencer Professor of Surgery at New York University School of Medicine, and currently the Associate Dean for Medical Education and Technology at NYU Langone Medical Center. Joined by: Sabrina Lee, Director of the Division of Educational Informatics at NYU Langone Medical Center; Mike Nick, Technical Director of WISE-MD; So-Young Oh, Instructional Design Specialist at NYU Langone Medical Center, and Jen Shoenthal, Multimedia and Interactivity Developer at NYU Langone Medical Center. Together, they equipped faculty with the necessary skills to successfully incorporate E-Learning into medical education. The interactive format allowed faculty to gain basic tools to help them integrate new technology into the classroom. The latter part of the day included an introduction to the new Forchheimer Education Center, showcasing the technological capabilities that will help faculty expand their teaching repertoire.

Competency-based Medical Education
In 2013, we were fortunate to host Dr. Eric Holmboe, M.D., Senior Vice President for Quality Research and Academic Affairs at the American Board of Internal Medicine and American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, as the plenary speaker. During this program, faculty developed strategies that assisted them in linking the recently approved Einstein educational competencies to their courses and clerkships.

“Social Media in Medical Education: The Promise and Perils”
In 2012, Kent Bottles, M.D. lead the morning plenary session, “Educating Physicians in the 21st Century: Twitter, Facebook, and Digital Medicine”. Katherine Chretien, M.D. joined us in the afternoon and addressed professionalism and social media in medical education in her keynote entitled, “The Road to Professionalism in the Digital Age”. During this program the focus was set on social media as a tool for educators. Faculty explored its use in medical education and examined the promise that these new tools afford educators as well as the potential pitfalls.

Curricular Enhancement
In 2011, it was privileges to have, Dr. Lawrence Smith, M.D. and Dr. Mary Lee, M.D., M.S. share a wealth of experience in curricular design and new technology. This program focused on curricular enhancement. Dr. Smith lead the morning session, entitled “Building a New Medical School: A Chance to Design Curriculum from Scratch” and Dr. Lee lead the afternoon session devoted to the TUSK knowledge management system.

..And other innovative themes in Medical Education…

For fifteen years, this day has consistently attracted over one hundred faculty and is continuously widely anticipated by our medical educators.

Davidoff Education Day Poster Session 

In previous years, the Office of Faculty Development coordinates the Annual Davidoff Education Day as well as the Poster Session that is included in the program. This session has been a perfect way for our faculty to showcase their research in medical education that is occurring at Einstein affiliates. While it will not be offered in 2017, we look forward to the 2018 session.



Registration for Davidoff Day on December 11, 2019 is open.
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