The Health System directly sponsors 120 accredited graduate medical education (GME) programs and trains more than 1,500 medical residents and fellows annually. However, North Shore-LIJ Health System’s commitment to teaching and learning extends beyond its GME programs. The Health System’s Continuing Medical Education (CME) program encompasses over 120 conferences, regularly scheduled series, and enduring materials, and provides approximately 2,000 hours of certified CME to approximately 6,000 physicians and other health professionals each year. In 2007, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) awarded North Shore-LIJ Health System with a six-year “Accreditation with Commendation”, the highest award status available to a CME provider. To facilitate integration across the educational continuum, the School’s Dean for Medical Education also serves in the role of Chief Academic Officer in the Health System.
The Health System is nationally recognized as a leader in developing and investing in the skills and continuing education for its staff and employees. In 2002, North Shore-LIJ launched the Center for Learning and Innovation (CLI), the largest “corporate university” in the healthcare industry. CLI is dedicated to creating a world-class learning organization that provides continuous learning opportunities for staff to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to support the Health System’s strategic patient care and business goals. One innovative CLI program is the Patient Safety Institute (PSI), a medical simulation laboratory that features PC-based, interactive, high fidelity, digitally-enhanced mannequins to help physicians, nurses, medical students, and other healthcare practitioners diagnose and manage clinical problems without risk to real patients. The largest in the Northeast, the simulation center recently moved into a new 45,000 square-foot facility.