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Date: May 02, 2013

School of Medicine Professor Dr. David Elkowitz Named Distinguished Teacher for 2012-2013

Students cite his ability to 'foster passion for learning'

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine Dr. David Elkowitz, Assistant Professor of Science Education and of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, has been voted the “2012-2013 Distinguished Teacher of the First 100 Weeks” by School of Medicine students and will be honored at the May 2, 2013 Hofstra Gala, School of Medicine Dean This was the Medical School’s inaugural year for the award, which opened its doors to the first class in 2011.

Each spring, members of Hofstra’s current academic graduating classes select the faculty members from each school and college who will receive the annual Distinguished Teacher of the Year awards. The selected faculty members receive an engraved plaque, recognition in the commencement program, and a monetary award. The medical school’s award is dubbed the “Distinguished Teacher of the First 100 Weeks” because the school’s curriculum operates on a “First 100 Weeks” and “Second 100 Weeks” calendar, rather than the traditional college calendar year. Second year medical students, members of the School of Medicine’s charter, voted for the recipient of the award.

Dr. Elkowitz currently has a dual appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Science Education and of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. He also is the Director of Undergraduate Medical Education for the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the North Shore-LIJ Health System, as well as Co-Director for the Structure course at the school. Dr. Elkowitz sits on the Student Advancement Committee, interviews for the Admissions Committee, and is a leader and facilitator in the problem-based component of the curriculum.

“Dr. Elkowitz embodies the philosophy of the School of Medicine,” said Student Council President A.J. Blood, a second-year student. “He’s gone above and beyond his role as a teacher, not only to help us in our understanding of the material, but also to foster a passion for learning in each and every student with whom he interacts.”

Dr. Elkowitz received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1997. He graduated from Norwich University/ Military College of Vermont in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts and a minor in health studies. He completed a four-year combined residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York, in 2000. He also served as chief resident during the last two years of his residency. Dr. Elkowitz then went on to complete a surgical pathology fellowship at North Shore University Hospital in 2001. After completing his fellowship, Dr. Elkowitz was an attending pathologist and director of the autopsy service at North Shore University Hospital, where he also served on the graduate medical education committee. For full bio click here.