Scholarly Concentration

Medical Education


Do you enjoy teaching, are interested in medical education, and consider academic medicine as a career path?

The Zucker School of Medicine (ZSOM) Medical Education Scholarly Concentration is a longitudinal program that focuses on teaching and learning, curriculum development, instructional strategies, medical education research methods, and evaluation and assessment. The program introduces these concepts to medical students through a variety of methodologies, including an eight-week-long summer experience, longitudinal mentoring, workshops, participatory teaching within the medical school environment, and a capstone research seminar.

Program Goals

The ZSOM Medical Education Scholarly Concentration offers a formalized approach and an opportunity to focus on teaching and learning knowledge and skills to foster clinician-educator careers and lifelong learning. Students begin the path of educational research with the preparation to become leaders in graduate medical education programs.


Program Structure

Branching off from the initial introductions at the summer research experience,students take on a medical education research project and showcase their work in a poster presented at the Zucker School of Medicine’s annual Scholarship Day. Students also attend workshops and small group sessions with mentors.

Through their summer immersion experiences, students can identify longitudinal mentors who work with students throughout their time in the educational program.

Students attend workshops and seminars on medical education topics given by ZSOM and Northwell Health faculty.

During their fourth year, students participate in the Medical Education Elective – including predetermined participatory teaching – and develop and present a medical education research capstone project. Based on the depth of the project, candidates may apply for the Graduation with Distinction in Research designation.

Interested students in good academic standing must submit an application after an informational January meeting in their MS1 year. Accepted participants will be notified by late January.

Contact information and to apply:

Alice Fornari, EdD, RD, FAMEE, Associate Dean of Educational Skills Development,
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Eric Gantwerker, MD, MMSc (MedEd), FACS, Pediatric Otolaryngology, Cohen Children’s Medical Center;
Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Elisabeth Schlegel, MSc, PhD, MBA, MS (HPPL), FIAMSE, Associate Professor,
Science Education, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell