Institute for Innovations in Medical Education Mission & History
The Institute for Innovations in Medical Education serves as a laboratory for educational innovation, bringing together departments and disciplines across the institution and along the entire medical education continuum.
We address the challenges of medical education, in order to advance the health of our patients, through world-class innovations in computer-assisted instruction, technology-enhanced assessment, and learning analytics. In addition, we support the goals of NYU Langone Health through the discovery, development, and validation of new information technologies for undergraduate and graduate medical education and through academic collaborations focusing on curricular transformation and novel research.
Our goals are as follows:
- to foster excellence in medical education by pursuing innovative models for teaching, learning, and assessment
- to improve teachers’ skills, students’ performance, and our patients’ health by using big data—large, complex data sets—to encourage insight, research, and innovation in medical education
- to invent new technologies and informatics-based educational solutions that enhance the integration of our educational and clinical missions
- to develop faculty who are prepared to teach in the modern learning environment
NYU School of Medicine was an early advocate of the personal computer for medical education. In 1987, six medical students and Martin Nachbar, MD (1937–2015) launched the Hippocrates Project, designed to support learning through the application of computer technologies, including interactive multimedia resources, to the curriculum in disciplines such as anatomy, histology, microbiology, neuroanatomy, and pathology. The project pioneered the use of computers and communication technologies, including simulation, three-dimensional animation, modeling, and online learning, in medical education.
The project expanded in 1997 to become the Educational Computing Division, which encompassed all undergraduate medical education programs. This division continued to create educational multimedia materials, including interactive physiologic simulations, and a computing infrastructure for providing email and computerized exam grading. The division offered instructors statistical reports and automated course survey results.
In 1998, a new unit called Academic Computing began developing databases for clinical research and mobile platforms. In 2001, NYU School of Medicine issued a mandate to design and develop a core curriculum for surgery, and Academic Computing split into Advanced Educational Systems and the Research Computing Resource, a molecular biology research resource. These two units were responsible for creating new formats for hypermedia instruction and developing an information technology infrastructure to use these instructional materials.
In 2007, the renamed Division of Educational Informatics took on the task of creating several new technologies and elearning resources currently in use by health professions schools across the country. These include the Virtual Microscope; the Web Initiative for Surgical Education Modules, or WISE-MD; and Biodigital Human.
In 2013, NYU Langone established the Institute for Innovations in Medical Education for developing, validating, and supporting teaching and learning innovations.