Institute for Innovations in Medical Education Mission & History

Institute for Innovations in Medical Education Institute for Innovations in Medical Education Mission & History
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Institute for Innovations in Medical Education Institute for Innovations in Medical Education Mission & History

The Institute for Innovations in Medical Education works with groups throughout NYU School of Medicine to establish a foundation of excellence in educational research and scholarship. It serves as a laboratory for innovation across the medical education continuum.

Our Goals 

We aim to fulfill the following goals: 

  • 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—in encouraging insight, research, and innovation in medical education
  • to invent new technologies and informatics-based educational solutions
  • to integrate our educational and clinical missions
  • to develop teachers who are prepared for the 21st century

We apply technology and informatics solutions to personalize medical education and training for students and residents. Using educational big data, we drive new models to support individualized learning, such as NYU School of Medicine’s accelerated three-year and four-year MD pathways and the dual MD/master’s degrees

Curricular innovation informed by educational and clinical data aligns our teaching with the evolving demands of medical practice. 

Our History

NYU School of Medicine was an early advocate of using the personal computer for medical education. In 1987, six medical students and a faculty member 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 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.