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Faculty Development & Mentoring Faculty Scholars Program

Faculty Scholars Program

The Faculty Scholars Program at NYU Long Island School of Medicine helps faculty members advance their teaching skills and develop curricula that effectively deliver high-quality, evidence-based medical education.

As a participant in the program, you design an educational research project and carry it out from start to finish. You also take part in inquiry-based, interactive class sessions and complete self-guided, independent reading assignments geared toward professional development.

Topics include learning theories, collaborative learning methods, instructional models for designing courses, and how to be an effective leader and mentor in academic environments. You gain experience searching and appraising literature about medical education, designing research studies, analyzing data, and presenting and publishing your research findings.

To complete the program, all participants present a research project at the capstone symposium on campus and submit their research findings to the Northeast Group on Educational Affairs (NEGEA) annual meeting.

For more information, please watch our Faculty Scholars Program video. If you have questions, contact Jeannine Nonaillada, PhD, assistant dean for faculty development and mentoring.

Our Curriculum

Faculty scholars take the following courses:

  • Research Primer and Institutional Review Board Basics
  • Conducting a Literature Search and Critical Appraisal
  • Writing the Literature Review and Reference Works Citation Manager
  • Research Design and Methods
  • Curriculum Development
  • Effective Small Group Teaching
  • Effective Large Group Teaching
  • Innovative Technology
  • Research Data Analysis and Interpretation
  • Clinical Teaching and Giving Feedback
  • How to Design a Poster for a Professional Meeting
  • How to Write and Publish an Original Research Article
  • Academic Promotion and the Enhanced CV for Medical Educators
  • Using Simulation in Medical Education
  • Mentoring in Medical Education

You are expected to attend educational sessions and perform all required activities by the suggested completion dates. This includes reading, engaging in online discussions with the class, and other assignments.

How to Apply

To apply to the Faculty Scholars Program, you must submit a nominating letter from your department chair that highlights your professional and academic achievements and recognizes your time commitment to the program.

The following application materials are required and should be submitted as a single PDF file:

  • a CV, including information about your current role, responsibilities, and activities
  • a brief description of a scholarly project proposal that clearly states a research question, outlines findings from a preliminary literature search, and explains a feasible design
  • the letter of approval from your department chair or division chief

Applicants must be employed at NYU Long Island School of Medicine for at least one year, be able to attend classes for the duration of the program, and satisfy all application deadlines. Access the full eligibility requirements and application instructions.

Our Faculty

Instructors in the Faculty Scholars Program have expertise in helping other educators reach their professional goals.


Arsenia M. Asuncion, MD

Assistant Dean, Clinical Education


Clilly Castiglia, MPS

Director, Instructional Design and Innovation Center


Shah Islam, DrPH, MPH



Patricia Janicke, RN

Director, NYU Winthrop Hospital Simulation Center


Wendy L. Kinzler, MD

Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education
Designated Institutional Official


Ulka Kothari, MD

Director, Educational Informatics


Jill A. Leavens-Maurer, MD

Director, Pediatric Residency


Paula E. Lester, MD

Associate Program Director, Geriatric Fellowship


Robert A. Martin, MBA

Assistant Dean and Director, Continuing Medical Education


Barnaby Nicolas, MSIS

Director, Hollis Health Sciences Library


Jeannine Nonaillada, PhD

Assistant Dean, Faculty Development and Mentoring


Gary D. Rothberger, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine


Anthony M. Vintzileos, MD

Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Our Graduates

We train advanced scholars dedicated to promoting educational leadership at NYU Long Island School of Medicine and NYU Langone Health. The following physicians have completed the Faculty Scholars Program.

2018–19 Graduates

Michael Basseyn, MD, Neuroscience
Marc Braunstein, MD, PhD, Hematology-Oncology
Carole Filangieri, PhD, Psychology
Theresa Fiorito, MD, Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Iman Hanna, MD, Anatomic Pathology
Nadia Kunzier, DO, Maternal–Fetal Medicine
Meredith A. Lazar-Antman, MD, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
Manju V. Pillai, MD, Pulmonary Medicine
Vivian N. Siu, DO, Adult Hospital Medicine
Jaime A. Suarez Londono, MD, Hematology
Chaohui Lisa Zhao, MD, Clinical Pathology

2017–18 Graduates

Tracy Adams, DO, Maternal–Fetal Medicine
Wendy Chan, MD, Pediatrics
Alena Connelly, MD, Pediatrics
Minesh Khatri, MD, Nephrology
Stanislaw Klek, MD, Endocrinology
Alka Nischal, MD, Geriatrics
Priya A. Pinto, MD, Palliative Care
Gary Rothberger, MD, Endocrinology
Odette A. Thomas, DO, Adult Hospital Medicine
Alexandra N. Vinci, MD, Pediatrics

2015–16 Graduates

Bogdan A. Grigorescu, MD, Uro–Gynecology
Sujata Gupta, MD, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Asif Noor, MD, Pediatric Infectious Disease
Marie Palazzo, MD, Pediatrics
Jamie C. Yedowitz-Freeman, MD, Internal Medicine

2014–15 Graduates

Siham D. Accacha, MD, Pediatric Endocrinology
Elana S. Kastner, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Mary R. Kriner, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Aaron Pinkhasov, MD, Adult Psychiatry
Patrice Vorwerk, MD, Radiology

2013–14 Graduates

Cindy L. Bredefeld, DO, Endocrinology
Michael Brooks, MD, MPH, Radiology
James Drakakis, DO, Nephrology
Jason C. Hoffmann, MD, Radiology
Nickolaos Michelakis, MD, Cardiology

2012–13 Graduates

Mary Cataletto, MD, Pediatric Pulmonology
Manju M. Chandra, MD, Pediatrics
Sunil George, MD, Emergency Medicine
Matthew Giuca, DO, Anesthesiology
Man Hon, MD, Radiology
Edward A. Jimenez, DO, Gynecologic Oncology
Michael Radin, MD, Endocrinology
Jane Swedler, MD, Pediatrics
Raluca Vrabie, MD, Gastroenterology