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About Alice Fornari

Associate Dean for Educational Skills Development,
Professor of Science Education, Occupational Medicine, Epidemiology and Prevention, and Family Medicine
Zucker School of Medicine
Vice President, Faculty Development, Northwell Health

Dr. Fornari is a Professor in Science Education, Occupational Health and Family Medicine. She is an Associate Dean of Educational Skills Development, Zucker SOM (ZSOM) at ZSOM and is the Vice President of Faculty Development for the 23 hospitals of the Northwell Health organization. Her faculty development role at both institutions is designed to align the UME, GME and CPD continuum. Serving in these roles for the past 11 years allows her to bring UME curricular innovations originating at the ZSOM to Northwell GME programs and recruit educators from GME to participate in faculty development and teaching at the Zucker School of Medicine. Most recently she was appointed as a Fellow of the Association of Medical Education of Europe (FAMEE).
 
Recognizing a need for additional faculty development to align UME and GME education, in 2016 she created and admitted the inaugural cohort to a Masters of Health Professions Education degree program. As Program Director, she supports high level faculty development for faculty who teach in Northwell Health's GME programs and desire an advanced degree in education. She has developed and implemented "Learning Drives Teaching and Assessment" workshops, an educational research curriculum, and system-wide "Resident as Teacher" and "Chief Resident" curriculum courses, all of which include interactive didactics and experiential components to assure skill-building is occurring in real-time. She has developed and implemented longitudinal continuing professional development opportunities for faculty: “Just in Time Teaching TIPS (JITT), “Learning Drives Teaching and Assessment” workshops, an educational research curriculum, “Educational Research Skills Development”, and system-wide “Resident as Teacher” and “Chief Resident” curriculum courses, all of which include interactive didactics and experiential components to assure skill-building is occurring in real-time.
Dr. Fornari is co-editor of a manual published by the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE), entitled Active Learning Strategies for Large Group Teaching. This is a web-based manual available to the medical education community that has been very well received nationally and internationally.
An interest in health humanities and reflective practice as a core competency has supported successful implementation of health humanities curriculum across UME, GME, and CME at the SOM and Northwell Health Organization. She is currently co-leading a AAMC/NEGEA Special Interest Group (SIG) on Health Huminites as Teaching and Learning tool.
Dr. Fornari is actively engaged in obtaining external funding and implementing novel programs to transform medical education across the continuum. In 2014, Dr. Fornari was awarded a 2-year grant, Mentoring and Professionalism in Training (MAP-IT), funded by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation that focuses on developing mentoring skills in clinicians to achieve humanistic relationships with trainees, colleagues and ultimately patients across the continuum of medical education. This program continues annually under the Office of Academic Affairs at Northwell Health and has an interprofessional longitudinal humanistic mentoring focus. Currently she is preparing a new Manual as a co-editor entitled Mentoring Across the Curriculum. Anticipated publication is 2021.
 
Dr. Fornari obtained her EdD, Higher Education, College Teaching and Academic Leadership at Columbia University, Teachers College in 2001. Her research interest was focused on curriculum to support ethical decision making for healthcare professionals. Her interest in ethics education has continued and she obtained a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Bioethics form Hofstra University in 2018.

Positions

Present Member, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell Academy of Medical Educators
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Present Professor, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell Department of Science Education
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Present Professor, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell Department of Occupational Medicine, Epidemiology and Prevention
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Present Professor, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell Department of Family Medicine
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Contact Information

Office Phone: 516-463-7522
Address: 500 Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549


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