The Office of Academic Affairs oversees the departments of Graduate Medical Education, Continuing Medical Education, Faculty Development, Alumni Affairs, Library Services, Housestaff Wellness, Diversity and Inclusion and Global Health throughout Northwell Health. The office serves as a resource to facilitate accreditation of programs as well as recruitment and onboarding of residents and fellows.
Academic Affairs works closely with the Graduate Medical Education Committee and site subcommittees across Northwell. The Office of CME (OCME) works within the Academic Affairs to support all Northwell-sponsored continuing medical education activities.
The Office of Academic Affairs:
- Advocates for issues important to the house staff
- Coordinates the educational committees, including the Graduate Medical Education Committee and the hospital-based site subcommittees
- Serves as a liaison between the Health System and the various accreditation agencies, including the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the Commission of Dental-Medical Education, the American Osteopathic Association and the Council of Podiatric Medical Education as well as many other sub-specialty organizations
- Serves as a liaison between Northwell Health and various local, state and federal regulatory agencies overseeing medical education
- Conducts periodic internal audits for all accredited and independent graduate medical education programs
- Monitors the annual initial and re-appointment process for house staff throughout Northwell Health
- Sponsors a variety of house staff, medical student and faculty education programs
- Is responsible for the development of graduate and undergraduate medical education programs
- Conducts the Northwell's annual House Staff Orientation
- Supports the Resident Fellow Forums and House Staff Associations at individual hospitals
Northwell Health recognizes the importance of being a responsible member of the communities we serve and the larger global community. We serve one of the most diverse patient populations in the country, and our leadership does not stop within our national borders. Northwell recently created the Center for Global Health in the Office of Academic Affairs.
The center’s mission is to create a diverse, world-class global health program for medical students and residents that positions Northwell Health as a global leader in healthcare and education. The center leverages and coordinates Northwell’s already extensive global outreach that has been occurring at over 20 countries on the individual program level and provides central coordination and support.
While a new initiative, global health opportunities at Northwell are already extensive, and the potential for further longitudinal and multidisciplinary global health work represents an exciting time in our health system for residents, students, and fellows interested in global health.
Housestaff Wellness at Northwell Health
Resident and fellow wellness are top priorities at Northwell. We believe that Northwell must do everything we can to support trainee wellbeing. All Northwell residents and fellows are oriented to our Wellness philosophy during their first days of training. The Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) works closely with the Residents and Fellows Forum (RFF) and House Staff Association (HSA) to identify trends across the system and to implement meaningful Wellness activities at our various training sites. The OAA also supports wellness initiatives at individual training programs through their respective program directors.
Programming includes leisure and bonding activities, resident appreciation days, financial literacy education, suicide awareness and prevention, mindfulness and reflection, and resiliency training. As part of Northwell’s multi-pronged approach to wellness the Physician’s Resource Network (PRN), a confidential counseling service is available to all physicians and students. PRN is staffed by behavioral health professionals who specialize in caring for physicians dealing with professional problems, relationship stress, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and other stressors. Residency and Fellowship training are times of great accomplishment, but also of great stress. The OAA and academic faculty are dedicated to ensuring that Northwell trainees make the most of their time with us and graduate with strong lifelong wellness habits.
Diversity and Inclusion
Northwell Health is committed to training, supporting and nurturing physicians from all backgrounds. We fully understand that diversity is integral for our institutional excellence and a means to attaining health equity. As a result, our diversity and inclusion efforts are a part of everything we do, from education to clinical care, to research, to physician well-being.
Diversity and inclusion permeate our educational and clinical initiatives. We have set a goal to make sure every one of our physicians receives training on how to deliver high quality, culturally competent care. One of our recent educational areas of focus has been on creating community health tracks for our physicians-in-training. One of our many strengths is our diverse patient population and our expectation is that our diverse patient populations receive equal care, irrespective of who they are. As a result, we are continually recruiting for a diverse physician workforce in order to meet the needs of our diverse patients.
Supporting the idea that care of the patient requires care of the provider, we are working on several graduate level wellness initiatives, with an understanding that different physicians also need tailored mentorship and guidance. We are convinced that when you join Northwell Health, you join our academic family and will feel palpable energy around diversity and inclusion.
Programs & services
Education is at the foundation of quality healthcare. To that end, Northwell Health offers educational support services to physicians, nurses, healthcare professionals and staff throughout the health system as well as members of the community.
Academic competition compendium
The annual academic competition is a scholarly activity designed primarily to encourage and stimulate the writing of professional papers and the presentation of professional posters. An added purpose is to promote the awareness of the role of the health sciences library in support of patient care, continuing professional development and research.