Kenar D. Jhaveri, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine and a member of the Division of Kidney Diseases and Hypertension at North Shore University Hospital and LIJ Medical Center, recently received the 2013 Miriam Friedman Ben-David Award for his work in developing innovative teaching tools to enhance medical education, including the use of crosswords and anagrams to teach nephrology.
The award, bestowed by the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE), recognizes individuals who, in a relatively short time, have made a significant contribution to medical education. The award is in memory of the late Miriam Friedman Ben-David. Dr. Jhaveri is the first physician from the United States to receive the award, and Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine is the first U.S-based school to receive this honor since the award’s inception in 2008.
“My goal is the use of innovative teaching techniques to enhance learning among all forms of learners – medical students, residents, fellows and faculty,” said Dr. Jhaveri. “In addition, performing meaningful research in medical education can improve the quality of education we provide to our trainees.” Dr. Jhaveri received the award at the 2013 AMEE Conference, held in August in Prague, Czech Republic.
Dr. Lawrence G. Smith, Dean of the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, said, “I congratulate Dr. Jhaveri on this prestigious award. He is a outstanding example of the kind of innovative educator we want working with our medical students.”
The Selection Committee members at AMEE were impressed by Dr. Jhaveri’s documented contributions to the field of medical education and recognized his strong commitment to, and passion for, teaching of students, residents and fellows. The Committee was particularly impressed by the high regard in which he is held by both students and peers, and that he is recognized as a role model for the next generation of students and junior doctors.
Dr. Jhaveri has developed multiple teaching tools, including games like crosswords, anagrams in nephrology, role playing, case-based debates and concept maps, to teach residents and fellows at the Health System and medical students at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. He has also developed a nephrology blog for teaching purposes at www.nephronpower.com and is the editor of the first Nephrology Journal blog- www.eajkd.org ( the official blog of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases). In addition, he has published several original articles in peer-reviewed journals that highlight his research in medical education.
AMEE is a worldwide organization with members in 90 countries on five continents. Members include educators, researchers, administrators, curriculum developers, assessors and students in medicine and the healthcare professions. The AMEE organizes an annual conference and delivers courses on teaching, assessment, simulation, computer-enhanced learning, research and leadership skills for teachers in medicine and the healthcare professions. AMEE publishes the journal Medical Teacher, a series of education guides, occasional papers and Best Evidence Medical Education guides.