The School of Education’s new master’s program for practicing health professionals graduated its first class of 11 students earlier this month. Among the graduates were a range of health professional practitioners specializing in pediatrics, internal medicine and other clinical specialties.
The Master of Science in Health Professions Pedagogy and Leadership (HPPL) in the School of Education is a hybrid program designed to prepare clinicians for expanded roles as clinician educators. The program’s flexible structure allows full-time working professionals to earn a graduate degree part-time within two to three years. This MS program combines the expertise and resources of Hofstra University’s School of Education, the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, and Northwell Health to provide students with a comprehensive learning experience. All students complete a capstone project related to their discipline and education roles.
“When you feel that you have conquered your clinical world, this program shows you how to begin conquering your educational world,” said Dr. Razia Jayman-Aristide, an assistant professor at the Zucker School of Medicine who is among the program’s first graduates.
Dr. Jayman-Aristide said she was able to apply new philosophies she learned from the program to her classes at Zucker. “An important component of my classroom teaching is humanism,” she said. “In one of my major comprehensive projects, I included medical knowledge, team dynamic skills and humanistic medicine.”
Said Alice Fornari, the program’s director and an associate professor of Specialized Programs in Education: “We designed the program for practicing clinicians who don’t have educational backgrounds but have landed themselves in teaching and educational leadership roles in their clinical settings where they interact with learners and colleagues. This degree focuses on giving you the skills to teach what you do well and how to lead educationally.”
Another graduate, Elizabeth Fiorino, MD, is an assistant professor of Pediatrics at the Zucker School of Medicine. “I aim to teach graduate and undergraduate medical students to pay forward what my best teachers imparted: the perception of medicine as a discipline of problem-solving and teamwork, with something new to learn on every single day of practice,” said Dr. Fiorino, who is also a specialist in pediatric pulmonary medicine at Northwell Health. “This program exceeded my expectations, in terms of the content, the faculty, the knowledge gained… the HPPL Masters [program] is one of the highlights of my career thus far.”