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Ross University School of Medicine's Dr. Raymond King participating in prestigious Harvard Macy Institute Healthcare Educators Programs

04/18/06

Edison, N.J. – Dr. Raymond King, a faculty member of Ross University School of Medicine, is participating in the prestigious Harvard Macy Institute’s Educators in the Health Professions and Leaders in Healthcare Education programs, the third Ross University professor to do so. Dr. King, director of Ross University School of Medicine’s Scholars Program and its gross anatomy lab as well as an assistant professor of anatomy, is among a distinguished group of healthcare educators from around the world who were selected to participate in the programs.

The Harvard Macy Institute is a collaboration of the Harvard Business School, Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. It is focused in five main areas – learning and teaching, curriculum, evaluation, leadership, and information technology - to provide an advanced training program for medical educators that combines intensive information and learning sessions at Harvard University with independent curriculum evaluations by the participants. In addition to Dr. King, two other Ross University faculty members - Dr. John Szarek, chair of the Pharmacology Department, and Dr. Charles Seidel, chair of the Physiology Department – have participated in the Harvard Macy Institute.

“This is a unique opportunity for Dr. King to learn from and share experiences with some of the top medical educators in the world,” said Dr. Tom Shepherd, president of Ross University. “In addition, he will be able to share with them the unique programs administered at the School of Medicine and be able to advance those programs even further through the rigorous evaluations he is currently performing.”

As part of the Educators in the Health Professions Program, Dr. King is studying Ross University’s newly-built, computer-based gross anatomy lab and the School’s Scholars Program. The anatomy lab, one of only a handful of its kind in the world, allows students to digitally observe and record their work and adapt it into customized courses of study. It also allows Dr. King and other instructors to remotely monitor students’ work, providing a more comprehensive level of instruction.

Ross University School of Medicine’s Scholars Program is available to the top fifteen percent of the School’s incoming class. Unique among medical schools, it allows students to tailor the learning format of their curriculum and explore special interests while still attending guided class and lab sessions and following required coursework. Dr. King will study and evaluate the program’s media site, where videotaped lectures and other instruction materials are available for download, to determine the effectiveness of the design and functionality interface and ensure optimal utilization throughout the program. Upon completion of the program, Dr. King will prepare detailed curriculum assessments and begin implementing his suggested enhancements. He will then return to Harvard in May to present and discuss his findings and course of action.

As part of the Leaders in Healthcare Education Program, which begins in June, Dr. King will develop an action plan for leading and managing institutional change in the School of Medicine’s Scholars Program. The course will involve the use of classic management studies and case studies of healthcare education reform as well as analysis of the interlocking elements of change strategies, including defining and balancing educational and other school missions, assessing an institution’s structure, culture and