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NYMC – Statement on Optimal Learning Environment

NYMC has confidence in the fact that safe and effective care of patients is shaped by an environment of quality medical education which is rooted in human dignity.

NYMC embraces our responsibility to create, support, and facilitate a learning environment in which our patients witness and experience a sense of respect, collegiality, kindness, and cooperation among our students and teachers. This same sense is expected of all who impact the environment of patient care: administrators, advanced learners, other health professionals, and staff.

NYMC affirms our responsibility to create, support, and facilitate a challenging learning environment that empowers both educators and students.  We affirm our commitment to excellence in shaping a culture of teaching, learning, research and patient care that is rooted in collaboration, empathy, compassion, and respect for human dignity of all involved.  

Who We Are

The mission of the Office of Faculty Development is to support career and professional development of its School of Medicine Faculty at all levels including teaching, research, service and clinical practice.   

The goals of the Office of Faculty Development are to provide programs and resources that allow faculty to build professional skills and knowledge in scholarship and education, to promote mentorship and collaboration, and to reward and recognize faculty commitment to and excellence in education.  Furthermore the Office of Faculty Development aims to engage faculty on an ongoing basis to ensure programs and resources are applicable to faculty needs. 


Faculty Development Committee

Sally Schwab, Ph.D, MSW, Chair

Assistant Dean for Faculty Development

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Course Director, Learning to Teach, NYMC – School of Medicine


Kathryn Spanknebel, MD, FACS
Senior Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs
Director of Undergraduate Surgical Education
Associate Professor of Surgery
New York Medical College, School of Medicine
Associate Director, Cancer Center
Westchester Medical Center
40 Sunshine Cottage Road
Skyline 15-A26
​Valhalla, NY 

Phone: 914 - 594 - 2057

Gregory Almond, MPH, MS

Gregory Almond, MPH, MS

Chief of Service, Emergency Medicine

Metropolitan Hospital Center

Professor & Chairman, Emergency Medicine

New York Medical College

School of Medicine

Maria Capparelli, MD 

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Praveen N. Chander, MD
Professor of Pathology
New York Medical College
Director of Renal Pathology
Westchester Medical Center
100 Woods Road

Regina Damon

Institutional Administrator

New York Medical College

Graduate Medical Education

Dr DiLisi

Michael DeLisi, MD

Chairman, Department of Family Medicine, St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center

Director, Family Medicine Residency Program, St. Joseph’s  Regional Medical Center/New York Medical College- School of Medicine

Associate Professor of Clinical Family & Community Medicine, New York Medical College


Leanne Forman,MD 

Assistant professor of medicine and section chief internal medicine and associate residency program director

Shantie Harkisoon, MD

Program Director, NYMC Phelps Family Medicine Residency Program

Dana Mordue,Ph.D

Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Dr. Rissucci

Donald A. Risucci, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean for Assessment and Evaluation, and Professor of Surgery,

Michal Laniado Schwartzman, Ph.D.

Professor & Chair, Department of Pharmacology, NYMC – School of Medicine


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Components of the Faculty Development Office

  • Educational Skill Development
  • Medical Education Grand Rounds 
  • Career Advancement in Academic Medicine Series
  • Junior Faculty Mentoring / Promotion
  • Guidance in Scholarly Work 
  • Assist Course Directors with Course or Curriculum Development on an "As Needed" Basis
  • One to One Consultations with Course Directors and Faculty (Feedback to Improve Teaching Skills
  • Resident as Teacher/Student as Teacher

Contact Us:

Phone: 914-594-3900

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