Health Professions Education Center

Special Projects

The HPEC is currently involved in a number of unique and innovative projects which involve collaborating with faculty at the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing and the Hunter College School of Health Professions. In line with its mission, the HPEC is committed to bringing Hunter students and faculty to the forefront of the latest cutting-edge technology by spearheading the acquisition and development of new instructional programs and academic initiatives. The following are just a sample of our current and recently completed collaborative projects.

The HPEC is Pleased to Welcome Our Newest Tutor, Sheryl Handler

The HPEC is pleased to announce that Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing alumna, Sheryl Hendler, RN, BSN, MSN, CPON, will be tutoring at the HPEC. Watch this space for updates on tutoring times and subjects.

Physical Therapy's Dr. Nicki Silberman Develops New, Simulation-Based Course

The acute care setting presents unique challenges to physical therapy (PT) students including: interprofessional communication, safety, discharge planning, and managing unstable patients in a complex environment. Students often lack confidence and struggle with the advanced skills required in this setting. The Hunter PT program and the HPEC are developing a new simulation-based PT course aimed at improving student confidence and competence for acute care clinical practice.

The HPEC Unveils New Mobile Sim Lab

The HPEC and Gail McCain, Dean of Hunter-Bellevue's School of Nursing, are proud to announce the development of a new, portable simulation lab at the Brookdale campus. The lab features mounted cameras, microphones, and DVD recorders for detailed observation and assessment of students' skills. Simulation technology offers future nurses the opportunity to practice clinical skills in a low-risk environment by using high-fidelity mannequins in place of actual patients. The lab, located on the 7th floor, includes a debriefing area where faculty can discuss students' strengths and weaknesses observed during the recorded sessions. The HPEC staff, together with the Nursing Lab and Campus Facilities staff, worked together to create this new, mobile teaching/learning space.

ITEACH Developing New E-Learning Modules

In the three years since its inception, the ITEACH team has worked tirelessly to find new and creative ways to educate health professions students in interprofessional education and practice (IPE). ITEACH brings together Nursing, Public Health, and Social Work students from Hunter College and Medical students from the Weill Cornell College of Medicine. ITEACH focuses on integrating IPE in the curriculum to develop student competencies in teamwork and communication. HPEC staff are working with ITEACH Program Director, Barbara Glickstein and Project Manager, Shawn McGinniss, on the design and development of interactive e-learning modules to support these aims.


The modules developed by ITEACH can now be found here.

Coming Soon to Hunter College: Telepractice

The HPEC and the Hunter College Center for Communication Disorders are working together to bring Telepractice to Hunter College. In the face of budget cuts and a national shortage of speech-language clinicians, medical practices and schools are struggling to meet the expressive and receptive communication needs of their clients and patients.

The Hunter College Center for Communication Disorders is exploring the use Telepractice as part of the graduate student curriculum. The spectrum of speech-language pathology practice is continually changing, and Telepractice is coming to the forefront. With the use of Telepractice, a speech-language pathologist is able to connect remotely with clients while working towards improving their communication skills. All of healthcare is in a dynamic age of electronics, and Telepractice is one of the ways in which Hunter College seeks to serve its mission in training tomorrow's healthcare professionals.

For more information on Hunter's initiative and Telepractice, please see the article attached.

iPad Pedagogy Learners' User Group (iPLUG)

The HPEC along with the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing have created an iPad Pedagogy Learners' User Group (iPLUG) as a forum for the exploration and review of healthcare applications available for the iPad. Centered around nursing education, iPLUG is a community comprised of faculty and staff that encourages members to discover, share, test and evaluate medical applications for future integration into the Hunter College nursing curriculum.

The vision of the iPLUG program is to create a repository of knowledge of the emerging healthcare technologies and applications for use in classrooms and clinical settings. With knowledge gathered from the user group, faculty will learn to incorporate iPads in their teaching and will provide students with the hands-on, interactive tools necessary to develop critical skills required for nursing practice.

"The Near Miss," An Electronic Learning Module

The HPEC is developing a series of Computer-Assisted Instructional Packages (CAIs) for student use and study. "The Near Miss," produced by Shawn McGinniss and HPEC Director Martin Dornbaum, features Ms. Alla Vasilenko in a highly probable and potentially life-threatening situation between patient and nurse. Using animations and audio cues, the program encourages nursing students to begin thinking about medication errors in the workplace and ways to prevent them. "The Near Miss," along with other new electronic learning modules, will soon be available on all HPEC workstations for student and faculty viewing.

Congratulations to Donna Nickitas for Being Named a 2015-16 FITT Faculty Fellow.

Faculty Innovations in Teaching with Technology (FITT) is a selective program for faculty that supports innovative ways of incorporating technology in teaching and learning. The program promotes creative pedagogical approaches to using familiar technologies (such as Blackboard), and the inclusion of less familiar technologies that enable students to learn in new ways. For further details, see the FITT website.

New York Simulation Center for the Health Sciences (NYSIM)

The New York Simulation Center for the Health Sciences, created through a partnership between The City University of New York and NYU Langone Medical Center, is one of the nation's largest, urban-health science simulation training facilities. This state-of-the-art, 25,000-square foot Center, is located within Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Ave. The facility's primary mission is training students from the affiliated nursing, medical, dental and allied health schools of NYU and CUNY, as well as the residents, practicing physicians, and nurses from the NYU Langone Medical Center. Also part of the Center's mission is the training of those who will become the first responders during New York City's natural disasters.

The Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing students and faculty are looking forward to working in the New York Simulation Center for the Health Sciences.

For more information about the NYSIM please visit their website.

Updates: PT Students - 3rd NYSIM Experience!

Additional Pictures of Hunter Faculty and PT Students at NYSIM

Hunter Nurses' First Days at NYSIM

The Center for Health, Media and Policy (CHMP) at Hunter College

The Center for Health, Media and Policy at Hunter College is an interdisciplinary initiative for advancing the health of the public and promoting healthy public policies. CHMP is a catalyst for shaping crucial conversations about heath and healthcare through media, research, education, and public forums. Founded and co-directed by Dr. Diana Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Ms. Barbara Glickstein, MPH, MS, RN, the CHMP supports projects such as: the Healthstyles Radio station (WBAI-NY 99.5FM), Media and Leadership Training, and providing the public with a first glance at new film and media in the field of healthcare.

HPEC Director, Martin Dornbaum, is a Senior Fellow at the CHMP and is looking forward to a close collaboration between the two Centers. The HPEC will be working with members of the CHMP in supporting projects that promote the health of the public.

Click here for more information on the Healthstyles Radio station (WBAI-NY 99.5 FM).

To learn more about the CHMP, please visit their website.

Johnson & Johnson's Campaign for Nursing's Future with Dr. Donna Nickitas

The HPEC is happy to be working with Dr. Donna Nickitas and Johnson & Johnson's Campaign for Nursing's Future.

Keep on the lookout for the Nurse Educator: Narratives by Nurses film series which will be available for online viewing soon!

Click here to read Johnson & Johnson's newsletter, "Nursing Notes," featuring a transcript of the interview with Dr. Nickitas. See also, Short Takes: Narratives by Nurses.

To learn more about Johnson & Johnson's Campaign for Nursing's Future, please visit their website.

Update: Congratulations to Dr. Donna Nickitas on being featured in Nurses: If Florence Could See Us Now, a new film by Kathy Douglas. The film offers viewers a glimpse into the intricate, exciting and demanding world of being a nurse. Nurses from all over the country were interviewed for the film to share their moving stories.

NYC Nursing Education Consortium in Technology (NYCNECT)

NYCNECT is a 5-year, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-funded mechanism for the Faculty Development: Integrated Technology into Nursing Education and Practice Initiative (Faculty Development: ITNEP). Led by principal investigator, Dr. Joyce Griffin-Sobel, CUNY faculty will receive hands-on instruction in innovative pedagogy, healthcare simulation, informatics, and telehealth. By creating a consortium of all CUNY nursing schools and increasing faculty expertise in these areas, NYCNECT will prepare nursing students for 21st century healthcare practices, contribute to the reduction of health disparities in under-served populations, and prepare a diverse, culturally competent nursing workforce.

Martin Dornbaum is the Technology Director and serves on the internal advisory board for NYCNECT. Additionally, he is a content author for online learning modules about mobile devices and the integration of instructional technology into nursing curricula. The HPEC assists project staff in hosting interactive seminars for NYCNECT faculty trainees. HPEC is also assisting NYCNECT in setting up video conferencing spaces for interacting with nursing faculty at other CUNY sites.

For further information and applications, please visit the NYCNECT website.

Attached is a brief message from Dr. Donna Nickitas, the new Program Director of the NYCNECT Project: To Nurse Transformers and Friends.



More Photos

NYCNECT Kickoff Photos

Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC)

Located in the Weill Cornell Medical College, the Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) set out to move translational research from the bench, to the bedside, and to the community seamlessly. The CTSC acts as a conduit through which essential resources, technological tools, and education programs for all partners can be efficiently shared and managed.

The CTSC provides a multi-institutional collection of resources and service providers to assist researchers from the creation of interdisciplinary research teams, to protocol design and development, through implementation, compliance, and finally, the publication of results. Their multi-institutional consortium includes: Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, Cornell University Hospital for Special Surgery, Hunter Center for the Study of Gene Structure and Function, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital, and the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences.

Working closely with faculty on their research initiatives, Mr. Martin Dornbaum, (HPEC Director) serves as Technology Consultant between the Hunter College Schools of the Health Professions and the CTSC.

For more information about the CTSC please visit their website.

Integrating Transdisciplinary Education at Cornell Hunter (ITEACH)

The ITEACH grant, a collaboration between Weill Cornell College of Medicine and Hunter College (Nursing, Public Health, and Social Work), aims to create an innovative transdisciplinary, experiential educational program in simulated and community-based settings that:

  • (1)Provides regularly scheduled service-learning activities.

  • (2)Exposes students from each of the participating health professions to experiential learning in high-quality healthcare team collaboration.

  • (3)Identifies opportunities to develop multi-level interventions that can address environmental influences on patient health and the health of communities.

Students from these health professions schools will be immersed in community-based learning environments which include working with public health practitioners, physicians, nurses, and social workers in order to shape their professional identities and learn the norms and values of behaviors in their own field of health professions, as well as in others.

Attached is a brief message from Barbara Glickstein, the new Program Director of the ITEACH Project: Read more here.
ITEACH Photos: Last Class

More ITEACH Pictures

ITEACH Pictures

High Speed Access to Communication Sciences Clinical Evaluation Tapes

The HPEC is working with the Communication Sciences Program to provide students with new resources for their studies. Over 100 clinical observation videos are now available for viewing on a high-speed media carousel at the HPEC.

These videos will allow students to gain a broad exposure to various communication disorders and disabilities, as well as cover many topics including but not limited to: language, articulation, fluency, swallowing, voice, hearing, cognition, social skills, and augmentative communication.

Communication Sciences Video List
To access and view videos in the collection, please stop by the HPEC.

Partnerships to Enhance Nursing Education in Haiti

Eighty-seven percent of the healthcare provided in rural Haiti is done so by nurses or nursing aides who do not have the requisite training to provide the care they are called on to give. The Partnerships Conference aims to develop nursing education programs which can be implemented and expedited, allowing the residents of Haiti to receive the care they need. The goals of the program include: creating effective partnerships between North American schools of nursing and Haitian schools of nursing, coordinating the efforts of the North American schools of nursing which are working in Haiti by standardizing curriculum and developing expedited programs, and formalizing the accreditation process so that minimum requirements for all schools are uniform.

The HPEC is working with The Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, the Haitian Nursing Association, and Promoting Health in Haiti, to provide support for Haitian schools of nursing. Promoting Health in Haiti was founded to provide support and create collaborations between North American and Haitian schools, in order to develop Bachelor's and Master's level nursing education in Haiti, ensuring that nurses will have the training necessary to provide the complex care they are called on to deliver in hospitals and outpatient settings.

Over the past few years, Hunter faculty members have traveled to Haiti to gain a better understanding of the current status of Haitian nursing schools, and to further develop the program. For information on these trips, please click here and visit the Promoting Health in Haiti website.

Past Events Album

Pictures From Gala:

Hunter Nurses Connect to Nurses in Haiti:

Being Excellent Scholars in Transition to Nursing (BESt 4.0)

The BESt 4.0 Program, an HRSA funded Workforce Diversity grant, offers pre-entry preparation and retention activities for students interested in nursing and health professions careers.

The mission of the BESt 4.0 program is to facilitate the transition of financially and educationally disadvantaged students into and through the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing (HBSON). Students focus on achieving careers as baccalaureate nurses in service to New York City's neediest communities. Students from the Manhattan Hunter Science High School (MHSHS), Hunter College, and HBSON participate in educational activities which prepare them for careers in the nursing profession. Participants are exposed to fundamental resources and coursework vital to their success. Workshops geared towards improving academic performance, and culturally competent healthcare practices, are part of the eight-week high school academy and college pre-entry preparatory programs. Students engage in mentoring relationships in preparation for the rigorous collegiate experience, as well as learning foundational skills crucial to career preparation. Stipends and scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate determination, dedication, and commitment to academic success. Pre-entry preparation, retention activities, tutoring and counseling are other components implemented by the BESt 4.0 program.

The HPEC assists the School of Nursing in determining appropriate learning resources for BESt students. The HPEC computer lab has MathMedia educational software which provides BESt students with a comprehensive review of mathematics. Additional instructional DVD series are also available in our media collection through the BESt 4.0 program.

Past Events

Grid Computing with Rockefeller University

In a collaboration with Rockefeller University, the HPEC is assisting in research and biostatistical analysis projects by linking many of its computers to Rockefeller University's grid computing system.

Grid-based web services for multivariate u-statistics or 'ÁStat', is a novel biostatistical approach for analysis of complex, semi-quantitative data. Most statistical methods currently used in clinical and translational research are based on the linear model and, thus, have shortcomings when applied to non-linear biological systems. Previous work on partially ordered data by Dr. Knut Wittkowski, combined with his theoretical results and computational strategies, has opened a new field of non-parametric statistics. ÁStat allows for detecting adverse event (AE) profiles, advanced phenotyping, and comprehensive analysis of genetic/genomic/proteomic data. The first applications available to both internal and external users at the Rockefeller University Hospital Website are:

  • (1) An alternative to the TDT, one of the most widely used tests in establishing genetic linkage. The alternative test yields superior analysis results in some cases of linkage.

  • (2) Spreadsheets for teaching and analysis of small data sets, with extensions of the u- and Gehan test to multivariate data.

  • (3) Access to a grid server that enables screening for epistatic sets of SNPs and gene expression profiles.

  • (4) A Bioconductor module for detecting and masking small blemishes on microarrays.

The Rockefeller University Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) proposes to take a lead role in developing a National Clinical Phenotyping System under the auspices of the Biomedical Informatics Subcommittee of the National CTSA Consortium Steering Committee. Web-based clinical phenotyping ontologies connected to databases for many diseases and biologic processes will be made available to qualified investigators who will be able to use the core structure and adapt it for their unique needs.

Using Digital Video to Assess and Engage Communities about Urban Health

Together with Professor Jessie Daniels, the HPEC is working to bring digital video technology to aid in research to improve urban health.

Using digital flip cameras to conduct and record interviews with communities about health issues, the goals of the project are:

  • (1)Enabling faculty to incorporate the latest digital video technologies into research about urban public health.

  • (2)Engaging urban communities in assessing their own health needs and actively participate in constructing research agendas that addresses those needs.

  • (3)Educating graduate and undergraduate students in the use and potential of the latest digital video technologies.

Research strategies include making advocacy videos and documentary films that raise public awareness about health, and using digital videos to record and observe patterns and features in the urban environment that may affect health, such as health-damaging pollution and other hazards. In addition, researchers may use products created with digital video technologies to advocate for policy changes that will improve the general health of the public.

Unbound Medicine

The HPEC is working to provide nursing students at Hunter College with access to the most up-to-date medical resources. Utilizing Unbound Medicine's wireless, web-based technology platforms, and medical applications, the HPEC is connecting students to the latest information. These programs, aimed for use on mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets, allow students to gain experience in new technologies that support evidence-based care and decision making. With current information at their fingertips, students will be able to utilize reliable data in order to enhance patient safety, reduce medical errors, and better plan care.

The Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing has a site license for the Nursing Central software package from Unbound Medicine. Students, faculty, and adjunct faculty have full access to this package after an initial free registration on a computer in the School of Nursing. After the registration, users can download the package to their computer or mobile device from home. All students must have a smart phone, tablet, or other mobile device for access to the Nursing Central Unbound Medicine package. Most devices are compatible with the Unbound Medicine software.

For more detailed information on the Nursing Central Software Package from Unbound Medicine, click here.

Nursing Simulation Education:SimMan®

Simulation technology provides an immersive, interactive learning environment and places nursing students into life-like, role-playing situations where they can apply clinical techniques learned in the classroom on robotic simulator “patients.” Using the SimMan® Universal Simulator system, various software modules help to create common patient/caregiver scenarios based on a number of health conditions, ranging from healthy to terminally ill patients. The SimMan® mannequins are incredibly lifelike, featuring realistic breathing patterns, heartbeats, pulse and blood-pressure reading points. This allows nursing students to practice many clinical procedures in a simulated bedside environment without putting a live patient at risk.

At Hunter, simulation technology is quickly becoming an integral part of the nursing curriculum. The HPEC worked closely with the School of Nursing to help research and launch simulation technology, design the layout of the lab, and determine equipment placement. The HPEC works with nursing lab staff to provide ongoing technical support. Simulation technology continues to be a great success in training the next generation of nurses.

A Step Further In Nursing Simulation Education: Advanced Video Systems

In cooperation with the Nursing Laboratory Staff, the HPEC has recently enhanced the debriefing aspects of simulations with the installation of Laerdal's Advanced Video System (AVS).

The AVS simplifies the delivery and presentation of scenario debriefing by providing instructors with a tool to review all student assessments, therapies, patient interactions, critical thinking skills, and communication skills. Students will benefit from observing the impact of their actions or inactions. Debriefing with AVS accurately replays scenarios and shows what occurred, as opposed to relying on student perceptions of what occurred.

It automatically integrates data from up to four video cameras, a microphone, and patient monitoring with the event log from any of Laerdal's Advanced Patient Simulators, creating a debriefing file that is easy to review with students, manage, and share. The AVS can also be integrated into your simulation center's Local Area Network, allowing simulations to be viewed throughout your facility. With all these new features, the HPEC is integrating the latest technologies to further improve the education of our nursing students.

Electronic Medical Records Technology

HPEC is working with the School of Nursing to bring electronic medical records technology to the campus. Using Cerner, a PowerChart electronic record viewing system designed for nursing education, faculty will be able to seamlessly integrate electronic patient records and data into their courses. This will allow students access to simulated patient charts, clinical notes and diagnoses, and treatment histories. Students can edit and add information to patient records as needed, and practice using the system, providing them with more hands-on training and skill development before entering the workforce.

Cerner can now be accessed from all computers within the HPEC. A user guide is available for students and faculty to become more familiar with the Cerner system.

Research in HIV Intervention: Skills for the Community (RHISC)

The Center for Community and Urban Health (CCUH) has founded an NIMH-funded, 3-year, summer training institute and mentoring program to advance the research careers of eight, early-career academic faculty and advanced degree health service professionals from the CUNY system and greater New York City metropolitan area. RHISC consists of a six-week summer training program, each summer for three years. In addition to the summer institute, fellows will engage in year-round mentoring, which provides participants with a complementary skill set, enabling them to become federally-funded researchers in: youth, community, family and HIV. Mentoring faculty at Hunter will provide seminars on grant-writing, designing research plans, effective community-based interventions, and oversight and management of research projects, field operations, data analysis, and dissemination.

The HPEC is working closely with RHISC Faculty Mentors and RHISC Fellows to ensure the successful incorporation of media and technology into their projects and summer institute seminars.

Learning Enhancement Opportunities (LEO)

Prof. Margaret Cocozza

The HPEC supports the Learning Enhancement Opportunities (LEO) project, a multifaceted approach to enhancing learning opportunities for nursing students studying for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). This project includes a series of online tests, computer tutorials and advisement sessions.

Helpful CAIs Available at the HPEC: Related Videos Available at the HPEC:
  • Med NCLEX-RN Success: Q&A Testing Tool
  • NCLEX 4000
  • Maternity Mania
  • Med-Surg Mania
  • Peds Mania
  • Psych Mania
  • Labor and Delivery
  • Medication Maestro Series
  • Basic Principles of Pharmacology
  • Be Drug Wise: Psychotherapeutic Drugs
  • Math Magic for Meds II
  • Promoting Safety: Reducing Medical Errors
  • DVD# 8208: Decreasing Medication Errors
  • DVD# 8207: Case Studies in Medication Error Prevention
  • DVD# 8206: Medication Error Prevention: 6 Steps to Improving Patient Safety
  • DVD# 8205: Prevention of Medication Errors
  • DVD# 5328: Emergency Airway Problems
  • DVD# 5329: Acute Respiratory Failure
  • DVD# 5330: Code: Cardiac Arrest
  • DVD# 5331: Diabetic Emergencies
  • DVD# 5332: Cardiac Emergencies
  • DVD# 5098: First 2.5 years: Physical Growth & Motor Development
  • DVD# 5615: 2.5-6 years: Physical Growth & Motor Development
  • DVD# 5780: Middle Childhood: Growth and Development
  • DVD# 5644: Adolescence: Growth and Development

Ongoing Equipment Upgrades at Hunter

The HPEC has worked with ICIT to install computers, projectors, and other audiovisual equipment in multiple classrooms at Brookdale. We will continue to provide upgrades as we acquire better equipment, such as projectors with higher intensity output, new displays, and upgraded instructor computers. For more information on Smart and Enhanced Classrooms at Brookdale, see our classroom comparison chart.

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Health Professions Education Center
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