Robert L. Goodman, M.D.
The focus of my teaching has been to enable learners—be they medical students, trainees, or faculty members—to acquire the skills needed to seek out, interpret, and apply information on their own. I have encouraged students and trainees to evaluate evidence, be it obtained from the history, physical examination, or laboratory, and to critically evaluate that evidence and formulate a diagnosis or treatment plan. To teach how to formulate a question, how to locate an answer to that question, and how to apply that answer—often obtained in the highly idealized, artificial world of the randomized controlled trial—to their very unique patient in his or her very unique environment. These clinical and critical reasoning skills will serve them throughout their careers, and unlike mere “facts” will not change with technology or fashion.
I currently direct the Einstein 2nd year Epidemiology, Population Health, and Evidence-Based Medicine (EPHEM2) course, which consists of 10 small group sessions (no lectures!) integrated with 2nd year subspecialty courses (eg., endocrinology, reproductive systems, pulmonary, etc), Topics covered during the past year included bariatric surgery for the management of diabetes (during the endocrine course); mammographic screening for breast cancer (reproductive systems course); the use of CT coronary angiography for the diagnosis of coronary disease (cardiovascular diseases course); screening for lung cancer with “low-dose” helical CT (pulmonary); evaluation of tai chi for the treatment of fibromyalgia (Nervous System/Human Behavior). Clinical epidemiologic issues covered include the interpretation of diagnostic tests; biases inherent in the evaluation of screening strategies; the evaluation of randomized trials; measures of association and significance testing; and other issues related to the assessment of health technology. I also teach in the 1st year Epidemiology, Population Health, and Evidence-Based Medicine (EPHEM1) course.
In addition, much of my medical student and (housestaff) teaching takes place on the hospital wards, during 3rd year clerkship and 4th year subinternship, where I focus on clinical decsion making, diagnostic reasoning, and application of evidence in "real time."
I also teach clinical epidemiology to medical housestaff on their outpatient rotations, run an inpatient resident journal club at Einstein Hospital, and run the 1st year clinical epidemiology course for the 1st year Primary Care Social Medicine Internal Medicine residents.
In 2010 I was named " Full time Attending of the Year" Department of Medicine, MontefioreMedicalCenter, and in 2013 and 2014 awarded the Sharon Silbiger Faculty Teaching Award, Hospitalist Division, Department of Medicine, MontefioreMedicalCenter. In 2015 I was awarded the Harry Eagle Award for Outstanding Basic Science Teaching, Albert Einstein Collegeof Medicine
Goodman B. Do drug company promotions influence physician behavior? West J Med 2001;174:232-233
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