Miller Student Named to Elite Group Transforming Global Health Education

Second-year medical student Joshua Cohen has been elected to join a select group of educators working to transform how health education is delivered across disciplines around the globe. As a winner of the NCLEX-RN Content Competition, a collaboration between Khan Academy, the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Cohen will develop educational tutorials to help nursing graduates prepare for the NCLEX-RN exam.

“This is a great honor, and we are very proud of Josh,” said Alex J. Mechaber, M.D., Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education and associate professor of medicine. “Josh’s work at the Khan Academy will be very helpful as we embark on our own new innovative educational initiatives.”

The partnering organizations launched the international competition last fall to generate interest among health profession students, faculty, and practitioners in creating innovative healthcare tutorials with videos and exercises, which will be made available for free through the Khan Academy website. Cohen developed three videos for the competition, which can be viewed here, here and here.

“I’ve always had an interest in medical education and can’t wait to contribute to this new and exciting educational model,” said Cohen. “My mentor, Roger Carrillo, M.D., associate professor of clinical surgery, was invaluable in providing resources needed to make the videos, as well as the editing process prior to submission.”

“This prestigious award in medical education is a testament to the great talent Josh possesses,” said Carrillo. “It is important to advance our techniques of educating healthcare professionals, and novel technologies like Khan Academy allow students to learn at their own pace.

“Providing healthcare students as many tools as possible to make learning more efficient and exploring alternative ways of teaching, including using Internet-based technologies, are key to graduating well-prepared care providers.”

Of the nearly 100 applicants from more than 60 hospitals and academic institutions around the world, only 14 were selected. Competition submissions represented the disciplines of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, public health and graduate studies in biological science.

“Khan Academy is excited to welcome this diverse group of content creators who possess the right mix of energy and expertise needed to advance our mission to provide a free world-class education for anyone, anywhere,” said Rishi Desai, M.D., M.P.H., Program Lead for Medical Partnerships at Khan Academy. “The dynamic content developed by this group will serve as a rich resource for health professionals and the public worldwide.”

As part of the program, Cohen also participated in a training camp with Khan Academy educators March 2-9 in San Francisco.

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