A leading innovator in medical education has joined the Frank H. Netter, M.D., School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University to oversee ongoing development of the school’s curriculum and faculty.

As associate dean for assessment and faculty development, Dr. Lisa Coplit will help shape curriculum assessment for students and promote professional development opportunities for faculty members.

Coplit, a general internist from Old Greenwich, comes to Quinnipiac from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, where she was director of the Institute for Medical Education.

“Quinnipiac is at the forefront of medical education,” Coplit said. “The opportunity to build a school from the ground up allows us to think without boundaries, coupling current educational theories and technologies with our experience as educators, scientists, advocates and physicians.”

In January 2010, Quinnipiac began the complex accreditation process to establish a medical school with an emphasis on primary care. The university plans to enroll the charter class by fall 2013.

“Dr. Coplit is a nationally recognized leader,” said Dr. Bruce Koeppen, founding dean of the Frank H. Netter, M.D., School of Medicine. “Her expertise will ensure that our faculty members are effective teachers and that our graduates possess the competencies to become caring, compassionate and highly effective physicians.”

Coplit emphasizes the critical importance of nurturing the development of both students and faculty members. At Mount Sinai, she implemented faculty and professional development programs for educational leaders, basic science faculty, clinical faculty, residents and medical students.

She also served as co-developer and director of the Resident Teaching Development Program, a multi-specialty teaching skills curriculum for all residents at Mount Sinai Hospital and its 12 affiliates.

“As we strive to meet our goals as a medical school, we must evaluate our progress at every step of the way to ensure we are fulfilling our obligations to our students, faculty and society,” Coplit said.

Coplit completed her medical school, residency and chief resident training at the Boston University School of Medicine. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and anthropology from Brandeis University.

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