Felise Milan, M.D., Named Inaugural Assistant Dean for Learner Assessment and Clinical Competencies

June 11, 2024—(BRONX, NY)— Felise Milan, M.D., a nationally recognized expert in clinical medical education and assessment, has been appointed the inaugural assistant dean for learner assessment and clinical competencies at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Milan, a professor of medicine and an attending physician at Montefiore, has been a leader in clinical education at Einstein for more than two decades, most recently serving as the inaugural chair of Einstein’s competency-based medical education and student assessment committee.

Felise B. Milan, M.D.

Felise B. Milan, M.D.

“With her demonstrated knowledge and leadership abilities, we are extremely pleased that Dr. Milan is taking on this important new position,” said Todd Cassese, M.D., associate dean for medical education and professor of medicine at Einstein. “She will play a critical role in enhancing our medical student education, as well as faculty and student experience.”

Dr. Milan will enrich current student assessment practices, continuing to ensure that all M.D. students demonstrate required competencies before graduation. In collaboration with the office of medical education (OME), she will help develop and implement a new comprehensive student assessment program, emphasizing clinical skills and reasoning. She will continue as director of the Ruth L. Gottesman Clinical Skills Center and Einstein’s standardized patient program, and to oversee the annual M.D. educational awards for faculty.

“I deeply appreciate this new opportunity to work with my colleagues to grow Einstein’s assessment program,” said Dr. Milan. “Our goal is to put systems in place that will allow us to continuously assess and refine our education programs and provide the best possible education experience to our students.”

Since 2003, Dr. Milan has directed the clinical skills assessment program for fourth-year students, developing an innovative and reliable method for setting competency standards and a video review program, providing M.D. students with vital clinical skills feedback. As director of the Introduction to Clinical Medicine course since 2007, she expanded the use of observed standardized clinical encounters for assessment and created new curricular elements.

With her demonstrated knowledge and leadership abilities, we are extremely pleased that Dr. Milan is taking on this important new position.

Todd Cassese, M.D.

Dr. Milan was part of the team that established the Ruth L. Gottesman Clinical Skills Center in 2009 and played a key role in designing and building the Montefiore Einstein Center for Innovation in Simulation. In 2021, she initiated OME’s annual assessment summit, which trains faculty in assessment principles and methods. In addition to being a successful scholar in medical education research, Dr. Milan has mentored many Einstein faculty members, including several successful grant-funded researchers.

On the national level, Dr. Milan is the founder and past president of the Directors of Clinical Skills Education, a national consortium formed in 2011, and is part of the leadership group for the Association of American Medical College’s Clinical Skills Assessment and Standard Setting project.

Dr. Milan graduated from Einstein in 1988. She completed her residency in primary care internal medicine at Brown University School of Medicine, followed by a fellowship in psychosocial medicine, and then joined the faculty at Brown as a course director in communication skills. In 1999, she returned to New York and joined the faculty at Einstein.

“Dr. Milan’s dedication to Einstein and inventive approach to student assessment has helped the College of Medicine remain a leader in medical education,” said Joshua Nosanchuk, M.D., senior associate dean for medical education and professor of medicine and of microbiology & immunology at Einstein. “We look forward to her continued success in advancing our program.”