Division of Educational Informatics (DEI)

Innovations in educational technology and the implementation of seminal digital applications play major roles in driving curricular evolution. They enable the school to meet its educational goals amidst growing challenges, and serve as the basis of our reporting and regulatory compliance. For over two decades, the Division of Educational Informatics (DEI), an educational technology laboratory now within the Institute for Innovations in Medical Education (IIME), has served as the locus of educational informatics innovation at NYU School of Medicine.

As part of IIME, DEI shares its founding principles of personalized medical education across the continuum of medical education and training; use of education 'big data' to drive new teaching, learning, evaluation and assessment models; and integration of the education and clinical missions of NYU Langone to create a system of continuous learning.

Recently, a new Section for Education Data was launched as part of DEI. This section is charged with leading the transformation to a data-driven culture by providing high quality longitudinal education data and advanced analytical tools to drive educated decisions and insight. 

Program areas:

  • Learner iPad program for medical students and residents 
  • Next generation learning management system
  • Analytics ecosystem at NYU School of Medicine
  • Electronic medical records in medical education and simulation training

Compass Learning Activity Management System

Compass is a custom learning activity management system from NYU School of Medicine. This freely available medical education site includes interactive learning modules, virtual patients, and online courseware.  Compass was developed to support blended learning initiatives for medical and nursing students and was funded in part by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation and the AMA Accelerating Change in Medical Education program.  To date, Compass has been used by over 14,000 students who have completed over 80,000 online learning activities.

Virtual Microscope

NYU School of Medicine invented a new virtual microscopy system to teach cellular anatomy and pathology to medical students and residents.  The NYUVM was originally launched in 2009 and was the first such system to use the Google Maps engine to display, annotate, and navigate histology and pathology slides digitized using scanners from Aperio Laboratories. NYUSoM has scanned over 1,500 teaching slides, which are freely available to explore at the link above.

Arterial Switch Module

NYU School of Medicine’s Institute for Innovations in Medical Education has partnered with Sunil Malhotra, MD, a cardiothoracic surgeon, and BioDigital Human, Inc. to develop 3D educational modules covering commonly performed, complex pediatric cardiac operations. A thorough understanding of the anatomic relationships of cardiovascular structures is of paramount importance in developing a foundation for understanding the conduct of congenital cardiac surgery. These modules are intended to provide medical students, residents and trainees with the ability to simulate performing the procedures in a stepwise fashion, with appropriate feedback and metrics to measure competency. 

Click further to experience the first of these modules covering the Arterial Switch Procedure.


To access further information, applications and FAQs, visit the IIME self-service portal (requires login).