Sheira L. Schlair, M.D., M.S.
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Department of Medicine (General Internal Medicine)
Dr. Sheira Schlair currently serves as an Associate Program Director, Firm 1 Director and Director of Clinical Skills Assessment for the Montefiore Internal Medicine Residency Program. She is a graduate of the eight-year combined BA/MD program at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine with concentrations in medical education scholarship and the Primary Care Track. She completed a BA in medical anthropology and founded and facilitated a Cleveland, Ohio community and campus interdisciplinary Black-Jewish Dialogue Group (hosting Cornel West and June Jordan amongst others) and Intercultural Dialogue Group on Women's Issues. She also completed coursework and achieved a Certificate in European Social Sciences from University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She is a graduate and former Chief Resident of the Montefiore Primary Care and Social Internal Medicine residency where she helped to initiate the residency's program in Kisoro, Uganda. In 2009, she achieved an MS (Medical Education) and completed a General Internal Medicine fellowship at New York University School of Medicine where she also served as a teaching attending at Gouverneur and Bellevue Hospitals.
Dr. Schlair is currently leading an initiative to revitalize the residency's clinical observation and feedback program and systematize learner and faculty assessment across clinical teaching sites and the residency's OSCE program. Her research, curricular and program development focuses on the impact of doctor-patient and teacher-student communication and teaching praxis on patient-level outcomes. She teaches, coaches and mentors learners actively at all levels (undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education).
In winter 2015, Dr. Schlair completed the nationally recognized Facilitator-In-Training program sponsored by the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare, for which she now serves as a guide to a current fellow. She also leads faculty development efforts locally and nationally in promoting skills in patient and relationship centered care for clinicians and within teams.
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