Mount Sinai Launches First CME-Accredited Course on Coursera On-Demand Platform

New York, NY
 – June 14, 2016 /Press Release/  –– 

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) has launched the first CME credit course on the Coursera On Demand MOOC (massive open, online course) platform. The course, “Acute and Chronic Rhinosinusitis: A Comprehensive Review,” was created and implemented by the Departments of Academic Informatics and Technology and Otolaryngology, in conjunction with the Office of Continuing Medical Education (CME) at ISMMS.

Hosted by Instructor Satish Govindaraj, MD, Associate Professor and Chief of the Division of Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery at Mount Sinai, the course aims to help primary care physicians, otolaryngologists and the general public broaden their understanding of how to diagnose and treat patients suffering from acute and chronic rhinosinusitis, a condition that causes infection and irritation of the sinuses.

“Increasing demand for the virtual classroom, coupled with Coursera’s 10+ million learners worldwide, is what drew Mount Sinai to Coursera’s MOOC pedagogy,” notes Paul Lawrence, Vice President of Academic Informatics and Technology and Associate Dean at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “The flexibility of taking multiple remote modules, versus attending an entire course in one sitting, is a game changer. This format enhances engagement, attendance, and outcomes.”

The course is structured into four modules:
Module 1: Normal Sinus Anatomy and Function
Module 2: Acute Rhinosinusitis: Diagnosis and Treatment  
Module 3: Chronic Rhinoinusitis: Diagnosis and Treatment
Module 4: The Role of Surgery for Sinusitis

Participants may take the course at no cost, pay for the official Coursera Certificate and CME credits. Physicians participating in this course have the option to receive 1.75 CME credits after successfully completing the course.

“We have enhanced the On Demand platform with an added access to CME options,” adds Leah Belsky, Vice President of Partnerships and Premium Learning Experiences at Coursera. “We look forward to partnering with other distinguished universities in offering this enhanced format, as well as increased engagement from the medical community in using Coursera as an educational resource for CME credits.”

To register for the Otolaryngology course, visit or contact the Mount Sinai Office of CME at  For more information about Coursera and CME-credited courses, visit

About the Mount Sinai Health System

The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research, and advancing biomedical education. Structured around seven hospital campuses and a single medical school, the Health System has an extensive ambulatory network and a range of inpatient and outpatient services—from community-based facilities to tertiary and quaternary care.

The System includes approximately 7,000 primary and specialty care physicians; 12 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 140 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the renowned Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the highest in the nation in National Institutes of Health funding per investigator. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked as one of the nation’s top 10 hospitals in Geriatrics, Cardiology/Heart Surgery, and Gastroenterology, and is in the top 25 in five other specialties in the 2014-2015 “Best Hospitals” issue of U.S. News & World Report. Mount Sinai’s Kravis Children’s Hospital also is ranked in seven out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked 11th nationally for Ophthalmology, while Mount Sinai Beth Israel is ranked regionally.

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