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Medicine's Teaching Awards

Katrina Armstrong

The Leonard Berwick Award goes to Dr. Katrina Armstrong, assistant professor of medicine and epidemiology. The Leonard Berwick Memorial Teaching Award, established in 1980-81 by the Berwick family and the Department of Pathology, recognizes a member of the medical faculty who in his or her teaching most effectively fuses basic science and clinical medicine.

Dr. Armstrong completed her medical school and residency training at Johns Hopkins where she served as Chief Resident from 1995 to 1996. As a faculty member in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Penn, she has been actively involved in education at the undergraduate, medical school, residency and fellowship level. She is the co-developer and course director of Clinical Decision Making, the third component of the pre-clinical Clinical Evaluative Sciences curriculum. Clinical Decision Making uses an innovative case-based format to teach first and second year medical students how to use basic epidemiologic principles, clinical evidence and knowledge of the health care system to approach controversial clinical decisions. In addition to her leadership in the CES curriculum, Dr. Armstrong has been recognized as a "dynamic and effective lecturer," a "superb inpatient attending," an "outstanding role model for students and peers alike," and "a dedicated and inspiring mentor."


The Blockley-Osler Award was created in 1987 by the Blockley Section of the Philadelphia College of Physicians and is presented annually to a member of the faculty at an affiliated hospital for excellence in teaching modern clinical medicine in the bedside tradition of William Osler. This year it is presented to Dr. Robert A. Greenstein, associate professor of psychiatry in the clinical educator track at the School of Medicine and acting associate chief of staff for Behavioral Health at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. Dr. Greenstein graduated from Villanova University and Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine and completed his psychiatry residency training at St. Luke's Medical Center in New York City. He has taught psychiatry residents, medical students, nursing students, as well as psychology and social work students at HUP and VA Medical Center. As director of the HUP Outpatient Psychiatry Service in the late 1980s and 1990s, Dr. Greenstein trained many of the psychiatry residents who are now faculty members at HUP and the VA Medical Center. He derives special pleasure in supervising medical students in the HUP Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic and the VA Mental Health Clinic.


Evan Siegelman

The Robert Dunning Dripps Memorial Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education was established in 1983 by the Department of Anesthesia, and recognizes a faculty member who exemplifies excellence in the education of residents and fellows in the areas of clinical care, research, teaching and/or administration. This year it is presented to Dr. Evan S. Siegelman, associate professor of radiology and section chief of Magnetic Resonance Imaging.  He was the 1984 valedictorian of Franklin and Marshall College, and in 1988 received his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Seigelman joined the faculty of Penn Medicine in 1994 after serving as radiology resident and MRI fellow at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.  In 1999, he was honored with Penn's highest teaching distinction in Radiology, the Wallace T. Miller Sr. Award.  He is a tireless teacher of medical students, residents and fellows, and has lectured nationally and internationally on topics of abdominal and pelvic MRI.  A true role model for future clinician-educators, Dr. Seigelman is known at HUP for his clinical expertise, extraordinary work ethic, and mentorship of physicians-in-training.


John Monroe

The Dean's Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Training was established in 1992-93 to recognize excellence in graduate education. This year it is presented to Dr. John G. Monroe, of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Dr. Monroe received his B.S. in biochemistry from the University of California, a M.S. in cell and molecular biology at California State University, a Ph.D. in immunology at Duke University and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School. He joined the Department of Pathology in 1986 as an assistant professor and is currently professor and vice chair in the Division of Immunobiology. Dr. Monroe chaired the Immunology Graduate Program from 1993 to 2001. He initiated formation of a joint Ph.D. training program in immunology with the National Institutes of Health which is now a model for similar programs at other institutions. He chairs the committee on education for the American Association of Immunologists. Dr. Monroe's research interests are focused on signal transduction through receptors in the immune system and on lymphoid cell development. He has trained over 30 rotation and thesis students in his laboratory. His approach to training students in his own laboratory is to encourage creativity and independent but rigorous thinking. 

The Dean's Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching at an Affiliated Hospital was established in 1987 to honor commitment to medical education and excellence in clinical teaching by recognizing outstanding faculty members from affiliated hospitals. Three recipients were chosen this year: Dr. Bernard S. Kaplan, Dr. Robert K. Cato, and Dr. David H. Stern.

Bernard Kaplan

Dr. Bernard Kaplan is professor of pediatrics and medicine, and director of Pediatric Nephrology at CHOP. He graduated with a M.B.B.Ch., from University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 1964. He had extensive post-graduate training in Johannesburg and Montreal, Canada. For nine years he was director of Residency Training at The Montreal Children's Hospital and McGill University. In 1987 The Paige and Bernard Kaplan Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching was instituted by the Residents of The Montreal Children's Hospital. This has been awarded annually to the best teacher on the attending staff of that hospital. Under his leadership the Division of Nephrology at The Children's Hospital was awarded The Jean A. Cortner Divisional Teaching Award in 1993. He has been cited in Best Doctors of America numerous times for his clinical expertise in Pediatric Nephrology. He has an international reputation for his studies, over the past 34 years, on the hemolytic uremic syndromes.


Robert Cato

Dr. Robert Cato is assistant professor of medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine. After graduating Alpha Omega Alpha from Cornell University Medical College in 1993, he did his internal medicine residency at Penn, and stayed on to start a new practice at Presbyterian in 1996. He is Medical Director of the Penn Center for Primary Care, and Chief of the Division of General Medicine at Presbyterian Medical Center. He is the recipient of the 1998 Maurice Attie Faculty Teaching Award, and the 2001 Sylvan Eisman Outstanding Primary Care Physician Award. He is actively involved in medical student and resident education both in the hospital and in his practice.


David Stern

Dr. David Stern graduated from Dartmouth College, with a degree in chemistry and biology. He attended Penn's School of Medicine and at graduation in 1996 was awarded the Gate Pharmaceuticals Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Study of Medicine. He trained in internal medicine at HUP, and served as Chief Medical Resident in 1999-2000. At the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, Dr. Stern serves as Chairman of the Clinical Champions Committee and Medical Director of the Community Based Outpatients Clinics, and has a full-time Primary Care practice. He serves as clinical assistant professor of medicine in the Associated Faculty, and enjoys teaching both on the inpatient wards and in his outpatient office. Dr. Stern strives to inspire students and residents with his intellectual curiosity and commitment to his patients, and hopes his students learn as much from him as he does from them.


Joshua Metlay

The Dean's Award for Excellence in Basic Science Teaching was established in 1987, and honors exemplary teaching and commitment to medical education specifically in the basic sciences. This year it is presented to Dr. Joshua P. Metlay. Dr. Metlay is an assistant professor of medicine and epidemiology in the Division of general internal medicine and Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Dr. Metlay graduated from Cornell University Medical College, completed his residency training at the University of Pittsburgh and completed his fellowship training in General Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. His research focuses on the emergence of antibiotic resistance among respiratory pathogens. For the past three years, he has directed the Introduction to Epidemiology and Biostatistics course for first year medical students. In addition, along with Dr. Katrina Armstrong, he co-developed the course Clinical Decision Making, which is a novel case-based course that teaches first and second year students how to apply principles of epidemiology to arrive at recommendations surrounding difficult medical decisions. The core concept underlying both of these courses is that the knowledge of the basic science of epidemiology is an essential skill that is required to sustain the practice of medicine in an environment of rapidly expanding new information. Strong enthusiasm by students for these courses is a testament to the important and unique role of epidemiology in the medical school curriculum at Penn.


Kyle Kampman

The Scott Mackler Award for Excellence in Substance Abuse Teaching was established in 2000 by the Penn/VA Center for Studies of Addiction and the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Mackler is known for his excellence in teaching medical students, residents, post doctoral fellows, nurses and other Penn faculty in many different departments in the area of substance abuse. This year the award is presented to Dr. Kyle Kampman, assistant professor of psychiatry at Penn and the VA Medical Center. He is Medical Director of the University's Treatment Research Center. Dr. Kampman is active in educating medical students, psychiatric residents, substance abuse fellows, primary care physicians and other healthcare professionals. Dr. Kampman's primary research interests lie in the development of medications to treat cocaine and alcohol dependence and the study of stimulant withdrawal syndrome. He is currently Principal Investigator of a large trial looking at combinations of medications for the treatment of cocaine dependent patients with severe cocaine withdrawal symptoms.


Reed Goldstein

Dean's Award for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching by an Allied Health Professional was established in 1996-1997 to recognize outstanding teaching by allied health professionals (e.g.; nurses, physicians assistants, emergency medical technicians). This year the award is presented to Dr. Reed D. Goldstein, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry in the associated faculty of the School of Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree from LaSalle University, M.A. in psychology from NYU and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from St. John's University. Dr. Goldstein serves as attending psychologist on the Inpatient Psychiatry Unit, as well as on the Consultation-Liaison Service at Pennsylvania Hospital. He is supervisor of psychology interns, post-doctoral fellows, medical students and residents in psychiatry. Dr. Goldstein has made medical student teaching one of his top priorities at Pennsylvania Hospital. Dr. Goldstein has long been involved in clinical research related to depression, personality and neuropsychology.


Steven Larson

Special Dean's Award was established in 1989 90 to recognize outstanding achievements in medical education by faculty members, particularly in the development of new, innovative educational programs. This year the award was presented to Dr. Steven C. Larson. Dr. Larson graduated from Haverford College with a degree in fine arts. He graduated from Penn Medicine and completed a residency in internal medicine at The Graduate Hospital. He returned to Penn to complete his fellowship training in emergency medicine at HUP. Upon completion of his training, Dr. Larson joined the faculty in the newly formed Department of Emergency Medicine as an assistant professor. Since 1993, Dr. Larson has volunteered his services at Project Salud, a migrant health center in southern Chester County. He has served as the medical director since 1998. In 1994, Dr. Larson established Frontline Medicine, a program at the School of Medicine created to provide medical students, residents and faculty with the opportunities and resources to examine and study critical issues in the area of global health. In 1996 he was awarded the Haverford Alumnae Award for Service to Humanity. In 1997 he was the first Penn recipient to receive the North Beth Israel Humanism in Medicine Award. He received a Penn Med Clinical Pearls Teaching Award in 2001. He recently received the 2003 Penn Martin Luther King Community Service Award.



Medical Student Government Awards

The School of Medicine’s graduating class selects the recipients of these two awards each year; one is for basic science teaching and the other is for clinical medical teaching. They are both for faculty who have demonstrated excellence in teaching medical school classes.

Helen Davies

The Basic Science Teaching Award

Dr. Helen Davies, professor of microbiology, has received the MSG Teaching Award for Basic Science. This is the thirteenth time she has won this award. Dr. Davies received a Lindback Award in 1977.

Steven Garletta

The Clinical Medical Teaching Award

Dr. Steven L. Galetta, Van Meter Professor of Neurology, is this year’s recipient of the MSG Teaching Award for Clinical Medical Teaching. Dr. Galetta received the Robert Dunning Dripps Memorial Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education in 2002 and has been the recipient of Dinon and Lindback awards.


  Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 31, April 29, 2003