Honors & Other Things
School of Medicine's 1999-2000 Awards
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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.
Two recipients were chosen this year: Dr. Julie Low and Dr. Bret
|Dr. Low is director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry at
Pennsylvania Hospital, where she conducts an interviewing seminar for the
Psychiatry 200 students and is involved in the bedside teaching of
clinical psychiatry to medical students and psychiatry residents. She also
supervises psychiatry residents and medical students in the Evaluation Service
at Pennsylvania Hospital's Hall Mercer Clinic. For the last two years she
has been a preceptor in the Doctoring (Professionalism and Humanism)
||Dr. Rudy completed his undergraduate work at Lafayette
College. He then went to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
where he graduated junior AOA and cum laude. From there, Dr. Rudy
came to CHOP, where he completed his internship and residency in pediatrics.
Dr. Rudy completed a year of fellowship training in hematology/oncology
and then did a general medicine fellowship focused on HIV care. In 1993,
Dr. Rudy became the medical director of the Adolescent HIV initiative at
CHOP establishing the first dedicated program in Philadelphia for HIV-infected
adolescents. The program has become nationally recognized as a leading program
in care, research and advocacy. He serves as the Principal Investigator
of the REACH Project, the only federally-funded research study of HIV infection
in adolescents. He is considered to be an excellent clinical teacher by
both students and his peers. |
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. There are two recipients this year: Dr. Paul Teresi and
Dr. James White.
|Dr. Teresi is a laboratory section leader in anatomy, histology and
neuroscience. In addition, he codirects the anatomy and advanced anatomy
courses and serves as liaison between the department of cell and developmental
biology and the School with respect to curriculum development and implementation.
He has played an extremely important role in integrating anatomy into Curriculum
2000. One of the many improvements he has made for this difficult course
is the implementation of videotaped prosections for the medical students.
The students consider this innovation to be one of the most successful to
date. He received his B.S. degree in biology from the University of Santa
Clara and earned his Ph.D. in anatomy from the University of California,
San Francisco. He was an instructor at UCSF for nine years prior to his
arrival at Penn in 1995.
||Dr. White has a B.A. in history from Lynchburg
College, 1973, and a Ph.D. in anatomy, 1979, from Penn State. Dr. White
has been an adjunct assistant professor of cell and developmental biology
at Penn since 1995 and currently teaches gross anatomy, neuroscience or
embryology at four Philadelphia area medical schools. Dr. White has won
five AMSA Golden Apple Awards and five Excellence in Teaching Awards at
various institutions. He consistently scores at the highest level in student
evaluations and is considered by many to be one of the best educators in
the first year of medical school. |
This year there are four Special
Dean's Awards which honor special achievements by Penn faculty
members, particularly in the development of new and innovative educational
|Dr. Scott E. Kasner, assistant professor of neurology, and interim
director, Comprehensive Stroke Center, HUP, is the recipient of the Special Dean's Award for Clinical Teaching. Dr. Kasner
received his M.D. from Yale University School of Medicine. He was an intern
in internal medicine and a resident in neurology at Penn. After his residency,
he completed a fellowship in stroke and neurocritical care at the University
of Texas Houston Health Science Center. He specializes in the management
of acute stroke and intracerebral hemorrhage. His research interests are
related to the study of new methods for the evaluation and treatment of
acute stroke, as well as the identification and management of stroke risk
factors and the prevention of stroke. He is considered to be an excellent
clinical teacher and devotes much time to insuring that students receive
a first-rate education at all levels.
||Dr. Paul N. Lanken, a professor of medicine
at HUP in the Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Division, Department
of Medicine, is the recipient of the Special Dean's Award
for Development and Direction of the Bioethics/Humanism and Professionalism
Curriculum. Since 1989, he has been providing important leadership
in promoting the teaching of bioethics, humanism and professionalism in
the Penn Med curriculum. For the past four years, he has served a pivotal
role in this endeavor as leader of the Bioethics, Humanism and Professionalism
Module of Curriculum 2000, the recently completed major overhaul of the
medical school curriculum. As a result, a new curriculum in bioethics, humanism
and professionalism has been developed and successfully integrated throughout
the four years of medical school education. One such change is a new course,
Doctoring. In this, small groups of the first year students and faculty
meet regularly over a two-year period. These longitudinal groups provide
a structured and unstructured educational format for exploring many complexities
that medical students may encounter, particularly in their clinical clerkships.
These include issues related to the students' professional development,
issues of professionalism and bioethics and skill-building exercises to
improve communication in the doctor-patient relationship. The following
comparison illustrates the impact of Dr. Lanken's leadership over the past
11 years on the curriculum: in 1989, the curriculum had zero hours of
required classes related to bioethics, humanism and professionalism. Today,
Curriculum 2000 has over 100 hours of required classes in these fields. |
|The Special Dean's Award for Clerkship
Direction goes to Dr. Kathleen Zsolway, assistant professor
of pediatrics. As the assistant director of the Pediatric 200 course she
worked with Dr. Christian developing a challenging and rewarding experience
for the students. The clerkship has evolved into a series of problem-based
learning sessions through actual clinical cases. The development of the
role of "Teaching Senior" has allowed direct clinical observation
for physical exam competence. Computer-simulated cases are now being introduced
to the students to further the development of clinical skills in a "safe"
setting. As the director of the Faculty Practice at CHOP, an active and
busy clinical rotation has been established for the students combined with
an active topic discussion with an attending required each day. Having just
completed the National Faculty Development Scholar Program by the APA she
has been working with Dr. Angelo Giardino to create a series of Faculty
Development workshops. It is their goal that these workshops will offer
formal faculty development to further improve the education currently occurring
in the clinical setting.
||Dr. Mark A. Kelley, professor of medicine, and
vice chair, department of medicine, is the recipient of the Special
Dean's Award for Distinguished Service. He is the chief of medicine
at the VA Medical Center. From 1990 to 1999, he was the Medical Center's
vice dean for clinical affairs with responsibilities for physician and hospital
network development and for the coordination of clinical practice integration
across UPHS. Previously, he served for six years as vice chairman of the
department of medicine and directed the Internal Medicine Training Program
as well as the department's physician practice. Dr. Kelley completed both
his bachelor's and his M.D. degrees at Harvard and then served as resident,
chief medical resident and fellow at HUP He is listed in Best Doctors
of America and Who's Who in America. His research interests include,
the cost-effective use of technology, health care economics, and medical
Medical Student Government Awards
The graduating class selects annual recipients of these two awards.
The Clinical Medical Teaching Award
Dr. Robert Gaiser, assistant professor of anesthesia, was the
recipient of the 1999 Medical Student Government Award for Clinical Teaching
and a 1999 Lindback Award winner.
The Basic Science Teaching Award
Dr. Helen Davies, professor of microbiology, received the Medical
Student Government Award for Basic Science for the tenth time in a dozen
years. Dr. Davies received a Lindback Award in 1977.
Penn Prize for Excellence in
Teaching by Graduate Students
In the fall, Eric Eisenstein, doctoral student in marketing and the President
of GSAC, proposed to University President Judith Rodin the creation of a
new University-wide award to honor teaching by graduate students. President
Rodin responded by agreeing to personally fund ten awards this year. "Through
our graduate students, we are creating the academic community of tomorrow,"
President Rodin said. "Acknowledging extraordinary teaching is a natural
and important way to engage and entice our graduate students to strive for
An award selection committee consisting of faculty and students from
multiple schools solicited nominations from undergraduates through e-mail,
the DP and a new web page. More than 230 nominations were received
recommending more than 130 graduate students. Thirty-three of the top candidates
were invited to submit a statement of their teaching philosophy and a letter
of support from a faculty member who had supervised their teaching. From
those, ten were chosen as this year's awardees:
||Computer and Information Science|
||Comparative Literature and Theory|
Dr. Walter Licht, who chaired the selection committee said, "It
was exciting to see the response from the undergraduate community and to
read the inspiring statements by the graduate students. It was very difficult
to narrow the field to ten. We are delighted to have this opportunity to
honor some of the University's most outstanding graduate student teachers
and to publicly recognize the valuable contributions these budding scholars
make to our undergraduate programs." The ten awardees were honored
by a reception last Thursday.
The Friars Senior Society, is Penn's 99 year-old honorary society whose
annual awards were presented at a banquet held in mid-April. This year's
award winners are:
Karen Gaines, retired editor of Almanac, was presented
the "Bo Brown" Honorary Friar award in recognition of her loyal
service to Penn.
Bruce Montgomery received the "Rex Morgan" Friar of
the Year award in recognition of his retirement and the musical legacy he
has contributed as director of the Penn Glee Club and Penn Singers, and
as associate director of Musical Activities.
Dr. Walter A. McDougall, the Alloy-Ansin Professor of International
Relations History and director of International Relations, was presented
the Faculty Award by the Friars undergraduates.
Four to AAAS
Four members of the faculty have been elected to the American Academy
of Arts and Sciences. The Academy was founded by John Adams and is known
principally for the publication of the journal Daedalus.
The four new Penn fellows are:
- Randall Collins, professor of sociology
- Richard Slator Dunn, professor emeritus of history; director
- Charles Kahn, professor of philosophy
- Paul Rozin, professor of psychology; Edmund J. & Louise
W. Kahn Professor for Faculty Excellence.
Dr. Joel Conarroe, the first Penn Ombudsman and former dean of
SAS from 1983-85, now president at the Guggenheim Foundation, was also elected
Six graduate and seven undergraduate students have been chosen as Fulbright
Fellows from Penn. The students, their area of study and the country in
which they will be studying are:
- David Haney, Architecture: "Leberecht Migge and the Modern
Landscape in Weimar Germany," Germany.
- Bruce Baird, East Asian Languages & Literature: "Butoh,
Philosophy and the Burden of History," Japan.
- Jeanne Nugent, History of Art: "Photographic Memory: History
and Identity in Gerhard Richter's Photo-Paintings, 1961-1989," Germany.
- Solimar Otero, Folklore & Folklife: "Rethinking the
Diaspora: the Cuban and Brazilian Yoruba Community in Lago, Nigeria,"
- Nicholas Sawicki, History of Art: "Czech Art Exhibitions
and the Search for a Modern Identity in Central Europe, 1910-1914,"
- Jennifer Sessions, History: "Making Colonial France: the
Cultural Origins of French Empire in Africa 1830-1870," France.
- Katrin Fraser, AMES (concentration: Japanese)/IR: "Teaching
English as A Foreign Language," Korea.
- Kristina Herbert, Biochemistry/Biophysics: "Force Measurements
of Nucleosome DNA using Atomic Force Microscopy," Germany.
- Miriam Joffe-Block, Anthropology: "Migrant Labor and Civil
Society in Bangkok and Northeastern Thailand," Thailand.
- Alyson Lease, Biomedical Engineering/English: "Research
in Low Dose Digital X-rays for Primary Health Care in South Africa,"
- Laura E. Robbins, History (American)/Economics, minor in Jewish
Studies: "Spanish Views on Race in Colonial Alta California, 1769-1821,"
- Adam Kaufman, Management and Technology Program: "Information
Systems in Mexico," Mexico.
- Christopher Murray, Huntsman Program in International Studies
and Business: "Binational Business Grant," Mexico.
Honor Dental Society
Dr. Joseph Dietz, clinical professor of restorative dentistry,
and Dr. Sara Simpser-Rafalin, clinical assistant professor of restorative
dentistry, were awarded faculty membership in the Omicron Kappa Upsilon
Honor Dental Society.
Park Fellowship in Korean Studies
Juyeong Joanne Cho, a doctoral student in political science, has
been named the 2000-01 Y.H. Park Fellow in Korean Studies. Ms. Cho's dissertation
topic is the politics of attempted economic reform in Korea, particularly
as it is reflected in the banking sector. Ms. Cho writes, "Existing
paradigms of financial reform do not adequately explain the failure of deep
reform in the wake of the Asian financial crisis and the persistence of
government domination of the national economy. My hypothesis concerning
the underlying dynamics of the reform process may not only provide a more
accurate picture of the situation, bit it many also serve to redirect the
energies and resources of reformers into more productive directions...An
accurate understanding of the problems underlying the Korean financial system
is the first step toward a lasting solution. Moreover, the broad principles
and remedies elucidated by the Korean model may be applicable to the cases
of other nations experiencing similar difficulties."
Ms. Cho completed her undergraduate studies at Princeton University and
received her Master of Arts degree in International Affairs from Columbia
University. She has been an adjunct professor in political science at Loyola
College, research analyst at the United Nations Development Program, "Emerging
Markets Project Director for Chemical Bank, research analyst for the Center
for Strategic and International Studies, the Carnegie Endowment for International
Peace, and for the Japan Securities Research Institute. A native speaker
of Korean and English, she is fluent in Japanese and French and has been
an assistant producer and reporter for CNN Business News in Tokyo.
The Y.H. Park Fellowship in Korean Studies was established in 1994 by
agreement between Mr. Yong-Hak Park, chairman of the Yangback Foundation
and Chairman Emeritus of Dainong Group in Seoul, and President Judith Rodin,
on behalf of Penn. Mr. Park contributed funds to create a permanent endowment
for the operation of a fellowship program in Korean Studies. Nominations
of dissertation level students are solicited annually from among the graduate
group chairs. According to the terms of the agreement, favorable consideration
is given to applicants pursuing Ph.D.s in humanities, social sciences, international
management, international studies or fine arts. Fellows must be outstanding
students whose primary interest is focused on Korea and who will continue
their scholarly activities outside of Korea after completion of their graduate
degrees. Students are required to be proficient in the Korean language in
order to use Korean-language source materials in carrying out their research.
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