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School of Medicine Teaching Awards

Kathy Shaw

There are two recipients of the Robert Dunning Dripps Memorial Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education: Dr. Kathy Shaw, professor of pediatrics at CHOP, the Nicolas Crognale Endowed Chair in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and chief of the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and Dr. Nicholas J. Volpe, professor of ophthalmology.

Dr. Shaw is noted nationally for her work in improving the practice of “evidence-based medicine” within the fields of pediatrics and emergency medicine. Dr. Shaw teaches, mentors, and leads by example at the bedside and beyond. She is noted for creating a supportive, nurturing environment for her faculty and fellows. Under her direction, the Division has won numerous teaching awards and fellows have become academic leaders throughout the country.

Nicholas VolpeDr. Volpe specializes in neuro-ophthalmology and adult strabismus, and has served as the director of the Ophthalmology Residency Program since 1995. He has made the ophthalmology residency at the Scheie Eye Institute a top priority facilitating its rise to one of the premier programs in the country. On a national level he has worked with a national task force to develop the tools for competency-based education in ophthalmology.
Kurt BarnhartDr. Kurt Barnhart, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology and senior scholar in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, has been chosen to receive the Leonard Berwick Memorial Teaching Award acknowledging outstanding fusion of basic science and clinical medicine. “He never misses an opportunity to teach epidemiology to clinicians and to teach clinical medicine and physiology to researchers. His ease in blending basic science, clinical science and epidemiology in his many teaching endeavors is a true asset.”
David SherryDr. David D. Sherry, professor of pediatrics, is the recipient of the Blockley-Osler Award. “Dr. Sherry is an avid, enthusiastic, and creative teacher. He has a humorous, practical and effective manner of emphasizing the pertinent points of each learning situation while also teaching the subtler points of differential diagnosis, physical examination and psychosocial dynamics for each child. Most importantly, he truly cares for each child and family and this quality of doctoring is one of his best lessons.”
Hallam HurtDr. Hallam Hurt, associate professor of pediatrics, received the Scott Mackler Award for Excellence in Substance Abuse Teaching. Dr. Hurt’s primary research interests are the effects of gestational cocaine exposure on child outcome, the influence of poverty on inner-city children, and the possible precursors of substance use in school-age children. Remarks from her colleagues and students include comments like:  “interactions with Dr. Hurt are an opportunity to learn—not just because of her years of wisdom and intelligence, but because she uses every encounter as a ‘teachable moment’.”               

Aba Barden-MajaDr. Aba Barden-Maja, assistant professor of clinical medicine, and Dr. Kim Smith-Whitley, assistant professor of pediatrics at CHOP, received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching at an Affiliated Hospital.

Dr. Barden-Maja is a superb teacher, as shown by the following comments made by some of her medical students and residents: “I have had many great teachers in my life, but I can, without reservation, state that Dr. Barden is one of the top two clinical teachers I’ve ever had. She was incredibly patient, organized, non-threatening, knowledgeable, funny, fair, and professional. She is one of those few that can hold a team riveted post-call. She glows with kindness.”

Whitley SmithDr. Smith-Whitley is the clinical director of the division of hematology and associate director of the Sickle Cell Clinical Program at CHOP. Her research and teaching interests include sickle cell disease, bone marrow failure, and general hematology. She enjoys clinical teaching and program development for SCD. She, along with the local American Red Cross, designed a Cooperative Blood Donor Program for children with SCD that collects over 900 units per month. 
Carol HartCarol Hart, social work coordinator of Child Abuse Services of CHOP, has received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching by an Allied Health Professional. Ms. Hart’s work and approach to teaching embodies the true meaning of interdisciplinary teamwork as she includes students in all the work that she does, and makes the medical students feel like valued and important members of the team.
James LewisDr. James D. Lewis, assistant professor of medicine and epidemiology has been awarded the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Basic Science Teaching. His effectiveness as an instructor is facilitated by his ability to “incorporate the practical world of clinical medicine into his explanations of the basic science concepts of epidemiology.” One of his trainees comments, “I benefit from my interactions with him not just by acquiring concrete pieces of knowledge but more importantly by learning how to approach a problem with a disciplined and critical thought process.”

Ian BlairThe Dean’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Training is presented to two members of the Biomedical Graduate Studies Faculty: Dr. Ian Blair, the A.N. Richards Professor of Pharmacology and professor of chemistry, and Dr. Michael Ostap, associate professor of physiology.

Dr. Blair also serves as the director for the Center for Cancer Pharmacology, the Program in Systems Biology, Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics and as the scientific director for the Abramson Cancer Center/Genomics Institute Proteomics Facility. Dr. Blair’s research interests include: oxidative stress, carcinogenesis, and cardiovascular disease. He is described by students and fellow faculty members as being incredibly talented in both didactic and research settings, loyal, and an exemplary role model for students.

Michael OstapDr. Ostap is the current Established Investigator of the American Heart Association. His research interests include: cell migration, regulation of cell shape and extracellular attachment, and intracellular transport. He is described by students and fellow faculty members as a superb lecturer and scientist and a dedicated educator. “Dr. Ostap is without question the most important and influential advisor and mentor that I have had in my entire career,” stated a former trainee.

Medical Student Government Awards

Helen DaviesDr. Helen Conrad Davies, professor of microbiology, received the MSG Teaching Award in Basic Science. She was the first female faculty member named to Penn’s microbiology department in 1965, where she has been a full professor since 1982. From 1991-95 she was Penn Med School’s Associate Dean for Student Affairs. This is the 16th time she has won this award. She was a 1977 recipient of the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Jeffrey BurnsDr. Jeffrey Berns, associate professor of medicine and associate chief of the Renal Electrolyte and Hypertension Division at Presbyterian Medical Center is this year’s recipient of the MSG Teaching Award for Clinical Medical Teaching. For the past three years he has directed the Nephrology course that is taught to all second-year medical students. He is also a preceptor for the Longitudinal Experience About Patient Perspectives (LEAPP) Program.




  Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 31, April 25, 2006


April 25, 2006
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