Emergency medicine resident Zegarac honored for exceptional teaching
Dr. Marko Zegarac, a trainee in the Emergency Medicine Residency at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, was honored in March 2021 as part of the Exceptional Moments in Teaching program of Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine.
“Dr. Zegarac was an exceptional preceptor, and he really demonstrated respect for me as a learner,” a current student wrote. “He allowed me to go see patients on my own and present my findings to him with a full differential, but challenged me to explain why I considered each differential and plan. He took into account my findings and made me really feel like a part of the team.
“He also took the time to teach me important concepts from every patient we saw. He ensured that I was up to date on my clinical knowledge, and it was clear that he cared about teaching. He really did an exceptional job.”
Zegarac is a PGY-2 resident who grew up in West Africa, Senegal, and moved to the United States when he was 18. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and his medical degree at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and was interested in pursuing his training in an academic institution. Zegarac has always enjoyed teaching and was a tutor throughout his undergraduate years.
Penn State College of Medicine’s Office for a Respectful Learning Environment recognizes exceptional faculty, residents and fellows with the monthly “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program. Each month, one faculty member and one resident/fellow are highlighted for their contributions. College of Medicine students are invited to submit narratives about faculty members, residents, nurses or any other educators who challenge them and provide an exceptional learning experience using the online nomination form.
The Office for a Respectful Learning Environment fosters an educational community at Penn State College of Medicine in which all learners and educators feel supported, challenged, valued and respected. It serves all learners at the College of Medicine: medical students, graduate students, physician assistant students, residents and fellows.
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