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Anesthesiology resident Bashall honored for exceptional teaching

Dr. Nicole Bashall, a trainee in the Anesthesiology Residency at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, was honored in April 2021 as part of the Exceptional Moments in Teaching program of Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine.

“Dr. Bashall was an outstanding resident to work with during my ICU rotation,” a current student wrote. “She challenged my learning by having me critically think about the patient presentation and analyze their lab values. My questions weren’t just met with a simplified answer, but she would walk me through a thought process and challenge me to seek the answer out.

“I felt like her style significantly improved my approach to patients and my diagnostic skills. All too often, our questions are met with simplistic answers without any challenging of our thought process. Dr. Bashall definitely pushed me to be my best, and I was grateful for the rotation time with her.”

Bashall earned her undergraduate degree from Northern Kentucky University and attended medical school at the University of Louisville. Her professional interests include global health and medical education. She also enjoys scuba diving, snowboarding, hiking, camping, fishing, canoeing and kayaking.

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.

See previous faculty and resident/fellow honorees here.

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