Horwitz recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching
Dr. Alexandra Horwitz of the Division of Allergy and Immunology is featured for September in the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.
“Dr. Horwitz has been a great course director throughout Scientific Principles of Medicine, Host Defense/Host Response and Cardiorespiratory,” a current student wrote. “She is an excellent teacher and explains complex concepts very well.
“I also appreciate how she emphasizes what she believes is most important to learn and internalize at this stage in our training, as sometimes I am overwhelmed by the details of lectures. She is also very encouraging and kind. She always reassures students and puts them at ease that we can do this!”
Horwitz is an associate professor in the departments of Pediatrics and Medicine at Penn State College of Medicine. She is involved in teaching at many learner levels, including allergy-immunology fellows, residents and medical students. Horwitz is the course director for first-year students’ initial three basic science courses, as well as the Problem-Based Learning Blocks curriculum. She also teaches fourth-year medical students an elective course in pediatric allergy and immunology.
Horwitz completed her fellowship in allergy and immunology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, affiliated with Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, in Philadelphia and her internal medicine-pediatric residency at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. She earned her MD degree from Temple University College of Medicine in Philadelphia and received her undergraduate degree in biology from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa.
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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