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Bonavia recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Dr. Anthony Bonavia of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine is featured for October in the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.

“Dr. Bonavia is an amazing educator,” a current student wrote. “He genuinely cares about students learning critical care medicine. During every patient presentation, he would break down the major learning points and provide context to guide the plan of care.

“He has a great way of being able to simplify concepts and push students and residents to be better clinicians, and he always makes sure students feel included. I wish I could have had the opportunity to work with Dr. Bonavia more.”

Bonavia received his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine (now Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai), N.Y., and completed his anesthesiology residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where he served as chief resident during his final year of training. He then pursued fellowship training in critical care medicine at Duke University Medical Center, N.C., prior to joining the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine faculty in 2014.

Bonavia’s main research interest is in the mechanisms of sepsis that cause chronic, critical illness. He enjoys teaching medical students, residents and fellows while providing anesthetic care to patients in the operating room, as well as medical care to patients in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. Bonavia is continually motivated and inspired by the enthusiasm of trainees at all levels of their medical education. He believes the best teacher is the one who hopes his students excel beyond the achievements of their mentor.

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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