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Dalke recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Dr. Katherine (Katie) Dalke, a physician in the Department of Psychiatry, is featured for July in the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.

“Dr. Dalke is an incredible preceptor, mentor and educator,” a current student wrote. “During our time together, she gauged my level of training, allowed me to participate in patient interactions with a significant degree of autonomy and challenged me to continue building my clinical skills. I felt respected and valued as a learner and a member of the team throughout the entirety of my rotation.

“It was extremely valuable to gain experience in a specialty other than my own in order to obtain important perspectives for treating our underserved populations. Penn State College of Medicine is lucky to have Dr. Dalke as faculty because of the knowledge and skills she provides to the institution and her students.”

Dalke is a psychiatrist and assistant professor in the departments of Psychiatry and Humanities, with expertise in the mental health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex people, including policy, clinical and medical education interventions. As director of the Office for Culturally Responsive Health Care Education, Dalke works to develop learner-centered, inclusive curricula focusing on culturally responsive care for diverse groups of patients. She co-directs the Humanities in Context course for first-year medical students and the Kienle Professional Seminars for clerkship students.

Through the Department of Psychiatry, Dalke teaches medical students, residents and fellows in classroom and clinical settings. She provides clinical care through the LGBTQ Clinic at Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute in Harrisburg and the Gender Health Clinic at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital. Dalke is a graduate of Haverford College, Haverford, Pa., and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. She completed her psychiatry residency training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

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. One faculty member and one resident/fellow are highlighted each month 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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