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Pediatric resident Barber recognized for exceptional teaching

Dr. Scott Barber, a pediatric resident at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, was recognized in July 2022 as part of the Exceptional Moments in Teaching program of Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine.

“Dr. Barber is a truly fantastic teacher who went out of his way to make sure that my experience on the pediatrics rotation was as productive and rewarding as possible,” a current student wrote. “He gave me invaluable guidance in preparing my rounds presentations and notes so I could make meaningful contributions to the team.

“He also worked with me to select topics based on my interests and goals, for which he prepared mini-lessons incorporating the latest research and clinical guidelines. Between patients on rounds, he would highlight clinical pearls, which were not only helpful for the pediatrics rotation but for all rotations moving forward. Residents are already so busy, and I am so grateful to Dr. Barber for going above and beyond to help me get as much out of the rotation as possible.”

Barber spent much of his childhood living in Pennsylvania and cheering for Penn State athletics. He completed his undergraduate education at St. Bonaventure University in New York, where he served as an officer on the campus emergency medical services team. He discovered his passion for medical education at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, D.C., where he earned his medical degree.

Now entering his PGY-3 year in pediatrics residency, Barber’s recognitions include 2021 Outstanding First-Year Resident and 2022 Outstanding Second-Year Resident Teacher. He will serve as chief resident at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital after completing his pediatrics training.

Barber lives in Palmyra, and spends his free time with his high school sweetheart, Abbey, and 9-month-old son, Cody. He especially enjoys cooking, exploring the great outdoors and pursuing the ultimate dad joke.

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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