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Farbaniec recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Dr. Michael Farbaniec, a physician at Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute, is featured for October in the “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.

“Dr. Farbaniec always takes time to stress important concepts to residents and medical students on rounds in an approachable manner,” a current student wrote. “He encourages us to ask questions and helps us reason through the answers together, highlighting pathophysiology. He is truly an attending who is passionate about teaching and his students. He is an excellent role model with his kindness toward patients and his joyful presence.”

Farbaniec is a graduate of Penn State College of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine and chief resident year at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, as well as a fellowship in cardiovascular disease, during which he was a chief cardiology fellow.

As a cardiology faculty member, Farbaniec worked with cardiorespiratory block leadership to create an interactive learning environment for cardiovascular pharmacology. He presented these findings and became a Harvard Macy Institute Program scholar in teaching in 2019. In addition to instructing during clinical rounds, he has expanded his role in medical education through involvement in the cardiorespiratory block, EKG instruction and problem-based learning. Farbaniec recently joined the Health Systems Science Academy and helped create the curriculum for a Leadership in Health Care elective. He also is an Academy coach for the Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Farbaniec is planning to develop curricula to diminish burnout among medical students, fellows and residents through coaching and other programs that show students and trainees they are valued and respected.

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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