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Byler recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Dr. Debra Byler, an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics, vice chair of pediatric education and associate professor in the Department of Neurology, is featured for December in Penn State College of Medicine’s “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program.

Byler is a pediatric neurologist at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital. Her primary areas of scholarly interest include Tourette syndrome and neurogaming as a teaching tool.

“Dr. Byler is a phenomenal educator,” wrote a current student on the nomination. “I truly wish that every attending shared her characteristics and teaching style. She efficiently educated students, residents and families alike with bedside teaching during rounds. She incorporates students into the team and encourages improvement of physical exam skills ― providing tips along the way. She not only educated the team about child neurology topics but incorporated topics from ethics, leadership and professionalism into the discussions.”

Byler received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2018 and 2011, was twice recognized as the Teacher of the Year in the College of Medicine’s Neurology Clerkship, was named to the Best Doctors in America list and received the Thomas W. Ballantine Award as Outstanding Teacher of the Year in the Department of Pediatrics.

The College of Medicine’s Office for a Respectful Learning Environment recognizes exceptional faculty members with the monthly “Exceptional Moments in Teaching” program. 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. Click here for the nomination form.

The Office for a Respectful Learning Environment fosters an educational community at the 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, PA students, residents and fellows.

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