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Woodward Center presents awards as part of 2023 EdVenture event

Penn State College of Medicine’s Woodward Center for Excellence in Health Sciences Education will present several awards as part of its annual EdVenture celebration.

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A Message from the Woodward Center

Hello everyone,
Welcome to the 2023 EdVenture Awards! All of us at the Woodward Center salute the educators who demonstrated their deep commitment to the mission over this last year. Future scientists and health care providers are shaped every day through your efforts, and we are proud to recognize that work.

On behalf of the Woodward Center, thank you for everything that you do to support teaching and learning in the College of Medicine.


Sue and Lisa

Susan Glod, MD, MEd, Director, Woodward Center
Lisa Shantz, PhD, Assistant Director

2023 Awards and Recipients

Society of Distinguished Educators Expand answer

The Distinguished Educator Award recognizes exemplary educators among the faculty of Penn State College of Medicine. Award recipients become members of the Society of Distinguished Educators.

To be eligible for a Distinguished Educator Award, faculty members must have held an appointment at Penn State College of Medicine or Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center for a minimum of three years and hold the rank of at least associate professor or equivalent.

In addition to demonstrated excellence as a teacher, nominees will have made exceptional contributions in medical (which could include undergraduate or graduate) education and/or graduate student (which could include postdoctoral) education in one or more of the following ways:

  • Research in education (e.g., publications or grants)
  • Innovations in teaching methods or curriculum (e.g., new ways to teach subject matter)
  • Development of new assessment methods
  • Mentoring and development of faculty
  • Leadership in education (e.g., course director, program director, involvement at national level)

See all members of the Society of Distinguished Educators here

This year’s recipients are:

Junior Faculty Teaching Award Expand answer

The Junior Faculty Teaching Awardees are selected by the Society of Distinguished Educators as a means of recognizing the accomplishments of some of the outstanding junior faculty who are already making an impact on the educational mission. Recipients of this award are program leaders, instructional designers, education scholars and, above all, great teachers. This award is arguably the most competitive educational award available through the College of Medicine.

See details on this award here

This year’s recipients are:

Student Educator Award Expand answer

The Student Educator Award was established to recognize the teaching impact of our graduate and medical student colleagues, who are instrumental in our education mission.

This year’s call for nominations was met with an overwhelming response. The dossiers submitted by nominees reflected a universal dedication to education. They are not just giving a lecture here and there; they are designing and overhauling entire pieces of curriculum with advanced skill sets and advanced degrees in education, and we are truly lucky to have the opportunity to work with them.

See details on this award here

This year’s recipients are:

Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching Expand answer

This award was established in 2008 to recognize faculty members who make outstanding contributions to medical, graduate and physician assistant education at the College of Medicine.

See details on this award here

This year’s recipients are (listed alphabetically by department and last name):

Excellence in Career Mentoring Award Expand answer

The Penn State College of Medicine (COM) values the contributions mentors make to enhance and develop the careers of our faculty, students and trainees. The Penn State COM Excellence in Career Mentoring Award was our established in order to recognize the contributions of outstanding mentors in the COM. These awards acknowledge the exceptional effort of faculty who enable and empower students, residents and trainees, junior faculty and peers on their path to achieve their full potential.

The Office of Faculty and Professional Development and the Career Mentoring Awards Review Committee was overwhelmed with nominations of committed mentors from across the COM. We would like congratulate and acknowledge the significant contributions of all nominees, and note that decisions were difficult.

See details on this award here

We are very pleased to present this year’s Excellence in Career Mentoring Awards to the following individuals:

Resident Excellence in Teaching Award Expand answer

Each year, medical students who are completing their clerkships show their appreciation for their GME colleagues by nominating them for the annual Resident Excellence in Teaching Awards. These awards acknowledge GME trainees’ outstanding work happening every day on our teaching services.

See details on this award here

This year’s recipients are:

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