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Orthopaedic resident Christopher Kowalski honored for exceptional teaching

Christopher Kowalski, MD, a PGY-5 trainee in Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s Orthopaedic Residency, was honored in March 2020 as part of the Exceptional Moments in Teaching program of Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine.

Dr. Kowalski, a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, was described by a current student as caring and helpful.

In a nomination in June 2019, the student wrote, “Chris is easily one of the best residents that I had a chance to work with in medical school. I felt that he genuinely cared for my well-being and learning experience as a medical student. He always offered sincere advice and allowed me to actively participate in every way (not simply as a shadow). Whether it was allowing me to help him close a wound or helping him with sports physicals, he actively engaged me during my rotation and provided me with meaningful feedback along the way. I really hope that I’ll have another chance to work with Chris in the future.”

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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