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Surgery resident Greene honored for exceptional teaching

Dr. Alicia Greene, a trainee in the General Surgery Residency at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, was honored in January 2021 as part of the Exceptional Moments in Teaching program of Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine.

“Dr. Greene was a fantastic resident and teacher,” a current student wrote. “As a resident, it was amazing to watch her consistently address the needs of all of the patients on her service, demonstrate respect for team members, deliver impeccable presentations and consistently close loops of communication. She also demonstrated an exceptional degree of resilience and light-heartedness that I really admired. As a teacher, she ensured her students were prepared by providing a Word document on how to efficiently present on morning rounds and the best ways to assist the team during a busy week.

“She continually updated students with daily Tiger texts. She provided immediate feedback after rounds and even made a point to demonstrate small gestures, such as a subtle thumbs-up after rounds or whispering “good job” after a presentation. She created opportunities for students in completing small procedures, presenting to attendings during clinic and gave us avenues to really take ownership of patients on service. I really admired Dr. Greene throughout my time on service as a future surgeon and as an educator. I believe that her future trainees, colleagues and patients will be very lucky to have her, and I wish her all the best in her future journey.”

Green graduated from Stevenson University, Pikesville, Md., in 2016 and from Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Lillington, N.C., in 2020. She is a general surgery categorical intern. A native of Jarrettsville, Md., she enjoys golfing, playing with her golden retriever and spending time with family.

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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