By Nancy McCann
It’s Teacher Appreciation Week, and we’re taking our big thinking-caps off to four teachers of excellence honored by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. A total of 18 professors with a penchant for pedagogy were selected for the 2019 teaching awards, and four of the honorees share their talents with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and its Research Institute:
- The Leonard Berwick Memorial Teaching Award: Edward Behrens, MD
Established in 1980-1981, as a memorial to Leonard Berwick by his family and the Department of Pathology, this award recognizes “a member of the medical faculty who in his or her teaching effectively fuses basic science and clinical medicine.”
- The Scott Mackler Award for Excellence in Substance Abuse Teaching: Joel Fein, MD, MPH
Established in 2000 by the Penn/VA Center for Studies of Addiction and the Department of Psychiatry, this award is named for Dr. Mackler, who was known for his excellence in teaching medical students, residents, postdoctoral fellows, nurses, and other Penn faculty in the area of substance abuse.
- Dean’s Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching: Meryl Cohen, MD
Established in 1987, this award recognizes clinical teaching excellence and commitment to medical education by outstanding faculty members from affiliated hospitals.
- The Robert Dunning Dripps Memorial Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education: Lisa Zaoutis, MD
Established by the Department of Anesthesia in 1983-1984, this award recognizes excellence as an educator of residents and fellows in clinical care, research, teaching, or administration.