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May 2024 Exceptional Teachers

We are interested in collecting your stories about faculty members, residents, nurses, or anyone else, who have impacted or influenced you in a significant way. Please tell us about what those teachers did that resulted in an exceptional educational experience and how it changed you.

This Month's Submissions

Below are the exceptional teacher recognitions shared with the Learning Environment Advocacy Committee this rotation. Thank you to these faculty for providing a great experience for our students. 

May 2024 Submissions

Emergency Medicine

  • (Resident)  Madison Greco, DO – “she made a point of engaging me and discussing different teaching points on a shared patient while I was on my nursing observation shift. When I worked with her a week later, she again was a great teacher. She made a point to walk/talk each patient and helped me think out a differential and identified important things to look for on the physical, etc.  An all-around excellent teacher.  One of the best experiences I've had working with a resident.”
  • (Attending)  Lisa A. Uherick, MD – “Dr Uherick is an amazing mentor. I appreciated the feedback and direction I was given and felt like a true, valuable member of the team.”

Family and Community Medicine

  • (Attending)  Braden A. Gregory, MD – “Dr. Gregory was a great teacher during this rotation. He really treated me like an equal instead of just a student and challenged me to think critically, beyond the confines of book learning/STEP prep

Internal Medicine

  • (Resident)  Rebecca Kager, DO – “Dr Kager is incredibly caring towards her patients and would fight tooth and nail to help them towards better healthcare whether that be in the inpatient setting or post discharge. She has a genuine gift for loving and caring for others. I found this quite inspiring.”
  • (Resident)  Justin Amato, DO – “Dr. Amato went above and beyond to demonstrate how to create a collaborative and judgment-free learning environment while putting the patient first. After clinical questions came up, he guided me to look up the complex questions in the literature. After I reviewed the literature, he would do an in-depth teaching to ensure I had a comprehensive ending before leaving for the day so I could process and review the information at home in the evening. Additionally, I had the opportunity to present my assessment and management plan in the morning to him before rounds. He would then guide me to think about additional components which I was able to consider on my own after the first week.”


  • (Resident)  Davis Sugar, MD – “Dr. Davis Sugar is a very kind, dedicated and passionate resident. He knows a lot about science, truly cares about student learning, and has an excellent bedside manner.”
  • (Attending)  Elizabeth A. Sugg, MD – “Dr. Sugg was great. I really liked how she would pull up imaging before rounds and explain the findings and how they related to the patient's presentation and neuro exam findings. She was also great with letting students present their assessment and plan, which encouraged critical thinking and reaching the next level as a medical student.”
  • (Attending)  Thomas V. Kodankandath, MD – Dr. Kodankandath was an incredible attending and teacher. He took intentional time to teach on rounds, give targeted career advice, and actively engaged students in patient care. He is one of the best attendings I've worked with all year.”


  • (Residents)  Juliana Pena Hofmann, MD; Katherine Mass, MD; and Danielle Lewis, MD – “Drs. Pena, Mass, and Lewis took time to teach, explain, show, and allow for additional connections and learning opportunities.  Amazing teachers.”


  • (Resident)  David O’Neil, MD – “Dr. David O'Neil is an exemplar of what a chief resident should be like. He is a true leader, professional, knowledgeable, and very approachable. He spends every opportunity to teach and challenge his team in a very respectful manner. He is funny and kind, and it was a true delight working with him.”
  • (Attending)  Vydia Permashwar, MBBS – “Dr. Permashwar is an exceptional teacher.  She integrates so many components of care into her talks.”

Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine

  • (Resident)  Dr. Jacqueline Cleary, DO – “I want to thank Dr. Cleary for taking me under her wing, teaching me all the basics, and ensuring my success. She gave me continuous feedback on my notes, entrusted me with responsibility, and made our time together immensely enjoyable.”
  • (Attending)  John E. Vance, MD – My outpatient C&A experience with Dr. Vance was amazing. He was not only engaging but also approachable. His style of interviewing different patients and their families was incredible to watch, and I have personally incorporated some of his methods into my patient interactions. He was encouraging and gave good suggestions for future success.”


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