Dr. Kirsten Lewis, resident in orthopedic surgery at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, was honored in July 2021 as part of the Exceptional Moments in Teaching program at Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine.

“Dr. Lewis contacted me before I started my rotation, and we discussed my goals,” wrote a current student. “She made an improvement plan with me, which she stuck to throughout. Each day on duty I moved to a new level of responsibility, which Dr Lewis taught me and then monitored my progress.

“Dr. Lewis took time each day to ask her what questions I had, how I was coping with my new responsibilities, and what she could do to better support my development. No one in all my medical training did. took so much individual time to improve and hone my clinical skills.I am much more confident about going into residency due to the time and effort Dr Lewis invested in me during my internship.

Lewis is a PGY-1 orthopedic surgery resident from Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. She received her BA in Anthropology and German Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and attended Virginia Commonwealth University Medical School before moving to Pennsylvania for her residency training. In his spare time Lewis enjoys biking, hiking and cooking.

The Penn State College of Medicine’s Office for a Respectful Learning Environment rewards outstanding faculty, residents and fellows with the monthly “Outstanding Moments in Teaching” program. Each month, a faculty member and a resident / fellow are recognized for their contributions.

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 is intended for all learners of the College of Medicine: medical students, graduate students, physician assistants, residents and fellows.

See former faculty and residents / fellows here.

Last updated on July 21, 2021