Penn State College of Medicine Recognizes Swanson for Outstanding Teaching

Dr. Benjamin Swanson, a psychiatry resident at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, was recognized in January 2022 as part of Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine’s Exceptional Moments in Teaching program.

“Dr. Swanson took time each day to go over one or two important psychiatric topics with the students,” wrote a current student. “He sat down after each patient encounter and asked us to present the mental status exam and walk through the differential diagnosis and plan for this patient, as well as talk about the humanistic systems and issues we encountered.

“He really cared about us as students and went above and beyond to educate us. Additionally, he was extremely respectful of all staff, patients, and our opinions as students. Without him, I wouldn’t have enjoyed this rotation as much as I did.

Swanson is a PGY-3 in general psychiatry and plans to complete a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. A Pittsburgh native, he received his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and his medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Ben would like to thank his family and colleagues who have provided him with many opportunities to play the role of student and teacher.

The Penn State College of Medicine Office for a Respectful Learning Environment recognizes outstanding 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.

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 in the College of Medicine: medical students, graduate students, physician assistant students, residents, and fellows.

View past faculty and honored residents/fellows here.

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