Reyes recognized for Exceptional Moments in Teaching

Portrait of Dr. Lilia Reyes next to the words, “Our students present Exceptional Moments in Teaching Faculty.”

Dr. Lilia Reyes, assistant professor in the departments of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, was recognized in March as part of the Exceptional Moments in Teaching program at Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine.

March 8, 2022Penn State College of Medicine News

“I truly believe Dr. Reyes is an amazing teacher, and my clinical skills have grown solely because of her,” a current student wrote. “She has a passion and innate sense of gauging where students’ strengths and weaknesses are. She is patient, yet challenges students to be the best they can be. She is also incredibly approachable and down-to-earth.

“Our flex days and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations were great examples of how my Foundations of Patient-Centered Care (FPCC) group was able to demonstrate what we learned from her. I feel confident that my preparation for clerkships was made better because of having her as my FPCC and [Mortel] Society advisor.”

Reyes is a graduate of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Jersey. She completed her pediatric residency and chief residency year at Jacobi Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, followed by a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital, Conn. In 2014, Reyes joined the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine, where she currently is the Mortel Society head and an advisor/coach for the FPCC course. While her interests lie in medical education, she has also published in peer reviewed journals in the areas of health care disparities, themes in music and video game genres, and child car seat safety. Her hobbies include spending quality time with her family, exercising and traveling.

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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