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June 2010

Lasting Impact

Date: June 7, 2010

Outstanding teaching gets its due.


Mitchell Goldstein
Mitchell Goldstein

By the end of Mitchell Goldstein’s lesson on child abuse for medical students and residents, the audience in the pediatrics ED had burgeoned with nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists and others who were riveted by his words.

That occasion is one of many that led medical student Nathan Skelley to nominate Goldstein, assistant professor of pediatric emergency medicine, for this year’s Stuart Award, presented annually to a stellar clinical teacher in the School of Medicine.

“He is an absolutely amazing instructor,” says Skelley, a rising senior and the school of medicine’s newly elected president of the Medical Student Society.

Established in 1969, the Stuart Award honors the bequest of patient George J. Stuart. Goldstein has lived up to the award in every way imaginable, says Skelley, currently on an orthopedic sub-internship at Hopkins Hospital.

Mitchell cultivates a “very comfortable learning environment,” in which students are not  afraid to ask  questions, Skelley says. What’s more, “he could lecture on any topic and I would be completely captivated.”

Mitchell returns the compliment: “What I like most about my job is interacting with students and it’s a wonderful honor to know that what I love so much is appreciated by the students.”

The professor is one of eight medical school faculty members to receive teaching awards announced during commencement exercises in May. To learn more about other teaching awards in the 2009-2010 academic year.

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