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February 22, 2012

CONTACT: Christopher Guadagnino, PhD




Carolina Retamero, MDEach year, the graduating class of Temple University School of Medicine dedicates its yearbook, The Skull, to an outstanding faculty member who embraces the challenge of educating future physicians, and who actively invests him- or herself in medical students’ education in a way that creates memorable and enjoyable learning experiences.


TUSM’s Class of 2012 has nominated Carolina Retamero, MD, Assistant Professor, Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry, and Clerkship Director in Psychiatry, as its yearbook dedicatee.


Retamero came to Temple three years ago, after graduating from medical school in Venezuela, then completing her internship and residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, where she was recipient of several awards including the 2007 International Medical Graduate Award in psychiatry. In 2010, she was recognized for her outstanding dedication, ability, and zeal in furthering medical student education as recipient of the Temple Chapter of the American Medical Student Association Golden Apple Award For Teaching Excellence. In September 2011 she received the Association for Academic Psychiatry Junior Faculty Award in recognition of excellence in psychiatric education and great promise for continued development as an educator.


“My teaching philosophy is to help my students fight the stigma of mental illness through understanding. I try to help them understand what people with mental illness are going through, that people with mental illness have made many important contributions to society, and that recovery is possible and should be our goal,” says Retamero.


Retamero is passionate about innovative approaches to teaching, particularly those involving team-based learning and multi-media modalities. She frequently incorporates art and music into her lectures, invites guest speakers, and shows movie segments dealing with topics such as suicide and cognitive disorders to stimulate classroom discussion.


“For the third-year students rotating in Psychiatry, I conduct a ‘Jeopardy’-style game which covers various topics to help them prepare for their Shelf Exam – such as psychopathology and psychopharmacology – as well as clinical skills they will remember throughout their career – such as strategies for managing challenging patients and early recognition of mental illness,” explains Retamero. She is currently working on publishing her pedagogical innovations in peer-reviewed journals.


In addition to being featured in a three-page spread in the 2012 edition of The Skull, Retamero will also have the honor of speaking at the TUSM graduation ceremony this May.