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    APRIL 20, 2006
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Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching

Goldberg keeps students first despite busy schedule


Amy Goldberg directs one of the busiest and most highly regarded trauma centers in the region, yet always finds time to counsel and listen to medical students and residents.

Students are so appreciative, they’ve honored this professor of surgery and director of the surgery residency 12 times, including with the Golden Apple, the W. Emory Burnett Award for Teaching Excellence and the Russel C. Moses Memorial award for excellence in clinical training. This year, she adds the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching to her list of accolades.

After graduating from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, performing a residency in surgery at Temple University Hospital and completing a fellowship in traumatology and critical care at the University of Maryland, Goldberg returned to Temple to join the faculty in 1993.

She quickly ascended the academic ladder, all while maintaining an extremely busy clinical schedule and rapidly developing into one of the most outstanding teachers at the school.
A fellow faculty member attributes her success as a teacher “to the fact that she allows the character of her personality to come through in her teaching.”

“It’s important for me to make a connection and get to know students personally,” Goldberg said.

“One of the best things about working with Dr. Goldberg,” one student said, “is that she always knows where her students and residents are, what they are doing and how they are doing. She teaches, guides and protects us, all the while expecting the best of us. We don’t want to ever let her down or be less than how she sees us.”

Students cite the contagious spirit, humor and energy that infuse her teaching, whether during emergency surgery on a trauma victim or medical rounds in the hospital.

“I could never imagine working at a hospital that didn’t have students and residents because teaching is so much of what I consider my purpose and mission. When I was growing up, I always wanted to be a coach. Coaches make you do more than you ever thought you could.

And now I see that I have become a coach, letting students know I believe in them and that they can do it. Students have to know you have their best interest in mind so that when you push them, they understand,” Goldberg said.

Goldberg’s students also admire her way with patients, who, she says, must always come first.

“Anyone who has rounded with Dr. Goldberg cannot help but be moved and inspired by the compassionate, honest way she speaks to patients,” said a resident. Combined with her technical proficiency in the operating room and dedication to education, Goldberg is not only inspiring but captivating.”

Goldberg, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, was inducted as a charter member of the Academy of Distinguished Educators in Medicine in 2004.

- By Eryn Jelesiewicz