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Awards recognize service, teamwork, accountability and resourcefulness

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) recognized the outstanding service of two staff members and one faculty member with “STAR” awards. STAR stands for “Service, Teamwork, Accountability, and Resourcefulness.” The awards are presented annually at GCSOM’s Faculty and Staff Recognition Day. At the celebration, employees also received 10-year and five-year service awards.

GCSOM’s 2019 faculty STAR award winner is professor of biochemistry, Patrick M. Boyd, PhD. In addition to the faculty award, two staff STAR awards were given. They went to Kate Powell and Fran Wolk. Ms. Powell was recognized for her work developing and managing GCSOM’s standardized patient program. A standardized patient (SP) is a person trained to portray a real life patient in a standardized, scripted clinical scenario. Ms. Wolk was honored for her work as associate workstation support analyst.

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GCSOM STAR Awardees 2019
Congrats to GCSOM's 2019 “STAR” (Service, Teamwork, Accountability and Resourcefulness) awardees! L to R: Fran Wolk, workstation support analyst - associate; Patrick M. Boyd, PhD, professor of biochemistry; Kate Powell, manager of GCSOM's Standardized Patient Program.
GCSOM Ten-year Awardees 2019
Ten-Year Service Awardees
GCSOM Five-year Awardees 2019
Five-Year Service Awardees
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