Patricia Greenstein, MD
Rabkin Fellow in Medical Education
Assistant Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Curriculum development in neurogenetics
Dr. Penny Greenstein is on the faculty of Neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an Assistant Professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She received her medical training in South Africa at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in 1984. Dr Greenstein then completed two years of postgraduate education in South Africa prior to immigrating to the United States. She graduated from the Harvard Longwood Neurology Residency Program in 1993. She then went on to complete a fellowship in human genetics and neurogenetics in 1995 at the University of Washington in Seattle. She has been on the BIDMC faculty of neurology since 1995 and is also the director of the Center for Genetic Diseases within the Department of Neurology. She teaches genetics in the GDRB Course for HMS I students, and in 2003 was named clinical director for this course for which she is a member of the core planning committee. She is a tutor in Years I and II for GDRB and the HMS Neuroscience Course. Furthermore she teaches in the neurology residency program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center on the inpatient and ambulatory services and precepts residents in clinic. As a Rabkin Fellow from 2002-2003, she developed a neurogenetics curriculum, which in addition consists of a number of modules of visual images within the MyCourses Program. The curriculum acts as a resource for HMS I GDRB students to supplement their core learning in the course. Furthermore, this curriculum was designed to teach neurogenetics to medical students rotating through their neurology rotation in the clinical years, as well as forming the core content of genetics information recommended for neurology residents prior to completing their residency training. Dr. Greenstein was given an award in 1999 by the Department of Medicine at BIDMC for her outstanding contributions to the house staff. She has also been nominated for a Robert Stone Teaching Award and was given an Honorable Mention in the 2003 Harvard Medical School Teaching Awards (Preclinical Years I and II) as well as teaching awards from the classes of 2004 and 2006. She is also part of the Resource Teaching Faculty at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and involved in teaching the Principle Clinical Year for HMS III students.