Dr. Christopher Carpenter Named Teacher of the Year by Medical Students

  • February 23, 2022

Natividad Chief of Staff Christopher Carpenter, MD, has been recognized by Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine students for his outstanding excellence in training tomorrow’s doctors.

Affiliated with UCSF, Natividad is the Central Coast’s only teaching hospital and trains 30 doctors through its full-spectrum Family Medicine Residency. In addition, each year, Natividad hosts 10 new medical students from Touro University California for a set of clinical rotations, called a clerkship. The program provides students with hands-on experiences in different areas of medicine and allows them to get to know current residents in preparation for their residencies.

At the end of the clerkship, students select a faculty member who has provided high-quality learning experiences. Dr. Carpenter was named Faculty Teacher of the Year for the 2020-2021 academic year. Touro University California students recognized Dr. Carpenter as an excellent teacher who is approachable, friendly and very invested in their education. Student feedback included:

  • “His educational talks were very helpful. He gave good feedback and was very invested in my (and the residents’) learning. He is great with patients and their families as well, and it was great to work with him.”
  • “Dr. Carpenter was very involved in my learning and helped me really understand the underlying reasons for treatments. I appreciate how he took the time to walk me through how he performed specific aspects of the physical exam.”

Dr. Carpenter has been with the hospital for more than five years serving as Director of Natividad’s Pediatrics Service, Chief Hospitalist and Chief of Staff. Before joining Natividad, he was a pediatrics instructor at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. He was also Associate Director for the Pediatric Global Health Fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital.

For more information about clerkships at Natividad, visit www.natividad.com/family-medicine-residency/clerkships. For more information about the Natividad Family Medicine Residency program, go to www.natividad.com/residency.