Department of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh

GIM News
Donna L. Bishop, Editor

Next issue:
August 2012

Submission deadline:
July 29, 2012


Professional Recognition


Harish Jasti, MD, MS, received the Clinician Educator of the Year Award from the mid-Atlantic region of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM). He was also elected president of the Mid-Atlantic SGIM.

Yael Schenker, MD, MS, received the Junior Faculty Scholars Award from the Department of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Haylee Shacklock, MHA, received the Physician Services Department "You Are a Star" Award for the first and second quarter of this year. Haylee serves as an academic coordinator in the Graduate Medical Education Office, and her primary roles are recruitment and orientation.

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Achievements and Honors

Sonya Borrero, MD, MS, successfully led the effort to have the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System selected as a VA Women's Health Practice–Based Research Network Member Site.

Lauren Broyles, PhD, RN, and Larissa Myaskovsky, PhD, have been accepted into the Training Early Academic Mentors (TEAM) Program offered by the Institute for Clinical Research Education.

Michael Fine, MD, MSc, has been appointed to represent the VA Office of Research and Development on the Planning Committee for the National Meeting of the Federal Collaboration on Health Disparities Research. The meeting will take place in this fall.

Matthew Freiberg, MD, MSc, has been invited to join the Steering Committee for the VA Ischemic Heart Disease Quality Enhancement Research Initiative.

Walid Gellad, MD, MPH, was reappointed to the Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration. He will continue to serve through May 2013.

Adam Gordon, MD, MPH, is serving as the co-director of the Primary Care Work Group of the VA Substance Use Disorder Quality Enhancement Research Initiative. Lauren Broyles, PhD, RN, is now a core member of this group.

Joanne Riley, RN, BSN, MPM, CMPE, has earned the professional designation of Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) from the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE). The designation of CMPE demonstrates that an individual has achieved board certification in medical practice management. It also certifies that the individual has earned a minimum of 50 continuing education credit hours and has passed rigorous examinations assessing knowledge of a broad range of medical practice management skill sets. These skill sets include business operations, financial management, human resource management, information management, organizational governance, patient care systems, quality management, and risk management.

Eleanor Bimla Schwarz, MD, MS, has been invited to speak at the Ibero-American Conference on Breastfeeding to be held at the University of Granada, Spain, in December 2012. Her talk is entitled "Breastfeeding, Maternal Hypertension, and Cardiovascular Disease."

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