Department of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh

GIM News
Donna L. Bishop, Editor

Next issue:
December 2011

Submission deadline:
November 4, 2011


Professional Recognition


Michael Fine, MD, MSc, received the 2011 John M. Eisenberg Award for Career Achievement in Research from the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM). The award recognizes a senior member of the SGIM whose research has changed the way generalists care for patients, conduct research, or educate students. Dr. Fine has transformed the way in which pneumonia is managed by generalists and by specialists in pulmonary medicine and infectious diseases, and he has also shaped the quality and efficiency standards for the management of pneumonia both nationally and internationally. Along with the accolades of his peers, Dr. Fine received a letter of commendation from Senator Patty Murray, chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, expressing appreciation for Dr. Fine's contributions to VA research and for his commitment to our nation's veterans.

Margaret (Molly) Conroy, MD, MPH, Wishwa N. Kapoor, MD, MPH, and their coauthors received the Women's Health Presentation Award for the highest-rated peer-reviewed abstract in women's health presented at the 34th Annual Meeting of the SGIM in Phoenix, Arizona, in May 2011. The award was for their oral abstract entitled "Effectiveness of a Primary Care Physical Activity Intervention for Obese, Middle-Aged Women: 12-Week Results from the Healthy Bodies, Healthy Hearts Study."

Anuradha Munshi, MD, received the David E. Rogers Junior Faculty Education Award from the SGIM for one of the top three workshops presented by a junior faculty member at the SGIM meeting. The workshop was entitled "Female Urinary Incontinence: We Don't Ask, They Don't Tell? How to Fix the Leak."

Hilary Tindle, MD, MPH, received an award for best abstract in biobehavioral medicine and second best abstract in clinical and translational science at the 23rd Annual Scientific Retreat of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute in June 2011. The award was presented for her abstract entitled "The Major Impact of Smoking on Mortality in Postmenopausal Women."

Joyce Chang, PhD, received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Institute for Clinical Research Education, University of Pittsburgh, in May 2011.

Carla Spagnoletti, MD, MS, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Institute for Clinical Research Education, University of Pittsburgh, in May 2011.

Melissa McNeil, MD, MPH, was a finalist for a Golden Apple Award, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh. Fourth-year medical students elect a winner and present the award to honor and acknowledge faculty members who have made important and meaningful contributions to education in the clinical years of training.

For information about teaching awards presented at the senior resident dinners, click here.

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Eleanor Bimla Schwarz, MD, MS, is now the associate editor of Journal Watch Women's Health.

Walid Gellad, MD, MPH, was appointed to the editorial board of American Health and Drug Benefits.

Susan Zickmund, PhD, was appointed as a member of the Scientific Merit Review Board of the Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Service. Her term will last through June 2014.

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Meeting Organization and Presentations

Faculty of the Division of General Internal Medicine have been involved in the organization of several meetings. Adam Gordon, MD, MPH, organized a symposium entitled "Innovative Models of Care for Addiction Treatment," which consisted of four oral abstracts presented at the Medical-Scientific Conference of the American Society of Addiction Medicine in Washington, DC, in April 2011. Hollis Day, MD, co-chaired the 34th Annual Meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine in Phoenix, Arizona, in May 2011.

For a list of presentations made by faculty members and residents in various recent meetings, click here.

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