Department of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh

GIM News
Donna L. Bishop, Editor

Next issue:
April 2015

Submission deadline:
March 20, 2015

E-mail: Donna Bishop

Professional Recognition


Esa Davis, MD, MPH, received the Small Group Facilitator Award at The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Curriculum Colloquium. This award was from the class of 2017 “for valued contributions and dedication to teaching of the Basic Sciences and Organ Systems 1.”

Hollis Day, MD, MS, received the Top 20 MedEd Portal Reviewers Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges at their Annual Meeting in November.

Leslie Hausmann, PhD, was selected to receive one of three national Secretary's Fourth Annual Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Awards.

William Levin, MD, and Gary Tabas, MD, received the Clerkship Preceptor of the Year Award at The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Curriculum Colloquium. This award has been established to recognize clerkship faculty preceptors who consistently provide outstanding clinical instruction for our medical students in the setting of required clerkships. Dr. Levin was recognized for Adult Inpatient Medicine Clerkship, and Dr. Tabas was recognized for Combined Ambulatory Medicine and Pediatrics Clerkship.

Kathleen McTigue, MD, MPH, MS, was a co-recipient, with Dr. Gordon Mitchell, for the 2014 Provost’s Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence Awards, Learning Lake Initiative for community-based active learning.

Natalia Morone, MD, MS, was a team awardee for the Bronze Excellence in Government Award for Teledementia Clinic, Federal Executive Board, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. Dr. Morone was also a program awardee for the Chancellor’s Affirmative Action Award for the Career Education and Enhancement for Health Care Research Diversity (CEED) Program, University of Pittsburgh.

Mark Roberts, MD, MPP, received the Career Achievement Award of the Society for Medical Decision Making. This award recognizes distinguished senior investigators who have made significant contributions to the field of medical decision making.

Reed Van Deusen, MD, MS, received the William I. Cohen Award at The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Curriculum Colloquium. This award recognizes faculty members who consistently provide outstanding instruction on clinical skills, including patient-physician communications, for first- and second-year medical students in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Shanta Zimmer, MD, received the Donald S. Fraley Award at The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Curriculum Colloquium. This award recognizes the achievement of individuals who provide extensive service as medical student mentors and make significant mentoring contributions that extend beyond a single student or group of students.

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Achievement & Honors

Lauren Broyles, PhD, RN; Adam Gordon, MD, MPH; and colleagues were recognized at the annual meeting of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse for their recent editorial in Substance Abuse titled, “Confronting Inadvertent Stigma and Pejorative Language in Addiction Scholarship: A Recognition and Response.”

Michael Elnicki, MD, served as an editor for the Journal of General Internal Medicine special issue on medical education.

Thomas Grau, MD, was elected as governor for the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of American College of Physicians.

Esa Davis, MD, MPH, was appointed to the Institute of Medicine Committee on “Understanding the Dynamic Relationship Between Biology, Environment, and Early Childhood Development on Risk of Obesity” from July 2014 to July 2015.

Melissa McNeil, MD, MPH, was elected to the Master American College of Physicians and was also an invited participant to the Women’s Health Leadership Summit in Los Angeles.

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Presentations and Invited Lectures

Peter Bulova, MD

  • Lecture, “Healthy Aging for Women with Disabilities,” 2014 Aging/Intellectual Disability Cross Systems Conference - State Building Bridges Conference on Care of Adults with Disabilities, Harrisburg, PA, September 2014.
  • CME learning module: Managing the care of adults with Down’s syndrome, The British Medical Journal, (5/5 star module), September 2014.
  • Lecture, “Top Articles of the Year: Five Best of 1600 Articles;” Chairman of review committee, Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group (DSMIG) Conference, July 2014; Conference leader, Issues in Adults with Down Syndrome - Dementia and Regrssion, DSMIG Conference, July 2014; Poster presentation, “Adherence to Down Syndrome-Specific Guidelines in a Specialized Adult Down Syndrome Center,” DSMIG Conference, July 2014.

Hollis Day, MD, MS

  • Clinical triad presentation, “Aging: Things We Don’t Like to Talk About: Driving,” American College of Physicians Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida, April 2014.
  • Faculty presenter, “Geriatrics 2014: ABIM Maintenance of Certification,” Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting, San Diego, California April 2014.
  • Poster presentation, “Tools to Assess Team Performance in Practice: Implications for Education,” All Together Better Health VII, Pittsburgh, PA, June 2014 (International conference).
  • Poster presentation, “Interprofessional Communication: A Comparative Teaching Strategy for Pharmacy Students,” All Together Better Health VII.
  • Presentation, “Assessment of Teams/Teamwork: A Critical Synthesis,” Society of Directors of Research in Medical Education, Charleston, South Carolina, June 2014.
  • Presentation, “Interprofessional Education: Why Should We Care?” Plenary Sessions, Clerkship Directors of Internal Medicine Annual Meeting. Washington, DC, September 2014.
  • “Teaching with standardized patients,” Academy of Master Educators, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, October 2013.
  • “Teaching with and learning from standardized patients.” VA Pittsburgh Simulation Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, November 2013.

Michael Elnicki, MD

  • Plenary speaker, AAIM: the State of the 4th Year of Medical School.
  • Keynote speaker, University of Pittsburgh Dental School Education retreat.

Michael Fine, MD, MSc

  • Invited lecture on Community-Acquired Pneumonia, "Big Beasts in Infectious Disease," ID Week Annual Meeting - Advancing Science, Improving Care, Philadelphia, PA, October 10, 2014; This is one of the largest international infectious diseases research meetings world-wide, co-sponsored by IDSA, SHEA, HIVMA, and PID.
  • Invited member, Guideline Panel for the Management of Community-acquired Pneumonia, sponsored by the American Thoracic Society and the Infectious Diseases Society of America, 2014.

Gary Fischer, MD

  • Lecture, “A Tale of Two Health Systems: Understanding the UPMC/Highmark Situation,” Current Issues in Health Law.
  • Presentation, “Planting the Seeds of Quality: Outpatient Clinical Pathways,” Epic Users Group Meeting, Verona, WI, September 16, 2014.

Alda Gonzaga, MD, MS, physician panelist, 3rd annual Power of Laughter Health Workshop on Stroke and Heart Disease Prevention, Pittsburgh Metro American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Hanmer J, Hess R, Sullivan SM, Teuteberg JJ, Kavalieratos D., collection of health utility data in a clinical setting: comparison to a nationally-representative sample. 21st Annual Meeting of the International Society of Quality of Life Research, October 2014. Berlin, Germany.

Brian Heist, MD, research oral presentation (in Japanese), “Exploration and Development of Case Summarization Skills using Virtual Patients, the 46th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Medical Education, Wakayama, Japan, July 2014.

Melissa McNeil, MD, MPH

  • Bringing “The Checklist Manifesto” to Internal Medicine Training: Using a Clinical Reasoning Checklist to Help Our Residents “Get Things Right”. Alliance of Academic Internal Medicine Fall Meeting Fall 2014, Washington DC. Deborah Dinardo, Sarah Tilstra, Thomas Painter.
  • Visiting professor, Long Island Jewish Medical Center/Hofstra University, July 17-18, 2014.
  • Grand rounds, Long Island Jewish Medical Center/Hofstra University, “Aging Gracefully,” July 17, 2014.

Natalia Morone, MD, MS

  • Grant reviewer, Panel ZAG1 ZIJ-9 (A1), Special Emphasis Panel, Roybal Centers, NIH/NIA.
  • Monthly volunteer, SALUD Para Ninos, free clinic for uninsured Latino children.

Bruce Rollman, MD MPH, visiting professor, Columbia University, July 17-18, 2014.

Jane Schell, MD

  • Member, Advance Care Planning Group, 2013 KDIGO Controversies Conference for Supportive Care.
  • Invited speaker, “Preparing Patients and Families for Dialysis,” National Kidney Foundation, 2014.
  • Invited speaker, nephrology grand rounds and medicine grand rounds, “Communication framework for dialysis decision-making,” Medical University of South Carolina, 2014.
  • Invited speaker, nephrology grand rounds and medicine grand rounds, “Moving with the Patient: Communication along the kidney disease trajectory,” Lenox Hill Hospital, 2014.

Yael Schenker, MD, MAS, invited speaker, Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Informed Consent and Health Literacy in Washington, DC.

Asher Tulsky, MD, faculty presenter, “Using a Chart Stimulated Recall Exercise: A Valuable Addition Towards Informing Your Milestones Reporting,” Academic Internal Medicine Week 2014, Washington, DC.

Asher Tulsky, MD, and Craig Mescher, MD, poster presentation, “When the Past Clouds the Present: A Unique Case of Acute on Chronic Back Pain,” Annual Meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine, April 23, 2014, San Diego, CA.

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Making News

Kaleab Abebe, PhD, and Natalia Morone, MD, MS, the co-directors of the Career Education and Enhancement for Health Care Research Diversity Program (CEED), were recognized by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review for receiving the 2014 Chancellor’s Affirmative Action Award. Read the story here.

On November 14, Robert Arnold, MD, was a guest on Philadelphia’s WHYY “The Pulse” to discuss his communication skills training course Vital Talk. Excerpts from his communication training presentation in Philadelphia on November 4 are included in this broadcast. You can stream the broadcast and read the story here.

Michael Fine, MD, MSc, had his work cited in the New York Times story “Quality of Care for Pneumonia".

Annals of Internal Medicine released a new interactive medical education software tool this past spring called "Annals Virtual Patients." This project, which was a joint endeavor between the Annals of Internal Medicine and the Division of General Internal Medicine, lets you evaluate online interactive cases that mirror real patient care decisions and their consequences, while earning you CME credit and MOC points. Gary Tabas, MD, continues to work with faculty members on this project, which has produced an additional six new cases for publication. Thanks to the following authors:

Gaetan Sgro, MD Anu Munshi, MD
Jamie Stern, MD, MPH Kristian Feterik, MD
Ruth Preisner, MD Mamta Bhatnagar, MD

The “Program Profile” from the October issue of the Federal Practitioner was an article by Adam J. Gordon, MD, MPH, Lauren M. Broyles, PhD, RN, and colleagues about their Homeless Patient-Aligned Care Team clinics. Read the article here.

Brian Primack MD, PhD, was a main stage speaker at TEDMED 2014 in San Francisco, CA. He gave a presentation entitled “Leveraging the Power of Video Gaming to Improve Health.” Read more here.

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