Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine

  Division of General Internal Medicine

Division of General Internal Medicine Newsletter

  • GIM News
  • Donna L. Bishop, Editor
  • Next issue:
    October 2017
  • Submission deadline:
    September 29th, 2017
  • E-mail: Donna Bishop

Professional Recognition


Thomas Radomski, MD, MS, received the Health Services/Clinical Epidemiology Junior Faculty Research Award at this year’s Department of Medicine Research Day. Dr. Radomski was also a finalist for the Milton W. Hamolsky Junior Faculty Award for most outstanding research abstract at this year’s National Meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine.

Marie Norman, PhD, was awarded the Innovation in Education Award from the University of Pittsburgh’s Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence.

Sarah Merriam, MD, MS, was the recipient of the Poster Award in Medical Education at the 15th Annual Department of Medicine Research Day for her project, “Video observation with guided reflection: A novel method for continuing teaching education.” Dr. Merriam was also the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Thesis Award in Medical Education from the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Clinical Research Education.

Jill Allenbaugh, MD, GIM ACES Fellow was awarded the Frank Kroboth Travel Award for best oral presentation at the University of Pittsburgh GME research day. She is mentored by Jennifer Corbelli, MD, MS, and Carla Spagnoletti, MD, MS.

John Blosnich, PhD, MPH, was recognized with a Federal Executive Board Award for Outstanding Contributions to Science. Dr. Blosnich received the Silver Award for his leadership and service in identifying and addressing health issues that are specific to LGBT Veterans. In April, Dr. Blosnich was invited by the national LGBT Health Program in the VA Healthcare System to attend a curriculum development planning meeting for an Office of Rural Health initiative to provide specialty care consultation, clinical training, and clinical support from specialty care teams to rural primary care providers using video teleconferencing equipment.

Gaetan Sgro, MD, was voted by the medical school class of 2017 as the recipient of the prestigious Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Faculty Award presented by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. This award is given to a member of the faculty who serves as an important role model for humanistic behavior. The award was presented at a ceremony on May 19, 2017.

Kristian Feterik, MD, was selected for the Alpha Omega Alpha Faculty Award by the Pittsburgh Alpha Omega Alpha Society class of 2017. This award is given to two faculty members annually who consistently go above and beyond in their role as a medical educator in setting an example for patient care. The induction for this award occurred on April 25, 2017.

Gary Tabas, MD, was awarded Mastership in the American College of Physicians (ACP) at the ACP National Meeting in San Diego, CA, March 30, 2017.

Larissa Myaskovsky, PhD, received the Philip Troen, MD, Excellence in Medical Student Research Mentoring Award, presented to a Scholarly Research Project mentor of a graduating Pitt Med student in recognition for outstanding mentoring over the course of the project.

Eric Anish, MD, received a Special Recognition Award for Dedication and Commitment to Quality. This awarded came from the UPMC Shadyside Medical Staff and was presented at a ceremony at the Fox Chapel Golf Club on June 12, 2017.

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Professional Members and Committees

Galen Switzer, PhD, was appointed as a voting member of the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Institutional Review Board; his primary focus in this role will be on the review of expedited proposals.

Leslie Hausmann, PhD, was appointed to the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Research Scientific Evaluation Committee.

Sonya Borrero, MD, MS, was appointed to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Council on Veterans Affairs.

Michael J. Fine, MD, MSc, was recognized by the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System for completing 20 years of VA service.

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Media and Communications

Sonya Borrero, MD, MS, published an op-ed piece in the Mar 8 issue of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “An unhealthy risk: Women would be disproportionately harmed by a repeal of Obamacare.”

Walid Gellad, MD, MPH, was interviewed for a February 7 National Public Radio features story about negotiating for the price of prescription drugs for Medicare patients: “White House Says Medicare Should Leverage Its Buying Power To Pull Down Drug Prices.” Dr. Gellad also wrote an op-ed that appeared in the Wall Street Journal on June 15: “Medicare Could Learn a Thing or Two from the VA.”

Walid Gellad, MD, MPH, and C. Bernie Good, MD, MPH, were co-authors on a paper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine demonstrating that among Veterans with dementia, those who use both VA and Medicare have increased rates of potentially unsafe medication prescribing. An accompanying editorial noted that it could “serve as the basis for an entire medical school course on health policy” and “has far-reaching implications for health care system design, medication prescribing, and daily clinical practice, particularly for the care of patients with chronic disease.” The manuscript generated substantial national media attention from the likes of Fox News, Yahoo, and others.

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Conferences Panel Discussions, Oral and Poster Presentation

Rebecca Mancoll, MD, gave a presentation at the 5th Annual Survivorship Conference entitled
Health Maintenance for Survivors,” at the Herberman Conference Center, Pittsburgh, PA, March 11, 2017.

Sonya Borrero, MD, MS, was an invited participant at a Capitol Hill Briefing held by the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation and the National Partnership for Women & Families on February 15, 2017. The briefing, “Women’s Health, Innovation, and the Economic Stability of Families,” focused on the importance of ensuring coverage and access to essential health care services for women.

Society Of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting
April 19–22, Washington, DC

The Division was very well represented at this year’s SGIM Annual Meeting, with faculty, fellows, and residents coordinating workshops, presenting “Special Series” lectures, delivering oral presentations, and more. In addition, Alda Maria R. Gonzaga, MD, MS, won the Mid-Career Education Mentorship award, and Yael Schenker received the Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year Award. See a full list of presentations and awards here.

Academic Internal Medicine Week
March 19–22, 2017, Baltimore, MD

“Stuck in the Middle With You”: The Chief Resident as Middle Manager
Nicholas Macpherson, MD, Sarah Merriam, MD, Nicholas S. Duca, MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Difficult Conversations for the Chief Resident: Making Your Office a Safe Space
Ben Sprague, MD, Sarah Merriam, MD, Alda Maria Gonzaga, MD, Gaetan Sgro, MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Chief Negotiator: Skills for the Medicine Department, Not Just the State Department
Christopher D’Avella, MD, Eliana Bonifacino, MD, Andrea Carter, MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Shanta Zimmer, MD, University of Colorado School of Medicine

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Chiefs
Nicholas S. Duca, MD, Molly Fisher, MD, Jennifer Corbelli, MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Beyond the Wards: Resident Engagement in Scholarship during Training
Andrea Carter, MD, Amy Farkas, MD, Alexandra Mieczkowski, MD, Carla Spagnoletti, MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

“I’ve Got Your Back”: Supporting Residents in the Face of Microaggressions or Discrimination
Alda Maria R. Gonzaga, MD, Eloho Ufomata, MD, Eliana Bonifacino, MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Shanta Zimmer, MD, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Listening to Reason: Strategies for Instilling a Culture of Clinical Reasoning in Graduate Medical Education
Eliana Bonifacino, MD, Deborah DiNardo, MD, Sarah Tilstra, MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

From Biomedicine to Human Medicine: Precepting Social Determinants of Health in Ambulatory Teaching Clinics
Maggie Benson, MD, Thuy Bui, MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Jennifer Siegel, MD, Catherine Rich, MD, Boston University School of Medicine

Patient Satisfaction Helping Residents to Understand the Patient Experience
Raquel Buranosky, MD, Robert C. Brooks, MD, PhD, Peter D. Bulova, MD, Carla L. Spagnoletti, MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Online Quality Ratings: Educating Residents about Them and Working to Improvement
Gregory Bump, MD, Ben Sprague, MD, Franziska Jovin, MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Da Jin, MD, David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles

VA National Leadership Board

Evans MW, Borrero S, Yabes J, Rosenfeld EA. Sexual Behaviors and Sexually Transmitted Infections Among Male Veterans and Nonveterans. Am J Mens Health. 2017 Jul;11(4):791-800.

Gellad WF, Cunningham FE, Good CB, Thorpe JM, Thorpe CT, Bair B, Roman K, Zickmund SL. Pharmacy use in the first year of the Veterans Choice Program: a mixed-methods evaluation. Med Care. 2017 Jul;55 Suppl 7 Suppl 1:S26-S32.

Hausmann LRM, Youk A, Kwoh CK, Ibrahim SA, Hannon MJ, Weiner DK, Gallagher RM, Parks A. Testing a positive psychological intervention for osteoarthritis. Pain Medicine (accepted).

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