Department of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh

GIM News
Donna L. Bishop, Editor

Next issue:
August 2013

Submission deadline:
June 21, 2013


Professional Recognition


Brian Primack, MD, PhD, received the Medical Student Research Mentoring Merit Award during the Scholar's Day Program at the University Club in March 2013. The award is presented for outstanding mentoring of a graduating Pitt medical student during the student's scholarly project.

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Honors and Achievements

Lauren Broyles, PhD, RN, and Leslie Hausmann, PhD, were among 14 national recipients of Career Development and Research Career Scientist Awards presented by the VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Service. For additional information, click here.

Lauren Broyles, PhD, RN, was recently appointed associate editor of the journal Substance Abuse.

Tatiana Deveney, BA, a medical student and clinical research fellow in the Doris Duke and National Institute of Mental Health Fellowship Program, won a travel award to present her research findings at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society in Miami, Florida, in March 2013. Her paper on "The PHQ-2 Depression Screen Predicts Mortality for Up to 2 Years following Hospitalization of Patients with Systolic Heart Failure," which she coauthored with Bruce Rollman, MD, and Bea Herbeck Belnap, DrBiolHum, was also selected for inclusion in the meeting's press packet.

Muhammad Hamza Habib, MD, David Scott Miller, MD, MA, Eva Reitschuler-Cross, MD, Jane Schell, MD, MHSc, Yael Schenker, MD, MS, and Anoo Tamber, MD, passed the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Certification Examination of the American Board of Internal Medicine in October 2012.

Jenn Morgan, MSW, LCSW, clinical social worker for the Supportive and Palliative Care Services at UPMC Presbyterian, obtained her licensed clinical social worker certification in December 2012.

Janet Leahy, MSN, ACNP-BC, ACHPN, certified registered nurse practitioner for the Supportive and Palliative Care Services, passed the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses and earned advanced certified hospice and palliative nurse status in December 2012.

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Scholarly Activities

Thuy Bui, MD, spearheaded the Consortium for Universities in Global Health (CUGH) Essay Contest, with the support of Child Family Health International and the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Global Health. In the contest, Asher Tulsky, MD, and Adam Sawatsky, MD, were among the faculty judges who chose eight poignant and inspirational essays for reading at the Fourth Annual CUGH Conference, held in Washington, DC, in March 2013. To access the lectures, click here.

Gary Fischer, MD, participated in a panel that was entitled "Developing Ambulatory Care Plans" and was held as part of the Epic Physicians' Advisory Council Meeting in Madison, Wisconsin, in April 2013.

Walid Gellad, MD, MPH, participated in a November 2012 meeting of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Nonprescription Drug Advisory Committee in November 2012. The meeting concerned the use of over-the-counter medications for overactive bladder in women. Dr. Gellad was also recently interviewed by U.S. Medicine regarding his published research on the use of antipsychotics in VA nursing homes.

Adam Gordon, MD, MPH, presented a VA Cyber Seminar on "Substance Use Disorders among Individuals in Homeless Patient Aligned Care Team (HPACT) Programs: Challenges and Opportunities" to a national VA audience of HPACT leaders, team members, and other interested parties in November 2012.

Eleanor Bimla Schwarz, MD, MS, was the plenary speaker at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation First Food Forum in March 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. To view her presentation, entitled "Seeing the Whole Picture," click here.

Susan Zickmund, PhD, presented a VA Cyber Seminar on mixed-methods methodology to a national audience of 949 participants in December 2012. The seminar was entitled "A Practical Approach to Designing, Conducting, and Analyzing Focus Groups."

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Presentations at the Annual Meeting of the SGIM

Numerous faculty members from the Division of General Internal Medicine participated in the 36th Annual Meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM), held in Denver, Colorado, in April 2013.

Hypertension Interest Group Presentation
  • Elnicki DM. Preliminary results from a multidisciplinary hypertension clinic.
  • Cayea D, Day H, Fernandez HM, Soriano RP. Clinical update in geriatrics.
  • Corbelli J, Donovan AK, Gonzaga AM, McNeil M, Spagnoletti C. A woman's heart from pregnancy through menopause.
  • Donovan AK, Bonnema R, Corbelli J, McNeil M, Munshi A. The rational use of postmenopausal hormone therapy.
  • Gordon A, Bertholet N, McNeely J, Starrels JL, Tetrault JM, Walley AY. Update in addiction medicine.
  • Kronish IM, Cohen B, Loeb DF, Peccoralo L, Rollman BL. Update in psychiatry for internists.
  • Walsh JM, Bonnema R, McNamara M, Tilstra SA. Update in women's health.
Abstracts and Posters
  • Benson MK, Krishnasamy VP, Hasley PB. Healthcare policy and advocacy for the busy clinician 101: can we make an impact?
  • Click B, Radomski TR, Jasti H. A curious case of recurrent rhabdomyolysis.
  • Gomberg, Monica A, Jasti H. Dyspnea: don't suppress the differential diagnosis.
  • Hariharan J, Radomski T, Bryk J, Tilstra S, Hasley PB. Outpatient documentation in the electronic health record: current resident practices, opportunities, and tools for curricular innovation.
  • Heller L, Jasti H. Fever in the returning traveler: what makes typhoid fever different?
  • Joseph MA, Krishnasamy V, Jasti H. TB or not TB: a case of tuberculosis pyomyositis.
  • Komanduri P, Jasti H. Renal disease heralding a deeper abnormality.
  • Linz DR, Jasti H. Red flags of acute low back pain signal infectious complications of bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) therapy.
  • Linz DR, Spagnoletti CL. The role of interns as teachers: interns' and medical students' perceptions.
  • Patel A, Jasti H. Invasive aspergillosis: closing the time gap in antifungal therapy.
  • Radomski TR, Jasti H. Making a list and checking it twice: the importance of accurate medication reconciliation in establishing a life-threatening diagnosis.
  • Thiel BW, Jasti H. A picture is not always worth a thousand words: making the diagnosis of endocarditis prior to imaging.

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