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photo Julie Wilson Childers, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Medicine

Email: childersjw2@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-692-4834

Contact
Office: UPMC Montefiore- 933 West
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
 
Phone: 412-692-4834
Fax: 412-692-4315
E-mail: childersjw2@upmc.edu
Education and Training
Education
BA, Oberlin College, 1991
MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2005
MS, University of Pittsburgh, 2010
Training
Internal Medicine Internship, University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital, 2006
Internal Medicine Residency, University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital, 2008
Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 2009
Medical Education Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 2010
Research Interest
Dr. Childers's research interests are in teaching communication and in opioid prescribing for patients with a history of addiction.
Clinical Interest
I am the medical director of the inpatient palliative medicine consultation service at Presbyterian Hospital. I also am part of the General Internal Medicine Center for Opioid Recovery, where I treat individuals with opioid use disorder one half day per week.
Educational Interest
I am the co-course director for the first year medical student Ethics, Law, and Professionalism course, and teach in multiple other medical school courses, including Medical Interviewing and Behavioral Medicine. I co-direct the second year internal medicine resident course, which includes motivational interviewing, health literacy, and communicating about opioid prescribing. I founded and direct the Palliative Medicine Communication Course, which draws fellows from around the region to a three day communication I am also the director of the Mapping the Future communication courses, which teach communication about end of life issues to physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants across UPMC.
Publications
For my complete bibliography, Click Here.
Selected Publications:
Childers, JW, King, LA, Arnold, RM. Chronic pain and opioid misuse in a palliative care clinic. The American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care. 2015; Sep;32(6): 654-9.
Childers, JW, Arnold RM. “I feel uncomfortable 'calling a patient out'”: educational needs of palliative medicine fellows in managing opioid misuse. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2012; 43(2): 253-60.
Childers, JW, Bost, JE, Kraemer, KL, Cluss, PA, Spagnoletti, CL, Gonzaga, AM, Arnold, RM. Giving residents tools to talk about behavior change: A motivational interviewing curriculum description and evaluation. Patient Education and Counseling. 2012; Aug 18.
Childers JW, Broyles, LM, Hanusa, BH, Kraemer, KL, Conigliaro, J, Spagnoletti, C, McNeil, M, Gordon, AJ. Teaching the teachers: faculty preparedness and evaluation of a retreat in screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment. Substance Abuse. 2012; Jul;33(3): 272-7.
Pollak, KI, Childers, JW, Arnold, RM. Applying motivational interviewing techniques to palliative care communication. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 2011; June: 14(5): 587-592.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: University of Pittsburgh, Center of Excellence in Pain Education: Pain Challenges in Primary Care
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Health
Grant Number: RES HHSN271201500082C
Start Year: 2016
End Year: 2017
Notable Achievements
Fellowship in the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2017
Member, Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, 2012-present
Member, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2008-present
AAHPM Young Investigator Award, 2011
Award for Innovation in Medical Education, 2010