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Division of General Internal Medicine Newsletter



  • GIM News
  • Donna L. Bishop, Editor
  • Next issue:
    December 2016
  • Submission deadline:
    November 18th, 2016
  • E-mail: Donna Bishop

Faculty and Staff Changes



Welcome Aboard

Kristin H. Kropf, MS, began in the ICRE in August 2016 in the newly created position of Program Coordinator for the Expanding National Capacity in PCOR through Training (ENACT) program. Kristin will work closely with Dr. Landsittel to develop online PCOR courses and the fellowship opportunities offered to students and trainees from six collaborating minority serving institutions. Kristin earned a BA in Communications and a Master of Science in Leadership/Education from Robert Morris University. Her professional background includes work in account management, staffing and volunteer coordination, teaching and coaching.

Lindsay Surmacz, BA, joined the ICRE in August 2016 as the new Program Coordinator for two training programs, Leading Emerging and Diverse Scientists to Success (LEADS), and Professional Mentoring Skills Enhancing Diversity (PROMISED). Lindsay transferred from the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, where she worked for two years as a project manager. Lindsay holds a BA in creative writing from Purdue University, and is currently enrolled in a certificate program in Digital Media at Pitt. She is also a graduate of Coro Pittsburgh’s Women in Leadership program.

Joseph G. Sloan, MA, has recently joined the CRHC Data Center as a qualitative researcher for the Qual EASE team. Joseph has a background in research, teaching, and web development. He has a BA and MA in Anthropology from California State University Fullerton, and more recently, an MA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh with a certificate in Advanced East European Studies.

R. Amos Glenn, EdD, was hired in October 2016 as an Instructional Designer, joining the ICRE’s growing team devoted to developing innovative curricula with an emphasis on using online technology. He will work closely with Dr. Marie Norman and the ICRE's teaching faculty and degree program leadership. Amos has over 15 years of experience in the field of education and online learning, and transferred to Pitt from Carnegie Mellon where he worked as a Learning Engineer with faculty in multiple departments. He earned his Doctor of Education degree from Duquesne University, and also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Bryn Athyn College.

Ethan Lennox, MA, joined the Division of General Internal Medicine as its new Medical Editor and Writer in November 2016. Ethan will assist in writing and editing reports, grant applications, web content, and other informational materials for the Division. He also will be available to edit research manuscripts in preparation for publication. Ethan transferred from the Department of Critical Care Medicine, where he was employed for two years as the department's Communications Coordinator. He also has experience as a freelance writer. Ethan earned his Master of Arts in English from Duquesne University.

Nicole Pope, MPH, joined the Division of General Internal Medicine, Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics, as the Study Coordinator for the CONNECT Study (Schenker, PI).

Caroline Sefcik joined the Division of General Internal Medicine, Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics, as a Research Assistant for the CONNECT Study (Schenker, PI).

Christine Chavlick is the new administrative assistant in the Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics.

Alicia Kollar, CRNP, and Shannon Joy, CRNP, joined the Supportive and Palliative Care services in October 2016.

Pam Abels is the new Administrative Assistant in the Palliative Care Education Program. She joined us in October 2016.

Aaron Teague joined the Division of General Internal Medicine as the new Music Therapist.

Dan Leger, RN, Associate Clinical Chaplain has joined us as the new Spiritual Coordinator

Annette Sampson is the Fellowship Coordinator for the Hospice and Palliative Care Program as well as for General Internal Medicine. Previously, Annette worked for 3 years as a Privileging Secretary for West Penn Allegheny Health System and 10 years as a Purchasing Coordinator at Magee Women's Research Institute.

Jackie Holmes joined the Division of General Internal Medicine as a medical secretary for Firm 3. Jackie worked at UPMC Hamot in Erie prior to joining us.

Carolina Acero joined the Internal Medicine team at our Shadyside location as the coordinator for the Medicine portion of the CAMPC Clerkship for Pitt medical students. She also supports the Internal Medicine Clerkship and Electives at SHY for medical students. Carolina has a background in teaching and program coordination.

Kristin Santoro is the new Academic Support Coordinator within the Residency Education Office. Kristin manages the MedHub evaluations and supports the Internal Medicine Residency Program Director for the Division of General Internal Medicine in Oakland. Kristin is from the Pittsburgh area and has a background in elementary education. She is also a certified yoga instructor.

Pauline Zorosak has joined our education office as the new Coordinator for the UPMC Medical Education Transitional Year Residency Program, as well as the Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Training Program. Previously, Pauline was employed at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC as a Medical Genetics Fellowship Coordinator.

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Fond Farewell

Tia Gore, BS, resigned in September 2016 as the Division's Medical Writer & Editor.

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