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  • GIM News
  • Donna L. Bishop, Editor
  • Next issue:
    June 2016
  • Submission deadline:
    May 13th, 2016
  • E-mail: Donna Bishop


Welcome Aboard

Emily Beers, MD, joined the Division of General Internal Medicine as a clinical assistant professor of medicine in the Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics. Dr. Beers received her BS in cell and molecular biology at the University of Michigan in 2001 and her MD from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in 2007. She completed her residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center in 2012. Most recently, Dr. Beers was a plastic surgeon with the Plastic Surgery Group of Rochester while completing a fellowship in palliative care.

Allie Giel, BA, joined the Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE) in December 2015 as an instructional technologist. Allie is supporting faculty to develop and maintain syllabi and Blackboard material, providing students with access to Courseweb, and maintaining classroom technology. Allie received a BA in digital media from Point Park University and held several temporary positions in the ICRE before being hired full time.

Tammy Merjanian, BFA, joined the ICRE in December 2015 as the program coordinator for two new federally funded programs led by Doris Rubio, PhD. The Professional Mentoring Skills Enhancing Diversity (PROMISED) and the Leading Emerging and Diverse Scientists to Success (LEADS) programs are focused on online mentoring and training. Before coming to Pitt, Tammy earned her BFA in photography from Shepherd University and worked in an animal welfare non-profit organization.

Jessica Poli, BA, joined the ICRE in January 2016 as the ICRE fiscal coordinator. She is assisting ICRE trainees to obtain the supplies and services they need to conduct research, as well as performing both post-award and pre-award duties for ICRE grant-funded programs. Jessica transferred from the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, where she worked for several years as an administrative and project coordinator.

Sakena Washington, MFA, joined the new Center for Behavioral Health and Smart Technology in the Division of General Internal Medicine in December 2015 as the project administrator. Sakena is organizing and promoting the Center's events, designing their website, and supporting faculty members as they embark on collaborative research to develop and test innovative health technologies. Prior to joining the Division, Sakena earned an MFA in creative writing from Antioch College, and she coordinated clinical research trials at UCLA, UPMC, and Pitt.

Sharon Stover, RN, CCRP, joined the Center for Clinical Trials and Data Coordination in the Division of General Internal Medicine as a senior administrator and clinical research coordinator. Sharon has worked in the Division for 10 years as a nurse coordinator on a number of clinical trials in the areas of heart failure, weight loss, and smoking cessation.

Marie Norman, PhD, joined the ICRE in December 2015 as an associate professor of medicine. Marie earned her BA from Oberlin College and her PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh. She has taught anthropology for 20 years, worked in faculty development for 12, and has spent the 5 five years in the business world working in the fields of global and online education. She is co-author of the book How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching. Marie is spearheading online and technology-enhanced educational initiatives at the ICRE.

Colleen Mayowski, EdD, MLIS, joined the ICRE in January 2016 as a faculty member and instructor. Colleen earned her BA, MLIS, and EdD at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1998, she joined Pitt’s Office of University Communications, and in 2006, she transferred to the School of Medicine. Throughout her career, Colleen has enjoyed designing and delivering education to adult learners on a variety of topics, including higher education institutional assessment and accreditation, professional writing, and creating electronic portfolios. Colleen’s primary goal at the ICRE is to guide competency-based education efforts for the ICRE degree and certificate programs.

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Fond Farewell

Asher Tulsky, MD
Hollis Day, MD
Barb Dakan, RN

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