Check the CCM
website calendar for further details on these May events.
12p-1p: Grand Rounds
with Juliana Barr
Peds/Adult Journal Club
Bimonthly AKI Meeting
May 22, 7:30a-5:30p
& May 23, 8a-11:30m: 15th
Annual Safar Symposium
Nominate a Colleague
It’s time to think about nominating a staff member, or team
of coworkers, who deserve special recognition for their exemplary
work. There are three types of UPMC staff awards: “You Are A
award, the “Gold Star” award or the “Platinum
(Robert J. Mientus) Star” award. The awards come with cash prizes
up to $500. Deadline is Friday, June 30, 2017. Contact Wendy
O’Donnell for nomination forms and guidelines.
Did You Know?
· Approximately 15 CCM
faculty, fellows, and students will be presenting research or
facilitating sessions at ATS in DC next week.
· Our Surgery Fellows
will arrive the end of July, in keeping with the later-start fellowship
trend; all other Fellows start July 1.
· Magee ICU treats
bariatric surgery, oncology, urology, gynecology, geriatric, and
orthopedic critically ill patients as well as patients with pregnancy and
Kuhlenschmidt left the Health Services Research Data Center (HSRDC) in
early May to follow her heart to Cleveland.
Breaking Fink Day
Mitchell P. Fink Scholar Day hit a record high with 40 abstracts
submitted and presented. Second-year Internal Medicine Fellow Parvan Thangadu,
MD achieved an individual record by presenting three posters during the
Quality Improvement and Education Session.
Fink Day awards and oral
presentations were made in four categories to: first year Fellow Vikram Balakumar,
MD (Clinical Research), second year Fellow Hitesh Gidwani, MD
(Education), pediatric Fellow Kate
Kernan, MD (Translational Research) and Catherine Kim,
PharmD (Quality Improvement/Patient Safety).
a break from his traditional State of the Department talk, Derek Angus gave a
Fink Day presentation about “Meaningful Work.” It was an excellent
counterpoint to Fink Day plenary speaker Marc Moss’ lecture on “Burnout
Syndrome in Critical Care Healthcare Professionals.”
Derek touched upon some
of his experiences dealing with septic-shock patients early in his
medical career in Britain, suggested some threats and opportunities that
junior faculty and fellows may face in their careers, and encouraged
everyone to “always be interested in trying to do your job better” as
they strive to find their own versions of Meaningful Work. You can
Meaningful Work talk here.
for Caring So Much
team at Magee ICU
received an Above & Beyond Team Award for their dedication to and
excellent care of a mom who had complications delivering her fourth
child. In a letter from the patient, she thanked everyone in the
Magee ICU for their “stories and humor in the middle of the night, for
making the scary and overwhelming manageable” and for knowing that mom
was missing her three youngsters at home.
The staff in the Neurotrauma unit
received a very touching thank you from the mom and family of a patient
who succumbed to his illness. They wrote, “We will never forget the
individual and collective kindnesses shown to [our son] and to our family
during his entire 4 week stay on 4G.” This patient ultimately spent
time in three of our ICUs: Neurotrauma, CTICU and 6F/G. Lori
Shutter reiterated the family’s feelings by saying she was “very proud of
the Neurotrauma team, as well as all of the CCM fellows, faculty, and
staff of the other ICUs who went above and beyond to try and save him.”
kudos to Bethany
Hallam (Jeremy Kahn’s master’s thesis advisee) who won
the Department of Epidemiology Master’s Award for her research poster and
presentation at the Graduate School of Public Health Dean's Day.
Bethany also received the Omicron Chapter of the Delta Omega National
Public Health Honor Society award for the best master's essay in the
Epidemiology Department in 2017.
at the GSPH Dean’s Day competition, Shu Wang’s GenIMS poster was awarded
second place in the Department of Biostatistics section. Master’s
student Shu, who works with John Kellum and is advised by Joyce Cheng, is
studying the relationship between renal recovery at hospital discharge
and 3-year survival among patients with septic Acute Kidney Injury.
Kelly Gottschalk returned to the fold on May 1st
as our Director of Operations. She oversees the UPMC business
operations, strategy, and faculty human resources functions for the
Department. You’ll find Kelly, nicely settled into her old office,
at 640B Scaife.
Five new faces are
joining the Department on May 22nd. Mary Devlin moves across campus from
the School of Arts & Sciences to become our Senior Finance
Administrator. She will be working with Kim Kushon in 1103
Our new Project Manager
of Faculty Affairs will be Stephanie
Wigenton, who has a strong background in strategic talent
management, human resources, and project management. Stephanie’s
workspace is in the HR pod in the south wing of Scaife.
Lab Assistants Arianna Rosemond
Whittington will work under Vanessa Jackson in the CRISMA
lab on Scaife, 10th Floor. Their positions were made possible by
the funding success of Ragi
Murugan’s BEACON grant and Chris Seymour’s
Taylor will be working with Edvin Music at CRISMA. Come
May 22nd, CRISMA’s lab staffing will reach a record high. Keep
those grants rolling in!