Dr. Danelle Cayea has been named our next Vice Chair for Education for the Department of Medicine.
Dr. Cayea is an associate professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine & Gerontology, director of the Daniel and Jeanette Hendin Schapiro Geriatric Medical Education Center and director of the Medicine Core Clerkship. She completed her medical degree at the University of Rochester as well as an internal medicine residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center before earning a master’s degree in medical education from the University of Pittsburgh. She then completed a fellowship in geriatric medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Her passion for teaching has been apparent from the start, and earned her the Professors’ Award for Excellence in Teaching in Clinical Sciences at the 2018 School of Medicine Convocation Ceremony. In 2019, she received the Louis N. Pangaro, MD, Educational Program Development Award from the Clerkship Directors of Internal Medicine in recognition of her contributions to the development and improvement of graduate medical education for her work developing the high value care curriculum with Dr. Amit Pahwa. Throughout the pandemic, Dr. Cayea co-chaired the ADAPT workgroup focused on education and leading the efforts to reintegrate students into the department and worked with the SOM to revamp clinical education for medical students.
Dr. Cayea has graciously served as interim vice chair for education since Dr. Sanjay Desai’s departure last year. She has proven to be a valuable leader in overseeing and promoting the educational mission for the DOM. This is no surprise, given her demonstrated success as associate vice chair for education since 2014 as well as her passion for medical education and esteemed mentorship as a prominent leader in the Department of Medicine. We look forward to the future of our educational programs under her direction.