Vice Chairs

Celebrating 125 Years

Celebrating 125 Years

Posted by  | Administration, Congratulations

This year, we celebrate School of Medicine’s 125th anniversary of educating, training and producing future leaders in education, patient care and research. We have much to celebrate–top-ranked medical and graduate programs, faculty members who are the among the worlds’ foremost experts in their fields and a reputation as a world leader in both medicine and(...)

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#MeToo—Considering All of the Implications and the Call for Action

#MeToo—Considering All of the Implications and the Call for Action

Posted by  | Administration, Vice Chair Contributors

Both the March 27 and April 2 issues of JAMA included important opinion pieces related to the #MeToo Movement. Dr. Freischlag and Ms. Faria highlight the importance of this movement, which was evidenced by TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2017 being shared by “silence breakers,” 61 women and men from various industries who spoke(...)

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Golden and Hill-Briggs Named to ADA Board of Directors

Golden and Hill-Briggs Named to ADA Board of Directors

Posted by  | Congratulations

Sherita Golden, executive vice chair, and Felicia Hill-Briggs, professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine, have been named to the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) 2018 board of directors. As of Jan. 1, Felicia is the president of the health care and education and Sherita is an active board member. Also, Nisa Maruthur, associate professor in GIM,(...)

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Bass Elected to American Clinical and Climatological Association

Bass Elected to American Clinical and Climatological Association

Posted by  | Congratulations

Eric Bass, vice chair for faculty development and promotions, was recently elected to the American Clinical and Climatological Association (ACCA) on the basis of his leadership, excellence in his field, high level of integrity and spirit of diversity. The association was created in 1884 by physicians and scientists with the desire to improve medical education, research and practice in(...)

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Introducing the C-CORE (Collaboration Center of Research Excellence) Initiative

Introducing the C-CORE (Collaboration Center of Research Excellence) Initiative

Posted by  | Research

Faculty from all ranks and across the entire spectrum of basic, clinical and population research face substantial barriers to implementing their research ideas. From trying to calculate sample size for a grant application to conceptualizing the design and implementation of clinical research, faculty could benefit from access to best practices, research methods expertise and interested(...)

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Global Cyberattack in Progress

Global Cyberattack in Progress

Posted by  | Vice Chair Contributors

There is a global cyberattack in progress. Early indications are that it’s a variant of Petya malware, described by the Internet Storm Center here. The current attack has already affected computers throughout the Heritage Valley Health System in Pennsylvania, as well as disrupting Merck’s computer network. This attack is similar in some ways to last(...)

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New Opportunities to Lunch with the Director

New Opportunities to Lunch with the Director

Posted by  | Administration, Leadership

I was delighted by our last grand rounds led by Drs. Sherita Golden and Lee Biddison. It addressed new efforts to parsimoniously define the purposes and mission of our department, interactively discussed ways to improve the work experience of our clinical faculty and outlined progress and opportunities to more effectively engage our community. I am eager(...)

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Our Network of Computers Benefits from Individual Security Measures

Our Network of Computers Benefits from Individual Security Measures

Posted by  | Administration, Vice Chair Contributors

Today's news is dominated by the extensive worldwide cybersecurity attack. The root causes are a matter for speculation and investigation at this point, but a couple of things seem clear: Health systems have been affected, with impacts on patient care <https://www.wired.com/2017/05/ransomware-meltdown-experts-warned>, <https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/05/nhs-ransomware-cyber-attack> At least some of the affected health systems had been warned for months about out-of-date computer(...)

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