The Pittsburgh Triple Board Program (TBP) brings together premier clinical, research, and training programs in pediatrics, adult psychiatry, and child & adolescent psychiatry. The TBP offers a unique opportunity to train at the interface of pediatrics and psychiatry and prepares the physician to provide truly comprehensive child and family-centered healthcare.
|Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh|
The Department of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC (CHP) have an excellent reputation for patient care, postgraduate teaching and academic excellence.
- CHP is consistently ranked among the top children's hospitals in the country.
- The Department of Pediatrics is ranked ninth in the country in terms of NIH funding.
- A state-of-the-art 296-bed children's hospital (opened in May 2009).
- Over 14,000 admissions per year, half of which are treated primarily by medical services.
- Over 1 million outpatient encounters per year.
- Over 75,000 emergency room visits per year where residents have first line responsibility for patient care.
- Robust and growing integrated Behavioral Health Services in multiple settings including:
- Over 14 Children’s Community Pediatrics Primary Care Centers across Western Pennsylvania (account for over 12,000 visits per year).
- The Center for Independence, a multidisciplinary outpatient center providing coordinated care including PT/OT, speech and developmental medicine services aimed at maximizing function of physically ill children and children with neurodevelopmental disabilities.
- Pediatric Behavioral Health Consult and Liaison Services at CHP provides over 2,200 visits per year to hospitalized children and their families.
- Medical Coping Clinic for Children with Gastrointestinal Disorders.
- The Brain Care Institute.
- Pediatric Behavioral Health and Wellness Clinics, which provide integrated behavioral health care to children with highly specialized health care needs including embedded services in Oncology/Bone Marrow and Cellular Transplantation Therapies, Headache and Movement Disorders, Diabetes, Disorders of Sexual Differentiation, Feeding Disorders, NICU, Cleft and Craniofacial Center and Chronic Pain.
|Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic|
The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh and its clinical partner, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC (WPIC), are national leaders in education, research and clinical care. Their partnership forms one of the largest and most academically productive psychiatric programs in the nation, and offers advanced diagnosis and treatment for psychiatric disorders across the life span.
- The Department of Psychiatry has consistently received more NIMH extramural funding than any other Department of Psychiatry in the United States.
- WPIC is ranked among the top ten psychiatric hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
- WPIC has 310 inpatient beds that serve more than 11,000 patients per year.
- Approximately 12,000 psychiatric emergency room visits per year.
- WPIC outpatient care clinics provide over 400,000 outpatient visits per year.
- The Department of Psychiatry is home to over 200 full-time faculty specializing in a wide range of psychiatric disciplines, many of whom are acknowledged as leaders in their field.
- The Adult Consultation-Liaison Service provides psychiatric consultation to more than 2,000 patients annually to various clinical programs at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), one of the largest integrated health care delivery systems in the United States.
- WPIC is well-known and highly regarded for its inpatient and outpatient programs, community services and specialized programs including services in the following areas:
- ADHD Specialty Treatment Program for Children and Adults
- UPMC Bipolar Institute
- re:solve Crisis Network
- Early Intensive Behavioral Interventions
- Center for Overcoming Problem Eating (COPE)
- Matilda H. Theiss Child Development Center
- Merck Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic
- Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Program
- Services for Teens at Risk (STAR-Center)
- Services for the Treatment of Early Psychoses (STEP)
Triple Board Program Residents
- Each year, two Triple Board residents join categorical Pediatric and Psychiatry residents along with combined residents in Medicine-Pediatrics, Family Medicine-Psychiatry and Neurology-Pediatrics, amongst other combined residency programs, at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate Medical Education Program.
- At the end of five years of training, TBP residents will have completed 24 months of Pediatrics, 18 months of General Psychiatry and 18 months of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
- The TBP provides an integrated educational experience, with graduated responsibility for patient care and teaching. Interaction with pediatric and psychiatric resident colleagues is ongoing, both in the clinical settings and within didactics educational sessions.
- The formal educational curriculum is, on average, five to six hours of classroom instruction and experiential learning per week that occurs longitudinally throughout the five years of training.
- Additionally, a pediatric and/or child psychiatry faculty supervisor will meet with a resident regularly throughout training to discuss clinical issues encountered in all training experiences and to provide mentorship.
- The TBP actively incorporates and integrates a combination of Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Child Psychiatry into each of the five years of training.
The main focus of the PGY1 year is pediatric medicine. TBP interns begin their training with 10 months of pediatric rotations. During that time, they work on inpatient teams of general pediatrics as well as subspecialty teams including Hematology, Oncology, Neurology, Pulmonology, Nephrology, Endocrinology, Emergency Medicine and Neonatal Medicine. There is a night float system in place during the week. TBP interns have 6 weeks of nights float, as well as weekend calls while on inpatient rotations.
During intern year, the pediatric primary care experience begins with four weeks of ambulatory medicine and a half day per week continuity clinic that continues for all five years of the program. Continuity clinic gives residents the opportunity to learn outpatient pediatrics and childhood development while building relationships with patients and their families over time.
Interns also spend two months training in psychiatry by working in the Diagnostic Evaluation Center (DEC), which provides the opportunity to learn acute diagnosis and management of a wide variety of psychiatric illnesses in an acute care setting. Two weeks of night shifts during the DEC rotation allows for more independent development of skills under one-on-one guidance of psychiatric emergency medicine physicians.
Psychiatry didactics begin for one afternoon per week during the second half of the year and focuses on the fundamentals of psychiatry including pharmacology, dynamic and evidence-based therapies.
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|Pediatric Continuity Clinic|
TBP residents return to pediatrics for the first half of the second year. A variety of experiences include inpatient senior resident, night-team senior resident, critical care medicine (Neonatal ICU and Pediatric ICU),Adolescent Medicine, Developmental Pediatrics and subspecialty elective time.
There are several pediatric rotations that allow TBP residents to integrate psychiatric and pediatric skills by working closely with patients and their families, including Adolescent Medicine, and Developmental Pediatrics.
Midway through second year, TBP residents transition to psychiatry and spend a month on each subspecialty psychiatric inpatient unit, including Adult Mood Disorders, Psychosis and Dual Diagnosis. The schedule also includes eight weeks on Adult Consult & Liaison and four weeks on Adult Neurology at a large tertiary care adult medicine hospital within the UPMC Health System. We continue to take weekend call during inpatient rotations for both pediatrics and psychiatry.
Rotations aimed at skills integration in the PGY2 year include four weeks of Adolescent Acute Partial Hospitalization Program (AAPHP) and two weeks of Pediatric Behavior Health Consult Liaison at CHP. This allows TBP residents to further develop their assessment skills and manage patients utilizing their knowledge from both pediatrics and psychiatry.
TBP Residents continue to see patients in their pediatric continuity clinic every other week for a half day and attend psychiatric didactics a half day per week throughout residency training. Second year also gives the first opportunity for TBP residents to start adult psychotherapy with a focus on Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT).
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|Pediatric Continuity Clinic|
In the beginning of the third year, TBP residents transition back to pediatrics with rotations as inpatient senior (six weeks), subspecialty electives (twelve weeks, including 4 weeks of Child Neurology, 2 weeks of Endocrinology, and 2 weeks of Hematology/Oncology), night team senior (two weeks), Emergency Department (one month), and ambulatory pediatric clinic senior (two weeks). We continue to take weekend call during inpatient rotations for pediatrics.
The outpatient pediatric subspecialty clinics, in particular, allow residents to explore and develop knowledge in areas of personal interest. In addition, the clinics provide valuable exposure to the psychological impact of chronic disease and aid in the development of skills to help patients and their families cope with both the psychiatric and medical aspects of their care.
The second half of the year is devoted to outpatient psychiatry clinics. One of the highlights of the third year is working in the Triple Board clinic alongside the senior TBP residents. This clinic provides psychiatric care to pediatric patients with complicated medical histories and is supervised by faculty who are interested in the integration of care. Other psychiatry clinics during this portion of training include adult mood disorders, geriatric psychiatry, and early psychosis. There is also opportunity for outpatient psychiatry electives.
The TBP residents’ adult psychotherapy training continues with emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and longitudinal psychodynamic psychotherapy. Didactics will focus on dialectal behavioral therapy, group and family therapy and advanced psychopharmacology.
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Triple Board Continuity Clinic
|Long Term Psychotherapy and CBT Patients|
|Pediatric Continuity Clinic|
In the fourth year, four months are spent on pediatric-rotations, which are comprised of 10 weeks of subspeciality pediatric electives and 2 weeks in the CHP Emergency Department. This completes the required pediatric portion of training. This organization of clinical experiences is helpful in studying for the pediatric board exams, which are typically taken in the fifth year.
The rest of the year is concentrated in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Experiences include four months on inpatient units including general child and adolescent psychiatry and a sub-specialized unit dedicated to the care of individuals with autism and neurodevelopmental disabilities. Additional experiences include the Adolescent Acute Partial Hospitalization Program (AAPHP) and the Pediatric Behavioral Health Consultation/Liaison Service at CHP.
There is also one month of child psychiatry elective time.
During this academic year, TBP residents take call from home for the Pediatric Behavioral Health Consultation/Liaison Service for an average of seven weeks throughout the academic year.
TBP residents also begin pediatric longitudinal psychotherapy with a minimum of two child and adolescent patients (child CBT and child psychodynamic). The latter two experiences continue throughout the remainder of training. TBP residents also learn parent management training (PMT).
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|Pediatric Continuity Clinic|
|Triple Board Continuity Clinic|
|Adult and Child Long Term Psychotherapy and Child CBT Patients|
Child and adolescent psychiatry training is completed over the course of the remaining 12 months of residency. Two months are focused on early childhood development at the Matilda H. Theiss Child Development Center and on adolescents and adults with eating disorders at the Center for Overcoming Problems of Eating (COPE).
Residents continue their child and adolescent outpatient continuity clinic for one half day per week and participate in multidisciplinary family therapy training one half day per week for four months. This clinic is supervised live via one-way mirror by two instructors who provide immediate feedback and guidance for the development of family therapeutic skills.
The predominant focus of the remaining ten months is on outpatient experiences and elective training. Required outpatient experiences include forensics, school consultation and community psychiatry. A wide variety of outpatient subspecialty electives are available including: pediatric bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, adolescents at high risk for suicide and non-suicidal self-harm, attention and hyperactivity disorders, and transition to college and early-adulthood.
Residents are also encouraged to create elective experiences that are relevant to their career goals. These may be fully resident created or may include choosing from other available clinical experiences such as team leader electives in inpatient or outpatient services, alternative and complementary medicine and evidence-based psychotherapies in the care of medically ill children. In addition, non-clinical experiences in systems of care, managed care, educational or administrative activities and research are available.
Interested residents may also pursue certification in Electro-Convulsive Therapy.
|CHILD & ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY|
|Mathilda H. Theiss Center - 1 m.|
Center for Overcoming Problem Eating (COPE)- 1 m.
Forensics/School/Community Consultation Experiences) - 10 m
Family Therapy Clinic- 4m.
|Pediatric Continuity Clinic|
|Triple Board Continuity Clinic|
|Child Long Term Psychotherapy and Child CBT Patients|
Residents in the TBP are encouraged to develop areas of interest and expertise, both professionally and personally.
There are a variety of opportunities to participate in activities that will create well-rounded and balanced physicians. Current TBP residents are participating in either previously established “tracks” or finding ways to expand their education in both pediatrics and psychiatry through special opportunities.
Community Oriented Resident Education (CORE) Track
Learning about the community in which we practice is an essential element of medical care. Many of our TBP residents participate in both informal and formal advocacy for patients and communities. The CORE Track provides residents an opportunity to further learn about and engage in the Pittsburgh community. CORE residents visit community sites and learn about the resources available and barriers to care for our patients and families.
Scholarly Projects and Research Track
Throughout residency, all trainees develop areas of expertise based upon their interests. In order to further develop and formalize this expertise, all residents have the opportunity to participate in scholarly projects, which; vary from formal basic, translational, or clinic research projects to clinical or educational quality improvement projects. Recent projects have included presenting at journal club seminars and/or grand round lectures, developing a mental health curriculum for pediatricians, publishing a case report, and creating a research poster for the annual Department of Psychiatry Research Day or national meetings of professional organizations and medical societies.
Triple Board residents also have the opportunity to participate in weekly meetings of the WPIC Psychiatry Research Pathway, which provides support and didactics about the practical undertaking of research during residency and beyond.
Academic Administrator/Clinical Educator (AACE) Track
Many residents of the Triple Board Program become involved in other academic pursuits following graduation. The AACE Track provides education and discussion about the variety of academic opportunities available. It also fosters the development of Clinician Educators by providing opportunities to teach medical students and residents in medicine, family medicine and pediatrics as well as to develop quality improvement projects or educational curriculum. AACE Track participants are supported by mentorship and regular didactics on a variety of topics ranging from developing a teaching portfolio to giving feedback, as well as assistance in the development and implementation of a quality improvement project.
Global Health Initiatives
The University of Pittsburgh provides a variety of opportunities to get involved and network with other trainees and faculty engaged in global health initiatives. The Center for Global Health hosts a variety of events, including speakers, films, and grand rounds. Additionally, residents may participate in international rotations once they have discussed and prepared with a global health advisor. The pediatric residency program offers a Global Health Focus in which TBP residents can participate.
Advanced Psychotherapy Training
WPIC provides core didactic courses in psychotherapy (including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy(IPT), Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Therapy, Family Therapy, Parent Management Training (PMT) and Group Therapy) as well as supervised clinical experiences in CBT, IPT, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, PMT, and Family Therapy.
Residents also have the opportunity to participate in additional Psychodynamic Psychotherapy training through the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Applicants for the Triple Board Residency Training Program must be a senior in an approved medical school or hold an MD/DO degree. Minority applicants are encouraged to apply. Applicants with specialty training in other areas of medicine are also welcome.
Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We require a complete application form, personal statement (including a statement regarding areas of interest), medical school transcript and three letters of reference. After completion of the review process by the Selection Committee, applicants will be notified by email or mail. Dates for the interview will be determined at the time of the invitation. We generally interview on Mondays and Tuesdays from October through December.
Further information may be obtained by contacting:
Sansea L. Jacobson, MD
Director, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Triple Board Residency Training
Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic
3811 O'Hara Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Triple Board Acting Internship (AI)
The Triple Board Acting Internship at UPMC has been designed to provide the interested medical student with an exposure to the interface of Pediatrics and Child and Adolescent psychiatry. For further details, please see our Triple Board AI page.
Further information may be obtained by contacting:
Sansea L. Jacobson, MD
Director, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Triple Board Residency Training
Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic
3811 O'Hara Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Amanda Downey, MD (Class of 2020)
Education: The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, M.D. 2015, The Ohio State University 2011, B.A. Spanish Literature
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Special Projects/Activities/Awards/Leadership Positions: Gold Humanism Honor Society
Interests/Fun facts: Love early morning runs and sunset cycling, football in the fall and obsessively checking my phone during March Madness, live music, hiking, and trying not to kill various species of fish.
Carolyn (Carrie) Wiersma, MD (Class of 2020)
Education: Medical University of South Carolina (MD, 2015); Hope College (BA, 2010)
Hometown: Greer, SC
Special projects/activities/awards: Gold Humanism Honor Society
Interests/fun facts: I love being outside with my 2 puppies, hiking, camping, biking, baking, exploring new areas of Pittsburgh, and finding unique coffee shops. I'm also a big fan of Habitat for Humanity and attempting our own home renovations with my husband!
Allison (Alli) Foroobar, MD (Class of
Education: VCU/Medical College of Virginia, M.D. 2014; UVA 2005, B.A. in Neuroscience
Hometown: Fairfax, VA
Special Projects/Activities/Awards/Leadership Positions: Elizabeth Joanne Harbison Memorial Award (2014) for achievement in Pediatrics and M3/M4 year rotations, Jeffrey S. Farkas, MD, Memorial Pediatrics Intern Teaching Award, Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching "Little Apple" Award, Member of AACE track, Pediatric Residents Interested in Medical Education (PRIME) member
Interests/Fun Facts: Candy connoisseur (except Twizzlers, they don’t do it for me). All things outdoors, especially if it includes sports (tennis, basketball, hiking). Die hard action movie addict (Kill Bill, Bourne series, you name it). Water lover (beaches, lakes, rivers, moats, tributaries). And fun fact – I’m ¼ Persian, which means I don’t speak Farsi but I make a mean shish kabob and tadik (if you have never had these, contact me immediately). Yah for Pittsburgh, it’s fully allowed me to partake in all of the above likes/interests!
Sara Harmon, MD (Class of 2019)
Education: Rice University (BA, BS); University of Virginia (MD)
Hometown: Berwyn, PA
Special Projects/Activities/Awards/Leadership Positions: Pediatric CORE track, Pediatric Residency Council, Global Health Research in Guatemala
Interests/Fun Facts: Cooking, Gardening, Reading, Trying new restaurants. Currently playing on a kickball team which is a first for me!
Sarah Arshad, MD (Class of 2018)
Education: University of Michigan Medical School, M.D. 2013, with distinction in service and medical education; Harvard University 2009, B.A. in Folklore & Mythology, minor in Chemistry and a Spanish citation
Hometown: Closter, NJ
Special Projects/Activities/Awards/Leadership Positions: Presented with the University of Michigan’s Gibson Award (2013) for efforts to address healthcare disparities experienced by minority and disadvantaged populations. In Residency, I am part of the Pediatric CORE Track and a housestaff representative for my Pediatric class.
Interests/Fun facts: I love playing badminton, reading young adult fiction, watching British period piece dramas/movies, writing (about healthcare, reflections, poetry, anything really) and cooking. I would love to pursue writing further, and I am excited to see what else Pittsburgh has in store! I’m enjoying exploring Pittsburgh and look forward to continuing to find new places to eat and for adventures to unfold!
Becky Miller, MD (Class of 2018)
Education: University of Chicago, M.D. 2013, with distinction in service and medical education
Northwestern University, B.A. in Integrated Science and Chemistry
Hometown: Homewood, IL (a proud suburb of Chicago)
Special Projects/Activities/Awards/Leadership Positions: CORE resident at CHP
Interests/Fun facts: I was a 7th and 8th grade science teacher in New Haven, CT for 2 years prior to starting medical school. During that time, my love of sexual health education in public schools was born, and that interest continued to grow during medical school. One day, I hope to be a part of the implementation of comprehensive sexual health curriculum in public schools in a major city. I enjoy baking, vegetarian cooking, and reading fiction and young adult literature. My favorite color is orange.
Cristen McDermott, MD (Class of 2017) Education: University of Connecticut School of Medicine, M.D. 2012, Georgetown University 2007, B.A. English
Hometown: Westport, CT
Special Projects/Activities/Awards/Leadership Positions: New England Pediatric Society Award (2012); James H. Foster M.D. Teaching Award (2012); eager to find new projects and activities in Pittsburgh
Interests/Fun facts: A fan of all things active (caveat: hang-gliding could be a deal breaker) and a proud participant with regard to the random. To get a little more specific, I enjoy dodgeball, flag football, skiing, baking, soccer, bowling, tennis, rowing, basketball, eating, cooking, adventures, Modern Family, learning (on and off) to play the banjo, travel (both near and far), Downton Abbey, American expatriate writers, NikeID, and bright colors.
Sarah Homitsky, MD (Class of 2016)
Current job/title: Triple Board Program Chief Resident
Education: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, M.D. 2011; Smith College - Physical Chemistry
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Special Projects/Activities/Awards/Leadership Positions: AOA, Member of the AACE Track, Co-founder of a school-based support and education program for adolescent parents through collaboration with Teen ELECTand the Pittsburgh Public Schools, Member of the Mental Health Quality Improvement Team at the Adolescent Medicine Clinic to improve access to behavioral health and social work support, Special interest in adolescent peripartum and postpartum psychiatry
Interests/Fun facts: Love spending free time with my family and enjoying the outdoors
Justin Schreiber, DO, MPH (Class of 2016)
Education: UCLA Majored in Neuroscience and History; Medical School- Touro University Nevada; Master's degree in Public Health- Boston University
Hometown: San Clemente, CA (the OC)
Special Projects/Activities/Awards/Leadership Positions: AAP Secretary for the Section on Medical Students, Resident and Fellowship Trainees (SOMSRFT), Editorial Board Member for Pediatrics SOMSRFT Quarterly Article, AAP News Editorial Advisory Board, Member of a state-wide foster care committee, AAP-AACAP Resident and Fellow Liaison, member of the AACAP Health Policy and Finance Committee, member of Pediatric CORE Track, Psych GAP and AACE Track, working on “Equip for Life” to provide sports equipment and parks information at well child checks, Motivational Interviewing Interest Group. Using mapping software to help identify psychiatric services throughout Western Pennsylvania.
Interests/Fun facts: Proud cat and dog owner and husband, big interest in bubbles and balloon animals, also health policy and politics and I want to be Secretary of Health and Human Services some day (let me know if you know anyone planning on being president), I also enjoy health education and teaching, I love exploring the museums, outdoors and great dining options in Pittsburgh.
TRIPLE BOARD PROGRAM ALUMNI
Katrina Fletcher, MD (Class of 2015)
Current job/title: : Psychiatrist in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Education: Thomas Jefferson University; Undergrad: Barnard College, Columbia University-Combined major in Women's Studies and Dance
Hometown: Wynnewood, PA
Interests/Fun facts: I used to be a professional dancer in NYC before going to medical school. I'm married to the most wonderfully supportive man who also is a great cook!
Victoria (Via) Winkeller, MD (Class of 2015)
Current job/title:Pediatrician, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist for Children’s Community Pediatrics, Psychiatrist for Merck Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic
Education: Albany Medical College/Barnard College, M.D. 2010; Barnard College, Columbia University 2004, B.A. in Neuroscience and Behavior
Hometown: Albany, NY
Special Projects/Activities/Awards/Leadership Positions: Member of the AACE Track, Co-founder of a support and education program for adolescent mothers and fathers with the ELECT Teen Parenting Program and the Pittsburgh Public Schools, WPIC Housestaff Leadership Committee, Motivational Interviewing Curriculum Committee, Member of AACAP Family Committee
Interests/Fun facts: Enjoys cooking, exploring new restaurants, movies and traveling, loves spending time with family and friends
Nasuh (Nas) Malas, MD, MPH (Class of 2014)
Current job/title: Clinical Instructor, Consult and Liaison Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry (Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) and Department of Pediatrics, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, University of Michigan Hospitals
Education: University of Wisconsin- Madison (Major: Medical Microbiology and Immunology; Masters of Public Health); Waisman Center (University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disability: Certificate in Maternal Child Health. Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disability); University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (MD) Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Special Projects/Activities/Awards/Leadership Positions: Pediatric Residency Recruitment Committee, Family Forum Resident Representative, Residency Council, WPIC Housestaff Leadership – Combined Programs Representative, AACE Track MI Curriculum for Pediatric Residents, Child PRITE Fellow
Interests/Fun facts: AVID Green Bay Packer fan; Founder of the Famous (or Infamous) Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Mustache Movember Charity and Competition.
Briana Sacco, MD (Class of 2014)
Current job/title:Medical Director of Eating Disorders Program at Children’s Medical Center at Legacy, Assistant Professor of Child Psychiatry at University of Texas at Southwestern
Education: MD, Global Health Track, University of Texas Medical Branch, 2009
BA in Psychology with Honors, minor in Art, Austin College, 2005
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Special Projects/Activities/Awards/Leadership Positions: CATCH grant for needs assessment for crisis nursery in Pittsburgh, 2011 AAP Resident Scholarship Award recipient, Pediatric CORE Track, Pediatric Residency Council member since 2010, Triple Board Social Chair 2012-2013.
Interests/Fun facts: I'm passionate about global health, with past travel to Nicaragua and Haiti. I enjoy yoga, reading, and the arts. I met my better half in Pittsburgh, and I'm excited to bring him back home with me to Texas!
Jacquelyn (Jacquie) Collura, MD FAAP (Class of 2013)
Current job/title: Pediatrician, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist for Children’s Community Pediatrics, Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Education: The George Washington University, Washington DC: Medicine, Biology, Music Hometown: Allentown, PA
Special Projects/Activities/Awards/Leadership Positions: Fellow of American Academy of Pediatrics, 2012-2013 Triple Board Chief Resident, Albert Schweitzer for life. Interests in psychosomatic & integrative medicine, parental depression/impact on childhood development. Flutist in East Winds Symphonic Band.
Interests/Fun facts: I am happily married with a dog, three cats, and an aquarium-full of fish. I love everything ocean-related, particularly dolphins and one of my favorite summer jobs was assisting with rescue of stranded marine life. I also continue to love playing and listening to music, and travel whenever I can!
Amy Meadows, MD, MHS (Class of 2013)
Current job/title: Director of Pediatric Consultation- Liaison and Outpatient Adult and Child Psychiatry at the University of Kentucky
Education: Yale University School of Medicine (MD/MHS), Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Brain & Cognitive Science
Hometown: Lexington, KY
Special Projects/Activities/Awards/Leadership Positions: Working on scholarly project in telepsychiatry
Interests/Fun facts: I am a happy mother of one and I grow heirloom tomatoes and valiantly battle deer and groundhogs through the summer. I am also a Kentucky Colonel and member of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club.
Tracy Schegg-Protell, MD (Class of 2012)
Current job/title: Outpatient child and adolescent psychiatrist and supervising pediatrician for pediatric clinic at Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe
Education: Med school- University of Nevada School of Medicine, undergrad- University of California San Diego, major in Biology
Hometown: Truckee, CA
Special Projects/Activities/Awards/Leadership Positions: Triple Board Chief for 2011-2012
Interests/Fun facts: Happily married to Peter Protell and very happy new mother to Piper Protell. Love to travel and I have spent a month living in Thailand and Costa Rica during med school.
Sarah Wolfe, MD, MPH (Class of 2012)
Born: March 14, 1975
Died: February 6, 2014
Education: University of Iowa; University of Iowa College of Medicine
Hometown: Clinton, IA
Special Projects/Activities/Awards/Leadership Positions: American Psychiatric Association Outstanding Performance Award for the Annual Mind Games Resident Competition (2011).
Upon graduation from the WPIC Triple Board Program in June 2012, Sarah joined our faculty in the clinician educator track, working at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC’s Behavioral Health Consultation & Liaison Service, the WPIC Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders - Merck Child Inpatient Unit and the Medical Coping/VIP Clinics.
Sarah lived with quiet strength and inconspicuous demeanor. Those who had the privilege of knowing her well were inspired by her incredible wit, astonishing intelligence, and utmost devotion to others (humans, felines, and otherwise). She repeatedly earned the highest praise from patients, families, staff, students, and colleagues; yet for Sarah, it was never about her. She demurred when praised, she minimized when thanked. She gave in so many ways and made us all want to give, and be, our very best. Our dear friend… you will forever be missed.
Kristin Dalope, MD, Med (Class of 2011)
Current job/title:Clinical Assistant Professor Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh's Behavioral Health Consultation & Liaison Service and Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders - Merck Child Outpatient Clinic
Education: Cornell University, Boston College Graduate School of Education, Albany Medical College
Hometown: Upstate NY
Special Projects/Activities/Awards/Leadership Positions: technology and media, teaching, autism +/- developmental disabilities, psychosomatic medicine
Interests/Fun facts: Love(d) being a Triple Boarder here in Pittsburgh! Loved it so much that I was a TB chief resident x2 years. Started the program single, not knowing anyone, and renting. Ended the program married, with a baby, and owning a house. Contact me at any time with questions.
Marilyn Griffin, MD (Class of 2011)
Current job/title: On faculty as a Clinical Instructor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford and have appointments in the departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine. Consultant for the Illinois DocAssist Program
Education: Northwestern University, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford
Special Projects/Activities/Awards/Leadership Positions: New Pittsburgh Courier’s Fab 40 Honoree, Dr. Assir Daniel DaSilva Award, American Academy of Pediatrics, Friends of Children Scholarship, AACAP 2009 Special Program Scholarship Recipient, Emancipation Scholarship, Illinois National Baptist State Convention, Inc., AACAP Education Opportunity Program Award Recipient
Interests/Fun facts: I enjoy ADHD, Mood and Anxiety disorders. I have a fair amount of patients on the Autistic spectrum and I work pretty closely with The Autism Program (TAP) which has a local office at the medical school. And I still have a love for collaborative care and medical home models.
David Benhayon, MD PhD (Class of 2010)
Current job/title: T32-Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychiatry, Attending physician CHP/WPIC
Education: Medical degree: University of Tennessee-Memphis, Graduate Work: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Undergraduate degree: Rice University
Hometown: Knoxville, TN
Special Projects/Activities/Awards/Leadership Positions: I study sleep and how it relates to inflammation in kids. Received a fellowship from the American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education (APIRE).
Interests/Fun facts: Home repair, Salt and Freshwater Aquarium-Keeping
Emily Harris, MD, MPH (Class of 2010)
Current job/title: Dually appointed in Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, working in primary care pediatrics as pediatrician for seriously emotionally disturbed children and developing a primary care psychiatry program
Education: Jefferson Medical College – MD, Bloomberg Sch Public Health, Johns Hopkins - MPH, Maternal Child Health certificate, Johns Hopkins University - BA Chemistry
Hometown: Kettering, OH (near Dayton)
Special Projects/Activities/Awards/Leadership Positions: Fellow of American Academy of Pediatrics
Interests/Fun facts: I still think of myself as a pediatrician who can handle the psychiatric issues. I love the random things to do in Pittsburgh - Arts Festival at the Point, then Afghan restaurant for dinner, followed by a Pirates game and post-game BoyzIIMen concert all in one day!
Alexis Fertig, MD (Class of 2009)
Current job/title: Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Center for Overcoming Problem Eating
Education: Tulane University School of Medicine and Public Health; Wellesley College – sociology major, chemistry minor
Hometown: Scotch Plains, NJ
Special Projects/Activities/Awards/Leadership Positions: Medical Director, Behavioral Health Service Line; Associate Director, Clinician Educator Faculty Development Program .
Interests/Fun facts: I gave a lecture on Anger Management to the rookies on the Steelers a few years ago.
Jill McCulloch, MD (Class of 2009)
Current job/title: Assistant Professor of Psychiatry: Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders - Merck Child Outpatient Clinic, CCP Pediatrics Clinic
Meredith Chapman, MD (Class of 2008)
Current job/title: Assistant Professor of Psychiatry: Department of Psychiatry, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Medical Director of the Consult Liaison Service at Children’s Medical Center, Dallas, TX
Education: Undergraduate degree: Georgetown College, Georgetown KY (Sociology and Chemistry); Medical School: University of Louisville, Louisville KY
Hometown: Ashland, KY
Special Projects/Activities/Awards/Leadership Positions:
- Chapman, MR, Vause HE. Anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis: diagnosis, psychiatric presentation, and treatment. Am J Psychiatry. 2011 168:3.
- Vause, HE, Chapman, MR. Irritability in the pediatric population: A common symptom related to multiple mental health diagnoses. The Nurse Practitioner. Accepted Jan. 2012
- Senior Councilor, Colorado Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Society 2011-2012
- Junior Councilor, Colorado Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Society 2010-2011 Advisory board member, Tourette Syndrome Association, Inc Rocky Mountain Region 2008-2011
- Associate Residency Program Director General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Programs- University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center 2009-2011
Interests/Fun facts: Interests: Tourette's syndrome, medical student education, collaboration with schools and educators; Fun facts: I enjoy traveling and listening to live music. What I miss most about Pittsburgh: a fried bologna sandwich with an egg at Primanti's, the cheese counter at Pen Mac in the strip and of course all of my friends, colleagues, and mentors.
Katherine Fan, MD (Class of 2008)
Current job/title: Pediatric and Adult Psychiatrist, Private Practice
Education: Medical School: University of Alabama School of Medicine; Undergraduate degree: University of California, Berkeley: Bioengineering Major, Chemical Engineering Minor
Hometown: Cupertino, CA
Roberto Ortiz-Aguayo, MD, FAAP (Class of 2007)
Current job/title: Clinical Director - Behavioral Science Division – Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC; Associate Director - Residency Training - Triple Board Program: Pediatrics/Psychiatry/Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics - University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Education: University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, 2002 - research track University of Puerto Rico - Biology focus in molecular biology
Hometown: Dorado, PR
Special Projects/Activities/Awards/Leadership Positions: Behavioral Health Services at CHP main campus with focus in psychosomatic medicine. Awards: WPIC Clinical excellence Award 2012 Physician of the Year. Member: AACAP Physically Ill Child Committee and Training and Education Committee. Current President - National Association for Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Programs
Interests/Fun facts: Psychosomatic Medicine, systems of care, health administration. I have religiously read comic books, weekly, since age 6. Most of the guiding principles in my life come from a combination of the Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy and U2 song lyrics.
Extracurricular Activities and Things to Do in Pittsburgh
Triple Board Social Activities
- Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium Trips
- Monthly Happy Hours
- The Big Lebowski Movie Night
- Holiday Festivus
- Summertime BBQs
Activities in and around Pittsburgh that we enjoy:
- Frick House followed by afternoon tea at the Frick Cafe
- Phipps Conservatory
- Museums including the Carnegie Museums and the Andy Warhol
- Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water & Kentuck Knob
- Amusement Parks - Kennywood, Idlewild & Sandcastle
- Sporting Events - the Penguins, Pirates and - of course - the Steelers!