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photo Rebecca Sands, DO

General Internal Medicine

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine


Phone: 412-692-4834

Office: UPMC Montefiore - 933 W
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-692-4834
Fax: 412-692-4315
Education and Training
BA, Franklin and Marshall College, 2001
DO, Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2006
Internal Medicine Residency/Internship, Cambridge Health Alliance, Department of Internal Medicine, 2009
Chief Medical Resident, Cambridge Health Alliance, Department of Internal Medicine, 2010
Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program, Harvard University, 2011
Educational Interest
Dr. Sands joined the Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics at UPMC in 2014 after completing her hospice and palliative medicine fellowship at Harvard University and subsequently working in community palliative care and both inpatient and home hospice. Since joining the University, Dr. Sands has taken on the role of Associate Program Director for the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship, which offers a unique 2-year program that allows fellows to obtain a master’s degree in either education or clinical research. In her role as part of the fellowship leadership, Dr. Sands has focused on curricular changes. Most notably, these include the development of a summer intensive 5-session course on fundamentals of communication skill in palliative care and development of a written assessment tool to allow faculty to provide effective feedback to learners of all levels regarding effective communication in serious illness. In addition to these educational roles, Dr. Sands has taken on the role of Grand Rounds Course Director for the section and has restructured the series to focus on the overlap between palliative care and other subspecialties, aiming to improve clinical excellence and continued optimization of patient quality of life. In addition, Dr. Sands was asked to be a contributing author to the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine’s “UNIPAC” series, which is the leading clinical resource for early career palliative care providers; Dr. Sands is the author of the “Dyspnea” section in the 5th edition of this national publication due to be published in 2017.
Notable Achievements
Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, 2005-2006
Auxiliary to the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association District #7 Scholarship, 2005
Meadville Medical Center Scholarship, 2002-2003