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photo Sarah Anne Tilstra, MD, MS

General Internal Medicine

Associate Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine

Director, Women's Health Track, UPMC Internal Medicine Residency Program

Fellow, American College of Physicians


Phone: 412-692-4888

Office: UPMC Montefiore Hospital, 933W
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-692-4888
Fax: 412-692-4892
Education and Training
BS, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2002
MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2007
MS, Medical Education, University of Pittsburgh, 2012
Internal Medicine Residency, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 2010
VA Women’s Health Fellowship, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, 2012
Research Interest
Dr. Tilstra has participated in several medical education research projects. Her main research interests include clinical reasoning; physician wellness, burnout and coping; curriculum development and evaluation; and the state of women in academic medicine.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Tilstra completed a women's health fellowship in 2012 and her clinical expertise revolve around the comprehensive care of women (but she also greatly enjoys taking care of men!). Her clinical interests include contraception, family planning, polycystic ovarian syndrome, caring for pregnant patients, and LGBT care.
Educational Interest
Dr. Tilstra chose to pursue an MS in medical education because of her passion for teaching, curriculum development, and mentoring medical students and residents. Locally, she serves as the Director of the Women's Health Track and Curriculum for the University of Pittsburgh Residency Program, directs the Women’s Health Elective for the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, has helped to develop a clinical reasoning curriculum, and moderates the clinical reasoning chief’s case series for the Division of General Internal Medicine. Nationally, she has presented at SGIM, APDIM, and ACP on women’s health topics and faculty development focusing on the promotion of women in academic medicine, clinical reasoning, and “teaching the teacher.”
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Notable Achievements
Clinical Educator of the Year Award, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2015
David E. Rogers Junior Faculty Education Award, 2015
Frank Mateer Outstanding Clinician Award, 2010
Charles G. Watson Humanism Honor Society, Inductee, 2007
Phi Beta Kappa, University of Michigan, 2002