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photo Allison S DeKosky, MD

General Internal Medicine

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Section of Hospital Medicine

APD for Quality and Patient Safety, IM Residency Program

Director, Inpatient Quality Initiatives and Education, DGIM

Director, Hospitalist Track, ACES General Medicine Fellowship

Director, Hospital Medicine Faculty Development


Phone: 412-692-4882

Office: UPMC Montefiore
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-692-4882
Fax: 412-692-4555
Education and Training
BS Health Policy and Administration, Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA), 1997
Post-Bacc Pre-­Medical Certificate Program, Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.), 2003
MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (Pittsburgh, PA), 2008
Internal Medicine Residency, University of Chicago Medical Center (Chicago, IL), 2011
Academic Hospital Medicine Fellowship, UCSF Medical Center (San Francisco, CA), 2012
Research Interest
Recent Presentations:

Incorporating Advocacy into Your Training Program. Workshop. AAIM Skills and Leadership Conference, October 2017 (Grapevine, TX).

I'm Watching You: Skills and Strategies for Using Direct Observation as a Meaningful Teaching Tool. Workshop. AAIM Skills and Leadership Conference, October 2017 (Grapevine, TX).

Demographic and Medical Characteristics of Patients Who Frequently Call Condition Help. Poster. Society of General Internal Medicine National Meeting, April 2017 (Washington, D.C.).
Clinical Interest
Dr. DeKosky is an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine. She joined the Section of Hospital Medicine in 2016 as an academic hospitalist and Director of Inpatient Quality Initiatives and Education. Prior to a career in medicine, she worked in health policy for many years in Washington, D.C. in the U.S. Senate and the private sector. She came to UPMC following four years on faculty at University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia, where she completed training in rapid cycle process improvement and QI at the Penn Center for Health Care Innovation. Dr. DeKosky remains active; in addition to her clinical duties, she also serves on the Inpatient Medicine Committee and the Patient Experiences Committee at UPMC Presbyterian.
Educational Interest
Dr. DeKosky’s academic efforts are diverse, and span quality improvement, medical education, health policy/advocacy, and the cultivation of leadership skills in medical students, residents, and faculty. She is co-director of an Integrated Life Sciences elective in the medical school called Changing Science, Changing Society, which focuses on skills surrounding physician advocacy and social determinants of heath in a rapidly changing scientific and policy landscape. She directs the Hospital Medicine Track for the UPMC General Medicine Academic Clinician-Educator Scholars Fellowship, and has mentored many projects with residents and faculty. She has spearheaded efforts around value metrics and QI initiatives on the inpatient medicine service, including the novel IM-SPARC Fund, which in 2019 allowed the residents to earn a group incentive for meeting hospital quality metrics.

Dr Dekosky also serves on the IM Residency Program’s Leadership and Discovery (LEAD) Executive Committee, reviewing residents’ longitudinal projects in the QI domain. She is a member of the UPMC Quality Review Committee, which reviews IRB-exempt QI projects and offers counsel and coordination across the health system. She also serves on the Leadership, Education and Patient Safety Committee (LEAPS), which has GME-wide membership of residents and fellows, focused on improving systems issues.
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Selected Publications:
DeKosky, AS, Sedrak, MS, Goren, E, Dine, CJ, Warburton, KM. Simple Frameworks for Daily Work: Innovative Strategies to Coach Residents Struggling With Time Management, Organization, and Efficiency. Journal of Graduate Medical Education. 2018; 10(3): 325-330.
Martin, S., Farnan, J., DeKosky, A., Gangopadhyaya, A., McConville, J., Arora, V. UPDATED: A signout audit tool to address ACGME milestones and entrustable professional activities in patient handoffs. MedEdPORTAL Publications (AAMC). 2014.
Deano, RC., DeKosky, A., Appannagari, A., Doll, J., Georgitis, E., Potts, S., Arora, V. Resident time spent in clinical and educational activities at home: implications for duty hours. Archives of Internal Medicine. 2011; 171 (11): 1038-1039.
Olinsky, S, Loop, BT, DeKosky, A, Ripepi, B, Weng, W, Cummings, J, Wenger, SL, Yan, Y, Lagenaur, C, Narayanan, V. Chromosomal Mapping of the Human M6 Genes. Genomics. 1996; 33(3): 532-6.
Notable Achievements
Patient Experience Champion of the Month, University of Pittsburgh Division of General Internal Medicine, May 2020
Faculty Award, Alpha Omega Alpha at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2019
Most Valuable Player Award, UPMC Division of General Internal Medicine, 2019
Clinical Educator of the Year, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2018
Best Innovations Presentation, CA/HI Regional SGIM Conference, "Improving the Signout Process: Is it UPDATED?", 2012
Inductee, Charles G. Watson Chapter of the Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor Society, 2007