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photo D. Michael Elnicki, MD

General Internal Medicine

Professor of Medicine

Director, International Medical Education Programs, UPSOM


Phone: 412-623-3688

Office: Department of Medicine, UPMC Shadyside
5230 Centre Avenue, Suite 323
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Phone: 412-623-3688
Fax: 412-623-6621
Education and Training
BS, Allegheny College, 1979
MD, University of Pittsburgh, 1983
Internal Medicine Residency, University of Rochester, 1986
Fellowship, University of North Carolina, 1994
Research Interest
Medical education, at both the UGME and GME levels, is the primary focus of Dr. Elnicki's scholarship. He has published on educational topics that include improving aspects of the internal medicine clerkskhip, early clinical exposures for medical students, assessment issues, improving the learning environment, teaching evidence based medicine skills, providing feedback to learners and teaching telephone medicine skills to residents. He currently is part of programs to develop curricula on pain management issues, to address issues of student mistreatment and improving residents' continuity clinics.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Elnicki is designated as a specialist in clinical hypertension by the American Society of Hypertension (ASH), and hypertension is his chief clinical interest. He maintains a hypertension clinic for complicated hypertension patients. That clinic has access to ambulatory blood pressure monitoring and input from a clinical pharmacist.
Educational Interest
Teaching in ambulatory clinical settings is Dr. Elnicki's primary educational interest. This includes both teaching medical students on clinical clerkships and residents in their continuity clinics.
A major portion of his time is now devoted to establishing a new medical school in Astana, Kazakhstan that is being built on the University of Pittsburgh's model.
He has won numerous awards for teaching from trainees themselves, the University and national medical organizations. He was a founding member of the Academy of Master Educators at the University of Pittsburgh.
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Notable Achievements
Society of General Internal Medicine's Innovation in Medical Education Award, 1996
Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine Educational Research Award, 1999
Kenneth E.Schuit Award, Dean's Award for Master Educator, 2015
Society of General Internal Medicine, Career Achievement in Medical Education, 2009
AAMC Chair of the Research in Medical Education Committee, 2008
President of the Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine, 2005
Excellence in Teaching Award from UPMC Shadyside Internal Medicine Residents, 2010
Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine, Ruth Marie Fincher Service Award, 2008
Elmer Holzinger Award, Residency Teaching, 2015
Master of the American College of Physicians, 2016