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photo Sarah Merriam, MD

General Internal Medicine

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine


Phone: 412-360-1789

Office: VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
University Drive C, 130-U
Pittsburgh, PA 15240
Phone: 412-360-1789
Fax: 412-360-6290
Education and Training
BS, Biochemistry, Marshall University, 2007
MD, University of Pittsburgh, 2011
MS, Medical Education, University of Pittsburgh, 2017
Internal Medicine Residency, University of Pittsburgh, 2014
Chief Medical Resident, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 2015
General Internal Medicine Academic Clinician Educator Scholars Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 2017
Women's Health Fellowship, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, 2017
Research Interest
Dr. Merriam’s research interests include leadership development, women's health, and faculty development.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Merriam received her MD degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2017 and completed a Fellowship in Women’s Health through the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare system and the General Internal Medicine Academic Clinician Educator Scholars Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. She also holds a master’s degree in Medical Education from the ICRE.

Dr. Merriam currently practices Primary Care/Women’s Health and Hospital Medicine at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.
Educational Interest
Dr. Merriam's scholarly interests include both women's health and leadership development, areas in which she conducts medical education research and teaches at the UME, GME, and CME levels.

Dr. Merriam is Assistant Director of the Institute for Clinical Research Education’s Degree Granting Programs in Medical Education.

She also directs the Foundational Leadership Series for the UPMC Internal Medicine Residency Program, serves at the ICRE as Course Director for “Strategic Leadership in Academic Medicine,” and Course Co-Director for the “Leadership Career Development Sessions” for KL2 and TL1 Scholars.
Selected Publications:
Ruseicki J, Schell J, Merriam S, McNeil M, Spagnoletti C. An Innovative Shared Decision Making Curriculum for Internal Medicine Residents. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2016; 31 (Suppl 2): S803.
Merriam S, Corbelli, JA, Zimmer, SM. The Skills of an Effective Physician Leader: A Survey of Rising Chief Medical Residents as a Roadmap for Future Curricular Development. Academic Internal Medicine Insight. 2017; 15(3): 12-15.
Merriam S, Mcneil MA, Spagnoletti CL. A 5-Step Framework for the Assessment and Remediation of a Struggling Medical Learner in the Clinical Environment. South Med J. 2019; 112(3): 135-136.
Narayana S, Roy B, Merriam S, Yecies E, Lee RS, Mitchell JL, Gottlieb AS. Minding the Gap: Organizational Strategies to Promote Gender Equity in Academic Medicine During the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Gen Intern Med. 2020; 29(1): 46-56.
Merriam S, Vanderberg R, Mcneil MA, Nikiforova T, Spagnoletti CL. A Robust Faculty Development Program for Medical Educators: A Decade of Experience. South Med J. 2020; 113(6): 275-280.
Farkas A, Vanderberg R, Merriam S, DiNardo D. Breast Cancer Chemoprevention: A Practical Guide for the Primary Care Provider. J Womens Health. 2020; 29(1): 46-56.
Ufomata E, Merriam S, Puri A, Lupton K, LeFrancois D, Jones D, Nemeth A, Snydman L, Stark R, Spagnoletti C. A policy Statement of the Society of General Internal Medicine on Tackling Racism in Medical Education: Reflections on the Past and a Call to Action for the Future. J Gen Intern Med. 2021.
Merriam S, DeKosky A, Klein A, Rodriguez J, McNeil MA, Donovan A. Avoiding Death by Meeting: An Interactive Workshop for Academic Faculty Highlighting Strategies to Facilitate Effective Team Meetings. MedEdPORTAL. 2021; 17: 11121.
Notable Achievements
Assistant Director of the Institute for Clinical Research Education’s Degree Granting Programs in Medical Education, 2021-Present
Senior Educational Consultant to Women's Health, Department of Veterans Affairs, 2019-Present
Member, Women in Medicine Commission, Society of General Internal Medicine, 2014-Present
Member, Education Committee, Society of General Internal Medicine, 2019-Present