Educator Development

A majority of faculty in the Department of Pediatrics are involved in teaching medical students, residents, fellows, faculty and colleagues. 

To support this teaching mission, the Office of Faculty Development: 

  • provides  OFD workshops  in education  to all UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh professional staff  (CME available for participants during live sessions) 
  • provides mini-grants for  Education Innovation Projects 
  • sponsors an OFD Pediatric Medical Education Scholars Program 
  • brings Educator Development Sessions to individual divisions upon request 
  • arranges for individual consultation to those interested in conducting education research or quality improvement activities 


For further information or questions about OFD  Educator Development Activities, please contact Melissa Tavarez, MD, MS, Associate Vice Chair for Faculty Development. 

Past Recipients


Jacqueline Saladino, MD


Brighid O'Donnell, MD

Jane Taylor, MD, MsCR


Bianca Loverde, DO

OFD Pediatric Medical Education Scholars Program

The Pediatric Medical Education Scholars Program was established to provide members of the Department of Pediatrics faculty and UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh academic community with the opportunity to develop the skills and obtain the experience necessary to become leaders in medical education scholarship. 

Funding of up to $10,000 supports education costs to complete a Certificate in Medical Education Program from the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Clinical Research Education (if not yet earned) and costs to conduct and disseminate outcomes of a mentored medical education research project. 

Up to $10,000 of funding will be awarded for tuition, project and dissemination costs. 

One to two (2) faculty members will be selected annually. 

Program Components

  • Completion of ICRE Certificate of Medical Education Program  (15 credits) for those who have not yet earned this Certificate 
  • Support from an education scholarship mentor committee, including semiannual meetings 
  • Design, completion and dissemination of a medical education research project 
  • Development and maintenance of educator portfolio 

Application Requirements and Forms

Applicants may request a pre-submission review for feedback one month prior to the application due date.  Please submit all materials to


University of Pittsburgh

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