Szymusiak, Choi, McCormick Receive Pitt School of Medicine Education Awards

Pitt Pediatrics congratulates the following faculty for their recognition by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Office of Medical Education, at an awards ceremony held February 11.

John Adam Szymusiak, MD, MS, FAAPJohn Adam Szymusiak, MD, MS, FAAP, assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics, accepted the 2020 Outstanding Early Career Educator Award.  This award is given to junior faculty demostrating promise and excellence in the Pitt School of Medicine curriculum. 

Szymusiak is a member of the Paul C. Gaffney Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine within Pitt Pediatrics.  He also serves as co-director of the third-year pediatrics clearkship at Pitt's School of Medicine and directs the curriculum for the pediatric residency program for quality and safety at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.  Szymusiak is a member of the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Portfolio Program at Children's Hospital.

Sylvia Choi, MD, FAAP

Sylvia Choi, MD, FAAP, associate professor of pediatrics within the Paul C. Gaffney Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine, earned the 2020 Clerkship Preceptor of the Year Award for her excellent clinical instruction.  

Choi joined Pitt Pediatrics in 1998 following completion of her pediatric residency at Children's Hospital.  She has been recognized previously by UPMC and Pitt Pediatrics in the Top 10 Teaching Faculty.  Choi enjoys teaching with a focus on communication skills.  Her involvement extends to resident and faculty education in addition to national workshops.  

Andrew A. McCormick, MD, FAAPAndrew A. McCormick, MD, FAAP, associate professor of pediatrics and medical director of the UPMC Vascular Anomaly Center, accepted the inaugural Social Justice Education Award.  This award recognizes individual faculty or small groups that lead efforts in anti-racism, social determinants of health, care for sexual and gender minorities, and other social justice related teaching activities.

McCormick works in the Down Syndrome Center of Western Pennsylvania as director of the Healthy Transitions Program and directs the Pediatric Advanced Physical Exam and Clinical Experience courses.  He also serves as a member of the MOC Portfolio Program.

Learn more about the Pitt School of Medicine teaching awards on the Office of Medical Education website.

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