John Szymusiak, MD, MS

  • Assistant Professor, Medicine and Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Clerkship Director, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Associate Vice Chair for Undergraduate Medical Education, Department of Pediatrics
  • Assistant Program Director, UPMC Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program

Dr. John Szymusiak is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Szymusiak received his Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Michigan. He then completed his medical school training at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and his residency in Internal Medicine-Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, serving as the Med-Peds chief during his final year of training in 2015. Following residency, Dr. Szymusiak stayed at Pitt to complete a Master’s Degree in Medical Education from the University of Pittsburgh, which he completed in 2017. Following completion of his Master’s, Dr. Szymusiak joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, practicing clinically as the institution’s first Med-Peds hospitalist. Dr. Szymusiak considers himself a clinician educator, with interest specifically in education surrounding patient safety and quality improvement. His leadership roles include the Associate Vice Chair for Undergraduate Medical Education in the Department of Pediatrics, the Clerkship Director for the third-year medical students’ required Pediatrics Clerkship, and the Assistant Program Director for the Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency program. Dr. Szymusiak has received teaching awards for his work with both medical students and residents, has presented his scholarly work at multiple national meetings, published widely in peer reviewed journals, and recently received the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Outstanding Early Career Educator Award.

Professional and Scientific Society Memberships

  • American Academy of Pediatrics, 2011-Present
    • Section on Med-Peds, 2011-Present
    • Section on Pediatric Hospital Medicine, 2019-Present
  • American College of Physicians, 2015-2016
  • Society of General Internal Medicine, 2015-2018
  • Med Peds Program Directors' Association, 2020-Present
  • Society of Hospital Medicine, 2020-Present

Education & Training

  • BS with Honors, Psychology, University of Michigan, 2007
  • MD, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 2011
  • Residency in Pediatrics/Internal Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 2011-2015
  • Medical Education Fellow, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 2015-2017

Selected Publications

Szymusiak J, Fox MD, Polak C, Jeong K, Rubio D, Dewar S, Urbach A, Gonzaga AM. An inpatient patient safety curriculum for pediatric residents. MedEdPORTAL. 2018 Apr 13;14:10705. PMID 30800905.

Szymusiak J, Walk TJ, Benson M, Hamm M, Zickmund S, Gonzaga AM, Bump GM. Encouraging Resident Adverse Event Reporting: A Qualitative Study of Suggestions from the Front Lines. Pediatr Qual Saf. 2019 Apr 12;4(3):e167. PMID 31579867.

Szymusiak J, Walk TJ, Benson M, Hamm M, Zickmund S, Gonzaga AM, Bump GM. A Qualitative Analysis of Resident Adverse Event Reporting: What’s Holding Us Back. Am J Med Qual. 2020 Mar/Apr;35(2):155-162. PMID 31185725.

Tarchichi T, Szymusiak J. Attending Physician’s Attitudes Toward Podcasting as a Source of Medical Education: An Exploratory Study. J Contin Educ Health Prof. 2020 Spring;40(2):141-144. PMID 32404777.

Szymusiak J, McCormick A. Learning by Doing: Design and Evaluation of a Quality Improvement Curriculum for Pediatric Hospitalists. Pediatr Qual Saf. 2020 Sept 7;5(5):e340. PMID 32984740.

Academic and Research Interests

  • Quality Improvement
  • Patient Safety
  • Medical Education
  • Undergraduate Medical Education
  • Graduate Medical Education