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Volume 33 Issue 2

Medical School professor named to nation's first chair focusing on patient care >

September 14th, 2000

Before they can graduate, Pitt medical students must be able to interpret an electrocardiogram, perform a pelvic exam and demonstrate many other clinical skills. Some day, they may also have to show that they can communicate effectively with patients. A draft proposal to establish minimum standards for doctor-patient communication skills will be circulated for comment […]

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Faculty and alumni support choice of Braun to head Pitt’s dental school >

September 14th, 2000

Thomas W. Braun, the new dean of Pitt's School of Dental Medicine, says he plans to work with dental faculty in taking what he calls "a very analytical look at where the school is now, and re-engineering the school as a nationally recognized, dominant force in dental education. "I plan to examine our curriculum, our […]

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Arthur S. Levine comments on Robert Arnold's appointment >

September 14th, 2000

Arthur S. Levine, Pitt senior vice chancellor for Health Sciences and medical school dean, on Robert Arnold's appointment: "The selection of the first Leo H. Criep, M.D., Professor of Patient Care is a national milestone in bringing long overdue attention to the doctor-patient relationship as the very soul of the medical profession. "Dr. Bob Arnold's […]

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Some Pitt employees may be able to return to Highmark doctors >

September 14th, 2000

Certain Pitt employees who subscribed to Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield health plans last year would be able to continue using designated Highmark physicians under a proposed, one-time exception. Those employees also would have an opportunity to re-select enrollment among the three UPMC Health Plan options. Potentially, about 1,000 people (Pitt employees and their covered dependents) […]

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Pitt's Manufacturing Assistance Center gets $350,000 grant >

September 14th, 2000

Pennsylvania State Senator Melissa Hart (R-Bradford Woods) announced last week that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is providing a $350,000 grant to Pitt's Manufacturing Assistance Center (MAC). The grant will provide training programs and shared manufacturing space and expertise for local start-up manufacturers. "Manufacturing is still a major part of our region's economy," Hart said, "and […]

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Administrators respond to question about conflict of interest >

September 14th, 2000

Can someone who holds administrative jobs with both the University and UPMC Health System serve as an honest broker in a dispute involving the health insurance needs of Pitt employees enrolled in the UPMC Health Plan? University Senate President Nathan Hershey posed that question at recent meetings of Senate groups and in his "University Senate […]

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Staff Association Council sets up book fund >

September 14th, 2000

The Staff Association Council (SAC) has established a scholarship book fund for Pitt students who are dependent children of staff members. Pitt undergraduates who meet specified criteria will be eligible to receive money for books from the restricted fund, which will come from staff donations. According to SAC vice president for steering Barbara Mowery, the […]

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Senate committee unhappy with pay hike split >

September 14th, 2000

AUniversity Senate committee has given Pitt's administration unsatisfactory marks for the way it allocated this year's salary raises. The administration increased the pool of money available for faculty and staff salaries by 4.5 percent, effective July 1. Of that total, 2 percent was earmarked for cost-of-living raises ("maintenance of real salary" raises is the term […]

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RANKINGS: U.S. News prints findings; new Florida study looks at different criteria >

September 14th, 2000

Pitt is among the top ranked higher education institutions nationwide, according to two recently released reports. Pitt tied for 38th among the nation's 147 public universities in the U.S. News & World Report's annual America's best colleges issue, the same spot the University held last year. In a first-time report from the Center for Studies […]

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