Online Resources Created by the Expanding National Capacity in PCOR through Training (ENACT) Program

The Expanding National Capacity in PCOR through Training (ENACT) Program (Director: D Landsittel, Co-Director: W. Kapoor) provides online training and a Fellowship program to faculty, fellows and students at six Minority Serving Institutions, including Charles R. Drew University, Howard University, Meharry Medical College, Morehouse School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, and the University of Puerto Rico. (The fellowship program includes one month of local training in Pittsburgh, and is funded by the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences.) The program’s first online course, PCOR Studies Part I: Writing a Successful Concept Proposal, has been made publicly available through a Google Document (accessible here). The second online course is currently being conducted with the participating institutions; a publicly available version will be developed later in 2017 (and linked through the Part I Course). These training materials are also being leveraged as part of the Decision Tool for Causal Inference and Observational Data Analysis Methods in Comparative Effectiveness Research (DECODE CER); the first version of this tool is available here

Personnel Changes

New Staff

Natalie Vazquez, MFA, was hired in March 2016 into the newly created position of Instructional Media Designer in the ICRE. Natalie earned an MFA in Film and Digital Technology from Chatham University, and her professional skills include filmmaking, motion graphics, graphic design, and photography. She will work closely with ICRE faculty instructors to create online content for ICRE courses and related training programs, and will play a key role in the transformation of the traditional ICRE curriculum into online and hybrid courses.

Flor de Abril Gonzalez, MPH, joined the Qual EASE team in the Center for Research on Health Care Data Center as a Research Assistant in March 2016. She earned dual master’s degrees from the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom and the University of Pittsburgh, where she also completed two certificates, in Health Equity and Evaluation of Public Health Promotion and Health Education Programs. Her interests revolve around issues of health disparities as they relate to women’s health and minorities, and the improvement of health programs through program evaluation.

Kristin H. Kropf, MS, began in the ICRE in August 2016 in the newly created position of Program Coordinator for the Expanding National Capacity in PCOR through Training (ENACT) program. Kristin will work closely with Dr. Landsittel to develop online PCOR courses and the fellowship opportunities offered to students and trainees from six collaborating minority serving institutions. Kristin earned a BA in Communications and a Master of Science in Leadership/Education from Robert Morris University. Her professional background includes work in account management, staffing and volunteer coordination, teaching, and coaching.

Lindsay Surmacz, BA, joined the ICRE in August 2016 as the new Program Coordinator for two training programs, Leading Emerging and Diverse Scientists to Success (LEADS) and Professional Mentoring Skills Enhancing Diversity (PROMISED). Lindsay transferred from the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, where she worked for two years as a project manager. Lindsay holds a BA in creative writing from Purdue University, and is currently enrolled in a certificate program in Digital Media at Pitt. She is also a graduate of Coro Pittsburgh’s Women in Leadership program.

Joseph G. Sloan, MA, recently joined the CRHC Data Center as a qualitative researcher for the QualEASE team. Joseph has a background in research, teaching, and web development. He has a BA and MA in Anthropology from California State University Fullerton, and more recently an MA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh with a certificate in Advanced East European Studies.

R. Amos Glenn, EdD, was hired in October 2016 as an Instructional Designer, joining the ICRE’s growing team devoted to developing innovative curricula with an emphasis on using online technology. He will work closely with Dr. Marie Norman and the ICRE’s teaching faculty and degree program leadership. Amos has over 15 years of experience in the field of education and online learning, and transferred to Pitt from Carnegie Mellon where he had worked as a Learning Engineer with faculty in multiple departments. He earned his EdD from Duquesne University, and also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Bryn Athyn College. 

Ethan Lennox, MA, joined the Division of General Internal Medicine as its new Medical Editor and Writer in November 2016. Ethan will assist in writing and editing reports, grant applications, web content, and other informational materials for the Division. He also will be available to edit research manuscripts in preparation for publication. Ethan transferred from the Department of Critical Care Medicine, where he was employed for two years as the department’s Communications Coordinator. He also has experience as a freelance writer. Ethan earned his Master of Arts in English degree from Duquesne University.


Tia Gore, BS, resigned in September 2016 as the Division’s Medical Writer & Editor.

Victoria Gilliam, MPH, resigned in January 2017 from her position as ICRE Evaluation and Tracking Coordinator.

Patrick Reitz, MA, transferred in January 2017 from his position as ICRE Administrative Director to become the new Administrator of the Center for Research on Health Care (CRHC).

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