Melinda Fiedor Hamilton, MD, MSc
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OMB No. 0925-0046, Biographical Sketch Format Page

OMB No. 0925-0001 and 0925-0002 (Rev. 09/17 Approved Through 03/31/2020)

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

 

NAME: Melinda Fiedor Hamilton, MD, MS

eRA COMMONS USER NAME (credential, e.g., agency login):

POSITION TITLE: Associate Professor of Critical Care Medicine and Pediatrics

EDUCATION/TRAINING (Begin with baccalaureate or other initial professional education, such as nursing, include postdoctoral training and residency training if applicable. Add/delete rows as necessary.)

INSTITUTION AND LOCATION

DEGREE

(if applicable)

 

Completion Date

MM/YYYY

 

FIELD OF STUDY

 

University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

 

Creighton Univ School of Medicine, Omaha, NE

 

University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha NE

 

Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, Hershey, PA

 

Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, Hershey, PA

 

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

 

 

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

 

 

Safar Center for Resuscitation Research, Pittsburgh, PA

 

 

BS

 

MD

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

 

MS

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

06/1992

 

06/1996

 

06/1997

 

06/1999

 

06/2000

 

06/2003

 

 

06/2005

 

 

06/2005

Zoology

 

Medicine

 

Pediatric intern

 

Pediatric Residency

 

Chief Resident

 

Pediatric Critical Care

Medicine Fellowship

 

Masters of Science in Medical Education

 

T32 Fellowship

 

A.              Personal Statement

    I am an Associate Professor of Critical Care Medicine and Pediatrics within the Department of Critical Care Medicine and the program Director for the Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (PCCM) Training Program.   In addition, I am the director for the pediatric simulation center at the UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and the co-chair of the UPMC Graduate Medical Education Professional Development subcommittee. I have been the director at the Pediatric Simulation Center of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC since its opening in 2005.  I am also an associate director at the Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education, and Research (WISER) here in Pittsburgh and I received a master’s degree in medical education from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005.  I oversee all daily operations of our simulation center, including the development, implementation and evaluation of each of our courses.  I personally facilitate simulation courses approximately 10-15 hours per month.  I have been the site PI for several educational grants and projects and have been a volunteer committee member of the American Heart Association Education, Pediatric, and Education and Scientific Programs committees for nearly 12 years.  My AHA contributions include curriculum, guidelines, and product development for pediatric products, including Pediatric Advanced Life Support courses and simulation packages.  I was the site PI for a DOD grant with the state of Hawaii and UPMC, and we helped to establish extracorporeal membranous oxygenation for critically ill children on the Hawaiian Islands and the Pacific Rim. As program director, I am the direct liaison from trainees to my faculty, the clinical environment, and the GME.  Guiding trainees in their clinical and scholarly education, professionalism, and personal wellness requires a unique skill set- firm leadership and management, while maintaining approachable relationships. Finally, in my GME role, I work to promulgate faculty and trainee development within the GME community, a multidisciplinary, diverse set of physicians, educators and trainees.  My current roles and my experience with curriculum development, medical education, and simulation allow for a varied and enjoyable academic experience.

 

 

 

B.              Positions and Honors

 

Positions and Employment

 

1999-2000                                               Milton S. Hershey Medical Center                                                                                                                              Clinical Instructor

                                                                                Penn State School of Medicine                                

 

2003-2005                      University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine                                          Clinical Instructor/Post

                                                        Doctorate T32 Scholar                                       

2005-2014              University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine                                                                                                  Assistant Professor

              Pittsburgh, PA             

 

2006-present              Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education,                                                                      Associate Director, Pediatric

                                                                      And Research                                                                                                                                                                                                    Programs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

2007-present              Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC                                                                                                  Director, Simulation Center

 

2009-2014              University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Dept of                                                                                     Associate Program Director

              Critical Care Medicine, Pediatric Division, Fellowship

              Program

 

2014-present              University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Dept of                                                                                     Program Director

              Critical Care Medicine, Pediatric Division, Fellowship

              Program

 

2018-present                            University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Graduate                                                        Co-Chair, Professional

                                                                      Medical Education Committee                                                                                                                              Development Subcommittee

 

 

 

Awards and Other Professional Activities 

Phi Kappa Alpha, University of Wyoming              1996

Outstanding Intensivist, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine              May 2003

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

 

 

Membership in Professional Societies

2000-present              Society of Critical Care Medicine             

1997-present              American Academy of Pediatrics             

2003-present              Society for Simulation in Healthcare             

2004-2010              Education Subcommittee, American Heart Association             

2010-2012               Pediatric Subcommittee, American Heart Association             

2012-2017              ECC Educational Science and

              Programs Subcommittee, American

              Heart Association

2017-present              International Pediatric Simulation Society

 

 

 

C.              Contributions to Science

 

American Heart Association Guidelines and Educational Products

Over nearly 12 years, I was a contributing author to American Heart Association (AHA) pediatric resuscitation guidelines (2005 and 2010, 2015) and special contributor Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS). In addition, I was the author, “PALS SimBabyTM Scenarios; American Heart Association and LaerdalTM. This education project consists of 26 pediatric simulation scenarios including learning objectives, skills objectives, simulation scenarios, and debriefing guides.  This product was published based on AHA 2005 guidelines and updated for 2010 guidelines. I continue to be an ad hoc committee member for the AHA and continue to be a PALS instructor. 

  1. Bhanji, F, Mancini M, Sinz E, Rodgers DL, McNeil M, Hoadley T, Meeks R, Hamilton M, Meaney P, Hunt E, Nadkarni V, Hazinski M. “Part 16: Education, Implementation and Teams: 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care.” Circulation, Nov 2010, 122(18 Suppl 3): S920-33.
  2. Atkins, DL ,Berg, MD; Berg, RA ; Bhutta, AT; Biarent, D ; Bingham, R ; Braner, D ; Carrera, R ; Chameides, LCoovadia, A ; de Caen, A ; Diekema, DS ; Fendya, DG ; Fiedor, ML ; Fiser, RT ; Fuchs, S ; Gerardi, M ; Hammill, W ; Hatch, GW ; Hazinski, MF; Hickey, RW ; Kattwinkel, J ; Kleinman, ME ; Loopez-Herce, J ; Morley, P; Morris, M; Nadkarni, VM ; Nolan, J ; Perlman, J ; Proctor, LT ; Quan, L; Reis, AG ; Richmond, S ; Rodriguez-Nunez, A ; Samson, R; Scalzo, AJ ; Scherer, LR ; Schexnayder, SM ; Schleien, CL ; Shimizu, N ; Shore, PM Srinivasan, V ; Stapleton, ER ; Tibballs, J ; van der Jagt, EW ; Zaritsky, A ; Zideman, D. “2005 American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Emergency Cardiovascular care (ECC) of pediatric and neonatal patients: Pediatric basic life support.” Pediatrics, May 2006, Vol 117, no 5, e989-1004. 
  3. Atkins, DL ,Berg, MD; Berg, RA ; Bhutta, AT ; Biarent, D ; Bingham, R ; Braner, D ; Carrera, R ; Chameides, L  Coovadia, A ; de Caen, A ; Diekema, DS ; Fendya, DG ; Fiedor, ML ; Fiser, RT ; Fuchs, S ; Gerardi, M ; Hammill, W ; Hatch, GW ; Hazinski, MF; Hickey, RW ; Kattwinkel, J ; Kleinman, ME ; Loopez-Herce, J ; Morley, P; Morris, M; Nadkarni, VM ; Nolan, J ; Perlman, J ; Proctor, LT ; Quan, L; Reis, AG ; Richmond, S ; Rodriguez-Nunez, A ; Samson, R; Scherer, LR ; Schexnayder, SM ; Schleien, CL ; Shimizu, N ; Shore, PM Srinivasan, V ; Stapleton, ER ; Tibballs, J ; van der Jagt, EW ; Zaritsky, A ; Zideman, D. “The international liaison committee on resuscitation (ILCOR) consensus on science with treatment recommendations for pediatric and neonatal patients: Pediatric basic and advanced life support.” Pediatrics, May 2006, Vol 117, no 5, e955-977.
  4. Atkins, DL ,Berg, MD; Berg, RA ; Bhutta, AT; Biarent, D ; Bingham, R ; Braner, D ; Carrera, R ; Chameides, L  Coovadia, A ; de Caen, A ; Diekema, DS ; Fendya, DG ; Fiedor, ML ; Fiser, RT ; Fuchs, S ; Gerardi, M ; Hammill, W ; Hatch, GW ; Hazinski, MF; Hickey, RW ; Kattwinkel, J ; Kleinman, ME ; Loopez-Herce, J ; Morley, P; Morris, M; Nadkarni, VM ; Nolan, J ; Perlman, J ; Proctor, LT ; Quan, L; Reis, AG ; Richmond, S ; Rodriguez-Nunez, A ; Samson, R; Scalzo, AJ ; Scherer, LR ; Schexnayder, SM ; Schleien, CL ; Shimizu, N ; Shore, PM Srinivasan, V ; Stapleton, ER ; Tibballs, J ; van der Jagt, EW ; Zaritsky, A ; Zideman, D.” 2005 American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and emergency cardiovascular care (ECC) of pediatric and neonatal patients: Pediatric advanced life support.” Pediatrics, May 2006, vol 117, no 5, e1005-1028.

 

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Pediatric Simulation for Critically Ill Children

The UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Simulation Center is a partner in several multicenter simulation consortiums.  These include International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, & Education, (INSPIRE) and Improving Pediatric Acute Care Through Simulation (ImPACTS).  Research includes rigorously evaluating care for critically ill children via simulation and offering educational curricula and strategies to improve care.  This has resulted in several publications and outreach efforts to general emergency departments in our area.

a.       Scherzer DJ; Chime NO; Tofil NM; Hamilton MF; Singh K; Stanley RM; Kline J; McNamara LM; Rosen MA; Hunt EA; INSPIRE Epinephrine Research Investigators. “Survey of pediatric trainee knowledge: dose, concentration, and route of epinephrine” Annals of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology. 118(4):516-518, 2017 04. 

b.      Chime N, Riese V, Scherzer D, Perretta J, McNamara L, et al. for the International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research and Education (INSPIRE) Collaborative. “Epinephrine Auto- Injector Versus Drawn Up Epinephrine for Anaphylaxis Management: A Scoping Review”.  Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 2017 Aug;18 (8): 764-769.

c.       Walsh B, Gangadharan S, Whitfill T, Gawel M, Kessler D, Dudas R, Katznelson J, Lavoie M, Tay K, Hamilton M et al. “Safety Threats During the Care of Infants with Hypoglycemic Seizures in the Emergency Department: A Multicenter, Simulation-Based Cohort Study.” The Journal of Emergency Medicine, August 2017, article in press.

d.      Scherzer D, Chime N, Tofil N, Hamilton M, Singh K, Stanley R, Kline J, McNamara L, Rosen M, Hunt E, for the INSPIRE Epinephrine Research Investigators.  “Survey of Pediatric Trainee Knowledge: Dose, Concentration, and Route of Epinephrine.  Letters/Ann Allergy, Asthma and Immunology 2017 118 (4), pp516-518, April 2017.

e.       Auerbach M, Whitfill T, Gawel M, Kessler D, Walsh B, Gangadharan S, Fiedor Hamilton M, Schultz B, Nishisaki N, Tay K-Y, Lavoie M, Katznelson J, Dudas R, Baird J, Nadkarni V, Brown L. “Differences in the Quality of Pediatric Resuscitative Care Across a Spectrum of Emergency Departments”. JAMA Pediatrics. 170 (10), pp 987-994, October 2016.

f.        Chime N, Katznelson J, Gangadharan S. et al. for the INSPIRE Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, and Education (INSPIRE) IMPACTS Investigators. “Comparing Practice Patterns Between Pediatric and General Emergency Medicine Physicians.” Pediatr Emerg Care, 2015; 00: 00-00.

g.      Kessler D, Walsh B, Whitfil T et al. for the INSPIRE Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, and Education (INSPIRE) IMPACTS Investigators. “Disparities in Adherence to Pediatric Sepsis Guidelines Across A Spectrum of Emergency Departments: A Multicenter, Cross-Sectional Observational in Situ Simulation Study. The Journal of Emergency Medicine, 2015.08.004.

h.      Auerbach M, Brown L, Whitfill T, Baird J, Abulebda K, Bhatangar A, Lutfi R, Gawel M, Walsh B, Tay KY, Lavoie M, Nadkarni V, Dudas R, Kessler D, Katznelson J, Ganghadaran S, Hamilton MF.  Adherence to Pediatric Cardiac Arrest Guidelines Across a Spectrum of Fifty Emergency Departments: A Prospective, In Situ, Simulation-Based StudyAcademic Emergency Medicine 2018 Sep 8.

 

Pediatric Critical Care Communication Training

Communication between parents, families and caregivers is of especial interest.  Our division provides a yearly, intensive communication course for PCCM trainees, and I have facilitated this course since its inception in 2006.  The course is based on the Vital Talk course, and in 2017 I completed the VitalTalk training course.  I have expanded my facilitation to multiple groups within the UPMC system and am collaborating with facilitators nationally. 

  1. Johnson E, Hamilton M, Watson S, Claxton R, Barnett M, Thompson A, Arnold R. “An Intensive, Simulation-Based Communication Course for Pediatric Critical Care Fellows.” Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 2017 Aug;18(8): e348-e355.
  2. October TW, Dizon ZB, Hamilton MF, Madrigal VN, Arnold, RM. Communication training for inter-specialty clinicians. The Clinical Teacher, 2018; 15: 1–6.

 

 

Complete List of Published Work in My Bibliography:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/103BGKHDLb75u/bibliography/52627848/public/?sort=date&direction=ascending

 

 

 

D.              Additional Information: Research Support and/or Scholastic Performance

 

Completed Research

                                                       

2T32HD040686-11                                          Kochanek, Patrick (PI)                                                        07/01/2003 – 06/31/2005

Pediatric Neurointensive Care and Resuscitation Research

The goal of this training program was to rigorously evaluate a prototype of a pediatric simulation mannequin and collaborate with industry in the final product.  In addition, project focused on creation of simulation curriculum for the UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Simulation Center.

Role:  Trainee

 

 

703795                                                                       Hamilton, Melinda (PI)                                                        2005-2006

Laerdal Foundation Grant: Creation, Implementation, and Evaluation of a Novel Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Education Curriculum. This curriculum was created and established via this funding effort and has been utilized yearly since 2005.  The curriculum is the foundation of education upon entering our Pediatric Critical Care Training Program.

Role: PI

 

 

W81XWHO6-2-0061                            Burgess, Larry (PI)                                                                      9/11/06-10/10/08

Advanced Pediatric Critical Care Initiative was a joint venture by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the State of Hawaii, and the Department of Defense.  The purpose was to develop and implement extracorporeal membranous oxygenation (ECMO) services for critically ill children on the Hawaiian Islands and the Pacific Rim.   The Hawaiian program was initiated and continues to be in place today.

Role: UPMC Site PI, curriculum development expert