Michael Pitt, MD

Assistant Professor; Director of Global Health Education; Associate Residency Program Director, Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Michael Pitt

Contact Info

mbpitt@umn.edu

Office Phone 612-625-6678

Fax 612-626-1144

Office Address:
Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine
6th Floor East Building
M653
2450 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Mailing Address:
Div of Pediatric Hospital Med
6th Floor East Building
8952H (Campus Delivery Code)
2450 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Assistant Professor; Director of Global Health Education; Associate Residency Program Director, Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine


MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

Residency, Children's Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Summary

Dr. Pitt is a graduate from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. With a background in global health education and international project implementation, he is the Co-Director of Global Health Education for the Division of Global Pediatrics and helps lead the pediatric global health track. Dr. Pitt believes that a good pediatrician must be a good educator and enjoys equipping medical students and residents with tools that improve bedside teaching, patient rapport, and parent’s understanding of complex diseases in their children. He is an Associate Program Director for the University of Minnesota Pediatric Residency. An award-winning magician who has performed internationally since the age of 8, Dr. Pitt leads workshops for pediatricians on how to incorporate magic into the physical exam to ease anxiety, build rapport, and increase diagnostic yield.

Awards & Recognition

Teaching Awards

  • Faculty Educator of the Year Award (voted by residents) (2016; UMN)
  • Faculty Educator of the Year Award (voted by residents) (2015; UMN)
  • Faculty Educator of the Year Award (voted by faculty) (2015; UMN)
  • High Quality Contribution to Education Mission Award (2012; Northwestern University)
  • High Quality Contribution to Education Mission Award (2011; Northwestern University)
  • Resident Educator of the Year Award (2010; Northwestern University)
  • Resident Educator of the Year Award (2008; Northwestern University)
  • Minnesota Monthly Magazine Top Doctor (2016)
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine Top Doctors Rising Star (2015)
  • Association of Pediatric Program Directors Global Health Education Group Co-Chair (2015-2017)
  • Emerging Physicians Leadership Program (Cohort 3; 2014-2017)
  • Matthew J. Quinn Prize for Most Outstanding Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Alumni Scholar (2008)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Inductee (2007)

Grants

  • Minnesota Department of Health 
    Immigrant International Medical Graduate Training Grant
    Project Title: Pediatric Residency Training for an Immigrant International Medical Graduate
    Role: Primary Investigator
    Dates: 2016-2020
    Award: $421,442
  • Federal Title VI Grant; Partnership with African Studies Center/Institute of Global Studies
    Project Title: Expansion of Simulation Use for Global Away Rotations (SUGAR) Curriculum
    Role: Primary Investigator
    Dates: 2014-2018
    Award: $19,500
  • University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Simulation Program
    Project Title: Simulation Use for Global Away Rotations (SUGAR) Faculty Training Grant
    Role: Co-Primary Investigator
    Dates:2014-2016
    Award: $6,290
  • University of Minnesota Office of Faculty Affairs
    Project Title: Positive Peer-Pressured Productivity (P-QUAD): A dual-incentive model to increase academic productivity
    Dates: 2014-2015
    Award: $10,000

Research

Publications

Select Peer-Reviewed Publications

Book Chapters

  • Pitt M, Butteris S. Considerations for Global Health Simulation.Neonatal Simulation. Eds. Robin B, Soghier L. American Academy of Pediatics. Elk Grove. (In Press)
  • Karp JM, Pitt MB. Chapter 22: Infectious Diseases. Pediatric Dentistry Handbook 5th Edition. Eds. Nowak A, Casamassimo PS. American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. (In Press)

Select Curricula Developed

  • Simulation Use for Global Away Rotations (SUGAR)Co-creator and primary investigator overseeing the implementation and study of a series of simulation cases based on common emotional obstacles health providers encounter when abroad (i.e. frustration at lack of resources, apparent futility, etc.). Piloted at seven pediatric residency programs, and since rolled out nationally with over 80 programs in 6 countries currently using the curriculum. Outcomes from the curriculum have been published in peer-reviewed journals, and have been presented at international meetings. There are currently over a dozen spin-off projects being led across the country. (sugarprep.org)
  • PEARLS (Procedural Education for Adaptation to Resource Limited Settings)
    Co-creator and primary investigator overseeing the development and dissemination of video training modules demonstrating modifications of pediatric procedures for use in resource limited-settings. (sugarprep.org/pearls)