Paul Wojciechowski, MD, has been appointed interim designated institutional official (DIO) for the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Wojciechowski assumed these new responsibilities supervising all UC residency and fellowship programs on Nov. 1 and replaces Andrew Filak Jr., MD. Dr. Filak, who has served in this role for the last 31 years, stepped down from this position due to his recent appointment as interim senior vice president for health affairs and dean.
Wojciechowski, who will report to Philip Diller, MD, PhD, senior associate dean for educational affairs, will continue in his current capacity as an associate professor of anesthesiology, a UC Health anesthesiologist and anesthesiology residency program director. Amy Bunger, PhD, associate professor of medical education, will continue as assistant DIO.
"I am thrilled Dr. Wojciechowski accepted this interim assignment. He is insightful and well-regarded by his fellow faculty. He has been very active in the orientation of residents and for the last seven years has partnered with Dr. Bunger as co-principal investigators on the college’s innovative and very successful Baseline Resident Assessment of Clinical Knowledge program,” Diller says.
The Baseline Resident Assessment of Clinical Knowledge program
, or BRACK, began in 2011 and gathers data on first-year resident knowledge and provides new residents with direct feedback on their competency in patient diagnosis, care and communication before they begin treating patients. During the evaluation, residents are scored during eight common clinical cases on patient interaction, gathering an appropriate history and physical, rendering a differential diagnosis and communicating a treatment plan.
The UC Medical Center, in affiliation with the College of Medicine, is the sponsoring institution for more than 66 residency and fellowship programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
(ACGME). There are more than 30 other medical specialty programs in addition to programs in dentistry and podiatry. More than 670 residents and fellows are currently in the programs. The DIO, in collaboration with a Graduate Medical Education Committee, has authority and responsibility for the oversight and administration of each of the ACGME-accredited programs, as well as for ensuring compliance with all ACGME program requirements.
"I am honored to partner with Amy Bunger and the GME team to continue to advance all of the great work done in graduate medical education. I am happy to serve while the search for a permanent DIO moves forward,” Wojciechowski says.
Wojciechowski received his medical degree in 2002 from the UC College of Medicine. He also completed an anesthesiology residency and critical care medicine and adult cardiothoracic anesthesia fellowships at UC. He served in 2015-2016 as president of the Ohio Society of Anesthesiologists and currently is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists House of Delegates. At the College of Medicine, Wojciechowski has served for the last 12 years as a member of the Graduate Medical Education Committee, the Work Hours Committee and Program Directors Committee.
Diller also saluted Filak for his many years of graduate medical education leadership.
"Dr. Filak is nationally known and respected for his expertise in graduate medical education and through his leadership our residency and fellowship programs have achieved significant success. He has impacted and advanced the careers of more than 3,000 residents and fellows,” Diller says.
Diller has formed a search committee to recommend a permanent DIO from a national pool of candidates. The committee is led by Rick Shumway, UC Medical Center chief administrative officer and vice president at UC Health. Other committee members are Evaline Alessandrini, MD, UC Health chief medical officer; Mia Mallory, MD, associate dean for diversity and Inclusion and associate professor of pediatrics; Timothy Pritts, MD, PhD, professor of surgery; Eric Warm, MD, Richard W. & Sue P. Vilter Professor of Medicine and director of the internal medicine training program; and Dani Zander, MD, MacKenzie Chair of Pathology and chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.