Mission of the Center

The purpose of the Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences is to advance the academic, clinical, and service missions of the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences and UPMC through the continuing professional development of physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and other health professionals and the translation of biomedical knowledge into clinical practice.

The expected results of the Center's activities are determined through the assessment of knowledge, professional performance, clinical outcomes, and population health. This is accomplished through a variety of methodologies including survey tools, reflective exercises, pre- and post-activity knowledge and competency testing, and measurement of healthcare outcomes. These data are used to assess the effectiveness of our activities and to continuously improve the quality of education offered to our target audiences. The expected results of the overall program are determined by measurement of progress on stated goals and institutional performance metrics. This information is reviewed by senior leadership at the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC on an annual basis.

The Center's goals are continuously realigned to assure congruence with institutional imperatives. Content areas address core competency areas including clinical care, medical knowledge, professionalism, communication skills, practice-based improvement, and systems-based practice. Programming is targeted to physicians, pharmacists, and other health care professionals within the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC, as well as those from across the United States and other countries who are impacted by our academic and clinical enterprises. The Center draws on the educational, scientific, technological, and other institutional resources of the University and Health System to offer diverse types of activities including formal courses, interactive small groups, communities of learning and practice, and self-directed activities in a variety of formats to accommodate individual learning styles and achieve stated educational objectives.


The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Accreditation status may also be verified at the ACCME website. http://www.accme.org

The University of Pittsburgh Center for Continuing Education in the Health Science is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) to provide continuing pharmacy education. Accreditation status may also be verified at the ACPE website. http://www.acpe-accredit.org

UPMC is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by PA State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Accreditation status may also be verified at the PSNA website. http://www.panurses.org


CCEHS Leadership
Barbara E. Barnes, MD
Associate Vice Chancellor, Continuing Education and Industry Relationships, University of Pittsburgh VP, Sponsored Programs, Research Support, and CME, UPMC
Phone: 412-647-8212
Fax: 412-647-1244
E-mail: barnesbe@upmc.edu
Melinda Splane
Executive Director
Phone: 412-647-8152
Fax: 412-647-8222
E-mail: splanemj@upmc.edu

Ryan Abels
Program Coordinator
Phone: 412-647-8472
Fax: 412-647-8222
E-mail: abelsrj@upmc.edu
Karen Bonsmann
Coordination Specialist
Phone: 412-647-8255
Fax: 412-647-8222
E-mail: bonsmannkm@upmc.edu
Carolyn Dorn
Program Coordinator
Phone: 412-647-8313
Fax: 412-647-8222
E-mail: dornca@upmc.edu
Krystal Golacinski
Coordination Specialist
Phone: 412-647-7050
Fax: 412-647-8222
E-mail: moorekl2@upmc.edu
Vanessa P Larson
Program Coordinator
Phone: 412-647-8257
Fax: 412-647-8222
E-mail: larsonvp@upmc.edu
Erin List
Enduring Materials Manager
Phone: 412-647-8218
Fax: 412-647-8222
E-mail: listel@upmc.edu
Justine Rubino
Director, Operations
Phone: 412-647-8261
Fax: 412-647-8222
E-mail: rubinoje@upmc.edu

Contact Us

For Regular mail:

UPMC Center for Continuing Education
200 Lothrop Street
Iroquois Building, Suite 302
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

For next day mail:

UPMC Center for Continuing Education
3600 Forbes Avenue
Iroquois Building, Suite 302
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
General Information 412-647-8232 412-647-8222
CCEHS Management 412-647-8152 412-647-8222