8th Annual Mitchell P. Fink Scholar Day 2019


The 8th Annual Mitchell P. Fink Scholar Day, a signature scholarship event of the Department of Critical Care Medicine, will be held on the afternoon of April 16, 2019 at the University Club. The event is an opportunity for junior faculty and fellows to present their research and scholarly projects in an academic conference environment.

This year’s Fink Scholar Day plenary speaker is J. Randall Curtis, MD, MPH, a pulmonologist and critical care physician from the University of Washington. Dr. Curtis’ research interest is centered on palliative and end-of-life care for critically ill patients. In particular, he focuses on integrating and advancing the quality of palliative and end-of-life care as well as improving patient-clinician communication surrounding palliative and critical care.

Call for Abstracts

First authors wishing to be considered for participation in Fink Scholar Day, must submit their abstracts by 5 pm on Monday, March 18, 2019 to bmclaughlin [at] pitt.edu (Brandon McLaughlin). First authors and mentors will be notified of their abstract’s status by Friday, March 22, 2019. Please read the

Fink Scholar Day Program

This year’s Fink Scholar Day program will begin with lunch at noon followed by a presentation by Dr. Curtis on integrating palliative care and critical care. This will be followed by first authors delivering traditional posters, which will allow attendees to interact informally with the poster presenters. “Professor Walk Rounds” will then follow the poster presentations. The afternoon will conclude with the announcement of prizes for the authors with the strongest abstract in each research category.

Mitchell P. Fink

The spirit of Mitchell P. Fink lives on in the celebration of critical care scholarship at this event. Mitch Fink was the inaugural chair of the Department of Critical Care Medicine, the first such department at a medical school in the United States. His clear and strategic vision for modern multidisciplinary critical care has left lasting benefits for the entire field. He was one of the most inspiring and influential leaders in the fields of critical care medicine and trauma and sepsis management. He excelled as a teacher, clinician and scientist. Over his 40-year career, he provided caring, astute mentorship and career guidance to hundreds of physicians and scientists.