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Bridget C. Calhoun, Dr.P.H., P.A.-C.

Chair and Associate Professor
Rangos School of Health Sciences
Department of Physician Assistant Studies

Rangos School 422
Phone: 412.396.5917

Education:

Dr.P.H., Public Health in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, University of Pittsburgh, 2008
M.M.S., Master of Medical Sciences, Saint Francis University, 1997
B.S., Physician Assistant, Saint Francis University, 1992
Bio

Bridget Calhoun has worked in HIV/AIDS research for the past 13 years. She completed her doctoral dissertation on the metabolic effects of highly active antiretroviral therapy. She continues to work at the Pitt Men's Study at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and is now studying the cardiovascular outcomes of men infected with HIV.

Publications

Essary A, Coplan B, Laing M, Calhoun B.  The Professional Development Needs of Faculty of Physician Assistant Programs. J Physician Assist Educ 2009;20(4):40-44.

Calhoun BCC, Vrbin CM, Grzybicki DM. The Use of Standardized Patients in the Training and Evaluation of Physician Assistant Students.  J Physician Assist Educ 2008;19(1):18-23.

Calhoun BC, Kabay M. An International Public Health Course for Health Science Students. J Physician Assist Educ 2008;19(1):53-57.

Calhoun B, Crosby R. When the patient asks, “should I get a heart scan?”. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. 2008 21(5):59-60. 

Calhoun BC. HIV Testing Clinical Pearl. Clinician Reviews 2007.

Pallela F, Riddler S, Chimel J, Calhoun B, Kingsley, L. Abnormal Lipoaccumulation in HIV-infected Individuals taking highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). JAMA. 2006;296(7):766-768.

Steel JL, Landsittel D, Calhoun B, Wieland S, Kingsley LA. Effects of Lipodystrophy on Quality of Life and Depression in HIV-Infected Men on Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy. AIDS Patient Care and STDs. 2006; 20(8)35-45.

Calhoun, BC, Koller N. Finding a venipuncture site in an IV drug user.  The Clinical Advisor, A Forum for Physician Assistants. June 2006:45-50.

Calhoun BC.  Co-morbidities and the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. Advance for Physician Assistants.  May 2006. 

Calhoun BC, Chambers DE. Standardized Patients and Simulated Patient Encounters in the Evaluation of Physician Assistant Students.  Perspective on Physician Assistant Education 2004;15(2):99-101.

Smit E, Skolasky R, Dobs A, Calhoun B, et al.  Changes in the Incidence and Predictors of HIV Related Wasting Syndrome: 1987-1999.  American Journal of Epidemiology 156;3.211-218.

Wiley D, Grosser S, Qi K, Visscher B, Calhoun B, et al.  Validity of Self-reported Episodes of External Genital Warts. Clinical Infectious Diseases. 2002:35;39-45.

Aldrich H, Calhoun B.  Pancreas Transplantation for Treatment of Type I Diabetes Mellitus.  Physician Assistant May 2001.

Calhoun B, Trigalet D.  Teaching Students Health Care - Not Just Medicine.  Perspective on Physician Assistant Education - Spring 2001.

Pinevich A, Calhoun B.  Acute Renal Failure in Trauma Patients.  Surgical Physician Assistant September 1999.

Presentations

Schwenkler J, Hutchinson J, Calhoun B, McQuillan M. Fitting the Medical Director into the Team. Physician Assistant Education Association Annual Forum. Savannah, GA. October 2008.

Schwenkler J, Dehn R, Calhoun B, McQuillan M. What does the Medical Director Direct? Physician Assistant Education Association Annual Forum. Savannah, GA. October 2008.

Calhoun B, Fritz J, Glenister Roberts K, Wiskus J. Developing Thematic Courses for the New Core Curriculum: Faculty Panel. Duquesne University February 2008.

Brown L, Calhoun B, Irwin M. Bringing the Real World of Pittsburgh into the Classroom: Using Racial Demographic Data. Pittsburgh’s Racial Demographics: Differences and Disparities: Faculty Panel. Duquesne University November 2007.

Schwenkler J, Meyer J, Calhoun B, McQuillan M. Exploring the Various Roles of the Medical Director. Physician Assistant Education Association Annual Forum. Tucson, AZ. October 2007.

Miller A, Baker M, Calhoun B, Simon A. Director Skills Development Workshop. Physician Assistant Faculty Development Institute. Physician Assistant Education Association Annual Forum.  Tucson, AZ. October 2007.

Arbet S, Calhoun B. National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) Test Development.  Physician Assistant Education Association Annual Forum. Tucson, AZ.  October 2007.

Calhoun B. HIV in Primary Care. 31st Annual Continuing Medical Education Conference of the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants. October 2006.

Calhoun B. Evaluation and Management of Occupational Exposures to HIV. 4th Annual Steel City Symposium. Pittsburgh, PA. April 2006.

Calhoun B. Coding and Billing.  Physician Assistant Education Association Educational Forum. Puerto Rico. November 2005.

Calhoun B, Grzybicki D. Utilization of Standardized Patients in the Education of Physician Assistants. Physician Assistant Education Association Educational Forum. Puerto Rico. November 2005.

Calhoun B, Nolfi D, Resick L, Berdine H. The Use of Personal Digital Assitants (PDA) in the Education of Health Science Students. Pittsburgh Blackboard Users Group Conference. Duquesne University. November 2005.

Petersen M, Calhoun B, Opacic D.  One Blackboard, Three Courses: The Clinical Year Site for Physician Assistant Students. Pittsburgh Blackboard Users Group Conference, Carlow Collge  March 2005.

Calhoun B. Updates in HIV/AIDS Research. 3rd Annual Pastors, Church and Community Leaders Conference. Balm In Gilead Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS, Pittsburgh March 2005.

Petersen M, Calhoun B, Opacic D.  Physician Assistant Clinical Year Site.  Duquesne University Lunchbytes.  February 25, 2004.

Calhoun B.  Adequately Preparing Students for Clinical Rotations: The Risk of Occupational Exposure to HIV.  Association of Physician Assistant Programs Educational Forum.  Miami, Fl. Nov 2002

Calhoun B.  HIV for the Newly Diagnosed Patient.  Invited  Speaker.  Greater Western Pennsylvania AIDS Weekend - June 2001

Encandela J, Calhoun B.  HIV Update.  Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic - May 2000 and October 2000

Gryzbicki D, Calhoun B.  Post-mortem Correlation of Cases in Primary Care - American Academy of Physician Assistants National Conference - Atlanta, Georgia May 1999

Calhoun B, Patterson D, Opacic D, Gryzbicki D.  Medical Applications of Advanced Placement Biology - Duquesne University - November 1998

Calhoun B. Careers in Health Care - The Role of Physician Assistants - Dayton Area High School - May 1998

Calhoun B., Shapiro R.  Referring Patients for Renal Transplantation - August 1994, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

                                            

Posters

Morris A, Kingsley L, Rinaldo C, Kessinger C, Calhoun B.  Pulmonary function in HIV-infected and HIV-negative persons in the era of antiretroviral therapy.  American Thoracic Society Annual Conference.  Denver, CO. May 2011. 

Calhoun BC, Kuller L, Edmundowicz D, Kingsley L.  Progression of Coronary Artery Calcification (CAC) in HIV-infected Men on Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART). International AIDS Society Meeting, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil July 2005.

Petersen ME, Morgan AA, Calhoun BC. One Experience is Worth A Thousand Words: Student Reflections ; Thematic Data For Curriculum and Accreditation Support. Association of Physician Assistant Programs Annual Forum. Puerto Rico. November 2005.

Nolfi D, Berdine H, Calhoun B, Resick L.  Come Together Right Now, Over Me! Celebrating How the Library Can Bring Together Diverse Programs.  Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas February 2005.

Calhoun BC.  Using Structured Academic Controversy to Teach Health Policy. Association of Physician Assistant Programs Educational Forum.  Nashville, Tennessee November 2004.

Pewen B, Calhoun B, Riddler S, Kingsley L.  Lipoatrophy Precedes Lipohypertrophy in HIV-associated Lipodystrophy Syndrome.  4th International Workshop on Adverse Drug Reactions and Lipodystrophy.  San Diego, CA September 2002.

Calhoun B, Holloway M, D’Acuto K, New Legislation for Reporting HIV-Infection in Pennsylvania.  27th Annual Medical Education Conference of the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants.  September 2002

Calhoun B, Esper S, DePaoli A, Riddler S, et al.  Decreased Serum Leptin is Associated with Onset of Lipoatrophy.   3rd International Workshop on Adverse Drug Reactions and Lipodystrophy. Athens, Greece October, 2001.

Patterson D, Calhoun, B, D'Antonio J.  Who First Discovers Skin Cancer - Patients or Primary Care Providers?  American Academy of Physician Assistants  National Conference.  Atlanta, Georgia - May 1999

Spates J, Calhoun B.  Case-study:  A Pregnant 32 Year-old Female with Shortness of Breath American Academy of Physician Assistants National Conference.  Atlanta, Georgia - May 1999

Calhoun B, Patterson D.  Financial Burdens of End Stage Renal Disease - American Academy of Physician Assistants National Conference.  Minneapolis, Minnesota - May 1997.

Calhoun B, Patterson D, Opacic D. The Role of Physician Assistants in Promoting Awareness of the Transplant Experience.  American Academy of Physician Assistants National Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota - May 1997

Grants/Contracts

Calhoun B. Spring Break Away Faculty Development Grant. Development of Disparities in Health Care Spring Break Away.  Awarded by the Duquesne University Office of International Programs. March 2008 ($2,000).

Freeman M, Calhoun B, Sekhon L. Simulated Technology Laboratory for the Education of Physician Assistant Students.  Funded by The Fine Foundation.  Grant # 071R13-SM.  September 2007 ($57,4000).

Petersen M, Calhoun B. Information Seeking Behaviors of Physician Assistants. Funded by the Rangos School of Health Sciences Faculty Practice Plan. July 2006 ($4,000)

Calhoun B, Grzybicki D. The Use of Standardized Patients in the Training and Evaluation of Physician Assistant Students. Funded by the Physician Assistant Education Association. November 2004. ($3,980.61).

Nolfi D, Berdine H, Calhoun B, Resick L. Assessing the Impact of Personal Digital Assistants on Healthcare Students. Funded by the Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries. ($50,000)

Petersen M, Calhoun B, Opacic D. Physician Assistant Clinical Externship Blackboard Site.  Funded by Duquesne University Summer Institute for Teaching with Technology. June 2003 ($5,000).