CVD Training

Trainee Resources

Time Management:

Susan Johnson, MD Susan Johnson, MD is currently Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Epidemiology and Associate Provost for Faculty at the University of Iowa. One of her passions is time management with a specific focus on academic physicians. Her advice and guidance has helped many. A summary of her time management recommendations is provided here.

- Personal Productivity: How to work effectively and   calmly in the midst of chaos

- Weekly Planning Grid






Public Speaking

Natalie McManaceNatalie McManus has a BS degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Penn State University, and a MA degree in Speech-Language Pathology from The University of Iowa. She has over 20 years of experience in the field of Speech-Language Pathology. In addition, she is a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher and presently teaches Voice and Speech at George Mason University. Natalie is also a Certified National Forensics League Coach and coaches a hugely successful high school competitive speech team in Montgomery County, Maryland. Her company, Puck's Pals, LLC teaches Shakespeare workshops to middle school students; professional presentation skill workshops; and works on vocal skills with private clients.


Trainees periodically have the opportunity to work with Natalie McManace to develop their presentation skills through a Presentation Skills Workshop:

The purpose of this workshop is to improve the presentation skills of professionals by helping them to identify areas of difficulty they may be experiencing, and working on new skills through the use of trial presentation pieces. This workshop is offered both here at Pitt and also periodically at the AHA Epi Council meetings where it is available to all cardiovascular trainees.

The workshop makes use of the Linklater Voice Approach. This approach, developed by Kristin Linklater, is a progression of exercises designed to help develop a voice that is resonant, clear, flexible, confident, and expressive. The Linklater Approach involves work on relaxation, physical awareness, alignment of the spine, breathing, resonance, articulation, vocal health, and exploring how the voice does and does not work. It is widely respected and is one of the leading voice approaches taught in major universities. It has also been taught to professionals of major corporations interested in increasing the effectiveness of their presentations. Professionals utilizing the Linklater Approach have noted significant improvement in the quality of their presentations.

The workshop is designed to be interactive. Participants learn through watching the work done with individual presenters.






Writing Skills

Janice Sabatine, PhDJanice Sabatine, PhD, is President of Avanti Strategies, LLC, a firm dedicated to providing executive coaching to physicians and scientists as well as consulting on biomedical writing projects. She is passionate about providing technically trained physicians and scientists with the same support that corporate executives have enjoyed for years-the benefits of an executive coach. As director of publications for several biomedical research programs and as an independent publications consultant, she has been influential in the publication of over 40 journal articles and book chapters and nearly 30 funded grant applications. Recognizing that her clients could benefit from coaching in addition to help with publications, Janice became a Certified Sherpa Executive Coach through Penn State University's Smeal College of Business.

Trainees have the experience of working with Dr. Sabatine as part of writing workshops, our writing club (similar to a journal club, but focusing on writing) and through individual coaching.