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Michael                        Aronica

Michael J. Aronica MD, MSc.

Department of Medicine

Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Specialty/Research Focus

Internal Medicine - Pediatrics

 
Professional Summary:

Born and raised in Western New York, I graduated from UB medical school and trained in the Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program at University at Buffalo. I have now been a faculty member for two decades, working in primary care of both adults and children at the Elmwood Health Center. I became the Program Director for the Med-Peds Residency in 2006 and the Division Chief for Med-Peds in 2008.

At my primary care clinical practice at the Elmwood Health Center, I care for patients in an underserved community of Buffalo with a variety of backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses. The center specializes in caring for individuals with developmental disabilities and I see many patients with complex social and medical issues. I have an interest in transitional health care for pediatric patients with chronic diseases, whom this practice allows me to continue caring for into adulthood.

My research focus recently has been on Med-Peds medical education. I worked with other Med-Peds program directors across the country to research the support provided to Med-Peds programs since being recognized as separate categorical residencies by the ACGME in 2006. I also supervise and mentor Med-Peds residents on their individual research projects. In addition, I earned my Masters of Epidemiology in 2005 with a thesis on the knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about influenza vaccine administration.

Much of my role as a faculty member and program director is focused on teaching and medical education is of particular interest to me. I supervise Med-Peds residents at both the Elmwood Health Center and the Linwood Med-Peds site. I teach Medicine and Pediatric residents and medical students on the inpatient wards at Buffalo General Medical Center and Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo while on service several weeks throughout the year. I lecture several times a year at the monthly Med-Peds conferences and have given evidence-based medicine lectures to pediatric residents in the past.

In the larger Department of the Medicine, I lead the Internal Medicine Teaching Interest Group which focuses on faculty development of teaching skills. I also recently formed the Transitional Care Interest Group in cooperation with both adult and pediatric physicians throughout Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Together, we work to improve transitional care for patients in Western New York through development of clinical protocols, research, education, and administrative support.

Education and Training:
  • MS, Epidemiology, University at Buffalo (2005)
  • Residency, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics, University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (1997)
  • MD, Medicine, University at Buffalo, Cum Laude (1993)
  • AB, Biology, University of Rochester, Magna Cum Laude (1989)
Employment:
  • Chief of the Division of Internal Medicine-Pediatrics, Med - Peds, University at Buffalo (2008-present)
  • Associate Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program Director at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo New York (2006-present)
  • Associate Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Medicine, University at Buffalo (2006-present)
  • Program Director of Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, Med - Peds, University at Buffalo (2006-present)
Awards and Honors:
  • Leadership Fellow, Community Health Foundation Central and Western New York (2006)
  • Siegel Award, Runner-up in clinical sciences (2002)
  • George & Harriet Rosenfeld Junior Research Investigator (1998)
  • Dean‘s Award, Medical School Graduation (1993)

Research Expertise:
  • Adult Cystic Fibrosis: Director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center of Buffalo
  • Asthma Primary Care: Run an outpatient asthma group/clinic at primary care office. Advisor to insurance and research organizations.
  • Developmental Disabilites Primary Care: Developmental Disability Primary Care Provider since 1997
  • Primary Care: Academic Physician in the Division of Internal Medicine-Pediatrics
Grants and Sponsored Research:
  • September 2011–September 2016
    Pre-Doctoral Training in Primary Care
    Health Resources and Services Admin
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $940,252
  • September 2011–September 2016
    Academic Administrative Units in Primary Care
    Health Resources and Services Admin
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $765,239

Journal Articles:

Professional Memberships:
  • MPPDA Research Committee Member (2015–present)
  • MPPDA Research Committee Chair (2008–2015)
  • Fellow of the AAP (2008–present)
  • AAP; Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Section (2008–present)
  • Medicine-Pediatrics Program Directors Association (2005–present)
  • UNYNET; Practice Based Research Network (2005–present)
  • NAPCRG (2003–present)
  • SUNY Buffalo Medical Alumni Association (1997–2002)
Presentations:
  • "Motor Delay" University Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Core Curriculum Conference (2017)
  • "Rhinitis" University Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Core Curriculum Conference (2017)
  • "Proteinuria" University Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Core Curriculum Conference (2017)
  • "Outpatient Approach to Metabolic/Storage Disorders" University Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Core Curriculum Conference (2016)
  • "Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Senior Resident Career Choices (2014-2015)" MPPDA Meeting (2016)
  • "Updated Otitis Externa Guidelines" University Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Core Curriculum Conferences (2016)
  • "Acute Otitis Media" University Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Core Curriculum Conferences (2016)
  • "Approach to Sepsis for the Primary Care Provider" Commissioner's Medical Grand Rounds: Sepsis Syndrome 2015, NYS Department of Health (2015)
  • "Contact Dermatitis" University Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Core Curriculum Conferences (2015)
  • "Ondansetron-Induced Encephalopathy in a Patient with Metastatic Breast Cancer to Liver and Bone" American College of Gastroenterology Annual Meeting, American College of Gastroenterology (2015)
  • "Diverticular Diseases" University Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Core Curriculum Conferences (2015)
  • "Male Sexual Dysfunction" University Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Core Curriculum Conferences (2015)
  • "Leg Edema" University Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Core Curriculum Conference (2015)
  • "Pediatric Fever" University Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Core Curriculum Conference (2014)
  • "Bronchiolitis" University Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Core Curriculum Conference (2014)
  • "Internal Medicine-Pediatrics 2013 Graduate Survey" MPPDA Meeting (2014)
  • "Acute Sinusitis" University at Buffalo Division of Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Core Curriculum Conference, University at Buffalo, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program (2014)
  • "Febrile Seizures" University at Buffalo Division of Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Core Curriculum Conference, University at Buffalo, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program (2013)
  • "Language Delay" University at Buffalo Division of Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Core Curriculum Conference, University at Buffalo, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program (2013)
  • "Transitioning from Childhood to Adulthood: Supporting Individuals with Developmental Disabilities" Daemen College Partners in Health Education for People with Disabilities (2013)
  • "Rhinitis" Med-Peds Monthly Conference, SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine, Division Med-Peds (2013)
  • "Transitional Care" Women and Children's Hospital Grand Rounds, SUNY Buffalo, Department of Pediatrics (2013)
  • "Motor Delay" Med-Peds Monthly Conference, SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine, Division Med-peds (2013)
  • "Metabolic/Storage Diseases" Med-Peds Monthly Conference, SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine, Med-Peds Division (2012)
  • "Proteinuria" Med-Peds Monthly Conference, SUNY Buffalo, Med-Peds Division (2012)
  • "Male Sexual Dysfunction" Med-Peds Monthly Conference, SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine, Division of Med-Peds (2012)
  • "Contact Dermatitis" Med-Peds Monthly Conference, SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine, Division Med-Peds (2012)
  • "Diverticular Disease" Med-Peds Monthly Conference, SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine, Division of Med-Peds (2011)
  • "Acute Otitis Media" Med-Peds Monthly Conference, SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine, Division of Med-Peds (2011)
  • "Perceptions of the ACGME Board Requirements in Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatric Program Directors and Residents" MPPDA Meeting (2011)
  • "Bronchiolitis" Med-Peds Monthly Conference, SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine, Division Med-Peds (2011)
  • "Leg Edema" Med-Peds Monthly Conference, SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine, Division Med-Peds (2010)
  • "Fever" Med-Peds Monthly Conference, SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine, Division Med-Peds (2010)
  • "Febrile Seizures" Med-Peds Monthly Conference, SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine, Division Med-Peds (2010)
  • "Sinusitis" Med-Peds Monthly Conference, SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine, Division Med-Peds (2010)
  • "Solitary Pulmonary Nodule" Med-Peds Monthly Conference, SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine, Division Med-Peds (2009)
  • "Language Delay" Med-Peds Monthly Conference, SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine, Division Med-Peds (2009)
  • "Medicine-Pediatrics Clinical Outcomes Study" Annual MPPDA Meeting, MPPDA, Poster Session (2009)
  • "The One-Minute Preceptor" City Wide Grand Rounds, Department of Medicine, Graduate Medical Education Local Initiatives and National Trends (2008)
  • "Health Literacy and an Ask Me 3 intervention" P2 Collaborative of Western New York Fall Conference, P2 Collaborative, Workshop (2008)
  • "Benchmarks for support of internal medicine-pediatrics programs" APPD Spring Meeting, APPD, Poster Session (2007)
  • "Pedal Edema" University Med-Peds Monthly Conference, SUNY Buffalo, Division Internal Medicine-Pediatrics (2007)
  • "Approach to patients with leg swelling" University Med-Peds Monthly Conference, Division Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics, Core Curriculum (2006)
  • "Approach to the patient with neck pain" University Med-Peds Monthly Conference, Division Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics, Core Curriculum (2006)
  • "Febrile Seizures" University Med-Peds Monthly Conference, Division Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics, Core Curriculum (2005)
  • "Approach to the patient with a cough" University Med-Peds Monthly Conference, Division Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics, Core Curriculum (2005)
  • "Approach to the patient with gross motor delays" University Med-Peds Monthly Conference, Division Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics, Core Curriculum (2005)
  • "Pediatric Screening and Guidance" University Med-Peds Monthly Conference, Division Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics, Core Curriculum (2004)
  • "Cross-Sectional Survey of Quality of Primary Care Physician Attitudes, Knowledge and Beliefs Regarding Influenza Vaccine" NAPCRG Annual Meeting 2003, NAPCRG, Research in Progress Section (2003)
  • "Update on Antibiotics and Prophylaxis" University Med-Peds Monthly Conference, Division Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics, Core Curriculum (2003)
  • "Clinical Epidemiology: Evidence Based Medicine" University Med-Peds Monthly Conference, Division Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics, Interactive Session (2003)
  • "Primary Care approach to Acquired Anemias" University Med-Peds Monthly Conference, Division Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics, Core Curriculum (2003)
  • "Primary Care of Developmental Disabled Adults" Buffalo General Grand Rounds, Buffalo General, Department of Medicine (2000)
  • "Cross-Sectional Survey of Quality of Care for Asthmatic Children Seen in an Inner-City Emergency Room." Focus on WNY Respiratory Health:Asthma Conference (1997)
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Service Activities:
  • MPPDA research Committee; Chair (2008–2015)
  • Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Section AAP; Ad Hoc Reviewer (2008–present)
  • UNYNET Steering Committee; Member (2003–present)
  • WNY Asthma Coalition; Member (2000–2003)
  • Independent Health Asthma Advisory Group; Member (1998–present)

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Contact Information

UBMD Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
300 Linwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14209
Phone: (716) 961-9400
Fax: (716) 961-9402
Email: aronica@buffalo.edu


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