Training Program Administrator Committee (TPAC)

The University at Buffalo Training Program Administrators meet as a group to network with their peers, share best practices, seek peer support and learn about new GME policies and procedures. These meetings focus on ACGME accreditation requirements and reviewing the procedures required by the GME office through discussion and in-depth training.

To highlight the importance of professional development, the TPAC Council plans a TPA development day. It's a day away from the office and focuses on issues important to training program administrators in Buffalo.

Administrators should feel free to address any questions to the members of the Training Program Administrators' Committee Council (TPACC).

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Save The Date! May 4, 2020

TPAC Meeting
Monday, May 4, 2020
8:30 - 10:30 am
ZOOM Virtual Meeting

This will be the last meeting of the academic year.


GME Update  
Dean's Report Dr. Roseanne Berger
COVID-19 Update Dr. Peter Winkelstein
Accreditation Katy Cich/Emily Caldarelli
Human Resources Joyce Wienke
Finance Kathleen Kitzmiller/Dan Schupp
Operations Sharon Sullivan/Amanda Bevacqua
Hospital IT Representatives Corey Burzynski - Kaleida Health
  John Platten - ECMC
  Glenda Wood - VA
  Susan Greiner - CHS
Education Dr. Susan Orrange
Brainstorm ideas for remote graduation activities  
2020/2021 TPAC Council Recruitment  
Open Forum  

TPA Professional Development Day

Logo announcing the 2020 TPA Development Day.

2020 TPA Development Day

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
8:00 am—3:00 pm
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Room 1220—Active Learning Lab

Aligning Your Values with Your Work

Key Takeaways:

  • A preliminary understanding of one’s character strengths
  • Opportunity to reflect on the alignment of your strengths with your role and your environment
  • Barriers and/or challenges to achieving more alignment
  • Developing an action plan to actively incorporate additional alignment in your role and your environment

Keynote Speaker:
Arlene Kaukus
Director, UB Career Services

Arlene Kaukus, Director of UB Career Services

8:00 am Continental Breakfast/Welcome
8:30 - 9:45 am Keynote
9:45 - 10:00 am
Break/Transition to Breakout Rooms
10:00 - 11:00 am
Breakout #1
  “Strategies to Succeed: A Guide For Self-Promotion” Presenter: Melissa Beckman

"Metacognition: Thinking about how we think in an effort to be better teachers, learners and increase our power of persuasion!"

Presenter: Liz Sengupta

  "Overcoming the Number 1 Fear: Public Speaking". Presenter: Sharon Sullivan
11:15 - 12:15 pm Breakout #2 - Same presentations as above are repeated
12:15 - 1:15 pm
1:30 - 2:00 pm
Meditation Group A/Art Therapy Group B
2:15 - 2:45 pm
Art Therapy Group A/Meditation Group B
2:50 - 3:00 pm
Room 1220 - Wrap-Up/Closing Remarks

SAVE THE DATE! Orientation Webinar Presentation

Friday, February 14, 2020
10:00 am

All the information you'll need to efficiently onboard your incoming class:

  • NRMP Main Match Timeline, SOAP and Payline Assignments
  • Human Resources - Contracts and Employment Documentation
  • MedHub Onboarding Requirements
  • Certificate Request Procedure for Graduating Trainees
  • End of Year Procedures

TPAC Meeting 10/22/19

TPAC Meeting 8/22/19

Training Program Administrators' Committee Council (TPACC)


The Training Program Administrator Committee Council (TPACC) will collaborate with the GME Training Program Administrator Liaison to manage the scheduling, content and logistics of TPAC meetings and the annual TPA Development Day event.  Collaborative management of this committee will assist TPAs in becoming GME leaders, an aspirational goal of the TPA milestones.  The council will advocate for initiatives that will align with the professional development needs of TPAs; provide an enhanced opportunity for peer-to-peer education; support and consider national issues for educational discussions; and encourage presentation of UB GME TPA-driven projects at national conferences.

Council Structure and Responsibility

  • Chair: Will be responsible to conduct meetings; monitor and lead follow-up activities; represent TPA perspectives and serve as a formal representative of TPAC membership to GME staff;
  • Vice-Chair: This is a two-year commitment. Vice-Chair will support and serve TPAC membership and in the absence of the chair will serve in same capacity; will assume Chair leadership position in year two;
  • Members: Supporting positions to provide feedback, guidance and support to chair and vice-chair.


  • All members of TPAC are invited and encouraged to participate;
  • Leadership will be selected by the GME TPA liaison;
  • Council leadership must be willing to be an active, working participant in the council, ensuring that current job  responsibilities will still be met;
  • GME has final approval of meeting agenda content;
  • Council participation will commence July 1st through June 30th the following year;
  • Interested candidates should contact Sharon Sullivan (
  • Formal introductions will be made at the first TPAC meeting of the new academic year.


Yvonne McPhail Doll.

Yvonne McPhail Doll

Program Administrator

CHS Internal Medicine Training Program

Sisters of Charity Hospital, 2157 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 862-1423; Fax: (716) 862-1871


Vice Chair

Danielle Selleck

Assistant Training Program Administrator

Division of Diagnostic Hematology

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Elm & Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY 14263

Phone: (716) 845-7183; Fax: (716) 845-3427



Melissa Beckman.

Melissa Beckman

Training Program Administrator

Erie County Medical Center, DK Miller Building, 3rd Floor, 462 Grider Street, Buffalo, NY 14215

Phone: (716) 898-3627; Fax: (716) 898-5029


Nathali Head.

Nathali Head

Program Administrator UBMD/IM

Internal Medicine Residency

Erie County Medical Center, 462 Grider Street, Buffalo, NY 14215

Phone: (716) 898-4578


Carol A. Regan, C-TAGME

Residency Training Program Administrator


Erie County Medical Center, 462 Grider St., Buffalo, NY 14215

Phone: (716) 898-4221; Fax: (716) 898-4538


Karen Fumerelle.

Elizabeth Sengupta

Program Coordinator, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


Women and Children’s Hospital Children’s Psychiatric Clinic, 1028 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14202

Phone: (716) 859-5462; Fax: (716) 859-5589


Or contact the GME Director of Operations and Project Management:

Sharon M. Sullivan

Director, Operations & Project Management

Office of Graduate Medical Education

955 Main Street, Room 7210, Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 829-6124; Fax: (716) 829-3999