Personal Statement: I came to Providence Portland after 15 years on three different medical school faculties. The commitment to teaching - and the respect for the learner - is far beyond anything I had experienced. People really care here; it's a great place to be!
Areas of Academic Focus:
Most Significant Publications:
Merkel WT (2009). Practical tips for role playing (submitted for publication).
Cohn L, Merkel W (2004). One family, two family, new family: Stories and advice for stepfamilies. River Wood Books, Ashland, Oregon. (Gold National Parenting Publications Award Winner).
Merkel WT, Margolis RB, Smith R (1990). Teaching humanistic and psychosocial aspects of care in internal medicine residency programs. Current practices and attitudes. J Gen Intern Med 5;34-41.
Henderson JG, Merkel WT, Cohen JD (1987). A pragmatic approach to teaching applied preventive cardiology: Teaching medical students how to talk with patients about risk factor modification. Int Quart Community Health Ed 7:369-377.
Margolis RB, Duckro PN, Merkel WT (1992). Behavioral medicine - St. Louis Style. Prof Psychol: Res Pract 23:293-299.
Merkel WT, Searight R (1992). Why families are not like swamps, solar systems or thermostats: Some limits of systems theory as applied to family therapy. Contemp Fam Ther 14:33-50.
Margolis RB, Merkel WT, Tait RC, Richardson WD (1991). Family responses to patients with chronic pain. Can Fam Phys 37:429-435.
(With Michelle Guitteau, M.D.) Agenda Setting: So Easy, So Hard, So Helpful. Society of General Internal Medicine, Northwest Regional Meeting, March 2007.
Peer feedback. Workshop at NW Regional Conference, Society of General Internal Medicine, Seattle, Wash. (2000).
How to plan and lead a workshop. Workshop at NW Regional Conference, Society of General Internal Medicine, Portland, Ore. (1997).
Recognition and treatment of anxiety disorders in primary care. Workshop at Practical Advances in Internal Medicine, Providence Portland Medical Center, Portland, Ore. (1996).
The grieving patient. Workshop at Primary Care Update Conference, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Ore. (1995)
Behavioral medicine in action: Office protocols for managing insomnia, chronic pain and non-adherence with medication. Grand Rounds, Providence Portland Medical Center, Portland, Ore. (1992).
Co-directs and teaches in the Chronic Illness Behavioral Health Clinic with Dr. Cohen
Leads professionalism and behavioral medicine case rounds for PACE block residents
Accompanies residents as a "shadow preceptor" seeing unselected patients in the PACE clinic and consults on specific PACE cases as requested
Presents at behavioral medicine noon conferences
Involved in various resident-related special projects and events
Serves on Consultants Group for Resident Wellness Program at Oregon Health Sciences University
Personal Interests: Spending time with my family, exercising, reading, searching for the perfect hot fudge sundae.
Graduate School: University of Rhode Island Internship: Brockton VA Medical Center, Brockton, Mass. Fellowship: University of Rochester Medical Center