Rapid Response Symposium

October 26, 2023, Pittsburgh


Dedicated to sharing, educating, networking, and advancing rapid response systems and teams in the UPMC Health System.

About WISER / UPMC Symposium on Rapid Response Systems

The second annual WISER/UPMC Symposium on Rapid Response Systems will be held at Cumberland Woods (UPMC Passavant campus) on October 26, 2023.


This internal UPMC event includes presentations from clinical, administrative, and professional leaders in the rapid response field from within the UPMC health system.



Discussion Topics

Topics of discussion during the symposium include:

  •  Specialty Responses
  • Code Team Constructs
  • Non-inpatient Codes
  • Post Code/Event Review
  • Advanced Directives
  • De-escalation Tools
  • Documentation at Codes
  • Code Team Debriefing
  • Mock Code Programs
  • Code Team Training

Exclusive Event

This event is open to UPMC only. The purpose of the internal symposium is to have productive discussion with the ultimate goal of advancing rapid response teams in the UPMC health system.


Cumberland Woods event center, located at the UPMC Passavant campus, is an upscale facility that is perfect for hosting education and networking workshops.

We can’t wait for you to join us!


700 Cumberland Woods Drive
Allison Park, PA 15101


2022 Featured Speakers

We are pleased to share with you some of the most accomplished individuals in their field.

2023 will provide more great conversation with some of the top experts in their field. As we work to confirm speaker schedules, take a look at our presenters from last year.

From our keynote speaker, symposium chair, moderators and presenters, the WISER/UPMC Symposium on Rapid Response Systems is going to be a great way to advance all of UPMC health system’s rapid response teams.


Tom Dongilli

AT, CHSOS-A, FSSH Director of In-patient Crisis Response System Evaluation UPMC

Thomas Dongilli AT, CHSOS-A, FSSH has worked in the healthcare education industry for over 30 years. Tom is the Director of Operations at the Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research (WISER). In addition, Tom is the Director of the In-patient Crisis Response System Evaluation Program for UPMC. Prior to this role, Tom was the Chief Anesthesia Technologist for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

Tom’s area of clinical interest is in the field on patient safety and identifying latent threats to hospitals and health systems. This work has led to the creation of the In-patient Crisis Response System Evaluation Program and the First 5 Minutes – What to do Until the Code Team Arrives training programs. Both programs focus on the assessment of medical emergencies and how to improve there outcomes. He also contributes expert knowledge and experience in the practical design, implementation, operation and monitoring of simulation-based programs in complex healthcare systems.


Dr. Michael DeVita

Creator of Rapid Response Systems UPMC

Dr. Michael A. DeVita is a Critical Care physician and Director of Palliative Care at Harlem Hospital Medical Center in New York.

A graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and their internal medicine residency program, he then trained in Critical Care Medicine in NYC before moving to the University of Pittsburgh where he rose to the level of Professor.

Dr. DeVita is the founding president of the International Society for Rapid Response Systems.

He is a Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. DeVita is most known for his work on creating Rapid Response Systems for UPMC, for which he recieved the Asmund Laerdal Award from the Society of Critical Care Medicine.


Dr. Raj Ramanan

Assistant Professor of Critical Care Medicine, Patient Safety Officer, Rapid Response Team Medical Director, ECMO Medical Director

Dr. Ramanan is the medical director of ECMO and a staff intensivist in the cardiothoracic ICU at UPMC Presbyterian. As the Patient Safety Officer for the department of Critical Care Medicine, he also oversees the Medical Emergency Response Improvement Team (MERIT) Committee and Rapid Response Team as their medical director.


Kristen Killian


Advanced Clinical Education Specialist

Kristen Killian is an advanced clinical education specialist at UPMC St. Margaret and is the co-director of the on-site WISER satellite simulation center. She specializes in developing simulation-based learning for professional staff development including creating new course content and flipping didactic learning to simulation-based learning. Kristen has been with UPMC since 2012 and has been with St. Margaret since September 2019.


Carol Scholle


Clinical Director of Transplant, Inpatient Surgery and Respiratory Care

Carol Curio Scholle, MSN, RN, NEA-BC is currently the Clinical Director of Transplant, Inpatient Surgery and Respiratory Care Departments at UPMC Presbyterian. Carol, a registered Nurse for 31 years and a Critical Care Nurse by background, has had a passion for in-hospital emergency response since serving as a code responder for many years early in her career. Carol has been a member of the UPMC Presbyterian Medical Emergency Response Improvement Team (MERIT) since its inception and has been co-chair of the committee for more than a decade. She has been instrumental in developing the framework for the “First 5 Minutes” program, which prepares staff for what to do while they are waiting for the Rapid Response Team to arrive, as well as the development of the dedicated Rapid Response Team Nursing Unit at UPMC Presby. Carol has spoken locally and nationally regarding the topic of Rapid Response and is a member of the International Society for Rapid Response.    


Dr. Bhagat Kondaveeti


Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, UPMC Mercy Rapid Response Team/Resuscitation committee Co-chair, APD of Mercy IM residency program

Dr. Kondaveeti is a Clinical Assistant professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine, and an academic hospitalist at UPMC Mercy. He is the medicine lead for Patient Safety Peer Review Committee, Mass Casuality Incident /Disaster preparedness and Co-chair of the Rapid Response Team/Resuscitation committee. 

He is also the physician lead for UPMC Mercy-WISER satellite center and oversees mock codes, debriefing post condition and crisis team training. 


Dr. Pual Phrampus


Medical Director for Patient Safety, UPMC Health System

Dr. Phrampus is the Medical Director for Patient Safety for the UPMC Health System and Director Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research (WISER). He is a Professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Anesthesiology of the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine.  He is Board-Certified in Emergency Medicine, a certified physician executive and a certified professional in patient safety. Dr. Phrampus is a member of the esteemed academy of master educators at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Phrampus has been active in patient safety efforts throughout UPMC and serves on the Quality Patient Care Committee of the UPMC Board of Directors. He is the founding co-director of the Wolff Learning Academy created to enhance the development of quality and safety systems knowledge to the UPMC workforce. He has overseen the expansion of WISER capabilities in developing a distributive model of management for WISER as well as the satellites centers that have been deployed throughout the UPMC Health System to improve quality and patient safety.

Dr. Phrampus is a fellow and Past President of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. He served as a past co-chair of the planning of the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare. He is an inaugural member of the Editorial Board of the indexed peer reviewed journal Simulation in Healthcare. He serves in numerous leadership positions in global simulation and patient safety efforts through program committee leadership for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and serves on the editorial board of the journal Simulation in Healthcare.

Dr. Phrampus has traveled extensively lecturing and conducting simulation and patient safety workshops, demonstrations and assisting in proliferation of successful simulation start-up programs. In addition to the United States his education efforts have included Australia, China, Chile, Costa Rica, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, Tibet, and Singapore. He is a seven-year veteran of the United States Navy.

Registration Coming Soon

This symposium is for internal UPMC only.

Accreditation and Credit Designation Statement:

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Nursing (CNE)
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is  9.5 contact hours.

Physician (CME)
The University of Pittsburgh designates this live activity for a maximum of 9.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other Healthcare Professionals: Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

We would like to extend our gratitude to the Passavant Hospital Foundation for their continued support with the WISER/UPMC Rapid Response Symposium.

Their support allows us the opportunity to host this symposium and increase quality patient care across our health system.

Thank you.