Education and Training
MD - The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC
Pediatrics - UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (Chief Resident)
Pediatric Emergency Medicine - Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Titles and Academic Titles
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Departments and Services
Toto RL, Vorel ES, Tay KE, Good GL, Berdinka JM, Peled A, Leary M, Chang TP, Weiss AK, Balamuth FB. Augmented Reality in Pediatric Septic Shock Simulation: Randomized Controlled Feasibility Trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research Medical Education 7(4):e29899, 2021.
Toto R, Friedlaender EY, Nace GW, Arkader A, Levin LS. Arterial Fat Embolism in a Pediatric Patient with Femur Fracture: A Case Report. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery Case Connector 11(3), 2021.
Toto, RL, Fesnak, S, & Weiss, AK. “I Really Didn’t Want To Come In”: The Unseen Effects of COVID-19 in Children. Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management 27(5): 210-212, 2020.
Perry, MC, Yaeger, SK, Toto, RL, Suresh, S, & Hickey, RW. A Modern Epidemic: Increasing Pediatric Emergency Department Visits and Admissions for Headache. Pediatric Neurology 89: 19-25, 2018.
March, C, Walker, LW, Toto, RL, Choi, S, Reis, EC, & Dewar, S. Experiential Communication Curriculum to Improve Resident Preparedness When Responding to Discriminatory Comments in the Workplace. Journal of Graduate Medical Education 10(3): 306-310, 2018.
Toto, RL, Zuckerbraun, NS, & Manole, MD. Neck Pain in a 12-Year-Old Female: An Unusual Diagnosis. Journal of Emergency Medicine 51(2): e15-8, 2016.
Greenberg, L, Agrawal, D, Toto, R, & Blatt, B. Empathy, Sense of Power, and Personality: Do They Change During Pediatric Residency? Southern Medical Journal 108(8): 471-4, 2015.
Toto, RL, Man, L, Blatt, B, Simmens, SJ, & Greenberg, L. Do empathy, perspective-taking, sense of power, and personality differ across undergraduate education and are they inter-related? Advances in Health Sciences Education, 20(1): 23-31, 2015.
Posters and Presentations
Augmented Reality in Pediatric Septic Shock Simulation. R. Toto, E. Vorel, K. Tay, G. Good, J. Berdinka, A. Peled, M. Leary, A.K. Weiss, F. Balamuth. Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, 5/2021 (virtual).
PediSepsisAR: Augmented Reality in Pediatric Septic Shock Simulation. E. Vorel, R. Toto, K. Tay, G. Good, J. Berdinka, A. Peled, M. Leary, A.K. Weiss, F. Balamuth. Society for Simulation in Healthcare, 2/2021 (virtual).
PediSepsisAR: Augmented Reality in Pediatric Septic Shock Simulation. R.L. Toto, E. Vorel, K. Tay, G. Good, J. Berdinka, A. Peled, M. Leary, A.K. Weiss, F. Balamuth. Pediatric Academic Societies, 5/2021 (virtual).
PediSepsisAR: Augmented Reality in Pediatric Septic Shock Simulation. R.L. Toto, E. Vorel, K. Tay, G. Good, J. Berdinka, A. Peled, M. Leary, A.K. Weiss, F. Balamuth. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Interprofessional Education Symposium, 1/2021, Philadelphia, PA (virtual).
ED Laceration QI: Decreasing ED LOS and Achieving Quality Laceration Repairs. R.L. Toto, E. Darrows, S. Fesnak, E. Friedlaender, B. Gorman, R. Mann, R. Marchese. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Quality Improvement Day, 11/2020, Philadelphia, PA (virtual).
Awards and Honors
2020, Child Life Champion, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
2016, A. Vincent Londino Teaching Award, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
2016, Pamela J. Murray Award for Excellence in Adolescent Healthcare, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
2016, Emergency Medicine Residency Award, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
2013, Department of Pediatrics Award, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
2013, Alpha Omega Alpha (chapter president), The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
2013, Gold Humanism Honor Society, The George Washington University School eof Medicine and Health Sciences
Editorial and Academic Positions
2018-present, Guest Abstract Reviewer, International Pediatric Simulation Society
Academic and Institutional Committees
2020-present, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, Division of Emergency Medicine Diversity
2020-2021, COVID-19 Literature Review Committee for Medical Education,
2019-present, Program Evaluation Committee, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship
2017-present, Education Committee, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Patient Experience Ratings
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