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William J Pomidor M.D.

William J Pomidor M.D.

Clerkship Faculty - Tallahassee, M4

william.pomidor@med.fsu.edu
Main Campus

Job Description

Novelist, digital artist, producer/designer of medical/health-related games and interactive education modules.

Biosketch

Born and raised in Northeastern Ohio, Dr. Bill Pomidor started writing fiction while in med school. He has published several mystery novels and short stories, and has been nominated for the Edgar Allen Poe award. He began developing games and designing 3D interactive worlds several years ago; his company's most recent project is ElderQuest -- the geriatrics-educational video game developed here at FSU College of Medicine. Dr. Bill and his wife, Dr. Alice Pomidor, live in Tallahassee near their (geriatric) parents and three college-age children.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science: Kent State University.
  • Doctor of Medicine: Northern Ohio Medical College (NEOMED).

Service

  • Florida State University Schools (Florida High): Video/replay assistant coach, film production (highlight, recruiting DVD’s, etc.), 2003 – present.
  • Grace Lutheran Church, Tallahassee, Florida: A/V and Tech Supervisor; Member, Property Board, 2004 - present.

Honors/Awards

Pomidor B. A Plain and Honest Death. Edgar Allen Poe Award Nominee (mystery short story of the year), Shamus Award Nominee (private-detective short story of the year); also recipient of several other regional fiction-writing awards.

Memberships

Independent Game Developers' Association

Research Focus

  • Game-based instruction for biomedical and science education: Retention rates and outcomes compared with conventional teaching approaches.
  • Effectiveness of role-playing games (RPG’s) and the Unity 3D game engine in teaching core clinical concepts to medical students.
  • Health outcomes following game-based patient-education interventions for children with Type I or Type II diabetes.
  • The Audience as Author: Using Web-Based Multimedia to Create “Massively Multi-Author” Narratives.

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications/Presentations:

  • 1. Pomidor A, Pomidor B, Granville L, Brummel-Smith K, Baker S. ElderQuest: Video game fun with the AAMC Competencies. Poster presented at the 2011 American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting. May 12, 2011, National Harbor, MD.
  • 2. Pomidor WJ, Pomidor A. “With great power:” The relevance of science fiction to the practice and progress of medicine. The Lancet. December, 2006; 368: S13-S14.
  • 3. Michelassi F, Testa G, Pomidor WJ, Lashner BA, Block GE. Adenocarcinoma complicating Crohn's disease. Diseases of the Colon and Rectum 1993;36:654-661.
  • 4. Abdu RA, Carter K, Pomidor WJ. Gastric syphilis mimicking linitis plastica. Archives of Surgery 1993;128:103-104.
  • 5. Gillanders WR, Buss TF, Gemmel D, Pomidor W. Worried wellness: how meaningful is the concept in managing elderly patients? Family Practice Research Journal 1992;12: 27-42.
  • 6. Michelassi F, Pomidor W, Montag AG, Stephens J, Goldberg RD, Handcock M. Quantification of variation in reading immunohistochemical assays. Research in Surgery 1992;4:35-38.

Published Novels:

  • Pomidor, B. Mind Over Murder (A Plato & Cal Marley Mystery). New York, NY: Penguin USA, November 1998.
  • Pomidor, B. Ten Little Medicine Men (A Plato & Cal Marley Mystery). New York, NY: Penguin USA, January 1998.
  • Pomidor B. Skeletons in the Closet (A Plato & Cal Marley Mystery). New York, NY: Penguin USA, February 1997.
  • Pomidor B. The Anatomy of Murder (A Plato & Cal Marley Mystery). New York, NY: Penguin USA, June 1996. (Also published in Japanese translation; Tokyo, Japan: 1997.)
  • Pomidor B. Murder By Prescription (A Plato & Cal Marley Mystery). New York, NY: Penguin USA, October 1995.

Published Novelettes:

  • Pomidor, B. Old Tabbies Die Hard (A Port Grace Mystery). Wooster, Ohio: Cat’s Meow Village Publications. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter 2000.
  • Pomidor, B. Animosity Killed the Cat (A Port Grace Mystery). Wooster, Ohio: Cat’s Meow Village Publications. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter 2001.

Published Short Stories:

  • Pomidor W. Into the Light. In: Donley C, Kohn M, editors. Recognitions: Doctors & Their Stories. Kent: Kent State University Press: 2002; 148 – 158.
  • Pomidor B. A Plain and Honest Death (A Raif McCutcheon Mystery). Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, September 1995; 134 - 155.
  • Pomidor W. B is for Bee (A Plato & Cal Marley Mystery). Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, April 1994; 111 - 139. “B is for Bee” was also anthologized in the hardcover collection, Murder Most Medical (Carroll & Graf, June 1995).
  • Pomidor W. Old Habits Die Hard. Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, September 1992; 91 - 99.
  • Pomidor W. M is for Mayo (A Plato & Cal Marley Mystery). Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, June 1991; 139 - 172.

Educational Games:

  • ElderQuest: Fellowship. First installment (four levels) of a five-part geriatrics education game designed to help medical students to understand and retain the AAMC Competencies for Geriatrics. Developed with grant support from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.
  • Diabetes Defender: Balance of Power. Tower-defense game designed to help players of all ages gain an intuitive understanding of the interplay between diet, time, and glucose levels in health and illness. Developed for iPhone, Android, and web-based systems.