SIDM Diagnostic Fellowship

The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) is soliciting applications from health care professionals with an interest in improving diagnostic safety and quality and who are currently seeking fellowship experiences for academic year 2017-18.


Who is eligible?

Physicians who have completed residency by June 2017 (e.g., current senior residents, chief residents, fellows, or practicing physicians).



How does the SIDM Diagnostic Fellowship work?

  • SIDM will match you with experienced mentors who are recognized leaders in the fields of diagnostic error education, research, or practice improvement. 
  • In this one-year mentoring program, we will help you:
  • Identify established fellowship programs in your area of interest (e.g., Patient Safety, Cognitive Sciences, Health Services Research, or Healthcare Informatics)
  • Provide career path guidance
  • Facilitate networking within the diagnostic medicine field
  • Fellows will become SIDM members (no cost)
  • Fellows will attend the annual Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference (no cost).


For example…

Jane Doe, MD will complete her pediatrics residency in June 2017. She is interested in the misdiagnosis of otitis media and overprescribing of antibiotics, but does not have a mentor in this area. She wants to apply to a general pediatrics fellowship with strong research training.

A SIDM fellowship will supplement her primary fellowship. As a SIDM fellow, she will be connected with the leading researchers in pediatric diagnostic error who would provide guidance on suitable primary fellowships, mentor her projects (on-site or remotely), help her present her findings at Diagnostic Error in Medicine and publish her work in Diagnosis and other peer-reviewed journals.


The 2017 Application cycle is closed. Applications for 2018 will be accepted beginning in August 2017.


Current Fellows

  Janice Kwan, MD MPH
Graduate of the University of Toronto (MD), Harvard (MPH), and the VA Quality Scholar program (2013)
Her fellowship has focused on two projects: 1) Identifying and analyzing cases of diagnostic error reported through the database maintained by the Canadian Medical Protective Association; and 2) Evaluating interventions to improve test result communication and management.  
  Ava Lieberman, MD MA
Graduate of SUNY Downstate, has completed a Neurology residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and a Vascular Neurology fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Her project focused on the misdiagnosis of stroke, aiming to develop an intervention that improves the timeliness and accuracy of stroke diagnosis in the ED.
  Benji Mathews, MD
Graduate of the University of Minnesota
He is certified by the American College of Chest Physicians in ultrasonography, and has been evaluating the impact of this technology on diagnostic accuracy and efficiency

More information about the Fellows and their projects to follow soon.


2017 Fellows Announcement coming soon!!


Better outcomes through better diagnosis – be part of the solution!

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