SIDM Announces the 2021-2022 Fellows in Diagnostic Excellence

The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) has selected eight Fellows in Diagnostic Excellence. For the 2021-2022 academic year, the new fellows will work on innovative projects focused on improving diagnostic quality and safety.

Now in its sixth year, the program was created to support early-career scholars who demonstrate commitment to diagnosis-related work.

“SIDM is proud to welcome this new class of Fellows and continue our commitment to supporting the next generation of leaders in the field,” said Paul L. Epner, MBA, MEd, CEO at SIDM. “Diagnostic error remains the most common, most catastrophic, and most costly of all medical errors. We need the innovative approaches that these early-career scholars are pursuing to improve diagnosis and reduce patient harm.”

Each Fellow will be paired with recognized experts in their area of study who will serve as their advisors and mentors.

This year’s SIDM Fellows in Diagnostic Excellence are:

  • Carl Berdahl, MD, MS from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Leah Burt, Ph.D., APRN, ANP-BC from University of Illinois-Chicago
  • Da Jin, MD from Oregon Health & Science University
  • Casey McQuade, MD from UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside
  • Edwin Rosas, MD from University of Chicago Medicine
  • Eliezer Shinnar, MD from Indian Health Service
  • Sarah Slone, DNP, APRN from John Hopkins University
  • Kelsey Ufholz, Ph.D. from Case Western University

“Our Fellowship in Diagnostic Excellence program continues to attract exceptional candidates who are poised to advance the field of diagnostic quality and safety,” said Paul Bergl, MD, fellowship director, and 2017 Fellow.

Fellows conduct research and present their projects and participate at the annual Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference and are encouraged to submit their work for review and publication in Diagnosis and other peer-reviewed journals. Since the establishment of the fellowship program, SIDM fellows have published more than 90 articles in peer-reviewed publications.

Learn more about the fellows and their research projects.