Fellowship in Diagnostic Excellence

About the Program

Looking to establish yourself in the field of diagnostic error research? The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) can help match you with experienced mentors who are recognized leaders in the fields of diagnostic error education, research, or practice improvement. SIDM offers two options for Fellowships for healthcare professionals with an interest in improving diagnostic safety and quality:

  1. our original mentored Fellowships, and
  2. funded positions for those pursing postgraduate degrees committed to work in improving diagnosis. The funded position will receive all the mentoring and networking experiences of our unfunded fellowship, but will also receive a stipend to help support their study and work. Funding for these positions is provided by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

A SIDM Fellowship can supplement a primary postgraduate medical fellowship or augment faculty or professional career development. In this one-year mentoring program, we will

  • Assign a personal mentor in your area of desired expertise in diagnosis
  • Facilitate networking within the diagnostic medicine field
  • Provide educational opportunities in the form of webinars and journal clubs
  • Offer career path guidance

SIDM Fellows will be connected with the leading researchers in diagnostic error. Opportunities are provided for Fellows to present their work at our Annual Meeting on Diagnostic Error in Medicine, and Fellows are encouraged to publish their work in Diagnosis and other peer-reviewed journals.

2019-20 Class of Fellows

gopi astik
Gopi J. Astik, MD, FHM

Academic hospitalist, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Master’s in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety candidate, Northwestern University.

Project: Investigate changes in diagnoses at transitions in care that represent potential errors in clinical reasoning.

Mentor: Andrew Olson, MD

Twitter: @gopiastik

Funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

rebecca ojo
Rebecca Ojo, MPH, CPPS

Doctor of Public Health candidate, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Project: Examine the concept of organizational risk tolerance, its effects on provider decision-making, and its implications for preventing diagnostic error.

Mentor: Doug Salvador, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School - Baystate and Chief Medical Officer at Baystate Medical Center.

Irit Rasooly
Irit Rachel Rasooly, MD

Master’s of Science candidate in Clinical Epidemiology and a Certificate in Health Care Quality and Patient Safety, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

Project: Characterize a subset of diagnostic errors associated with the use of clinical algorithms embedded in the electronic health record in a pediatric hospital.

Mentor: Joseph Grubenhoff, MD, Associate Professor, Pediatrics-Emergency Medicine and Associate Medical Director, Clinical Effectiveness at the University of Colorado

Twitter: @IritMD

Funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.


Verity Schaye
Verity Elizabeth Schaye, MD, MHPE

Assistant Professor, NYU School of Medicine.

Project: Using machine learning to identify quality of clinical reasoning documentation and to use this data for learner feedback.

Mentor: Robert El-Kareh, MD, MS, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of California - San Diego.

Twitter: @vschaye

grant shafer
Grant Shafer, MD, MA, FAAP

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellow, Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital.

Project: Examine the frequency of diagnostic error in the first seven days after a premature infant is admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) using the Safer Dx Instrument.

Mentor: Prashant Mahajan, MD,MPH, MBA, Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan

Twitter: @shafergt

Ali Tehrani
Ali S. Saber Tehrani, MD

Clinical Neuro-Vascular Fellow, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Doctor of Philosophy, PhD candidate, Clinical Investigation, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Project: Develop simple bedside methods to prevent missed strokes in the emergency department among patients with symptoms affecting vision.

Mentor: David Meyers, MD, FACEP

Funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.


Julie Wright
Julie Wright, MSNEd, RN

System Director Clinical Risk Management, Intermountain Healthcare.

Project: Identify the frequency of provider/patient communication failures that contribute to delay diagnosis events and develop a standardized approach to collecting this data set that can be replicated in other organizations for a multi-institutional collaborative project.

Mentor: Traber Giardina, PhD, Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine

Twitter: @zeroharmRN

Past Fellows

Medical Students
Meet the 2019-20 Fellows

SIDM is proud to announce the latest class of Fellows in Diagnostic Excellence who are developing scholarly research projects focused on diagnostic quality and safety.