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.

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.

Deadline for receipt of all applications and supporting materials is March 15, 2019.

View our Fellowship for Diagnostic Excellence flyer.

2018-19 Class of Fellows

Alexa Miller
Alexa Miller

Founder and Consultant in Arts and Clinical Learning, Arts Practica

Project: Looking with Uncertainty: Investigating the learning opportunities at the intersection of art-viewing and masterful management of clinical uncertainty

Mentor: Leslie Fall, MD, Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine, and leading expert in medical education.

Twitter: @ArtsPractica

Caitlin Clancy
Caitlin Clancy, MD

Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellow, participating in the Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Safety (CHIPS) fellowship with the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Project: Understanding and improving front-line provider clinical reasoning in situ using feedback and organization supported by the electronic health record

Mentor: Dr. Jen Myers, professor of Clinical Research and director of Quality and Safety Education at Perelman. Her SIDM research mentor is Joe Rencic from Tufts University.

Funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Kelly Gleason
Kelly Gleason, RN, PhD

Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

Project: Her proposed project is to leverage patient knowledge and experience to monitor and measure diagnostic error.

Mentors: Dan Berg and Welcome Jerde

Twitter: @KTG_RN

Vinita Parkash
Vinita Parkash, MMBS

Associate Professor of Pathology, Yale School of Medicine

Project: Dr. Parkash is a pathologist interested in better developing a better classification and taxonomy for diagnostic errors in pathology.

Mentor: Mark Graber

Past Fellows

Medical Students
Become a SIDM Fellow

The call for applications is currently open for the 2019-2020 academic year beginning July 2019. Apply for a SIDM Fellowship by March 15, 2019.

Meet the 2018-19 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.