Fellowship in Diagnostic Excellence

Develop Additional Expertise in Diagnostic Safety and Quality

Special award area:

With the additional support of The John A. Hartford Foundation, SIDM will award an “Age-Friendly Care” Fellow. The Age-Friendly Care Fellow will develop and implement a project to improve diagnostic quality and safety for older adults.

Program Overview

Looking to develop additional expertise in diagnostic safety and quality?

The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) Fellowship in Diagnostic Excellence will enhance your knowledge and skills in diagnostic quality and safety, match you with experienced mentors and recognized leaders in the field of diagnostic error, connect you with the diagnostic error community, and help you develop and implement your own project.

The one-year SIDM fellowship is designed to provide professional career development through:

  • A personal mentor in your area of focus within diagnosis (e.g., education, research, practice improvement, advocacy, informatics, etc.)
  • Networking within the diagnostic medicine field
  • A structured curriculum of webinars
  • Opportunities for disseminating scholarship at our annual meeting (Diagnostic Error in Medicine conference) and through peer-reviewed publications, such as the SIDM-sponsored journal Diagnosis

Funding for the fellowship program is provided by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

All fellows benefit from the curriculum, project mentorship, integration with the SIDM community, and financial support to attend the annual Diagnostic Error in Medicine conference.

Who Should Apply?

  • 1

    Individuals who are looking to supplement their current position in the health professions with training in diagnostic quality and safety.

  • 2

    Individuals in an advanced fellowship and/or degree-bearing program who are developing a scholarly focus on diagnostic quality and safety and are seeking a salary stipend for their scholarly work (akin to grant funding in fellowships). Details on the application process for these salary-supported positions are found below.

Meet the 2021-2022 Fellows in Diagnostic Excellence

Eight new Fellows in Diagnostic Excellence were announced by SIDM. The 2021-2022 Fellowship in Diagnostic Excellence awardees will work on innovative projects focused on improving diagnostic quality and safety.

Vision and Goals of the Fellowship

The vision of the SIDM Fellowship in Diagnostic Excellence is to catalyze careers in the field of diagnostic medicine and to cultivate leaders in the diagnostic safety movement.

The overarching goals of the fellowship align with the eight core goals for reducing diagnostic error that are outlined in the 2015 National Academies of Science and Medicine report Improving Diagnosis in Health Care.

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Successful candidates will have advanced training (MD, DO, advanced practice degree), doctoral/terminal degree in relevant discipline, or other significant qualifying experience) and possess a commitment to a career in improving diagnosis and addressing diagnostic error. Selection will be based on the candidate's qualifications and the quality of their proposed project.

All SIDM Fellows will become part of the SIDM community and will attend the annual Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference at no cost (i.e. free registration with stipends for travel and lodging).

Salary-Supported Positions

As a part of the SIDM Fellowship program, SIDM and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation sponsors three fellowship positions that provide a stipend for work done as part of an institutional degree program. Specific funding includes the following:

  • Stipend towards tuition, project expenses, and salary ($35,000)
  • Travel expenses to Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference

To receive the salary-supported fellowship position, candidates must be applying to (or be enrolled in) an advanced fellowship and/or degree-bearing program, have a local mentor, and commit to a project related to diagnostic excellence. There are additional questions on the application to be considered for these positions.

The salary-supported fellowships are open to candidates enrolled in a healthcare quality- and safety-oriented program at an accredited college, university, or graduate medical training program.

2021-2022 Fellows

Carl Berdahl
Carl Berdahl, MD, MS

Emergency medicine physician and clinical informaticist with master’s degree in health services, Cedars Sinai / UCLA.

Project: Dr. Berdahl seeks to prospectively study the frequency of, contributors to, and patient experiences with diagnostic errors occurring among adults discharged from the emergency department. The study will target patients triaged as having urgent or emergent needs but who are sent home from the emergency room.

Leah Burt
Leah Burt, PhD

Acute care and gerontology nurse practitioner, Ph.D., University of Illinois-Chicago.

Project: A Diagnostic Reasoning Course Toolkit will be created, serving as a free-of-charge blueprint for NP faculty across the country to implement evidence-based diagnostic reasoning education at individual institutions. Competency-based and grounded in simulation, the Toolkit will target identified areas for diagnostic improvement, as well as provide support for faculty.

Da Jin, MD
Da Jin, MD

Hospitalist in clinical informatics fellowship, Oregon Health & Science University.

Project: Dr. Jin seeks to use machine learning to design an algorithm for detecting symptomatic coronary artery disease and acute coronary syndromes in adult women presenting to outpatient settings with “atypical” symptoms. Subsequent work will focus on using the model for AI-enhanced clinical decision support.

Funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Casey McQuade, MD
Casey McQuade, MD

MD seeking master’s degree in medical education, University of Pittsburgh.

Project: Dr. McQuade is seeking to deconstruct what constitutes a high-quality summary statement and how clinicians formulate their summary statements. These results would inform curriculum development.

Funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Edwin Rosas
Edwin Rosas, MD

Adult hospitalist with medical education and QI focus, University of Chicago.

Project: Dr. Rosas is seeking to develop a structured diagnostic timeout for hospitalized patients at risk for clinical deterioration. His work will involve nurse-physician collaboration and will build upon nurses’ SBAR communication model.

Eliezner Shinnar
Eliezer Shinnar, MD

Adult hospitalist working with underserved populations, Indian Health Service (Phoenix AZ).

Project: Dr. Shinnar is seeking to ascertain the frequency of types of diagnostic errors that occur around transfers into and out of the Indian Health Service (IHS) hospitals.

Sarah Slone
Sarah Slone, DNP, APRN

Doctorate of nursing practice, Ph.D. candidate, Johns Hopkins.

Project: Dr. Slone is seeking to measure the accuracy of existing risk stratification models in NSTE-ACS with the ultimate goal of improving triaging which rural NSTE-ACS patients should be transferred for invasive angiography.

Funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Kelsey Ufholz
Kelsey Ufholz, PhD

Ph.D. behavioral scientist in family medicine and community health, Case Western.

Project: Dr. Ufholz seeks to understand how often unintended weight loss is recognized and/or associated with serious medical illnesses such as cancer. The ultimate goal of this research is to develop clinical decision support systems that flag unintended weight loss, particularly among obese patients in whom it may go unrecognized.

Past Fellows