Fellowship in Diagnostic Excellence

Looking to develop additional expertise in diagnostic safety and quality?

The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) fellowship 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 and journal clubs
  • Participation in an online community of current and past fellows
  • 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.

SIDM offers two fellowship options.

  1. For individuals who are looking to supplement their current position in the health professions with training in diagnostic quality and safety.
  2. For 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. (Two out of three 2019-2020 funded positions are reserved for our partner institutions -- the University of Pennsylvania (CHIPS Program) and Johns Hopkins University. Applicants who wish to purse training in those programs as SIDM fellows will need to apply to those programs in addition to the SIDM fellowship. These two programs have their own application process, including their own submission deadlines.)

2020 Fellows

Justin Choi, MD

Hospitalist and clinician-researcher, Weill Cornell Medical College.

Project: Understanding group decision-making processes and the biases in the approach to diagnostic decisions of general medicine teams in teaching hospitals through ethnography as well as developing a conceptual model to understand what factors influence teams’ diagnoses.

Twitter: @JustinJWChoi



Yasaman Fatemi, MD

Pediatric infectious diseases fellow, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Fatemi is working towards a Masters of Science in Health Policy with a concentration in Healthcare Quality & Safety as part of her fellowship within the Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Safety, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

Project: Developing curricula and assessment tools to understand and improve diagnostic stewardship, i.e. the appropriate utilization of diagnostic tests, and its effect on diagnostic errors.

Funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.


Ayodele McClenney, BSCE, JD

Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Healthcare Quality, Center for Diagnostic Excellence.

Project: Establishing Tele-Dizzy consultation, a quality improvement program using video-oculography goggles to improve diagnosis of acute dizziness and  stroke, and assessing its impact at Howard County General and Sibley Memorial Hospitals.

Twitter: @AyodeleMcClenne

Funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.


Rajasekhara Mummadi, MD

Chief of Quality and Population Health and gastroenterologist, Northwest Permanente, P.C.

Project: Studying the implementation and effectiveness of communication of critical imaging results directly to patients from the Kaiser Permanente Central SureNet monitoring system.

Twitter: @rajmummadi




Varun Phadke, MD

Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Phadke is an infectious diseases clinician at Emory and is involved in microbiology and infectious diseases education for medical students, residents, and fellows.

Project: Developing a framework for the cognitive processes used by subspecialists in patient care as they make diagnoses, and developing metrics of consultative care that could be used for assessment and remediation of learners, quality improvement, and a more cohesive understanding of errors.

Twitter: @VarunPhadke2



Lisa Schwartz, MD, MSc

Assistant Clinical Professor and hospitalist, Internal Medicine Teaching Service, NYU Langone Hospital - Brooklyn.

Project: Developing a Diagnostic Certainty Tool (DCT) within the medical record to track diagnostic reasoning and ultimately educating users on diagnostic uncertainty, missed diagnoses, delayed diagnoses, and diagnostic error.



Viralkumar Vaghani, MBBS, MPH, MS

Healthcare informatics analyst, Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness, and Safety, Baylor College of Medicine and Michael E. DeBakey Veteran Affairs (VA) Medical Center. Viralkumar is working towards a Ph.D. in biomedical informatics from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

Project: Developing, testing, and validating SaferDx Trigger Tool Framework based e-trigger algorithms using EHR data to identify missed opportunities to diagnose certain conditions in primary care.

Twitter: @viral_vaghani

Funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Past Fellows

2018 SIDM Fellows
Application Period Is Now Closed

Applicants will be notified of final decisions later this spring.