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You will find the latest news about the program as well as Current Scholar and Alumni awards and accomplishments, publications, and family news.
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Publications & Editorial Pieces
Alumni Art Kellerman (NAC and Washington CSP 83-85), Brendan Carr (Penn CSP 06-08), Nicole Lurie (UCLA CSP 82-84), and Jeremiah Schuur (Yale CSP 05-07) were featured as speakers at the Health Affairs briefing event at the National Press Club that unveiled the December 2013 issue of Health Affairs: Future of Emergency: Challenges and Opportunities. All alumni speakers had articles published in the issue.
Jonathan Bergman (UCLA CSP 11-13, VA Scholar) was featured in a LA Times article that discussed the increasing percentage of Americans who believe doctors should do everything possible to save a patient despite the cost or consequences of aggressive treatment.
LeadDoc, ACPE’s Online Journal, published a profile of the Clinical Scholars program featuring quotes from Hemal Kanzaria (UCLA CSP 12-14), CSP Director Des Runyan (UNC CSP 79-81), and Arjun Venkatesh (Yale CSP 12-14).
Colin Cooke (Michigan CSP 09-11), Brendan Carr (Penn CSP 06-08), and Penn Clinical Scholars Program Co-Director David Asch (Penn CSP 87-89) authored a study on the relationship between insurance expansion and critical care use in Massachusetts. The study, published in Critical Care Medicine, found that increasing the number of insured patients is not tied to higher ICU usage and was featured in Penn Medicine, UofMHealth, and Boston Business Journal.
Peggy Chen (Yale CSP 07-10) recently published an article in Health Affairs that analyzed the patient-centered medical home and the nurse-managed health center models to address projected physician shortages.
Peggy Chen (Yale CSP 07-10) looks at health care worker migration in an article entitled “Policy Solutions to Address the Foreign-Educated and Foreign-Born Health Care Workforce in the United States” that was published in Health Affairs in November.
Peggy Chen (Yale CSP 07-10) recently completed Factors Affecting Physician Professional Satisfaction and their Implications for Patient Care, Health Systems, and Health Policy, a RAND study funded by the AMA.
Jeremy Sussman (Michigan CSP 08-11, VA Scholar) and Michigan CSP Program Director Rod Hayward (UCLA CSP 86-88) published a study in Circulation that found individualized treatment recommendations emphasizing patients’ risk of heart disease could prevent more than a fourth of heart attacks and strokes. The study is featured in a recent article on UofM Health.
Adrianne Haggins (Michigan CSP 10-12), Stephen Patrick (Michigan CSP 10-12), and Matthew Davis (Chicago CSP 98-00) published a study in Academic Emergency Medicine that found that following coverage expansion in CHIP adolescent non-ED outpatient visits increased and ED visits have remained the same. The study has implications for the expansion of insurance under the Affordable Care Act. University of Michigan Health featured the study and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation interviewed Haggins about the study in an article posted in October.
Luke Hansen (Yale CSP 07-09), Chisara Asomuga (Yale CSP 07-09), Jill Barron (Yale CSP 07-09), Mitesh Rao (Yale CSP 07-09), and Yale Clinical Scholars program faculty Leslie Curry (Co-Director), Georgina Lucas (Deputy Director), and Marjorie Rosenthal (Assistant Director, Yale CSP 03-05) published an article in collaboration with Barbara Tinney, a Yale Clinical Scholars Program community partner at New Haven Family Alliance. The article, in the Journal of Primary Prevention, focuses on how youth living among community violence view their options and opportunities.
Lisa Rosenbaum (Penn CSP 12-14, VA Scholar) continued her editorial series in the New Yorker with an article on the overuse of stents in October. Her previous articles have featured an interview with Nobel Prize winner James E. Rothman, residency hour reductions, telling patients what they don’t want to hear, and sharing impossible decisions with patients.
Michael Hochman (UCLA CSP 2010-12, VA Scholar) was featured in a news release on Medical Xpress for the recent publication in JAMA of his study of the Galaxy Health model, a joint program between the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Southern California. The study found that 24/7 access to physicians, a coordinated care system, and easily accessible appointments for urgent care resulted in an increase in patient satisfaction. AAFP followed up with an article discussing the study’s implementation of components of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model.
Katherine Auger (Michigan CSP 11-13), Stephen Patrick (Michigan CSP 10-12), and Matt Davis (Co-director of Michigan CSP) found lower rates of infant pertussis hospitalizations following the widespread vaccination of adolescents for pertussis. Their study, published in Pediatrics, has been featured on UofMHealth, CNN, Vaccine News Daily, and Medscape.
Tammy Chang (Michigan CSP 11-13) and Matt Davis (Chicago CSP 98-00) completed a study that details the new enrollee population of Medicaid following the Affordable Care Act. The study was featured on NPR and published in the Annals of Family Medicine. UofMHealth.org followed up on the study in a recent article. Chang was recently interviewed on the Michigan Radio show Stateside. Chang authored a RWJF Human Capital blog post about the study.
Mahshid Abir (Michigan CSP 09-11) completed a study that assessed the impact of large-scale power outages on the function of hemodialysis centers. The study was published in Prehospital and Disaster Medicine.
Lenard Lesser (UCLA 09-12) and Brian Liang (UCLA 11-13) were coauthors on a study that analyzed weight management mobile applications for their inclusion of theory-based content. The study found that all apps had low use of theory to guide behavior change and was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine in October.
RWJF Clinical Scholars alumnus Harrison Alter (Washington CSP 97-99) coauthored a study that found the critical care workload in California safety-net hospital emergency rooms is increasing. The trend toward intensification of ED care is troubling as the Affordable Care Act plans to divert funds away from safety-net hospital emergency rooms. The study was published in the October 2013 edition of Health Affairs.
RWJF Clinical Scholars alumni and VA employees Donna Zulman (Michigan CSP 08-11, VA Scholar), Steven Asch (UCLA CSP 92-94), and Eve Kerr (UCLA CSP 92-94) describe how chronic conditions can interact in ways that influence clinical complexity and quality of care, a concept they call “comorbidity interrelatedness”, in their article released online by the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
Jennifer Edelman (Yale CSP 09-12, VA Scholar) and Yale Program Assistant Director Marjorie Rosenthal (Yale CSP 03-05) coauthored "Time, Dual Roles, and Departments of Public Health: Lessons Learned in CBPR by an AIDS Service Organization" which was published in Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action.
A qualitative study by Theodore Long (Yale CSP 13-15) and Leora Horwitz (Yale CSP 04-06, VA Scholar) on the reasons high-risk patients sought readmission was published in BMJ Open.
Nicholas Christakis (Penn CSP 91-93) discusses the role of social isolation in mass killings in an op-ed piece featured in the Washington Post.
Yale Program Director Harlan Krumholz discusses difficulties with health care from the perspective of the patient in an op-ed piece in Forbes. Krumholz was also recognized for his idea of creating an independent entity that provides independent data analysis to address challenges associated with undisclosed drug trials.
Current scholar Jason Lott (Yale CSP 12-14, VA Scholar) looked at the association of coxsackievirus A6 infection with atypical hand-foot-and-mouth disease in his study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Ilse Wiechers (Yale CSP 12-14, VA Scholar) published a study in Genome Medicine analyzing the growth of commercial genomics during the Human Genome Project.
Current scholar Ilse Wiechers (Yale CSP 12-14, VA Scholar) completed a study that analyzed the prescription of psychotropic medication to patients who did not have a psychiatric diagnosis. The article was released online in Psychiatry Services in September.
Barron Lerner (Washington CSP 91-93) describes the experience of his medical school class with “medical students’ disease” in an essay posted by the New York Times.
Justin List (Michigan CSP13-15, VA Scholar) discusses the need for further research and cross-country comparisons in medical education following the ACGME duty-hour restrictions and changes in his recent article featured on the KevinMD blog.
Current scholar Lisa Rosenbaum (Penn CSP 12-14, VA Scholar) continues her editorial series in The New Yorker with an article that addresses the contributing factors to the failure of reforms that reduced the consecutive hours residents could work to make teaching hospitals any safer.
Matt Davis (Chicago CSP 98-00) redirects the right versus privilege argument in health care to one that classifies many aspects of the US health care system as a tragedy of the commons. He discusses theory and strategies to address the health care tragedy of the commons in his article on the RWJF Human Capital blog.
Kori Sauser (Michigan CSP 12-14, VA Scholar) discusses the universal health care debate and how her experience working as an emergency physician has helped shape her view of health care as a right not a privilege. Sauser advocates for the expansion of emergency department standards to universal access for primary and preventive care in her recent RWJF Human Capital blog.
The successful campaign of Katherine Neuhausen (UCLA CSP 11-13) and her colleagues to keep the doors of Grady Health System, one of the largest hospitals treating underinsured and underserved patients in the nation, helped the hospital convert from a public hospital to a non-profit organization allowing Grady to remain open and ultimately thrive. Neuhausen’s efforts are featured in an article from the RWJF newsroom and her narrative essay on the process was published in Health Affairs.
Katherine Vickery (Michigan CSP 12-14) discusses the importance of shifting the focus from innovation to one that highlights the importance of comprehensive, primary care in the U.S. healthcare system in a recent RWJF Human Capital blog.
Michael Hochman (UCLA CSP 10-12, VA Scholar), Alex Chen (UCLA CSP 00-02), and Martin Serota published an article in the New England Journal of Medicine that discusses a new “payer-agnostic” strategy used within their organization that seeks to replace the current payer-centric system with one that provides the same care to all patients, a more patient-centric approach.
Darren Dewalt (UNC CSP 02-04), in collaboration with investigators from Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC), recently published a study examining the impact of receiving transitional care on hospital readmission rates for patients with multiple chronic conditions when compared to patients receiving usual care. The article was published in the August issue of Health Affairs and featured in an UNC Health Care and UNC School of Medicine Newsroom article.
Chileshe Nkonde-Price (Penn CSP 12-14, VA Scholar) was recently interviewed for an RWJF article "Getting the Most Out of Gadgets and Gizmos" and how the "Change My Steps" program was able to adapt technology in educating patients.
Anisha Patel (UCLA CSP 06-09) and Michael Cabana (Johns Hopkins CSP 97-99) published an article in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine about the benefits children get for drinking tap water.
Shreya Kangovi (Penn CSP 10-12, VA Scholar) was recently featured in the Epoch Times on her research regarding patient preference for the emergency room over a primary care physician. The study was published in the July edition of Health Affairs.
A study conducted by Stephen Henry (Michigan CSP 09-12, VA Scholar) looked at how patients discuss pain with their doctor and its effect on patient-doctor rapport. The study was published in The Journal of Pain and was featured on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website.
Lead author, Lisa DeCamp (Michigan CSP 08-10), found in a recent study that a majority of pediatricians are using family members to speak to non-native English speakers instead of using a doctor interpreter. Her study was discussed in a recent Reuters Health article, where two other alumni, Lisa Diamond (Yale CSP 06-08, VA Scholar) and Darcy Thompson (Washington CSP 04-06), were also interviewed. The study itself was published in Pediatrics.
Russell Harris (Case Western Reserve CSP 73-76) studied how continuing the outdated practice of annual cervical exams may cause more harm then good. His study was covered on UNC Healthcare and was originally published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Michigan CSP director Rodney Hayward (UCLA CSP 86-88) and Harlan Krumholz, director of the Yale Clinical Scholars Program, have been arguing for the abandonment of the idea of getting cholesterol back to some target number. The new guidelines from the American Heart Association follow this recommendation and suggest using specific risk factors to determine who should take statins. Hayward and Krumholz have been featured in an article on Forbes and Krumholz was quoted in the NYT, Businessweek, the Wall Street Journal, and the Santa Fe New Mexican. Krumholz explains the new guidelines in Forbes and a NYT blog post, featured on KevinMD.
Kelly Kyanko (Yale CSP 09-11) discusses incorporating cost into the diagnosis in an article featured in Newsweek.
Arthur Kellermann (NAC Committee Member and Washington CSP 83-85) was quoted in a recent Denver Post publication explaining his research on gun use and home invasion.
In an editorial piece, Nicholas Christakis (Penn CSP 91-93), discusses how areas within the social sciences have stagnated compared to the natural sciences in the New York Times.
Alum, Nicolas Osbourne (Michigan CSP 08-10), was interviewed for an editorial piece in the New York Times about what it really means to be chosen for US News and World Report’s annual list of “Best Hospitals.”
Continuing her editorial series in The New Yorker, Lisa Rosenbaum (Penn CSP 12-14, VA Scholar), discusses what happens when doctors tell patients what they don’t want to hear.
Current scholar Lisa Rosenbaum (Penn CSP 12-14, VA Scholar), published an editorial on how doctors can share impossible decisions with patients and the strategy of "shared decision-making" in the New Yorker.
Hemal Kanzaria (UCLA CSP 12-14) was featured on the RWJF Blog for his founding of the student-run organization Remedy at UCSF, which recycles medical supplies into global aid markets.
Efrain Talamantes (UCLA CSP 11-13), a current Veterans Affairs scholar, advocates for a more diverse physician population in United States healthcare in a recent RWJF Human Capital blog post.
Roberta Capp (Yale CSP 11-13) discusses how expanding Medicaid coverage is not a cure-all and how many people who are currently covered have difficulty accessing care in a Washington Post opinion article.
Mahshid Abir (Michigan CSP 09-11, VA Scholar) published an op-ed piece on CNN's website regarding Moore, Oklahoma's difficult road to psychological recovery after such a devastating natural disaster.
Current Penn and VA scholar Lisa Rosenbaum (12-14) has an article in New England Journal of Medicine on overcoming the blind spots in health care reform.
Lenny Lesser (UCLA CSP 09-12) and Sean Lucan (Penn CSP 07-09) discuss the potentially ethical message a hospital conveys based on the cafeteria/food options it provides it patients, employees, and visitors in the American Medical Association’s Journal of Ethics.
Current scholars Ashok Reddy (Penn CSP 12-14, VA Scholar) and Benjamin Roman (Penn CSP 12-14) were featured in the RWJF Human Capital Blog regarding their recent essays that were published in the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics’ eMagazine. Dr. Reddy discusses the need to spend money on disease prevention in order to save money in the long-term, while Dr. Roman looks at patient centered medicine to improve health care reform.
Director of the Yale program site, Harlan Krumholz, provides three important things everyone needs to know about it about gut bacteria increasing risk of heart disease in a Forbes Magazine online article.
Joe Ross (Yale CSP 04-06) and Harlan Krumholz (Yale Program Site Director) wrote a research letter to the Journal of the American Medical Association on time to publication for clinical trials.
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New Positions & Promotions
Brendan Carr (Penn CSP 06-08) has been named director of the Emergency Care Coordination Center. The ECCC is within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness & Response (ASPR), which is within the US Department of Health and Human Services. The ASPR is led by Clinical Scholars alumna Nicole Lurie (UCLA CSP 82-84). Access the Penn Medicine issued a press release about Carr’s the position.
Katy Gold (Michigan CSP 05-07) was selected as the James C. Puffer, M.D./American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Fellow for the class of 2013 Institute of Medicine Anniversary Fellows.
Paul Jung (Johns Hopkins CSP 00-02) is now Deputy Director (and Acting Director) at Office of the Surgeon General, Commissioned Corps Headquarters (DCCPR).
Mahshid Abir (Michigan CSP 09-11) started an Assistant Professor position in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan in October. She continues to serve as an Affiliated Adjunct with the RAND Corporation.
Brian Kirkpatrick (UNC CSP 82-84) has been named chair of psychiatry for the Reno office of the University of Nevada School of Medicine.
Maureen G. Phipps (Michigan CSP 98-00) was named the new chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and assistant dean for Teaching and Research on Women’s Health in the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and the executive chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Care New England by Brown University and Care New England Health System.
New National Advisory Committee member, M. Roy Wilson, was named the new president of Wayne State University. He currently is the deputy director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and is an ophthalmologist.
Arthur Kellermann, current NAC member and alumni (Washington CSP 83-85), is named Dean of F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU). For more read the USU press release.
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Matt Davis, co-director of the Michigan Clinical Scholars Program, was promoted to Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School and to Professor of Public Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy from an Associate Professor position at all schools.
Recognition & Service
Justin Fox (Yale CSP 10-12) received the 2013 Jameson L. Chassin Award for Professionalism in General Surgery from the American College of Surgeons.
Elliot Fisher (Washington CSP 83-85) received $1,034,942 in funding from PCORI for his projected titled “Facilitating Patient Reported Outcome Measurement for Key Conditions.”
Michigan Clinical Scholar alumnus John Hollingsworth (Michigan CSP 08-10) was recently awarded the Urology Care Foundation / Astellas Rising Star in Urology Research Award for 2013.
Eliana Perrin (UNC CSP 00-02) has been appointed Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She will oversee the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the Office of Research Development. Perrin was also awarded the Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement for her work on childhood obesity. Her interview following the prize can be read here.
Arden Morris (Washington CSP 00-02) was appointed to serve on the National Quality Forum Consensus Standards Approval Committee (CSAC). She was nominated by the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Lisa Simpson, Clinical Scholars National Advisory Committee member and president and CEO of AcademyHealth, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The press release from AcademyHealth about her election can be found here.
The US GAO appointed leading mental health researcher Grayson Norquist (UCLA CSP 85-87) the chair of the Board of Governors at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
At the inaugural meeting of the new Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development's branch on critical care and trauma at the National Institute for Health four of the 29 non federal participants at the meeting are former Clinical Scholars: Carole Jenny (Penn CSP 74-76), John Leventhal (Yale CSP 76-78), Joanne Wood (Penn CSP 07-10) and Des Runyan (UNC CSP 79-81). To read more about this branch click here.
Mahshid Abir (Michigan CSP 09-11) is the PI on an awarded NIH grant (an R21 through the National Institute on Aging) titled "The Effect of High Inpatient Occupancy on Outcomes for Elderly Medicare Patients".
State, Local, Foundation and Other grants
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