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Jason Lott (Yale CSP) and a colleague write about the "bystander effect" during emergencies in a perspective in NEJM.

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Kelly Doran (Yale CSP) has written a posting for the RWJF Human Capital series on "Health Care in 2013."  

Mitesh Patel (Penn CSP) has posted a blog piece on the importance of incorporating behavioral economics into systems that encourage health behaviors during everyday activities.  

Kathy Auger (Michigan CSP), Matt Davis (Chicago CSP alumnus, Co-Director Michigan CSP site), and others have published a study examining asthma exacerbations and found that improved clinician access and private insurance to be significant factors. Improved clinician access, private insurance reduced asthma exacerbations. 
Auger KA. Pediatrics. 2012;doi:10.1542/peds.2012-1055

Yale scholar Isle Wiechers (CSP 12-14) published an article in Psychosomatics on the role consultation-liasion psychiatrists play in patient care of schizophrenia.

In recent Huffington Post blog post current scholar, Kelly Doran (Yale CSP 11-13), discussed how homeless should never be discharged back out to the street by hospitals. To read more about it check out Fierce Healthcare's piece on Kelly. 

Hemal K. Kanzaria (UCLA CSP 12-14) published a perspective piece in the Diplomatic Courier entitled Disaster Relief and Long-Term Health Care Support in Haiti - What a Simple Student Initiative and an article in the Annals of Emergency Medicine on the relationship between emergency department closures and increased inpatient mortality.

Current Penn scholar, Mitesh Patel (VA Fellow, 12-14), published an article in the Journal of General Internal Medicine on utilizing behavioral economics to increase value and transparency in health care provisions. 

In the November issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, Lisa Rosenbaum (Penn CSP 12-14, VA Fellow), authored two reports. The first article on patient advocacy and biomedical research and the second detailing the need for residency duty-hour reform.

Gordon Sun (Michigan VA Scholar) has received a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation to study variation in diagnostic practices for laryngeal cancer in the state of Michigan.

Yale's Associate Director Marjorie Rosenthal (Yale CSP 03-05), two current scholars Nurit Harari (Yale CSP 11-13) and Anita Vashi (Yale CSP 11-13, VA Scholar), and community partner Barbara Tinney of New Haven Family Alliance have received a three year National Health Institute grant for their work on youth violence. 

Mitesh Patel (Penn CSP, VA Scholar) discusses how improving medical education could help to ensure patient's are getting more value for their experience on the RWJF's Human Capital Blog.

Incoming scholars Elizabeth Patton and Carley Riley were featured in their medical school newsletter, Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, regarding their recent admission. Dr.’s Patton and Riley will officially start their training with the RWJF Clinical Scholars program in July 2013.

In Huffington Post Blog post, alum Mark Litwin (UCLA CSP 91-93) and current scholar Jonathan Bergman (UCLA CSP 11-13) discuss the debate we should be having nationally in regards to healthcare costs.

Alan Teo’s (Michigan CSP) research, on resident’s ability to assess and predict violence risk in patients, is discussed in the most recent edition of Psychiatric News. The original study is in the September 2012 issue of Psychiatric Services in Advance.

Check out NPR's Health Blogs recent post about Charles Scales' (UCLA CSP, VA Scholar) research on treating kidney stones with lasers. The study is available in the July 2012 issue of European Urology.

Mitesh Patel (Penn Scholar 12-14) helped to design a teaching curriculum for teaching-hospitals, academic medical centers, and residency programs that will focus on improving the value of healthcare. The model will appear in this month's Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Gordon Sun (Michigan CSP, VA Scholar) published an article in the New England Journal of Medicine in conjunction with Reshma Jagsi and Jeff Steinberg of the Singapore Agency for Science, Technology, and Research. Their article focuses on the differences between national medical research policy between the United States and Asia.

A current scholar and recent alum, Katherine Neuhausen (UCLA CSP) and Stephen Patrick (Michigan CSP 10-12), will have articles published in August's Health Affairs issue.

A op-ed piece in the Archives of Internal Medicine written by current scholar Katherine Neuhausen (UCLA) and alumni Mitchell Katz (UCSF CSP 89-91) warns of the danger of reducing funding to the Medicaid and Medicare Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) programs and how it would negatively impact Safety Net Hospitals.

Gordon Sun (Michigan CSP VA Scholar) was 1 of 4 recipients of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) Guidelines International Network Conference Scholar Award. This award will allow Dr. Sun to attend the 2012 Guidelines International Network North America E-GAPPS conference in New York City this December, to learn about design and dissemination of evidence-based guidelines. Some of the speakers include Carolyn Clancy from AHRQ and Patrick Conway from CMS.

Katherine Neuhausen (UCLA Scholar) is quoted in a recent Chicago Tribune article regarding performance measures for Medicare and Medicaid.

Alan Teo (Michigan CSP 11-13) in a recent Guardian piece discussed the phenomenon of socially isolated youth who become recluses in their own home.

NAC member Karen Hein discusses statewide health care reform in Vermont.

Michael Hochman (UCLA CSP VA Scholar) authors new book 50 Studies Every Doctor Should Know a compilation of summaries and analysis of 50 studies that have shaped the practice of medicine.

Oni Blackstock (Yale CSP, VA Scholar) received the 2012 Lawrence S. Linn Award at the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) Annual Meeting. This award is a grant given to young investigators to study or improve the quality of life for persons with AIDS or HIV Infection.

Charles D. Scales, Jr. (UCLA CSP, VA Scholar) discusses his study on the increased prevalence of kidney stones in Americans in an article published by the University of California, Los Angeles. The study will appear in the July edition of European Urology and will be presented at the 2012 American Urological Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

Michael Hochman (UCLA CSP VA Scholar) authors new book 50 Studies Every Doctor Should Know a compilation of summaries and analysis of 50 studies that have shaped the practice of medicine.

Oni Blackstock (Yale CSP, VA Scholar) received the 2012 Lawrence S. Linn Award at the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) Annual Meeting. This award is a grant given to young investigators to study or improve the quality of life for persons with AIDS or HIV Infection.

Stephen Patrick (Michigan CSP) along with alumni Elizabeth Krans (Michigan 09-11) and Matt Davis (Chicago CSP 98-00) and others discuss their study showing a dramatic rise of babies born drug-affected in the United States in his article, "A Growing and Costly Public Health Problem: In 2009, One Baby per Hour was Born Drug-Affected in the United States" that appears in this month's JAMA.

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Gordon Sun (Michigan CSP VA Scholar), James Burke (Michigan CSP VA Scholar) and others examine early links to the Alzheimer's/smell test in their review, "Olfactory identification testing as a predictor of the development of Alzheimer's dementia: A systematic review" that appears in Laryngoscope 2 MAY 2012.

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Amy Tsou (Penn CSP VA) will be presenting findings at the American Academy of Neurology's 64th Annual Meeting on two new studies that examine treatment decisions in late-stage amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients shed light onto treatments aimed to extend the duration and quality of life in this progressively debilitating neuromuscular disorder.

Gordon Sun (Michigan CSP – VA Scholar) co-publishes paper discussing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (PPACA) impact on otolaryngology practice and research. Otolaryngology Head Neck Surgery: January 26, 2012 0194599811435967. The authors find that while the PPACA incorporates several efforts to revamp the US health care system it does not effectively engage otolaryngologists in quality improvement, despite modifications to the Physician Quality Reporting System. The legislation also levies a tax on cosmetic procedures, affecting both clinicians and patients.

Oni Blackstock (Yale CSP – VA Scholar) receives SGIM Lawrence Linn Award for her submission: “Are there Sex Differences in Health-Related Quality of Life, Prognosis, and Mortality among HIC-Infected Women and Men in Veterans Affairs Care?” She will be presenting this work at the SGIM Annual Meeting in May.

Justin Fox (Yale CSP) publishes paper in the Archives of Internal Medicine on older patient experiences in the mammography decision-making process. 2012;172(1):62-64. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.601. The study found while older patients are concerned about how screening and treatment will affect their overall survival and independence, health care providers were less likely to discuss the reasons to undergo screening mammography with women 75 years or older and infrequently discussed reasons to not undergo mammography. Dr. Fox calls for patient-centered decision aids that facilitate an informed cancer screening discussion between patients and health care providers.

Stephen Henry (Michigan CSP – VA Scholar) publishes article in Annals of Family Medicine analyzing the use of high-quality video elicitation interviews: March/April 2012 vol. 10 no. 2 118-125. The article, “Video Elicitation Interviews: A Qualitative Research Method for Investigating Physician-Patient Interactions,” describes the concept and method of video elicitation interviews and provides practical guidance for primary care researchers who want to use this qualitative method to investigate physician-patient interactions.

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Heather Smith (Yale CSP) was awarded a research grant by the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation. The Seed Grant Research Program provides 43 junior investigators who are medical students, residents and fellows with grants of $2,500 for basic science or clinical research projects. The recipients are studying cardiovascular /pulmonary diseases, HIV/AIDS, neoplastic diseases and pancreatic cancer.

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Deepa Camenga (Yale CSP) discusses with the Foundation her study published recently in Academic Pediatrics examining the benefits of offering infant caregivers access to whooping cough vaccine at the pediatrician's office

James Burke (Michigan CSP – VA Scholar) publishes study in the Annals of Neurology finding neuroimaging for stroke patients may be unnecessarily costly and redundant.  24 FEB 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/ana.22698. The study, “Wide variation and rising utilization of stroke magnetic resonance imaging: Data from 11 States” found 95 percent of stroke patients who received magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) also had a computed tomography (CT) scan. The costs of inpatient stroke care have climbed by 42 percent between 1997 and 2007, an increase of $3,800 per case, Burke and his University of Michigan found. Neuroimaging — MRIs and CTs – were the largest driver of costs.

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Oni Blackstock (Yale CSP – VA Scholar) publishes article in Medical Care on gender differences in the use of Veterans Health Administration specialized homeless services programs among Veterans of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. 15 January 2012 doi: 10.1097/MLR.0b013e318245a738. The study found females were as likely as males to use homeless service programs. Dr. Blackstock credited her experience as a VA Scholar for the opportunity to learn about women in the VA health care system. “Not only was I able to provide care to women Veterans in the women’s health center at the West Haven VA, but was also able to collaborate with and receive mentorship from VA researchers whose work focuses on characterizing and improving health care outcomes for womenVeterans.”
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Robin Clarke (UCLA CSP) leads study in Health Affairs finding flaws in assessment tools used to evaluate community health centers functioning as “medical homes.” Health Affairs: February 2012 10.1377/hlthaff.2011.0908. The study, “Tool Used To Assess How Well Community Health Centers Function As Medical Homes May Be Flawed,” found no relation between how well a health center scored on the National Committee for Quality Assurance assessment and the quality of diabetes care it provided. Study co-authors included Arleen Brown (UCLA CSP 96-98), Robert Brook (JHU CSP 69-72) and Chi-Hong Tseng.

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RWJF Human Capital Blog interviews Stephen Henry (Michigan CSP – VA Scholar) regarding his study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine on time low-income patients and physicians spend discussing pain during primary visits. Journal of General Internal Medicine: DOI: 10.1007/s11606-011-1960-x. Dr. Henry’s study found pain-related discussions comprise a substantial proportion of time during primary care visits. Future research should evaluate the relationship between time spentdiscussing pain and the quality of primary care pain management.

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Journal of General Internal Medicine

Christoph Lee (UCLA CSP) receives prestigious AUR-GE Radiology Research Academic Fellowship (GERRAF) Award. The GERRAF award, given to 3-4 recipients nationally, is one of radiology’s most competitive career development awards. The career development award is for junior faculty at the assistant professor level in the amount of $140,000 over two years, and sponsoring institutions will guarantee at least 50% protected research time for the awardee during the fellowship years.

Deepa Camenga (Yale CSP), Kelly Kyanko (Yale CSP 08-11) and team work to protect infants from whooping cough. Academic Pediatrics; Vol. 12, 1, pgs. 20-25, January 2012. The article, “Increasing Adult Tdap Vaccination Rates by Vaccinating Infant Caregivers in the Pediatric Office,” finds offering free pertussis vaccinations to mothers and caregivers increases the adult vaccination rate, which is key to protecting infants from the deadly disease.

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Eugenia Garvin (Penn CSP) publishes op-ed in The Inquirer illustrating the health benefits of cleaned up and greened vacant city lots. The study focused on more than 4,000 vacant city lots that have been cleaned up and planted with grass and trees under the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Vacant Land Stabilization Program. The research found there were fewer gun crimes in neighborhoods where lots had been "cleaned and greened." Some residents also reported experiencing less stress and exercising more.

Lenard Lesser (UCLA CSP) and Robert Brook (CSP Co-Director) produce study with researchers from RAND finding food served in children’s hospitals is largely unhealthy. The study, “Assessment of Food Offerings and Marketing Strategies in the Food-Service Venues at California Children’s Hospitals” was published in Academic Pediatrics. Researchers assessed 14 food venues at the state's 12 major children's hospitals and found much room for improvement in their offerings and practices.

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Gordon Sun (Michigan CSP - VA Scholar) speaks with ENT Today about the Clinical Scholars program and a policy career.

Shreya Kangovi (Penn CSP – VA Scholar) and David Grande publish study of alternative strategies to reduce hospital readmissions in JAMA, 2011;306(16):1796-1797. The study, “Hospital Readmissions—Not Just a Measure of Quality,” proposed a broader framework in which readmission rates are determined by access, social determinants of health, and regulatory policies.


Kalpana Narayan (Penn CSP) writes op-ed in The Inquirer on long-term healthcare and the demise of the CLASS Act. The article, “Washington lets a health crisis continue,” argues for the necessity of the CLASS Act provision or another similar provision to address long-term care.

Sidney Coupet (Michigan CSP) shares his experiences working to rebuild Haiti post earthquake.

Sidney Coupet (Michigan CSP) and Reza Nassiri publish report discussing comprehensive intervention for the cholera epidemic in Haiti in The DO. The comprehensive intervention encompasses acute cholera care, education of high-risk community, and public health measures.

Michael Hochman (UCLA CSP – VA Scholar) leads study finding that results of medication studies in top medical journals may be misleading to readers. Journal of General Internal Medicine. DOI: 10.1007/s11606-011-1813-7. Researchers analyzed all the randomized medication trials published in the six highest-impact general medicine journals between June 1, 2008, and Sept. 30, 2010, to determine the prevalence of three types of outcome measures that make data interpretation difficult.
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Jeffrey Kullgren (Penn CSP – VA Scholar) leads study that identifies health care barriers beyond cost. Kullgren JT, et al. Nonfinancial barriers and access to care for US adults. Health Services Research online, 2011. The study's findings include a range of nonfinancial healthcare barriers including limited doctor’s office hours, inability to get a quick appointment, and distance to the doctor’s office. Kullgren and colleagues looked at data from the 2007 Health Tracking Household Survey, which gathered health information from nearly 18,000 people across the United States.

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Stephen Henry (Michigan CSP – VA Scholar) and team publish study on non-verbal cues that guide doctor-patient relationships in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 6 Jan 2011. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2753.2010.01628.x. In the study, “‘How do you know what Aunt Martha looks like?’ A video elicitation study exploring tacit clues in doctor–patient interactions,” researchers analyzed video recordings of routine checkups and conducted follow-up interviews with participants to help elucidate signals sent and received on both sides of the examination table. The method shows promise for improving medical decision making by allowing doctors to better understand how they make judgments and what messages they may be unwittingly conveying to patients.

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Aasim Padela (Michigan CSP) releases study findings in an Institute for Social Policy and Understanding report entitled “Meeting the Healthcare Needs of American Muslims.” The report provides an overview of American Muslim health beliefs, describes how these beliefs impact healthcare-seeking practices, and recommends accommodations that can improve the healthcare experience of American Muslim patients.

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Jennifer Walter (Michigan CSP) and Matt Davis (Michigan CSP Co-Director) draw attention to the unaddressed disparities of the Affordable Care Act in a recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association; August 9, 2011. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1208. In the article, “Equality-in-Quality in the Era of the Affordable Care Act,” Drs. Walter and Davis provide philosophical and empiric evidence to argue for the centrality of disparities work in quality initiatives.



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Colin Cooke (Michigan CSP) co-authors an article discussing reasons behind longer waits for advanced treatment amongst black heart attack patients.


Christoph Lee (UCLA CSP) was awarded the 2011-2012 E. Stephen Amis, Jr., MD, Fellowship in Quality and Safety by the American College of Radiology

The Fellowship is sponsored by the Commission on Quality and Safety, provides the opportunity for one radiology fellow to obtain direct exposure to the functions of the Department of Quality and Safety at the ACR. The department manages programs that accredit facilities in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound, MRI, CT, nuclear medicine, PET, radiation oncology and ultrasound. The department is also responsible for the ACR Appropriateness Criteria(r), Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards, BI-RADS(r), RADPEERTM, radiation safety, quality improvement, Pay for Performance initiatives and the National Radiology Data Registry. Dr. Lee will be spending two weeks during his second year of his Clinical Scholars Program (one week each in Sept 2011 and May 2012) in Washington, DC, getting a glimpse as to how the ACR Commission on Quality and Safety manages the aforementioned programs. Afterwards, he will have the opportunity to submit an article to the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR) on his topic of interest.

Christoph Lee MD (UCLA CSP) co-authors article with Howard Foreman, MD discuss imaging in the context of health care reform and regulatory issues in a May 2011 American Journal of Roentgenology article. "Radiology health services research: from imperative to legislative mandate." AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2011;196(5):1111-1114

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Ryan Greysen (Yale CSP) received a 2011 Mack Lipkin Sr. Associate Member Award at Society for General Internal Medicine annual meeting for his paper entitled "Understanding Transitions in Hospital Care for Homeless Patients: A community-based participatory approach". This award is given to up to three resident, student, or fellow members for outstanding scientific presentation at the Annual Meeting.

Michael Phipps (3rd Year, Yale CSP-VA Scholar), Adam Landman (Yale CSP 08-10-former VA Scholar) and others study motorcycle crash data to determine the relationship between helmet use and crash mortality in Connecticut. The study was presented at the first Southern Connecticut Community Traffic Safety Conference and will be published in Connecticut Medicine.

The study is getting media attention as shown in this lead opinion piece on the New Haven Register.

Michael Phipps (3rd Year, Yale CSP-VA Scholar), Adam Landman (Yale CSP 08-10-former VA Scholar) and others study motorcycle crash data to determine the relationship between helmet use and crash mortality in Connecticut. The study was presented at the first Southern Connecticut Community Traffic Safety Conference and will be published in Connecticut Medicine.

The study is getting media attention as shown in this lead opinion piece on the New Haven Register.

Christoph Lee (UCLA CSP) and Howard Forman (former Penn CSP) author an article discussing the urgent need for elevating health services research as a subspecialty in radiology, in light of recent current events and health care reform legislation.

Jeremy Sussman, MD (Michigan CSP, VA Scholar), Rodney Hayward, MD, (UCLA CSP 86-88, Michigan CSP Director) and colleagues publish "Individual and Population Benefits of Daily Aspirin Therapy: A Proposal for Personalizing National Guidelines"Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2011 Apr 12. [Epub ahead of print]

Christoph Lee (UCLA CSP) and Joann Elmore (NAC mentor, Yale CSP 90-92) publish a chapter edited by Suzanne Fletcher (Johns Hopkins CSP 71-73), "Radiation-related risks of imaging studies," in UpToDate.February 2011.

Stephen Patrick, MD, MPH (Michigan CSP - VA Scholar) co-authors an article on volume-targeted ventilation used to treat neonatal lung injury.

Amy Tsou, MD, MAR, (Penn CSP) seeks ways to protect the interests of patients with life-threatening or chronic illnesses.

Clara Filice (Yale CSP) and Gregg Furie (Yale CSP) will conduct a health impact assessment of the New Haven Downtown Crossing/Route 34 project.

Donna Zulman (Michigan CSP-VA Scholar) is lead author on a study in Journal of General Internal Medicine confirming that older adults are often excluded from clinical trials.The study, "Examining the Evidence: A Systematic Review of the Inclusion and Analysis of Older Adults in Randomized Clinical Trials," appears online. Journal of General Internal Medicine. DOI: 10.1007/s11606-010-1629-

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FDA Clinical Trials Advisor includes reference of her work:
Vol. 16, No. 4
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Kasia Lipska (Yale CSP 09-11) and Joseph Ross (Yale CSP 04-06) have written a commentary in JAMA regarding an advertising campaign from Takeda, the maker of the diabetes medication pioglitazone, that promotes it as safer than another medication rosiglitazone.

Aasim Padela (Michigan CSP) urges health care providers to better understand and accommodate Islamic beliefs and practices

Aasim Padela (Michigan CSP) lead author on a study that reveals Arab American views on organ donation, “Factors associated with positive attitudes toward organ donation in Arab Americans,” Clinical Transplantation. DOI: 10.1111/j.1399-0012.2010.01382.x


Lenny Lesser (UCLA CSP) co-authors study that evaluates the alignment of Medicare preventive services coverage with the recommendations of the US Preventive Services Task Force before implementation of health reform. Annals of Family Medicine 9:44-49 (2011)


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Stephen Henry (Michigan CSP, VA Scholar) receives grant to explore explore racial disparities in pain management

A $74,000 grant recently awarded by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation will fund a collaboration by the University of Michigan and Wayne State University to investigate the causes underlying well-documented but poorly understood racial disparities in pain management. Pain is the most common symptom for which patients seek medical care from primary care providers -- but patients often feel doctors don’t take their pain seriously, and doctors worry about creating dependency by prescribing narcotics. The study will be the first to delve into outpatient pain management by analyzing video recordings of primary care doctors discussing pain with African American patients from Detroit - a population that reports more frequent and more severe pain than the state average. The grant is part of an ongoing collaboration led by Stephen Henry, M.D., a researcher in the U-M Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program, and Susan Eggly, Ph.D., a researcher in the Communication and Behavioral Oncology group at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute at Wayne State University.

RWJF Scholars Launch Project to Help Vulnerable Patients Get Specialty Care

Clinical Scholars launch Project Access-New Haven, a nonprofit group that enhances access to specialty care for low-income, uninsured patients.


Aasim Padela (Michigan CSP) used a CBPR model to study the influence of Islam upon the healthcare behaviors of American Muslims,  with the roles that imams, Muslim religious leaders, play in the health of this community.


Kasia Lipska (Yale CSP) talks on NPR program "Where We Live" about understanding diabetes.


Is Social Media Threatening Medical Professionalism? Ryan Greysen (Yale CSP) comments to the Foundation on this issue


Donna Zulman (Michigan CSP) featured in USATODAY Weekend for a study of priorities of diabetic patients and their providers. “Setting diabetes priorities? Talk to your doctor.” November 21, 2010.


Donna Zulman (Michigan CSP) featured in USATODAY Weekend for a study of priorities of diabetic patients and their providers. “Setting diabetes priorities? Talk to your doctor.” November 21, 2010.


Jeffrey Kullgren (Penn CSP) and colleagues publish a study in on low-income families with high-deductible health plans and their likeliness to postpone or give up healthcare because of high costs. November 22, 2010 Archives of Internal Medicine.


Erica Spatz (Yale CSP) has been awarded a $150,000 grant in multiple year funding for her CBPR project – Project Access New Haven from the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven.

Katherine Yun (Yale CSP) talks with the RWJF about investment in mental health services in wake of oil spill

Kerianne Quanstrum (Michigan CSP) and Rod Hayward (Michigan CSP Director) author piece on the Lessons from the Mammography Wars in New England Journal of Medicine.


Katherine Yun (Yale CSP) and Nicole Lurie (UCLA '82-'84) talk about the incorporation of mental health–related emergency response into the core competencies for disaster preparedness.


Colin R. Cooke (Michigan CSP) was one of several researchers on a study on the Prediction of Critical Illness During Out-of-Hospital Emergency Care, JAMA.

2010;304(7):747-754. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1140

Zach Meisel (Penn CSP) writes article on readmissions and a related post in the NYT economics blog

Stanley Frencher Jr., MD, MPH (UCLA CSP) asks that you vote this month for the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program he collaborates with on research to help them win a 250K grant from Pepsi Co.

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Aasim Padela, MD (CSP Michigan) et al. conclude that their study in the Journal of Emergency Medicine says that women and racial minority requests for same gender, race or religion will be honored by the emergency physician.

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Journal of Emergency Medicine: Patients may ask for different ER doctor

St. Louis Globe-Democrat: Patients may ask for different ER doctor

U.S. News & World Report – Online: Want a Certain Doctor in the ER?

National Women's Health Information Center: Want a Certain Doctor in the ER?

Yahoo! News: Want a Certain Doctor in the ER? Want a Certain Doctor in the ER?

Aasim I. Padela, MD, MS (Michigan CSP 2008-2011) and Michelle Heisler, MD MPH (University of Michigian program co-director) authored a study concerning Arab-American post 9-11 abuse. Dr. Padela notes that if psychological distress is left untreated, it can lead to unhealthy responses. American Journal of Public Health, Feb 2010; 100: 284 - 291.


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Jeremy Sussman (Michigan VA Scholar 2008-2011) co-authors with Lakshmi K. Halasyamani, MD, Matthew M. Davis, MD, MAPP (Michigan CSP co-director) study that examines how the recession is affecting hospitals patient safety with reduction in staff size, as well as holding off technology and infrastructure improvements. Journal of Hospital Medicine Volume 5, Issue 5 , Pages 302 - 305 (May/June 2010 issue)



UCLA current scholars meet with current Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin June 2010.

Surgeon General visits with UCLA Scholars

Camilla Sasson (Michigan CSP) determines the chances of cardiac arrest survival with factoring the location of your neighborhood.

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Evan Fieldston (Penn CSP) evaluated the hospital response to high occupancy with overcrowding at children's hospitals.

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Christine Bower Baca (UCLA CSP) co-authored article on study that reports children with epilepsy say their quality of life is better than their parents think. The article appears in the current on-line edition of the Value in Health journal. Other authors on the study included Dr. Barbara G. Vickrey (UCLA CSP 88-90), Ron D. Hays and Stefanie D. Vassar, all of UCLA, and Anne T. Berg of Northern Illinois University.



Lenard Lesser (UCLA CSP) discusses the role that family physicians play in preventing and treating obesity.

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Kate Viola (Yale CSP) examines the impact of relationships on surgical resident career decisions in /Archives of Surgery/, May 2010; 145: 418 - 424.

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Zachary Meisel (Penn CSP) has co-authored an article for Slate entitled "High-Speed Care: How fast should ambulances go?"

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Peggy Chen (Yale CSP) and her community partner, Natasha Ray, Consortium Coordinator at New Haven Healthy Start submitted an abstract for their project on developing locally specific health education tools to improve health behaviors to the “Improving Children’s Health Through Community-Engaged Research” conference sponsored by the University of Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research. The abstract was selected for a poster presentation. On April 22, 2010 they presented their poster, “Health Behavior Change by the Community and for the Community: New Haven Healthy Start and an RWJF Clinical Scholar” which won first prize at the conference.

Stanley Frencher (UCLA CSP) to participate in roundtable discussion on Capitol Hill to talk about PSA testing.


John Hollingsworth (Michigan 2008-2010) co-authored the article "Physician-Ownership Of Ambulatory Surgery Centers Linked To Higher Volume Of Surgeries" in which he examined how this arrangement can create a potential conflict of interest between physicians’ financial incentives and patients’ clinical needs. Health Affairs, Vol. 29, No. 4, April 2010



Erica Spatz (Yale CSP) and Cary Gross (JHU CSP '97-'99) and current co-director Yale CSP author commentary in JAMA on individual physicians involvement in health care reform in JAMA.2010; 303: 1305-1306.

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Stanley Frencher (UCLA CSP) featured in article at his medical school alma mater Albert Einstein School of Medicine

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Zachary Meisel (Penn CSP) and Jesse Pines discusses the necessity of emergency room visits in a blog for

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Jane Jue (Penn CSP) pens op-ed in support of soda tax in Philadelphia in Philadelphia Inquirer

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Raina Merchant (Penn CSP) authors article on study examining the effectiveness of CPR Instruction Via Cell Phone

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Raina Merchant (Penn CSP), Janet Leigh (RWJF Health Policy Fellow), and Nicole Lurie (UCLA CSP 82-84) co-author perspective onHealth Care Volunteers and Disaster Response- First, Be Prepared in the NEJM

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Matthew Press (Penn CSP) records the story of a recent double hand transplant surgery at University of Pittsburgh

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Adam Landman (Yale CSP) and Zachary Meisel (Penn CSP) co-author article looking at the Clinical Scholars program in the context of a specialized research training for emergency physicians (EPs)

Specialized research training for emergency physicians (EPs) may strengthen overall patient care through the development and improvement of clinical evidence in emergency care. One way an increasing number of emergency physicians have acquired these skills is through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program (CSP), a 2-year fellowship that trains physicians to be leaders in improving health care. In addition to providing training in health policy and health services research, the CSP emphasizes the translation of research into action through leadership training, program development, and community-based participatory research. This article provides an in-depth look at the CSP and its impact on emergency medicine (EM).

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Christie A. Lancaster (Michigan CSP) co-authors study showing stress, anxiety can increase risk of depression in pregnancy

Stress, history of depression, lack of social support and unintended pregnancy are among the major factors that contribute to increased risk of depression in pregnant women, a new study shows.

Other important factors are maternal anxiety, domestic violence and having public insurance coverage, said the University of Michigan researchers, who reviewed 159 studies conducted between 1980 and 2008.

The study appears in the January issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Donna Zulman (Michigan CSP) co-authors examine patient-provider concordance in the prioritization of health conditions among hypertensive diabetes patients in the Journal of General Internal Medicince.

Diabetic patients aren't as concerned about their hypertension as their physicians are, researchers found.

In a prospective cohort study, 38% of physicians ranked hypertension as one of their most important concerns for their diabetic patients, while only 18% of those patients ranked hypertension among their most important, Donna M. Zulman, MD, of the University of Michigan Medical School and the Ann Arbor VA, and colleagues reported online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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Nicholas Osbourne (Michigan 2008-2010) authors study that examines top-rated hospital outcomes in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons

New research published in the January issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons finds that while popular hospital rating systems can help identify high-quality hospitals for cardiovascular operations, patients can achieve similar outcomes by seeking care at high-volume hospitals closer to home.

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Zachary Meisel (Penn CSP) authored a new publication:

Influence of Sex on the Out-of-hospital Management of Chest Pain (p 80-87)
Academic Emergency Medicine
Zachary F. Meisel, Katrina Armstrong, C. Crawford Mechem, Frances S. Shofer, Nick Peacock, Kim Facenda, Charles V. Pollack
Published Online: Jan 4 2010 5:25PM
DOI: 10.1111/j.1553-2712.2009.00618.x

Lenard Lesser (UCLA CSP) - Scholar Urges Congress to Reform Federal Prevention Programs

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Matthew O’Brien, M. D. (Penn CSP) - Scholar's Clinic Becomes an Invaluable Community Resource

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Matthew O’Brien, M. D. (Penn CSP) - Scholar's Clinic Becomes an Invaluable Community Resource

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Stanley Frencher, M. D., M.P.H. (UCLA CSP) expands grassroots prevention program for prostate health.

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Aasim Padela (Michigan CSP) co-authors study that examined he health and psychological impacts of September 11 on Arabs and Muslims living in the United States.

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Rhondee Benjamin-Johnson (UCLA 2006-2009) co-authors study on access to medical care, use of preventive services, and chronic conditions among adults in substance abuse treatment in /Psychiatric Services/ (Dec 2009).

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Comilla Sasson (Michigan CSP) co-authors article, Predictors of Survival From Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, published on-line November 10, 2009

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Dr. Matthew Press (Penn CSP) authors Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article on VA and health care reform

Today, in parades and ceremonies across the country, Americans will celebrate Veterans Day. The holiday is a time to commemorate the heroism and service of our bravest men and women. But with the high-stakes political struggle over health-care reform nearing a climax, we also should spend this Veterans Day honoring -- and learning from -- another source of pride for our country: Veterans Affairs medical centers. VA medical centers serve as an example of the kind of integrated and coordinated health-care delivery that we should expect to see in our reformed system.

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Yale First Year Scholar Ryan Greysen authors article about teaching health policy to residents

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Zachary Meisel (Penn CSP) is quoted in a Good Housekeeping article about his recent study showing that women with chest pain are less likely than men to be given aspirin, nitroglycerin and other therapies proven to minimize damage from heart attacks while en route to the hospital.

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Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar Charmaine Smith Wright joins Maternity Care Coalition Board of Directors

PHILADELPHIA, PA (September, 2009) – Charmaine Smith Wright, MD, a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, has joined the Board of Directors at the Maternity Care Coalition (MCC). Ms. Wright is a familiar face at MCC, having spearheaded MCC’s maternal obesity project and collaborated with MCC to improve nutrition for incarcerated women in Philadelphia. She graduated from Harvard College and Medical School and is board certified in both internal medicine and pediatrics. When asked why she would like to serve on MCC’s board, Charmaine stated, “I have learned so much from the family advocates and staff about taking care of our community. MCC is an outstanding organization whose mission aligns with my own—to improve maternal and child health and wellbeing through collaborative efforts.”

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Third Year Scholar Raina Merchant (Penn) co-authors study in /Circulation/ on Cost-Effectiveness of Therapeutic Hypothermia After Cardiac Arrest

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Yale scholars and New Haven Family Alliance to meet with New Haven Mayor to highlight and exhibit the completed CBPR photovoice project "Understanding Youth Violence in New Haven."

Thursday, May 28, 2009]
3:00 PM
New Haven City Hall
165 Church St, 2nd Floor

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Craig Pollack, Penn Scholar, co-authors study in Archives of Internal Medicine on the geographic accessibility of retail clinics for underserved populations

The findings of Pollack and Armstrong showing that retail clinics have not, so far, been located in medically underserved areas are consistent with similar studies and are not surprising. Most retail clinic operators have not presented themselves as primary care providers, nor have they indicated a focus on serving underserved populations. As operators have gained traction and sought to open additional sites, many have begun to look to these clinics as a potential piece in the puzzle of increasing access to primary care services, raising the question of whether and how they might play a role.

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Health-care reformers could learn a lot from a Pittsburgh program for the homeless, says Dr. Matthew Press (Penn CSP)

The push to reform the U.S. health-care system has picked up steam again. Over the course of the coming months, an intense political debate is likely to ensue, and, in the end, we hopefully will emerge with an improved system that is comprehensive and high quality.

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Dr. John L. Gore lead author of study suggesting delay in bladder cancer surgery increases mortality

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In patients with stage II bladder cancer, the risk of death from cancer and other causes increases if surgery is not performed within 12 weeks of diagnosis, U.S. researchers report.

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Dr. Erica Spatz authors article appearing in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes that estimates numbers of older U.S. adults who may benefit from statin therapy

Researchers estimate more than 11 million older Americans may be newly eligible for statin therapy if findings from a recently published large clinical trial are adopted into clinical practice guidelines, according to a new analysis of the trial data. The analysis is published online in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

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Dr. Anish Majahan lead author of new study that addresses misconceptions about barriers to CDC's HIV testing recommendations

LOS ANGELES—Since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released revised recommendations for opt-out HIV testing in 2006, there has been significant debate around the barriers to widespread implementation of the recommendations. A new study by a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) reveals that the majority of states have laws that do not interfere with implementation of the guidelines, and contrary to what some have argued, the guidelines include protections for the patient.

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UCLA Current Scholars' Work Highlighted in Women & Philanthropy at UCLA

UCLA Current Scholars' Work Highlighted in Women & Philanthropy at UCLA fall 2008 newsletter.  "From Childhood Obesity to School Violence: Clinical Scholars Work to Solve Community Issues." Vol. 13. No 1. Page 4 Fall 2008

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Penn Scholar Pollack Authors RWJF Article

"Where We Live Matters for Our Health" in RWJF's Commission to Build a Healthier Tomorrow.

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Medical News Today Article

Family Medicine study from Clinical Scholar Dr. Sean C. Lucan featured.

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