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Future Hospitalists Honored with Society of Hospital Medicine Student Hospitalist Scholar Grant

March 26, 2016

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The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM)’s Physician in Training Committee recently announced the 2016 Student Hospitalist Scholar Grant recipients, who earned the scholarship based on their abilities and interest in hospital medicine, prior educational training and dedication to scholarly activity in the field.

“As a continuously growing and evolving field, hospital medicine depends on cultivating the leaders and innovators of tomorrow,” said Darlene Tad-y, MD, hospitalist and Associate Director for Education at the University of Colorado Denver and Chair of SHM’s Physicians in Training Committee. “These students and the research they will perform embody the passion, intelligence and dedication required to ensure that hospitalists will continue to improve our healthcare system and provide exceptional patient care.”

The four grant recipients, each of whom is a student member of SHM, will use their funding to complete scholarly work with an active SHM member as their mentor on a project related to patient safety or quality improvement. The 2016 Student Hospitalist Scholarship recipients are: 

    • Shane Ali, University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio

      Mentor: Nilam Soni, MD

      Project: Pleural Fluid Echogenicity by Ultrasound Imaging and Computer Based Pixilation to Determine Transudative vs. Exudative Effusions

      Project Site: University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas 

    • Joseph Moo-Young, University of North Carolina School of Medicine

      Mentor: Ria Dancel, MD, FHM

      Project: Analysis and Optimization of the Inpatient Pediatric Discharge Process

      Project Site: University of North Carolina Children's Hospital 

      Mentor: Nasim Afsar, MD, SFHM

      Project: Evaluation of Decisional Conflict as a Simple Tool to assess Risk for Readmission

      Location of Project: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA 

    • Haverly Snyder, Medical College of Wisconsin

      Mentor: Kathlyn Fletcher, MD, FHM

      Project: The Trauma of Hospitalization: Identifying Causes and Potential Solutions

      Project Site: Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, Milwaukee, Wisconsin  

Throughout their experiences, the student scholars will be blogging about their projects on SHM’s official blog, The Hospital Leader (, and posting in the Future of Hospital Medicine community on the Hospital Medicine Exchange (HMX) (, SHM’s online member engagement platform. Upon completing their projects, the students will draft progress reports and submit their findings as abstracts for the Research, Innovations and Clinical Vignettes (RIV) competition at Hospital Medicine 2017, SHM’s annual meeting to be held in Las Vegas in May.