Current Medical Education Research Fellows

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Medical Education Research Fellows

Fellowship Overview: This program will prepare fellows to apply social science research methods to educational issues in medicine and health care.  Through lectures, discussion, in-class practice, and projects, fellows will gain familiarity with a range of social and behavioral approaches to studying medical education and evaluating psychoeducational and behavioral interventions, with an emphasis on interview and survey research methods.  

New AY17 Members of the Academy Fellowship in Medical Education Research 

John Hausmann, MD
Clinical Fellow in Pediatrics 
Project Title: Using Questions to Enhance Undergraduate Medical Education 

Dr. Hausmann is completing a combined fellowship in Pediatric and Adult Rheumatology at Boston's Children's Hospital and BIDMC. He completed his residency in Medicine and Pediatrics at BWH. His research interest are in stimulating the creation  and sharing of questions to enhance learning. He has developed an online application called AskUp to facilitate the development of learner-generated questions to foster critical thinking, and will extend to this work to enhance the quality and effectiveness faculty-generated questions to promote learning.

Jacob H Johnson, MD
Research Fellow in Medicine 
Project Title: Development and Implementation of an Objective Structured Teaching Encounter (OSTE) Curriculum 

Dr. Johnson is a clinical fellow in the combined MGH/BWH Infection Disease Program. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at MGH, where he also led the Residents Interested in Medical Education (RIME) group. His research interest include in how to best enhance and measure teaching skills among residents and faculty. For his fellowship project he will create, validate, and implement and OSTE curriculum. 

Navin Kumar, MD 
Project Title: A Smartphone Application for Attending Assessment of Fellow Endoscopic Skills 

Dr.Kumar received his MD degree at HMS, completed internal medicine residency at BWH and is currently a gastroenterology fellow at BWH. He has been involved in medical student teaching as a Co-Site Director of Patient-Doctor II, teaching fellow of the HST GI Pathophysiology Course, tutorial leader in the New Pathway GI Pathophysiology Course, and clinical preceptor for the HST Introduction to Clinical Medicine and the New Pathway Practice of Medicine Course. His research will focus on developing and assessing a smartphone application to enable immediate feedback on fellows' endoscopic competencies.  

Dorothy Sippo, MD, MPh
Instructor in Radiology 
Project Title: Using Information to Improve Radiology Education and Practice 

Dr.Sippo completed a combined Fellowship in Breast Imaging and Imaging Informatics at BWH as well as a Master's in Clinical Effectiveness at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. She has served on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and joined the HMS faculty in July 2015 when she became a staff member in the Department of Radiology at MGH. Dorothy is subspeciality Board Certified in Clinical Informatics, and her research focus is to develop and evaluate informatics tools to enhance education and practice in Screening Mammmography and to improve the quality of diagnosis and clinical outcomes for radiology patients.  


Xiaodong (Phoenix) Chen, PhD
Instructor in Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Project Title: Exploring effective educational interventions to improve residents' autonomy in the operating room in Surgery and OB/GYN

Phoenix Chen is currently an instructor at Harvard Medical School and an Education Specialist for Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Department of Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She received her master degree from University of Nottingham (UK) and completed her PhD training at University of Illinois (US). Phoenix is also a member of HMS Academy. Her research interests are in both residency training and clerkship training. Her current research focuses on developing effective methods to scaffold residents’ in-training autonomy, improving Trainee-as-Teacher outcomes, and optimizing procedure-based assessments. 

Margaret Hayes, MD
Instructor in Medicine, John Hopkins University –School of Medicine 
Project Title: Improving End-of-Life Care in the ICU

Dr. Hayes is an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School and an attending medical intensivist and pulmonologist at BIDMC. She completed her undergraduate degree at Boston College and received her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. She did all of her post graduate training, internal medicine residency, chief residency and pulmonary and critical care fellowship, at Johns Hopkins. Her research interest is in improving end-of-life (EOL) care in the ICU by creating unique and effective ways to educate trainees and nurses about EOL communication and EOL care in general. Her goal is to teach ICU staff how to deliver high value, patient-centered, effective, and compassionate EOL care.

Cindy Ku, MD
Instructor in Anaesthesia, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School
Project Title: MINTOR: Measuring Intubation in the OR

Dr. Ku is an attending anesthesiologist and the associate residency program director for the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care, and Pain Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She earned her undergraduate degree at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and medical degree at Weill Cornell Medical College, and completed her residency training at BIDMC in 2010. Dr Ku's interests include simulation training for anesthesia residents and medical students, non-traditional teaching methodologies, and Milestones evaluations and assessments.

Daniel Saddawi-Konefka, MD
Instructor in Anaesthesia, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School 
Project Title: The Combined Effects of Retrieval-Based Learning and Mental Contrasting with Implementation Intentions on Self-Directed Resident Learning

Daniel Saddawi-Konefka’s research focus is on developing life-long self-directed learners.  He has had a lifelong passion for teaching and has maintained an active educator role for almost 20 years.  He completed his B.S. with a double major in Biomedical Engineering and Economics from Northwestern University, and then earned an M.D. and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.  Following this, he completed an anesthesiology residency, chief residency, and critical care fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.  In business, he focused on change management at the organizational level.  He is now combining this background with his passion for education to promote change in learning behavior at the individual learner level.  He is joining the two-year Harvard  Medical School Academy Fellowship in Medical Education Research in July 2015.  His grant-funded project is focused on the combined effects of Retrieval-Based Learning and Mental Contrasting with Implementation Intentions on self-directed resident learning.



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