Awards & Recognitions: May 2021

Honors received by HMS faculty, staff and students

Three Harvard Medical School faculty members were among 10 professionals selected by the National Academy of Medicine for the inaugural class of the NAM Scholars in Diagnostic Excellence program. This collaborative program with the Council of Medical Specialty Societies supports scholars in a one-year, part-time experience to advance the scholars’ diagnostic skills, reduce diagnostic errors that lead to patient harm, and accelerate their career development as national leaders in this field.

The 2021 NAM Scholars in Diagnostic Excellence from HMS and their proposal titles are:

Efrén Flores, HMS assistant professor of radiology; officer, radiology community health and equity; radiologist, thoracic and emergency divisions; faculty, the Mongan Institute, Mass General
“A community-based participatory approach to understand current and emerging barriers and promoters to lung cancer screening (LCS) one-year post-COVID-19 pandemic start and guide culturally tailored LCS outreach among Latino communities”

Mei-Sing Ong, HMS assistant professor of population medicine at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute
“A data-driven approach towards understanding the patterns of diagnostic delay”

Jorge Rodriguez, HMS instructor in medicine and clinician-investigator, Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care, Brigham and Women’s
"Towards Diagnostic Equity: Evaluating Diagnostic Error in Telemedicine Among Limited English Proficient Patients Presenting with Abdominal Pain”


Derek Soled, a Harvard MD/MBA candidate, has received a Margaret E. Mahoney Fellowship in Health Policy from the New York Academy of Medicine, which offers outstanding medical, dental, public health, public policy, and graduate nursing students to conduct summer research projects on early childhood health and development and/or some aspect of health care delivery transformation for vulnerable populations with an emphasis on the policy implications of the research findings.

Soled will be serving as an advisor to the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Dave Chokshi. He will be working on vaccine confidence and equity in vulnerable populations, specifically older immigrant adults and incarcerated individuals.


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