Dr. Harding, a clinical social worker from MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, graduated from the program in January 2013.Her research project tacked onto an existing informal home visit program preventing hospital read missions that she was involved with through the hospital. The Teaching Scholars program allowed her to adapt it into something more structured and quantifiable. Today, Harding teaches the hospital’s family medicine residents research within the context of community practicum and advocacy. She has also created affiliated community sites that MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center residents visit, including a homeless shelter, a nonprofit center serving people living with mental illness and developmental disabilities, a nursing home, a YMCA, and more. Residents visit the sites to meet community members and give talks on health topics. “I have residents everywhere, doing everything in the southeast Baltimore region.” Harding says. “It gives them an understanding of the population that we take care of here at Franklin Square.” And because Harding learned how to quantify results in the Teaching Scholars program, her team is able to measure what they’re doing, helping to build a foundation for a strong community medicine program.
Dr. Donnelly, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, is certified in both internal medicine and pediatrics (Med-Ped), graduated as a Teaching Scholar in January 2010. His research focused on whether the hospital’s outpatients had better outcomes when there was a formal hand-off of care at the end of a resident’s term, versus informal reassignment with another resident. Donnelly attributes the Teaching Scholars program with equipping him to go through the processes required to conduct research.After graduating from the program, Donnelly published research involving another handoff study, this time on residency programs throughout the MedStar Health system. He was approached to be the lead on a national committee doing workforce survey research on Med-Peds and combined internal medicine pediatrics. The research has been completed and is awaiting publication.