Pellegrini Research Scholarship Awarded to Two Medical Students

 

Hyattsville, Md. (July 25, 2017)—The MedStar Health Research Institute, in conjunction with the Georgetown University School of Medicine, has awarded summer research internships to two rising second-year medical students, Ester Chung, to study patient safety under the guidance of Seth Krevat, MD, and Kelly Smith, PhD and Ansha Janna Islam to study quality improvement under Chris Goeschel, ScD, RN.

Scholarships are provided through the Frank S. Pellegrini, MD, Research Scholarship Endowment that supports summer research fellowships for Georgetown University medical students to work within MedStar Health under the auspices of the MedStar Health Research Institute. The scholarship is awarded to medical students who demonstrate academic excellence and recognize the importance of patient-first values and innovation, and the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis, which means to care for the whole person.

“The Pellegrini Scholarships in Clinical Quality and Patient Safety are so important to expose our medical students to these important aspects of healthcare delivery,” says Jamie S. Padmore, associate dean for Graduate Medical Education and Educational Scholarship at Georgetown University School of Medicine and vice president of Academics Affairs at MedStar Health. “We are fortunate to have this endowment that allows us to highlight the integration of medical education, quality and safety as a foundation to exceptional patient care.”

Chung will focus her research on a gap analysis of the implementation of CANDOR (Communication and Optimal Resolution) at MedStar Health hospitals. CANDOR is an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality initiative, implemented to help hospitals respond to, defuse and quickly resolve potential patient harm situations. She will review the current processes, policies, and systems at each of the organizations to assess if gaps existed prior to the implementation of CANDOR. “Through this research, I hope to raise awareness of this epidemic and the need for a shift in culture from that of being punitive to one that involves inter-professional collaboration and effective communication to learn from mistakes and prevent future ones from occurring,” said Chung.

Islam will base her research on goals set forth by the Institute of Medicine’s 2015 report on Improving Diagnosis in Healthcare. During her summer research experience, she will develop and pilot test a survey to gain insights on health care professional’s perception of diagnostic error from awareness of the problem to perspectives on what represents diagnostic error.  The survey results should help inform next steps in developing a curriculum for patients and researchers to partner in improving healthcare diagnoses. My research focus of improving healthcare diagnoses has the potential to improve the quality of medical care and treatment, but also emphasizes patient-first values because one in twenty individuals experience a diagnostic error in their lifetime,” said Islam. In addition to her research, she participated in the Improving Diagnosis in Health Care: Implementation Workshop at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine this July.

Both Chung and Islam attended the Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety Conference in Telluride, Colorado as a part of the Pellegrini Scholarship. The lectures, discussions, and experiences from this conference further contributed their quality improvement and patient safety projects.

The Pellegrini research endowment honors the late Dr. Pellegrini, a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Medicine. The endowment was established in 2008 by Dr. Pellegrini’s daughter, Pam Pelligrini Oetgen and son-in-law, William J. Oetgen, MD, who is a MedStar Health board member. Dr. Pellegrini graduated from Georgetown in 1939 and died in 2003. He was a general practitioner in the District of Columbia and Maryland from 1941 through 1986, and he held many leadership positions in the medical community, including president of the District of Columbia Medical Society.

 


 

About MedStar Health Research Institute

The MedStar Health Research Institute is the research arm of MedStar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region. MHRI provides scientific, administrative and regulatory support for research programs throughout the MedStar Health system. MHRI’s expertise includes translational research into disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. These programs complement the key clinical services and teaching programs in the 10 MedStar hospitals and other MedStar entities. For more information, visit www.MedStarResearch.org

About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C. region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

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Mental Health Research Scholarship Awarded to Georgetown Medical Student

 

Hyattsville, MD (July 10, 2017) — The MedStar Health Research Institute has awarded a scholarship for a summer research internship through the Pines-Kleinman Mental Health Fund to a Georgetown University medical student. Megan O’Brien will study adverse childhood experiences and the effect they have on childhood development under the mentorship of Matthew Biel, MD at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

The summer scholar program is an eight-week program for first-year Georgetown University medical students, supporting their interest in a field of research.

The Pines-Kleinman Mental Health fund was established in 2007 with donations from Wayne Pines, a director and former chairman of the board of the ‎MedStar Health Research Institute; Carol Kleinman, MD, JD, a practicing psychiatrist in Chevy Chase, Md., and their family and friends. This fund supports research in the field of mental and behavioral health. The annual prize is awarded to a medical student who has demonstrated service excellence, patient-first activities, innovation, inter-hospital collaboration, and/or leadership in the field of mental health research.

“It has been established that the stress of these adverse experiences is linked to a host of problems, including, but not limited to addiction, depression, obesity, cancer and premature mortality,” said O’Brien. “For my project, I will have the opportunity to work with Dr. Matthew Biel, and the Early Childhood Innovation Network, launched by Children’s National and Georgetown. The goal of their team is to provide interventions during the critical window of child development, and research what works in order to help create a new model of preventative health care.”

“As early-career students, the opportunity to participate in research can help foster their involvement in research later on in their professional career,” Neil Weissman, MD, president of the MedStar Health Research Institute. “Our ties to Georgetown University and the summer scholarship program highlight our work as an academic health system.”

O’Brien received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University in Human Biology. “Before coming to Georgetown, I was involved in independent biomedical research at Stanford and have seen how important medical research is to the advancement of patient diagnosis and treatment. There is so much that we still do not know, and so many things that we can be doing better to provide a higher quality of patient care.”

The Pines-Kleinman Mental Health scholarship is one of several summer research scholarships awarded to the class of 2020. These scholarships facilitate research mentorships for medical students with experienced MedStar clinicians across the system. The summer program concludes with a capstone presentation of the student research in the fall.

 


 

About MedStar Health Research Institute

The MedStar Health Research Institute is the research arm of MedStar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region. MHRI provides scientific, administrative and regulatory support for research programs throughout the MedStar Health system. MHRI’s expertise includes translational research into disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. These programs complement the key clinical services and teaching programs in the 10 MedStar hospitals and other MedStar entities. For more information, visit www.MedStarResearch.org

About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C. region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

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Palmer Foundation Funds MedStar to Study Effects of Massage Therapy on Pain for Palliative Care Patients

 

Hunter Groninger, MD, FACP, FAAHPM
Hunter Groninger, MD, FACP, FAAHPM

HYATTSVILLE, Md. (June 27, 2017)—MedStar Health Research Institute and MedStar Washington Hospital Center, in partnership with Healwell, are the recipients of a Palmer Foundation grant to study and compare effective dosages of massage therapy on pain and distress relief for hospitalized palliative care patients.

The primary investigator of the grant is Hunter Groninger, MD, FACP, FAAHPM. Dr. Groninger serves as MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s director of Palliative Care, where he conducts patient care, teaches, and participates in research activities. The interdisciplinary Palliative Care team takes a holistic approach to care that emphasizes the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of patients at any stage of serious illness, and provide services simultaneously with life-prolonging treatments.

The research funded will investigate massage therapy as a cost-effective alternative or supplement to pharmacologic therapy for palliative care patients. Over one year of data collection, the study will seek to measure three strategies of massage therapy for patients. Its aim is to establish metrics for therapeutic massage dosing to reduce palliative care pain and distress, which are also cost-effective.  Outcomes will be measured through a comparison of baseline surveys, interventions, and post-intervention surveys, with additional data being collected through a Patient Satisfaction Survey.

“This study builds on existing palliative care research addressing nonpharmacologic supportive care for the seriously ill,” said Dr. Groninger. “As a result of increasing patient and regulatory demand for integrative nonpharmacologic therapies, healthcare systems are being compelled to investigate optimal dosing of nonpharmacologic symptom-directed interventions, such as massage therapy that provide clinicians viable cost-effective options for pain/symptom distress management.”

Healwell is an Arlington, Va.-based non-profit agency whose mission is to improve the quality of life for people affected by acute, chronic, and terminal illness through integrative hands-on therapies, education, and research.

Over the past 25 years, The Palmer Foundation has awarded hundreds of domestic grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, primarily in Midwestern and Mid-Atlantic states, as well as international grants to worthwhile organizations working in countries where family members have lived. The Foundation currently focuses its grantmaking in the areas of youth empowerment, the environment, and public health.

 


About MedStar Health Research Institute

The MedStar Health Research Institute is the research arm of MedStar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region. MHRI provides scientific, administrative and regulatory support for research programs throughout the MedStar Health system. MHRI’s expertise includes translational research into disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. These programs complement the key clinical services and teaching programs in the 10 MedStar hospitals and other MedStar entities. For more information, visit www.MedStarResearch.org

About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C. region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

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Researchers Investigating New Solutions for Diabetes Management in Minorities

 

The MedStar Diabetes Institute, led by Michelle Magee, MD, investigated the potential of community health workers and mobile health services as part of diabetes management for minority populations. The research was presented at the 77th Scientific Session of the American Diabetes Association in San Diego, Ca. Read more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MedStar Health Research Institute Awards Funding to Six Investigators

 

Hyattsville, Md. (June 5, 2017) — MedStar Health Research Institute recently awarded six MedStar Health investigators funding for their medical research projects. These awards are through the New Investigator—Associate Giving Grant Fund and the MedStar Diabetes Research Grant.

“These grants support the interests of the both the investigator and MedStar Health as an academic health system,” said Neil Weissman, MD, president of MedStar Health Research Institute. “It highlights the commitment our researchers have for the advancing the health of our community and the engagement of our community in research.”     

MedStar Diabetes Research Grant

The goal of the MedStar Diabetes Research Grant is to support investigators in the field of diabetes research who are interested in developing pilot data that can lead to additional, externally funded studies. This funding opportunity for MedStar investigators interested in diabetes research was made possible by a generous donation to MedStar Health.

New Investigator—Associate Giving Grant Fund

Associate gifts designated for research during the 2017 MedStar Health Associate Giving Campaign, the Power to Heal, support the work of new investigators through the New Investigator—Associate Giving Grant Fund. These funds are intended to support scientific research by new MedStar Health investigators, to advance health for patients in the communities we serve, and to provide seed money that may lead to external grant funding.

The grants provide up to $25,000 in direct cost funding for one year and are intended to support scientific research by a new MedStar Health investigator (associates who are at the faculty/attending level and have joined MedStar in the last five years), to advance health for patients in the communities we serve, and to provide seed money that may lead to external grant funding.

  • Jessica Galarraga, MD, MPH
    “An Evaluation of a Payment Reform Experiment: The Effects of Global Budgets on Emergency Department Admissions and Associated Health Care Costs”
  • Aviram Giladi, MD, MS
    “The Effect of Opiate Prescribing on Patient-Reported Outcomes and Satisfaction after Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery”
  • Chukwuemeka Ihemelandu, MD
    “Establishment of Patient-Derived Tumor Xenograft Models of Peritoneal Metastasis for Preclinical Evaluation of New Imaging Targets: A Translational Platform for Improving Detection of Microscopic Disease to Impact Survival of Patients with Gastrointestinal Cancers”
  • Suhasini Kaushal, MD
    “Antiepileptic Drugs in Neonatal Period, Oxidative Stress and Neurodevelopment Outcomes”
  • Lee Ann Richter, MD
    “Assessing Provider Prescribing Pattern of Topical Estrogen to Treat Vulvo-Vaginal Atrophy in Patients with History of Breast Cancer”

Thank you to all associates who contributed. Contributions for the fund are accepted throughout the year. Please consider making a gift online to support our new investigators. Select “New Investigator Pilot Research Fund” from the drop down menu to direct your gift to this fund.

 


About MedStar Health Research Institute

The MedStar Health Research Institute is the research arm of MedStar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region. MHRI provides scientific, administrative and regulatory support for research programs throughout the MedStar Health system. MHRI’s expertise includes translational research into disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. These programs complement the key clinical services and teaching programs in the 10 MedStar hospitals and other MedStar entities. For more information, visit www.MedStarResearch.org

About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C. region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

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Collaborative Research Shows Retired NFL Players at Risk for Enlarged Aortas

MedStar Sports Medicine researchers, in conjunction with researchers from UT Southwestern and the Cleveland Clinic have found that retired NFL players have significantly larger aortas as compared to the general population.  Enlarged aortas are linked to several dangerous heart conditions. Read more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MedStar Researchers Present New Data on HCV Rates in Expanded Population

 

At CROI2017, MedStar Health Research Institute researchers presented new data on hepatitis C virus (HCV)-positive non-baby boomers. The research analyzed results from more than 300 participants, with no specific protocols for age, sex, or race. Risk factors that could contribute to HCV infections were documented among the participants, including opiate prescriptions, elevated liver function tests, drug use, high sexual behavior, renal disease, sexually transmitted infections and HIV. Read more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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