ABMS Visiting Scholars Research

Research impact is real change in the real world. The ABMS Visiting Scholars Program™ offers a pathway for early career physicians and research professionals to develop new skills and capabilities, demonstrating their ability to create impact, which could become central to career progression and institutional reputation. Meet the ABMS Visiting Scholars from each cohort and learn about their research.

2021–2022 | 2020–2021 | 2019-2020 | 2018-2019 | 2017-2018 | 2016-2017 | 2015-2016 | 2014-2015


ABMS Visiting Scholars 2021-2022
Top row: Asma Ali, PhD, MA, ERM; Holly Caretta-Weyer, MD, MHPE; Benjamin Cloyd, MD, MIPH;
Bottom row: Stacy Cooper, MD; Saanie Sulley, MD, PhD; Thomas Utset-Ward, MD, MBA.

The 2021–2022 Scholars and their Research

  • Asma Ali, PhD, MA, ERM, Advanced Health Professions Education Evaluation and Research Fellow, Michael E. Debakey Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Houston, TX)
    • Research Project: Toward an Updated Definition of Professionalism and Competencies for Post-Training Physicians (Co-sponsored by the American Board of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery)
  • Holly Caretta-Weyer, MD, MHPE, Associate Residency Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine (Stanford, CA)
    • Research Project: Mapping Assessment Gaps and Defining Processes for Summative Entrustment Decision-Making by Clinical Competency Committees in Emergency Medicine
  • Benjamin Cloyd, MD, MIPH, Clinical Lecturer, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)
    • Research Project: The Association of Participation in the MOCA-ASPIRE Part IV Collaborative Program and Change in Quality of Care Metrics (Co-sponsored by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation)
  • Stacy Cooper, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
    • Research Project: A Pilot Analysis of an Exclusively Narrative Format to Assign ACGME Milestone Sub competency Scores
  • Saanie Sulley, MD, PhD, Lead Researcher/Data Manager, National Healthy Start Association (Washington, DC)
    • Research Project: Understanding physicians’ perspectives on the effectiveness of multidisciplinary quality improvement (QI) strategies to address disparities in maternal health. (Co-sponsored by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation)
  • Thomas Utset-Ward, MD, MBA, Resident, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, The University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
    • Research Project: Pilot Study on the Use of the ABOS Surgical Skills Assessment Tool to Inform Resident Milestones in the First Year of Milestones 2.0 (Co-sponsored by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery)


ABMS Visiting Scholars 2020-2021
Top row: Susrutha Kotwal, MD; Alison Huffstetler, MD; Melvin Makhni, MD, MBA; Joel Willis, DO, PA, MA, MPhil
Bottom row: Jacquelyn Dunahoe, MD; Robert Hayden, MD; Michelle Chen, MD, MHS; Justin Berk, MD, MPH, MBA

The 2020–2021 Scholars and their Research

  • Justin Berk, MD, MPH, MBA, Assistant Professor, Rhode Island Hospital of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
    • Research Project: The Role of Medical Education Podcasts in Continuing Professional Development
  • Michelle Chen, MD, MHS, Lecturer/Fellow, University of Michigan
    • Research Project: Competency Assessment amongst Residents in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Training Programs (Co-sponsored by the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery)
  • Jacquelyn Dunahoe, MD, Resident Physician, University of Washington
    • Research Project: The Impact of Orthopaedic Surgical Training and Practice Characteristics on Patient Reported Outcomes
  • Robert Hayden, MD, Resident Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
    • Research Project: Racial Bias in Educational Simulations of Virtual Patients with COVID-19 (Co-sponsored by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation)
  • Alison Huffstetler, MD, Assistant Professor/Clinical Researcher, Virginia Commonwealth University
    • Research Project: Family Medicine Certification Status and Quality of Care Provisioned in Virginia
  • Susrutha Kotwal, MD, Assistant Professor, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    • Research Project: Real-world Virtual Patient Curriculum to Improve Diagnosis: Evaluating Validity Evidence (Co-sponsored by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation)
  • Melvin Makhni, MD, MBA, Spine Surgeon/Instructor, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
    • Research Project: Perspectives and Economic Impact of Transition to Virtual-Based Orthopaedic Board Examinations (Co-sponsored by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Joel Willis, DO, PA, MA, MPhil, Faculty Physician, The George Washington University, Medical Faculty Associates
    • Research Project: Telemedicine in the Ambulatory Primary Care Space: Implications for Patient Safety, Diagnostic Error, and Preventable Diagnostic Harm (Co-sponsored by Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation)


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2019-2020, from left: Maya Iyer, MD, MEd; Laura Kim, MD; Rachel Frank, MD; and Trisha Marshall, MD

The 2019-2020 Scholars and their Research

  • Rachel Frank, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado, ABMS-ABOS Visiting Scholar
    • Research Project: Is there a Ceiling Effect in Virtual Reality Orthopaedic Surgical Simulators: A Prospective Clinical Trial
  • Maya Iyer, MD, MEd, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
    • Research Project: The Procedural Practice Perspective of General Pediatricians
  • Laura Kim, MD, Health Professions Education Evaluation and Research Fellow, VHA National Simulation Center (SimLEARN), VA-funded Visiting Scholar
    • Research Project: Exploration of how MOCA simulations can impact future VA educational and policy efforts
  • Trisha Marshall, MD, Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellow, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Co-sponsored by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
    • Research Project: Developing Tools to Identify Diagnostic Uncertainty in the Electronic Health Record


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2018-2019, from left: Victoria Wurster Ovalle, MD; Brenessa Lindeman, MD, MEHP; Brian George, MD, MA; Kevin Cullison, MD; Caitlin Hicks, MD, MS; and Amy Cizik, PhD, MPH. Not pictured: Rodney Omron, MD, MPH

The 2018-2019 Scholars and their Research

  • Amy Cizik, PhD, MPH, Research Assistant Professor, University of Washington
  • Kevin Cullison, MD, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
    • Research Project: Development of Chief Complaint-Based Quality Measures for the Management of Emergency Department Patients with Chest Pain (Project supported by a grant to the ABMS Research and Education Foundation from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.)
  • Brian George, MD, MA, Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Michigan
    • Research Project: The Predictive Validity of the American Board of Surgery Examinations for Surgeon Performance
  • Caitlin Hicks, MD, MS, Vascular Surgery Fellow, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Brenessa Lindeman, MD, MEHP, Assistant Professor of Surgery and Medical Education, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    • Research Project: Entrustment as a Framework for Surgical Resident Assessment
  • Rodney Omron, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Victoria Wurster Ovalle, MD, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center


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2017-2018, from left: Johnathan Bernard, MD, MPH; Regan Bergmark, MD; Souvik Chatterjee, MD; Shannon Martin, MD, MS; Martin Casey, MD, MPH; and Brian Garibaldi, MD

The 2017-2018 Scholars and their Research


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2016-2017, from left: Tim Xu, MD; Sandeep Mannava, MD; Lois Margaret Nora, MD (ABMS President and CEO); Joshua Davis, MD; and David Price, MD (Sr. Vice President, ABMS Research and Education Foundation)

The 2016-2017 Scholars and their Research


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2015-2016, back row from left: Lois Margaret Nora, MD (ABMS President and CEO); Nadia Huancahuari, MD, MA; Zachary Gordon, MD; Front row from left: David Price, MD (Sr. Vice President, ABMS Research and Education Foundation); John C. Moorhead, MD, (Chair, ABMS Board of Directors); Benjamin Wooster, MD. Not pictured: Maya Babu, MD, MBA

The 2015-2016 Scholars and their Research


2014-2015, back row from left: John C. Moorhead, MD, (Chair, ABMS Board of Directors); Sheldon Horowitz, MD; Iahn Gonsenhauser, MD; Daniel Schumacher, MD, MeD; front row from left: Stephanie Yi, MD, MS; Michelle Lin, MD, MPH; Valerie Parisi, MD; Lois Margaret Nora, MD (ABMS President and CEO); John G. Clarkson, MD (ABMS Board); Thomas E. Norris, MD, (ABMS Board). Not pictured: Joan Ko, MD

The 2014-2015 Scholars and their Research