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ABMS Selects the Charter Class of its Visiting Scholars Program

ABMS Selects the Charter Class of its Visiting Scholars Program

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Researchand Education Foundation has selected five physicians to participate in the inaugural year of its Visiting Scholars Program.

The one-year, part-time program is designed to support early career physicians and scientists in their pursuit of research designed to improve patient care and further medical education. The program is also designed to expose the scholars to the fields of professional assessment and education, health and public policy, and quality improvement as well as provide leadership development.

“The research projects of the Visiting Scholars address important health care and professional development issues,” said Lois Margaret Nora, MD, JD, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer of ABMS. “We’re pleased to help facilitate this work and provide opportunities for the Scholars to further develop their leadership and professional skills.”

Chosen from among 46 applicants, the five ABMS Visiting Scholars are:

  • Iahn Gonsenhauser, MD, MBA, Internal Medicine Resident, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
    Project: Improving Multidisciplinary Patient Handover: A self-directed, multimedia educational module designed to augment current patient handover practices and utilize the electronic medical record for improved inpatient transitions of care
  • Joan S. Ko, MD, Urology Resident, James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute and Department of Urology, Johns Hopkins University
    Project: Variability in Medicare Utilization and Payment among Urologists
  • Michelle Lin, MD, MPH, Health Policy Research Fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
    Project: Identify and Intervene with Emergency Department Super-users
  • Daniel J. Schumacher, MD, MEd, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University/Boston Medical Center
    Project: Embracing Educational Theory to Improve Care: Development of Part II and IV MOC Activities for Lifelong Learning and Practice Improvement
  • Stephanie Yi, MD, General Surgery Resident, Houston Methodist Hospital
    Project: Surgeon-Specific Reporting – Merging Quality Improvement with Professional Development

“These scholars stand out from a truly outstanding group of applicants. Making a final selection was a difficult task,” said Sheldon Horowitz, MD, ABMS Senior Scholar-in-Residence. “We were thrilled to see such high-caliber candidates applying to the program. Their proposed research projects have the potential to make a positive and lasting impact on patients and physicians.”

For more information about the ABMS Visiting Scholars Program, contact Dr. Horowitz at or (312) 436-2604.