Awards

Tracy Jirikowic, PhD, OTR/L, Received a PCORI Engagement Award

Tracy Jirikowic, PhD, OTR/L, professor in Occupational Therapy, received a Eugene Washington Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Engagement Award for the research project Engage All Abilities: A National Stakeholder Network to Support Participation, Health and Well-Being for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. This project strives to add two new U.S. regions (Southwest and Midwest) to the national network of stakeholders. The project will utilize inclusive engagement methods suitable for diverse community stakeholders and enrich current research with a new sustainability plan.

PCORI is an independent, nonprofit organization authorized by Congress in 2010 to fund comparative effectiveness research that will provide patients, their caregivers and clinicians with the evidence needed to make better-informed health and healthcare decisions.

Joshua Liao, MD, MSc, FACP, Appointed to the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC)

Joshua Liao, MD, MSc, FACP, was selected for a three-year term on the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC), which is organized by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Congress established PTAC in 2015 to provide comments and recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services on physician payment models.

Liao is a board certified internal medicine physician at UW Medical Center, the associate medical director of Contracting and Value-Based Care at UW Medicine and an associate professor in the Department of Medicine. He also helps guide value-based payment and delivery strategy as UW Medicine's medical director of Payment Strategy. He is a member of both the American Medical Association’s RUC Advisory Committee and the American College of Physician’s Medical Practice and Quality Committee. 

Latino Center for Health Student Scholars Spotlight: Amaya Alonso

Earlier this year, the Latino Center for Health announced the launch of its inaugural Student Scholars Fellowship Program, which aims to support the next generation of leaders and scholars who promote the well-being of Latinx communities in Washington state.

Amaya Alonso, a second-year UW School of Medicine student in Occupational Therapy, is one of 10 students in the program's first cohort.

Alonso became interested in the field of occupational therapy because of its wide scope of practice. Through this fellowship she hopes to connect with people and ideas that will help her further serve the Latino community.

Learn more about Alonso and the fellowship program on the Latino Center for Health's website.

Latino Center for Health Student Scholars Spotlight: Mary Carmen Zuñiga

Earlier this year, the Latino Center for Health announced the launch of its inaugural Student Scholars Fellowship Program, which aims to support the next generation of leaders and scholars who promote the well-being of Latinx communities in Washington state.

Mary Carmen Zuñiga, a third-year UW School of Medicine student, is one of 10 students in the program's first cohort.

Zuñiga hopes to connect with other advocates through this fellowship program and ultimately wants to practice in a setting where she can continue providing care to diverse and economically disadvantaged populations, including Latinx communities.

Learn more about Zuñiga and the fellowship program on the Latino Center for Health's website.

2020 CLIME Scholarship Award Winners

The CLIME competitive small grant awards program supports innovative medical education research and curricular projects, locally and across the WWAMI region. Each year, $20,000 is distributed to support projects at the University of Washington. 

Congratulations to the 2020 recipients from UW Medicine:

  • Heather Feldner, PT, PhD, PCS, assistant professor, Rehabilitation Medicine
    Co-investigators: Mark Harniss, PhD, Rehabilitation Medicine; Heather Evans, PhD, Disability Studies; Lesley Ellis, MA, D Center
    Project: Equity and Diversity: Developing and Piloting Disability Allyship Training in Health Professions Education and Beyond
     
  • Adelaide McClintock, MD, assistant professor, Internal Medicine
    Co-investigator: Joshua Jauregui, MD, Emergency Medicine
    Project: Building a Psychologically Safe Learning Environment for Our Medical Trainees: Understanding Behaviors That Create, Destroy and Regain Psychological Safety in Clinical Teaching Environments
     
  • Laurel Pellegrino, MD, acting assistant professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Project: Video-Based Supportive Psychotherapy Didactics for Psychiatry Residents
     
  • Jessica Whitfield, MD, MPH, acting assistant professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Co-investigators: Lydia Chwastiak, MD, MPH, Psychiatry; Debra Morrison, Advancing Integrated Mental Health Solutions Center
    Project: Beyond Clinical Training: Teaching Psychiatry Residents to Implement Collaborative Care in Rural Primary Care Settings

Department of Medicine Faculty Receive Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Clinical Scientist Development Awards

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation announced 17 physician scientists who are each receiving a 2020 Clinical Scientist Development Award of $495,000 over three years.
 
Congratulations to the 2020 recipients from the Department of Medicine:

  • Oyebimpe O. Adesina, MD, MS, assistant professor of hematology
    Project: A Feasibility Study of Alendronate as Treatment for Femoral Head Osteonecrosis in Adults with Sickle Cell Disease
  • Susan P. Wong, MD, MS, assistant professor of nephrology
    Project: Promoting Goal Concordant Care among Patients with Advanced Kidney Disease 

A panel of distinguished experts in the medical field chose the recipients from a pool of 208 applicants through a thorough, multistage review process. The award funds physician scientists who are at the early stages of their profession to help them transition to independent research careers. 
 

Elizabeth Halsne, PhD Student, Receives the Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation 2020 Fellowship Award

Elizabeth Halsne, CPO, MS, a PhD student at the UW School of Medicine, received the Center for Limb Loss and MoBility's Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation 2020 Fellowship Award. She received this award for her research entitled, "Comparison of Gait Biomechanics with Commercial Feet and Emulated Feet Using a Robotic Prosthetic Foot Emulator in People with Transtibial Amputation."

David Morgenroth to Start Department of Defense Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research Award Project

On August 1, David Morgenroth, MD, will begin a four-year multisite study funded by the Center for Limb Loss and MoBility's Department of Defense Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research Award. This study will focus on understanding the relationship between prosthetic foot mechanical properties and stability, and falls-related outcomes in those with lower limb loss.

Nicholas Steinmetz, PhD, Named a 2020 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences

Nicholas Steinmetz, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Structure at the University of Washington, has been named a 2020 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences. Steinmetz was selected from among 191 nominations submitted by leading U.S. academic and research institutions to receive four years of funding to invest in exploratory research. His research investigates how different brain regions cooperate to make decisions.

UW Medicine Hospitals Win Practice Greenhealth Awards

Harborview Medical Center and Seattle Children's are 2020 recipients of Practice Greenhealth's Top 25 Environmental Excellence award. The award recognizes the top 25 healthcare organizations that are leading the country in addressing the links between the environment and human health.

UW Medical Center – Montlake is a 2020 Greenhealth Greening the OR Recognition award honoree and a 2020 Greenhealth Emerald award honoree. The Greening the Operating Room Recognition honors facilities that have made substantial progress in reducing the impact of the surgical environment. The Greenhealth Emerald award recognizes outstanding hospitals in the top 20% of applicants. It is focused on advanced sustainability programs and exemplary scores in a range of categories.