July 22, 2020

Resident and Fellow Research Development Grant Awardees 2020

We are pleased to announce the three winners of the Resident and Fellow Research Development Grant Award for 2020.


The Resident and Fellow Research Development Grant Program aims to build and enhance the research skills and success of emergency medicine residents and fellow. Emergency medicine is rapidly evolving, especially as complex technologies have become an integral part of diagnosis and treatment. To truly be committed to advancing medicine in any area requires a robust investment in training those who will bring new perspectives and carry the work forward. The goal of this program is to encourage bright minds to ask difficult questions and give them essential research skills as they begin to carve their place as tomorrow’s experts and innovators. This program has been made possible, in large part, by the generous support from an anonymous donor, along with donations from alumni and faculty.

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Sarah Balgord, MD

Research Project: Barriers to Women in Emergency Medicine


  • Identify selection factors that female medical students prioritize when considering Emergency Medicine
  • Identify the selection factors that are negatively associated with female medical students selecting Emergency Medicine residency

Faculty Mentor: Laura Hopson, MD


Christina Cutter, MD, MSc

Research Project: Decision Fatigue in the Emergency Department


  • Determine the influence of decision fatigue on appropriateness and diagnostic yield of imaging studies in the emergency department
  • Examine whether there are structural factors that are protective against decision fatigue surrounding appropriateness and diagnostic yield of imaging studies in the emergency department

Faculty Mentor: Rodney A. Hayward, MD


Rachel Solnick, MD

Research Project: Improving Understanding of the Barriers to ED-based Expedited Partner Therapy


  • Quantify the current use of EPT at Michigan Medicine using clinical data approach
  • Quantify current knowledge and interest level of EPT across national residency-affiliated EM Departments
  • Characterize the barriers and facilitators to EPT initiation in the ED and develop an implementation toolkit

Faculty Mentor: Keith Kocher, MD