The Department of Medicine is now
offering a new Outstanding Early Career Scholars Program (OESCP) to accelerate
the development of exceptionally creative and promising faculty in the early
stages of their career. The goal of the Outstanding Early Career Scholars Program
is to accelerate the development of exceptionally creative and promising
faculty early in their career. It is designed to invest in the career
development of each scholar, but is not limited to a specific research project
or scholarly activity. The Early Career Scholars will be expected to commit 75%
of their effort to scholarly activities.
They will each receive $75,000 annually for up to five years and the
funds cannot be used to support or supplement the Scholar’s salary.
The OESCP started in 2012 with two
scholars — Mario Santiago, MD, Infectious Diseases and Larry Allen, MD, Cardiology. This
year the number of deserving applicants increased significantly and the
committee decided to select three from the group. Those chosen were: Dan
Matlock, MD; Eric Schmidt, MD; and Rachel Zemans, MD.
Eric Schmidt, MD who is doing pulmonary
research on Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, will be using the funding to
help him establish his own lab, help pay for staff and assist in gaining the
experience and research data he will need to successfully compete for National
Institute of Health and other grants to fund his research in the future.
The title of Dan Matlock, MD’s research
is “Informed and Empowered: Improving the Quality of Patient Decision Making.”
An internist and geriatrician, Dan is exploring how and why patients make
decisions based on the information that their physician shares with them. This
intriguing topic is a more psychological approach to patient centered care, but
Matlock believes the results will be important for both patients and their
physicians as we expand care to different audiences through new governmental
programs and the advances that modern science offers for both the present and
Rachel Zemans, MD, is focusing her research
on the repair of the lung epithelium after inflammatory injury in disease
states such as acute lung injury or emphysema. Her goals include addressing
novel and important questions that are distinct to her individual research
based on what she has learned from her mentors. With her grant, she is hoping
to develop a mouse model and an independent research program.
The Department of Medicine will endeavor
to support a total of six scholars through
gifts from friends of the Department of Medicine.