SIDM Fellowship in Diagnosis
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The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) offers an annual fellowship for health care professionals with an interest in improving diagnostic safety and quality.


About the Fellowship Program

SIDM will match you with experienced mentors who are recognized leaders in the fields of diagnostic error education, research, or practice improvement. 

A SIDM fellowship will supplement a primary fellowship. SIDM fellows will be connected with the leading researchers in diagnostic error who will provide guidance on suitable primary fellowships, mentor projects (on-site or remotely), help present findings at our Annual Meeting on Diagnostic Error in Medicine and publish work in Diagnosis and other peer-reviewed journals.

In this one-year mentoring program, we will help you:
  • Identify established fellowship programs in your area of interest (e.g., Patient Safety, Cognitive Sciences, Health Services Research, or Healthcare Informatics)
  • Provide career path guidance
  • Facilitate networking within the diagnostic medicine field
  • Fellows will become SIDM members (no cost)
  • Fellows will attend the annual Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference (no cost).

Who is eligible?

Physicians who have completed residency by June of 2018 (e.g., current senior residents, chief residents, fellows, or practicing physicians), or others holding or pursuing advanced degrees (Masters or PhD) with a dedicated career interest in Diagnosis.


2017 Fellows


Paul Bergl, MD

Critical Care Fellow, Medical College of Wisconsin. 

Project:  Investigating the role and impact of potentially preventable diagnostic errors in admissions to critical care units.  


Najlla Nasser, MD MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  

Project: Using large data bases to develop measures for diagnostic safety, quality, and efficiency.  


Thilan Wijesekera, MD

Clinical Instructor and Fellow in Medical Education, Dept of Internal Medicine, Yale School of Medicine.

Project: Interested in designing and implementing diagnostic educational curricula.  



2016 Fellows

Janice Kwan, MD MPH

Graduate of the University of Toronto (MD), Harvard (MPH), and the VA Quality Scholar program (2013).

Her fellowship has focused on two projects: 1) Identifying and analyzing cases of diagnostic error reported through the database maintained by the Canadian Medical Protective Association; and 2) Evaluating interventions to improve test result communication and management.

 "The SIDM fellowship has provided me with essential mentorship from top names in the field with great impact on my research career."


Ava Liberman, MD MA

Graduate of SUNY Downstate, has completed a Neurology residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and a Vascular Neurology fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Her project focused on the misdiagnosis of stroke, aiming to develop an intervention that improves the timeliness and accuracy of stroke diagnosis in the ED.

"The fellowship has been an invaluable experience.  It has given me the opportunity to interact with a passionate community of like-minded individuals committed to improving diagnostic safety in medicine.


Benji Mathews, MD

Graduate of the University of Minnesota

He is certified by the American College of Chest Physicians in ultrasonography, and has been evaluating the impact of this technology on diagnostic accuracy and efficiency.

"The fellowship provided focused opportunity to develop in the field of Diagnostic Error, learning how to teach, reach and impact others as a better-rounded clinician educator. In addition there are the intangibles: a guided mentorship that taught me about Diagnostic Error research as well as the camaraderie/marvelous interactions with the other fellows and experts within the Diagnostic Error community."






Society to Improve
Diagnosis in Medicine
1501 Hinman Ave, #7B
Evanston, Il 60201