Emerging Scholars Exchange Program

2022 Emerging Scholars Exchange Program


The Emerging Scholars Exchange Program is designed to provide career development opportunities for UCSF early career faculty via invited presentations at prestigious peer universities. Through the Exchange Program, early career faculty will have the opportunity to develop relationships with potential research collaborators, mentors, and sponsors; hone their oral presentation skills; and bolster their CVs as they prepare for promotion.

“The Emerging Scholars Program provided an amazing opportunity from a few standpoints. First, it gave me the chance to travel to another university where there are a lot of well-known people who do work in my area. I was able to meet in-person with several esteemed scholars in my field, which helped expand my own network. Not only did some of the conversations provide excellent feedback for some of my ongoing work, but I am also hopeful that several of those contacts will translate into collaboration and networking opportunities in the future. I also had the chance to put together a more comprehensive presentation that provided a larger overview of my research in a more narrative format. This helped me to get a better understanding of the context of my own work, and I am now using this presentation as the basis of other talks that go beyond the typical one-off research presentations at conferences.”

Rita Hamad, MD, PhD, 2018-2019 PRL-IHPS Emerging Scholar

“The Emerging Scholars Exchange Program provided me with an experience rarely afforded to junior faculty - the opportunity to engage in substantive discussions about my research, meet potential collaborators, and hear new ideas from faculty outside my home institution. The program has had lasting effects on my research and my career.” 

Grace Lin, MD, 2017-2018 PRL-IHPS Emerging Scholar

Program Components

Two Emerging Scholars from UCSF will be selected to give a presentation at one of our partner institutions: the University of Pennsylvania Leonard Davis Institute and the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation. In exchange, scholars from these universities will be selected to present at UCSF.

Presentations will take place between February – May, 2022.  We hope to offer the visits in-person but there is a likelihood that the visits will take place virtually depending on COVID travel restrictions.

Application Requirements

Completed application* includes:

  1. Statement of interest (no more than 500 words) from the applicant describing why he/she wants to be an Emerging Scholar, and why this opportunity is important for his/her professional development.
  2. 2-3 proposed presentation titles including a brief description of each.
  3. CV

*When submitting your application, please enter "2022 Emerging Scholars Application" in the email subject.
Applicants will undergo a two-stage selection/matching process. First, a UCSF selection committee will review all applications and select 4 potential speakers. This list of potential speakers will then be sent to the partner institutions, which will rank the scholars in their order of preference for an invited lecture. From these rankings, UCSF will match two scholars with either the University of Pennsylvania or the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation.
Email application materials to Beth Thew: ([email protected]) - application period for 2022 is now closed. 

2022 Emerging Scholars

Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, UCSF Scholars selected:

Tasce Bongiovanni, MD, MPP will visit University of Michigan, Intitute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation

Elaine Khoong, MD, MS will visit University of Pennsylvania, Leonard Davis Institute

Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies will host:

Elham Mahmoudi, PhD from the University of Michigan, Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation

Paula Chatterjee, MD, MPH from the University of Pennsylvania, Leonard Davis Institute


2022 Emerging Scholars Presentations at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, UCSF

Predicting 30-Day Hospital Readmission among People with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia
(Presented on April 12, 2022)

Elham Mahmoudi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine U-M Medical School

The 2021 Emerging Scholars program did not occur due to COVID-19.

2020 Emerging Scholars Presentations at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, UCSF 

Achieving Success with De-Implementation: Lessons from Two Medication Safety Projects

Geoffrey Barnes, MD, University of Michigan Emerging Scholar Series talk

Geoff Barnes is a cardiologist and vascular medicine specialist at the University of Michigan Health System. He completed his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis (2003) followed by medical school at the University of Michigan (2007). He then completed an internal medicine residency (2010), chief residency in internal medicine (2011), cardiology fellowship (2014) and vascular medicine fellowship (2014) at the University of Michigan. His areas of research interest include anticoagulation, venous thromboembolism, quality improvement and shared decision making. He currently co-directs the Michigan Anticoagulation Quality Improvement Initiative (MAQI2) a six-centered BCBSM-sponsored anticoagulation quality improvement collaborative and registry. He is leading an NIH-sponsored study to improve the coordination and care of patients on chronic anticoagulants around the time of surgical procedures.


2019 Emerging Scholars Presentations at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, UCSF

Using mHealth in Clinical Settings: Benefits and Challenges
(Presented on April 16, 2019)

Laurie Buis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, U-M Medical School

When is evidence ready to implement? Challenges in perioperative care implementation
(Presented on May 6, 2019) 

Meghan Lane-Fall, MD, MSHP Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology and Critical Care,
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania