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2019 Paul Ambrose Scholars Symposium



AHRQ Residency Preceptors

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AHRQ staff for the USPSTF Program

USPSTF Program Preceptor Biographies >>

Resident Projects: 2017-2018

Lili Buzsaki 
University of Kentucky

During my wonderful experience at AHRQ, I was given the opportunity to attend a USPSTF meeting and draft a recommendation statement on one of the topics. I also worked on a number of other recommendation statements in later stages of development, fact checked a report to congress on high-priority evidence gaps, mapped research gaps to the analytic framework, and drafted responses to public comments. I was impressed by the thorough deliberations and thought that goes into assigning a grade for a recommendation statement, including discussing the unanticipated consequences. AHRQ is the ideal blend of research review to pique my intellectual curiosity and policy, based purely on evidence.

Jennifer Chevinsky, MD
Loma Linda University Medical Center

Over the course of the rotation, I had the opportunity to participate in a number of interesting and high-level projects for AHRQ and the USPSTF. I fact-checked three recommendation statements, contributed to the annual report to congress, submitted a Putting Prevention into Practice (PPIP) publication, reviewed and summarized public comments, aided in organizing the task force archived documents, participated in media training sessions, replied to public emails, and attended a number of meetings and educational sessions for the task force, CEPI, and other D&I initiatives. It was also fortunate that the time period overlapped with one of the national task force meetings.

Chioma Erondu
Baylor College of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

This experience gave me invaluable insight into a potential career in public health. During this month, I was fortunate to meet and speak with a variety of providers within this field. I am certain of my decision to choose this career path.

S. Jessica Herrera
Almeda Health System, Highland Hospital

The APTR & AHRQ preventive medicine rotation with the USPSTF is an invaluable opportunity that will serve my patients and community well as primary care provider that can now attest to the immense effort to generate evidence-based preventive screening recommendations. I am even more motivated to pursue a career in public health at the local/state level and eventually the federal level. 

Yuri Jadotte, MD, PhD
Stony Brook School of Medicine

I worked on a number of projects while at AHRQ. For example, I co-authored two CME manuscripts for the journal AFP on screening for prostate cancer with the PSA test, and screening for cardiovascular disease risk using ECG. I also responded to all public comments sent via the USPSTF email account during the month of June (communications during the month of May were handled by a different resident). I attended the meetings of the USPSTF medical officers, meetings of the staff of the Center for Evidence-Based Practice Improvement or CEPI, and topic team meetings as well as methods meetings with the members of the USPSTF and other clinicians and researchers. In addition, I delivered a 1-hour presentation to the medical officers on the methodological differences between the clinical guidelines of the American Cancer Society and the USPSTF with regards to the issue of colorectal cancer screening. Other activities included: performance of medical fact-checking of a USPSTF report to Congress; preparation of the presentation materials for the USPSTF presentations at the Annual Meeting of the American College of Preventive Medicine and at the meeting of the Community Preventive Services Task Force; and collating information about available online tools for shared clinical decision-making pertinent to the Grade C recommendations of the USPSTF.

Ryan D. Lang
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

During this rotation, I contributed significantly as a writer and editor of sections within a U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) draft recommendation statement for a clinical preventive service topic. I also verified evidence in support of other Task Force recommendation statements. I attended the July Task Force meeting and directly observed the analytical process used by the Task Force in making its recommendations. Also, I was engaged in receiving and managing public inquiries regarding the Task Force process as well as other topics related to clinical preventive services.

This excellent rotation allowed me to directly contribute to key documents that impact public health and public policy on a large scale. Working with AHRQ medical officers as part of the Resident Rounds didactic series provided the opportunity for me to learn many different perspectives and to receive a better understanding of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force methodology in making clinical screening recommendations for the general public. This rotation provides a fantastic training experience, and I would highly recommend this rotation to all preventive medicine residents.

Maria Rivera
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

This is an excellent rotation that I highly recommend for any preventive medicine resident regardless of your career plans. It is well organized, gives a great understanding of what the USPSTF does, lets you get involved in research-based guidelines. The rotation has given me a great sense about working with federal government.

Candace Tannis
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

During my rotation at AHRQ I co-authored a ‘Putting Prevention Into Practice’ report for publication, drafted sections of Recommendation Statements for preventive services, and wrote data summaries to support AHRQ-related publications. Now I would consider a career in the federal government.


Residents' Projects: 2016-2017

Shavonda Thomas
University of North Carolina

During my time as an APTR-AHRQ resident rotator, I was responsible for working on a report to congress, putting medicine into practice, drafting recommendation statements, attending group calls with task force members, responding to public inquiries, attending the annual Task Force meeting, and attending residents' rounds. I definitely have a better understanding of how evidence plays a major role in recommendation development. Witnessing this process and attending the annual task force meeting will allow me to treat and educate my patients strategically.

Sritha Rajupet
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

This rotation gave me the opportunity to learn about the important work that AHRQ and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force are involved in. During my time as an APTR-AHRQ resident rotator, I had the opportunity to attend a U.S. Preventive Service Task Force meeting, participate in numerous resident rounds, and work on a variety of projects. Projects I worked on included: contributing to research plans and analytic frameworks; fact checking recommendation statements; reviewing and drafting responses to public comments; writing questions for Putting Prevention into Practice, and helping with dissemination and implementation of USPSTF recommendations. Understanding the stages in which a topic moves from nomination to a recommendation, and the rigor involved in the process has given me a greater appreciation for the work that is done here. I know that the skills I have acquired from recognizing the importance of messaging to the public, the necessary attention to detail when fact checking, or the communication and team effort required for the success of a project will help me in my future endeavors. This growth wouldn’t have been possible without the wonderful mentorship provided here.

Max Romano
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health General Preventive Medicine Residency
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center Family Medicine Residency

During my rotation I had the opportunity to participate in a number of projects with the AHRQ staff supporting the USPSTF. I contributed to the creation of a number of recommendation statements at various stages in development, from research plan development, systematic evidence review, recommendation statement drafting, and summarizing public comments on published drafts.
This rotation matched my interests perfectly at the intersection of public health and primary care. On a daily basis the task force grapples with important foundational questions in both public health and primary care, so this rotation was ideal for my dual residencies in family medicine and general preventive medicine. I would encourage any resident with an interest in the question of "why do we do what we do" in primary care to pursue this rotation for the amazing learning opportunity.

Adaugo Amobi
Massachusetts General Hospital

This rotation provided a unique insight into the evaluation of preventative interventions. I had wonderful mentorship and was able to develop my skills in research and health communication. Project activities included: leading a journal club, participating on draft evidence review, and assisting with several recommendation statements. This was an excellent and invaluable opportunity. I would highly recommend this rotation for anyone interested in public health or health policy.

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