ARMED Scholarship

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Purpose: SAEM seeks enthusiastic senior residents or fellows who demonstrate early interest in pursuing a research-oriented career to attend the ARMED course or ARMED MedEd course. Through the courses, the recipient will have access to online lectures by research experts throughout the year and be expected to attend 3 live workshops. To offset costs associated with attendance at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Annual Meeting (May 10-13, 2022, New Orleans, LA) and the ARMED course workshops, the scholarship award winner will have their tuition ($950) waived and be reimbursed up to $1000 for the costs of registration, travel, and housing.

Number of applicants accepted: 3

Application Process: 1 page letter of intent discussing the applicant’s reasons for applying and a brief overview of the research topic they would like to present. Current curriculum vitae and contact information. Letter of support from the applicant’s program director or chair assuring the applicant the time off from rotations to attend the ARMED course workshops if chosen. Submit application to grants@saem.org by July 31st. Award announcements will be made by August 16th.

Eligibility: Applicant must be a member of SAEM and be able to attend all scheduled course workshops (online and in-person). Scholarship recipients will be required to submit a research project to be presented at the SAEM annual meeting following completion of the course. Awardees will also be expected to write a reflection on their experience taking the ARMED course, to be published on SAEM’s website. 

Selection Criteria: Up to five applicants will receive the scholarships per year.

Award: $1000 scholarship per awardee

Application Deadline: Submit application to grants@saem.org by July 31st

About SAEM: The Annual Meeting of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) is the premier venue for research and educational innovation in emergency medicine. SAEM brings together academic emergency medicine physicians from many regions to a single location to advance the knowledge of the specialty. This year’s meeting will be May 10-13 in New Orleans.

 

2020–2021 ARMED SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

SAEM’s Advanced Research Methodology Evaluation and Design (ARMED) course is designed to help emergency medicine (EM) physicians interested in advancing their careers in research. ARMED equips EM physicians with skills to design research studies and to write grant proposals through a series of lectures and workshops. Scholarships are available to offset the cost of attending ARMED.

 

RAMS/ARMED Scholarship Recipients

Caleb Chan, MDCaleb Chan, MD
University of Maryland School of Medicine

As I look back on my training, I am thankful that I trained in a residency and fellowship that continually reiterated the significance of practicing evidence-based medicine. However, as I reviewed literature to answer certain clinical questions that arose during a previous emergency department shift, many of the studies used a different patient population or ultimately did not convincingly address the issue that I was trying to resolve. This pattern became even more clear to me during the COVID-19 pandemic.

I vividly remember sitting in the lounge of one of my critical care co-fellow’s apartment last year, surrounded by televisions loudly displaying the impending calamity of a global pandemic. We each sat in front of our laptops, scouring the internet for data to guide our clinical practice and prepare ourselves for the first wave. While there certainly were papers published that were helpful during this nascent period, there were also a lot of flawed studies. The ensuing months displayed the importance of well-constructed and analyzed research, and the widespread impact (for good and for bad) that studies can have on patient care.

The pandemic subsequently renewed my desire to be on the leading edge in trying to address unanswered clinical questions. With the encouragement of my program director, I applied to the Advanced Research Methodology Evaluation and Design (ARMED) course and was also lucky enough to receive a scholarship from SAEM RAMS. The course itself is composed of monthly lectures as well as three full-day intensive workshops. Through the lectures, I learned how to narrow down my research interests into an answerable research question, formulate a robust study, and carry it out. In personalized workshops, experienced emergency medicine researchers walked us through composing specific aims pages, and the “elevator pitches” of NIH grant applications; they also provided individual feedback. Other talks focused on forming and managing a research team, as well as identifying sources of funding and the intricacies of crafting grant budgets. Overall, the course strengthened my data gathering and analysis skills, and deepened my confidence in navigating the world of academic research.

While the tangible skills taught in ARMED will be foundational for my career, the relationships formed through the course will also be invaluable. Speakers and co-attendees freely shared their contact information and welcomed questions and opportunities to work together in the future. During a global pandemic, when it felt like life could be so isolating, it was a breath of fresh air to have monthly online lectures with speakers from across the country and meet other physicians seeking to grow in their academic careers.

Research is key to advancing the field of emergency medicine and there are so many opportunities out there. I wholeheartedly recommend the ARMED course, no matter where you are in your career, and have it be a stepping stone on your academic journey.

 

Roshanak Benabbas, MDRoshanak Benabbas, MD
Kings County Hospital and SUNY Downstate Medical Center

I was fortunate enough to be one of the recipients of the SAEM Residents and Medical Students (RAMS) scholarship for senior residents and fellows this year. Prior to residency, I worked full time in research for about two years and during residency I continued to be active in our department’s research activities.  Although I’m fortunate to have great research mentorship within the department, I was enthusiastic to have the opportunity to learn from national experts from around the country.

This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ARMED, like many other courses and national conferences, was held virtually. Although I wish I’d had the opportunity to meet other participants in person, the staff at SAEM made sure that the experience was as personalized as possible by providing small groups, breakout rooms, and one-on-one mentoring sessions with the instructors.

One of the most useful components of the ARMED course for me was Specific Aims development for grant applications. As a senior resident hoping to jumpstart my research career, I found the opportunity to learn and practice developing a grant application Specific Aims page invaluable. During the virtual workshop we broke into groups of 11-13 participants and went over each Specific Aims page in detail. I used this opportunity to write a Specific Aims page for a project assessing the test characteristics of various biomarkers in predicting mortality in COVID-19 patients. During the group session I received personalized and encouraging feedback on my aim page from other participants and ARMED course mentors. I used this feedback to design and complete a study that I’m hoping to present at SAEM22.

I recommend the ARMED course to any emergency physician regardless of where they’re at in their career, especially senior residents planning to go into academic and research careers. Hopefully future ARMED courses will be held in-person which would only enhance this already remarkable experience.  

 

Martin Casey, MD, MPHMartin Casey, MD, MPH
University of North Carolina School of Medicine

I’m deeply grateful to have participated in SAEM’s Advanced Research Methodology Evaluation and Design (ARMED) course during the 2020-2021 academic year. Through ARMED, I got to refresh and expand my knowledge on a diverse set of research methodologies, including observational studies, survey research, clinical decision rules, and randomized clinical trials. In addition, I was able to work on developing skills that are necessary to maintaining a career as a physician-scientist, including grant writing, identifying mentors, and research ethics.

The structure of the ARMED course mirrors the writing process for NIH grants. The workshops spread out over the year provide opportunities to write and receive feedback on Specific Aims pages and NIH biosketches. Both documents serve as the basic currency by which scientists articulate their research goals and demonstrate their competency in science. These workshops ultimately culminate in the SAEM Grant Writing workshop which provides a nice overview of the entire grant writing process. These workshops have provided me a forum to receive feedback on my current research from instructors with diverse backgrounds. This feedback has been invaluable springboard as I transition to writing my own foundation and NIH grants.

Finally, the course helped me to expand my network to emergency medicine researchers across the country. The course teaching faculty come from a diverse set of emergency departments from all over the country. There are both core lecturers who are established researchers as well as guest lecturers at varying points in their careers. I really appreciated being able to hear from researchers that recently completed the ARMED Course and are now competing for early career development awards. Conversely, there are plenty of opportunities to connect with senior researchers and discuss how they navigated the numerous challenges in becoming a physician scientist. Finally, among course participants I found likeminded individuals that may serve as potential collaborators for future endeavors.

 

AEUS/ARMED Scholarship Recipient

Kathryn Crowder, MDKathryn Crowder, MD
Alberta Health Services, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

I didn’t envision myself as an emergency physician and researcher. Back when I was soul-searching which residency program to pursue, I never thought to myself, “how good is the research training in this program?” I had the privilege and opportunity this year to take part in the SAEM ARMED course. As an early career clinician and researcher, I had participated in research in undergraduate studies and residency but felt ready to expand my knowledge in approach to designing a study, navigating grant and ethics applications, and carrying out a research project from data collection to manuscript submission. As a recent graduate of the SAEM ARMED course, I have learned some key concepts through the research process and re-ignited my excitement for adding to the body of evidence in emergency medicine in emergency department crowding, ultrasound use in pediatric vascular access, crash cart contents and use of resuscitation procedure bundles.

I have had the good fortune to be part of a large university emergency medicine faculty that supports and mentors junior faculty in research. I have previously benefitted from crash courses on design of a time-series analysis study, and how to interpret multivariable regression models of my data. With the ARMED course, I gained knowledge on a more in-depth level on many different study designs and statistical data analysis beyond my basic understanding of these.

Further, I had the opportunity to network with so many EM colleagues across North America in a meaningful way. ARMED did a wonderful job of turning a “Zoom Pandemic” into a world-class meeting of the minds, with individual breakout rooms, dedicated mentors and engaged faculty driving efficient delivery of content in a personalized way. My own AIM statement and rudimentary grant proposal was reviewed and critiqued by experienced research mentors, course directors and colleagues at the same level of research practice as myself, which lent itself to a low-stress/high-impact course experience.

What is next? Now “ARMED” with these tools, I have added key ingredients to a lifelong research career. I foresee myself contributing to EM knowledge on important topics- completing an entire study design from initial grant proposal all the way through to publication and carrying my knowledge forward to mentor incoming faculty and residents at my site thereafter. We are all inundated with clinical, academic, and personal life demands. Opening the door to improving my approach to undertaking a meaningful research endeavor has made my career so much more rewarding. If you are on the fence about considering enrolling in ARMED, I encourage you to take part and see how your career can grow with the knowledge and mentorship you gain from ARMED!

 

2019-2020 Scholarship Recipients!

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Bennett Lane, MD
University of Cincinnati

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Craig D. Nowadly, MD
University of California, Davis

 

 

2018-2019 Scholarship Recipients!

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Cosby Arnold, MD
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University of Tennessee

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Jinny J. Ye, MD
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Duke University