In Partnership with the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation

ACRU Trainee Program

About the Program

The ACRU directs trainee learning by supporting involvement with the Unit’s current projects. Trainee learning is achieved through mentorship, the development of individualized objectives, and practice-based learning opportunities. Within the ACRU, trainees will work towards three overarching goals to obtain experience in policy-relevant acute care research:

  • Describe acute care delivery across the United States
  • Apply the fundamentals of health services research and community-based participatory research to acute care using mixed-methods approaches
  • Participate in the summary and dissemination of study findings

As a member of the ACRU research team, trainees will have the opportunity to: 1.) become familiar with ethics and research including becoming PEERRS certified; 2.) critically appraise and cite literature pertinent to acute care delivery; 3.) receive training in and conduct quantitative analyses; 4.) receive training in and conduct qualitative analyses; 5.) receive training and participate in survey design; 6.) attend study team meetings; and 7.) assist with drafting papers, posters, and presentations for dissemination of results. At the end of their involvement with the ACRU, trainees will have the opportunity to delivery study results at various forums under the guidance of project leads and ACRU staff.

How to Get Involved

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Program Lead

Rama Salhi

Rama Salhi, MD, MHS

Staff Mentors

Nasma Berri, MPH

Stephen Dowker

Trainee Program Coordinator

Entel

Kaitlyn Simpson

Research Program Trainees

Senior Trainees

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Tessa Adzemovic, MD, MS

MICHIGAN MEDICINE | INTERNAL MEDICINE AND PEDIATRICS
Tessa Adzemovic is a resident in internal medicine and pediatrics with an interest in improving health outcomes for immigrant/refugee populations in southeast Michigan. Tessa attended the University of Michigan as an undergraduate student where she majored in French. Her undergraduate coursework allowed her to pursue qualitative and quantitative research projects in Rwanda, Indonesia, India, France, and Bosnia. After her undergraduate coursework, she founded a dance program for kids of different ethnicities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She returned to Ann Arbor to attend medical school where she did a dual degree in medicine and a masters of science and clinical research with a focus on trauma care delivery in New Delhi, India. She is now a second year resident actively involved in the GME-wide Residents and Fellows for Global Health Equity.
Jacob Lambrecht

Jacob Lambrecht, BSN, BS, RN

MICHIGAN MEDICINE | EMERGENCY MEDICINE

Jacob is a registered nurse in the Emergency Department at the University of Michigan. He graduated from Alma College with Presidential Honors and holds degrees in nursing and public health. While Jacob’s public health research was primarily focused on health promotion in elementary school children, his research interests span across all healthcare delivery settings. In addition to working in the acute care setting, he has also served in a free clinic for underserved and lower health literacy populations in Gratiot County, Michigan. Jacob’s clinical interests include wilderness medicine, emergency critical care, and healthcare utilization. Jacob is board certified as a critical care nurse through the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

Rama Salhi

Rama Salhi, MD, MHS

MICHIGAN MEDICINE | EMERGENCY MEDICINE

Dr. Salhi is currently an IHPI National Clinician Scholar and a Clinical Lecturer in Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the use of health systems science to identify and address quality gaps in health outcomes, specifically with respect to treatment of time-sensitive conditions in the prehospital and emergency department settings. She has an added interest in secondary data analyses of large datasets as a tool for analyzing temporal trends in emergency medicine. Dr. Salhi is involved with the EPOC project, particularly in exploring the role of police in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest response.

Florian Schmitzberger, MD, MS

MICHIGAN MEDICINE | EMERGENCY MEDICINE

Florian Schmitzberger is a resident physician in emergency medicine at the University of Michigan. His background is in bioinformatics / medicine at Stanford University and the Charité University in Berlin, Germany. His research and medical interests include global health with a focus on emergency medicine networks (www.emergenetwork.org), refugee health in conflict regions as an officer in the NGO Refugee Relief International with extensive international work. His current work focuses on resuscitation science, past work includes imaging science and genetics.

Kirstin Scott, MD, MPhil, PhD

Dr. Kirstin Woody Scott is currently an emergency medicine resident at the University of Michigan.  She grew up in Bakersfield, California and graduated from the University of California, Davis, with degrees in Neurobiology and Classical Civilization. She received her MPhil in Public Health from the University of Cambridge, focusing on the modernization of public health systems in Bulgaria and then was awarded a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to serve in Nicaragua. She then worked in public health and health care politics in Kern County, California and then went on to complete her PhD in Health Policy at Harvard, concentrating in political analysis. Her current research interests focus on how health policy shapes the availability, delivery, quality, and financial impact of emergency medical care domestically and abroad.

Ryan Tsuchida

Ryan Tsuchida, MD

MICHIGAN MEDICINE | EMERGENCY MEDICINE

Dr. Ryan Tsuchida is an emergency medicine resident at the University of Michigan Emergency Medicine Residency Program. He completed his undergraduate training at the University of California, Los Angeles and his medical school training at the University of Michigan. His professional interests include medical education, health disparities, system process improvement, and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. His work with the ARCU includes studying role that culture and diversity has between patients and providers.

Junior Trainees

Bailey Brown, BS

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Bailey Brown is on the pre-medical track and holds an undergraduate degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Throughout her undergraduate career, she engaged in cardiac surgery clinical research to study the medical and surgical managements of aortic disease. Her public health studies prompted her interest in health policy improvement to address health disparities.

Gaby Dietz

Gabrielle Dietz

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Gabrielle Dietz is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan. She has received an Associate in Science and Arts degree from Muskegon Community College and is currently working towards a bachelor’s degree in microbiology. Her interests include studying infectious diseases within humans as well as public health research involving communities. She will be working alongside other members within the EPOC research project.

Jessica Flohr

Jessica Flohr

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Jessica Flohr is an undergraduate student in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan. Jessica is on the pre-med track, with an intended Spanish minor, and she plans to pursue pediatric medicine. She is currently working on the Enhancing Pre-Hospital Outcomes for Cardiac Arrest Project as a member of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program. Jessica hopes to expand her knowledge of medicine and public health, while working to improve out of hospital cardiac arrest survival rates with the EPOC project.

Rafik Issa

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Rafik Issa is a medical student at the University of Michigan Medical School. Rafik grew up in Syria and Saudi Arabia before moving to the U.S. and attending the University of Michigan for his undergraduate studies.  His interests revolve around the intersectionality of policy and refugee health, and finding ways of systemically addressing existing disparities to create sustainable changes in health outcomes. Rafik is currently involved in the ACRU Migrant & Refugee Child Health Conference project.

Sonia Iyengar

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Sonia Iyengar is a second year medical student at the University of Michigan. She is passionate about understanding and eliminating disparities in access to high-quality preventative care and emergency services in the United States. She is committed to the development and advancement of health policies centering health justice and equity for communities most marginalized in her career. Sonia is a Los Angeles native, and a proud graduate of UCLA.

Jasmine Nevarez

Jasmine Nevarez, MSPH, CHES

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Jasmine Nevarez is a medical student at the University of Michigan. Jasmine grew up in Southern California. She went to Stanford University and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health before attending University of Michigan Medical School. Her research interests include perinatal mental health, the influence of chronic stress on chronic conditions in African American women, health education, and inventive ways to increase preventative health access to underserved families.

Hannah Schafer

Hannah Schafer

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Hannah Schafer is a Junior at the University of Michigan. She is currently working with the Michigan Medicine Care Continuum Healthcare Delivery Redesign Project through the University of Michigan Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program. Her research interests include applying a mixed-methods approach to her work with this project.

Emmanuel Servin

Emmanuel Servin

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Emmanuel Servin is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. He is majoring in Neuroscience and aspires to become an Emergency Medicine physician. Growing up in Detroit, he has developed an interest in determinants of health and care accessibility to improve health outcomes, particularly in under-served communities. Emmanuel hopes to learn more about these issues while on the EPOC research project.

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Alexander Shehab

BOSTON COLLEGE

Alex Shehab is a Junior at Boston College in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences.  He is studying Sociology, Medical Humanities, and African Diaspora Studies.  He is interested in studying the inequalities created and compounded by medical systems, and the ways in which these same systems can be altered to advance social justice.  Alex is involved with the ACRU Migrant and Refugee Child Health Conference project.

Alexis Smith

Alexis Smith

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Alexis Smith is currently in her first year as an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. She is on the pre-medicine track with an interest in practicing cross-cultural medicine. Interning with a medical nonprofit in Guatemala for a summer sparked her drive in researching healthcare inequity and public policy. As a member of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program she will be working on the EPOC project with Sydney Fouche as her mentor for the 2020-21 school year.

Joshua Thariath

Joshua Thariath

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Josh Thariath is a medical student at the University of Michigan Medical School. He is interested broadly in health policy and delivery reform, particularly in the operationalization of policy to deliver better care and address existing health disparities. Prior to medical school, he interned in several industrial engineering and operations management functions.

Musharaf Virk

Musharaf Virk

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Musharaf Virk is a second-year student at the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. He is on a pre-medical track and interested in studying health policies to identify ways to reduce health disparities.

Kendrick Williams

Kendrick Williams

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
Kendrick Williams is a medical student at the University of Michigan Medical School. He grew up in Louisiana. His research interests include examining health disparities and the role they play in health outcomes. Prior to medical school, he moved to Michigan to work at a Nuclear Power Plant.
Hannah Yoon

Hyu Ri “Hannah” Yoon

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Hyu Ri Yoon is an undergraduate student in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan. She is a part of the pre-medicine track, but she also wanted an opportunity to expand her understanding of the health field and her experience with research by participating in a research project that related to public health. She is currently working on the EPOC project with Sydney Fouche as her mentor.

Visiting Scholars

Rebal Rahim

Rebal Rahim

LUND UNIVERSITY

Rebal Rahim is a medical student at Lund University in Sweden. He is interested in working to minimize healthcare disparities through learning, research and practice. Rebal has a special interest in cardiology, epidemiology, and neurology. He worked on the Enhancing Pre-Hospital Outcomes for Cardiac Arrest (EPOC) study, funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).  Under the direction of the ACRU, Rebal studied out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) response across the continuum of care through a series of individualized objectives and practice-based learning opportunities. Following the completion of his study and mentorship with the ACRU, he produced a master’s-level thesis exploring attributes of dispatch that help or hinder OHCA care. Rebal plans to continue engaging in research after graduation.

Work Our Group Has Done

  • Grace Seymour (former trainee) assisted with gathering and critically appraising literature for the Enhancing Prehospital Outcomes for Cardiac Arrest Project pertaining to community 911 education and use
  • Rebal Rahim completed his dissertation by exploring attributes of dispatch that help or hinder OHCA care for the Enhancing Prehospital Outcomes for Cardiac Arrest Project
  • Hannah Yoon completed her 2019-2020 UROP poster for the Enhancing Prehospital Outcomes for Cardiac Arrest Project. She continues to apply qualitative skills through EPOC

Blue Ribbon UROP HY

  • Hannah Schafer completed her 2019-2020 UROP poster for the Michigan Medicine Care Continuum Initiative
  • Christina Cutter assisted in planning, managing, and co-hosted the ACRU Migrant and Refugee Conference
  • Jasmine Nevarez assisted with revising an ACRU grant proposal for Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
  • Rafik Issa and Rosemarie Diaz analyzed the data from the ACRU Migrant and Refugee Child Health Conference and assisted with drafting the findings for publication. Along with Tessa Adzemovic, they are focused on the ACRU’s migrant and refugee child health research
  • Bailey Brown assisted in the successful recruitment of 4 UROP students for the Enhancing Prehospital Outcomes for Cardiac Arrest (EPOC) study and the development of the ACRU Trainee Program
  • Ryan Tsuchida published his first Op-Ed on the importance of increasing diversity among providers within U.S. Healthcare Systems
  • Gaby Dietz, Jessica Flohr, Emmanuel Servin, and Alexis Smith were immersed in systems-thinking and related practice-based learning
  • Musharaf Virk is assisting with a participatory action research project
  • Hannah Yoon analyzed qualitative data for the EPOC study on Exploring Police Access and Utilization of Naloxone in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest: Broader Implications for Police Role, and assisted with abstract submission to AcademyHealth 2021 Conference
  • Emmanuel Servin participated in brainstorming discussion for the EPOC study on Exploring Police Access and Utilization of Naloxone in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest: Broader Implications for Police Role to assist with abstract submission to AcademyHealth 2021 Conference
  • Rama Salhi assisted with discussion for qualitative data analysis for the EPOC study on Exploring Police Access and Utilization of Naloxone in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest: Broader Implications for Police Role, and assisted with abstract submission to AcademyHealth 2021 Conference
  • Tessa Adzemovic, Rafik Issa, and Alex Shehab assisted with critical appraisal of literature for the development of an exploratory research grant (R21) to continue the ACRU’s work on migrant and refugee child health