SCORE Updates


September 2020

During the latest recruitment period for the Surgical/Subspecialist Outcomes Research Fellowship, also known as the SCORE Fellowship, we received a record total of number of applications for the program’s seventh year that started this past July.  This was the first year in SCORE’s history during which the number of applicants who showed promise of success outpaced the number of spots we had available to offer.  The fellowship’s Co-Directors ultimately selected the following six scholars, whom we proudly announce and congratulate below:

  • Elizabeth Boggs, MD is an Assistant Professor in Hospital Medicine, whose research interests broadly involve identifying drivers of high quality care on a systems level.  More specifically, she is invested in healthcare quality for patients navigating the transition from pediatric to adult care.
  • Jose (Pepe) Diaz-Miron, MD, an Assistant Professor in Pediatric Surgery, worked for the greater part of his undergraduate experience in a biochemistry lab, and went on to earn several young investigator awards during medical school and residency.  His ultimate career goal involves a fruitful clinical practice where he can observe deficits in care, identify new ideas to address current management strategies, and devise clinical research plans to arrive at new answers for issues affecting his pediatric surgical patients.
  • Jennifer Hranilovich, MD, an Assistant Professor in Pediatric Neurology, studies the way in which hormones such as estrogen and testosterone influence the development of headache in puberty as well as the changes in brain structure and function that show how this development happens. A particular group of patients in which she studies this is transgender youth, with her primary research technique involving imaging of the brain using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
  • Nicole Poole, MD, an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics-Infectious Diseases, joined faculty at Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO) in November 2019 to establish and lead a new Outpatient Antimicrobial Stewardship Program and conduct research in the field of outpatient antimicrobial stewardship. Her research goals include decreasing unnecessary antibiotic prescribing for children in ambulatory settings by implementing evidence-based antimicrobial stewardship efforts across diverse health care systems, as well as investigating novel ways to improve outpatient pediatric antimicrobial prescribing, such as the implementation of socio-behavioral interventions.
  • Justin Searns, MD is an Assistant Professor in Pediatric Hospital Medicine. Well on his way with a number of first author publications on the topic, his long-term career goal is become an independent investigator studying the clinical and economic impacts from interventions that improve the care of children hospitalized with musculoskeletal (MSK) infections.
  • Dr. Amy Yu, MD is an Assistant Professor in Hospital Medicine.  She is interested in expanding beyond quality improvement work with the pursuit of a research career surrounding transitions of care, specifically with a focus on interhospital transfers (IHT).

We are delighted to have all six scholars participating in the SCORE fellowship, and expect each one will be not only be a pleasure to train but will go on to be successful, independently-funded physician researchers. Congratulations to the six of you!