Physician Scholars Programs

Advanced Hospital Medicine Clinical Scholars Program

One-year program designed to build expertise in POCUS, evidence-based medicine, Bayesian Reasoning, and medical Education. Clinical Scholars are hired as Faculty and participate in educational didactics at the beginning of the year, transitioning into clinical practice. Scholars will function as a 0.65 FTE faculty and will be assigned a mix of day, swing, admitting, and night shifts. The scholar will have direct access to the core faculty of the program who will help facilitate incorporation of POCUS and EBM skills to daily patient care. 

Choose an area of interest such as POCUS research (i.e., diagnostic test characteristic, outcomes, patient satisfaction), clinical decision making (i.e., development of point of care decision tools), evidence based medicine (i.e., plan and conduct a meta-analysis under mentorship of core faculty), or curriculum development. The expectation is to have large portion of the project completed by the end of the year, preferably submitted for a presentation and/or as a manuscript for publication


Develop Expertise in the following clinical areas:

Point of Care Ultrasonography

  • Build advanced skills in cardiac, lung, abdominal, lower extremity venous, renal/urinary system, and musculoskeletal ultrasonography under guided mentorship.
  • By the end of the academic year, complete the full ACCP/Chest online image portfolio and start the process for obtaining POCUS certification from SHM.
  • Mentor and teach internal medicine residents taking POCUS elective. Actively participate in faculty development in POCUS.
  • Take an active teaching role in internal medicine residency POCUS curriculum (outside of the elective).

Advanced Clinical Decision Making

  • Learn Bayesian approach to clinical decision making.
  • Develop advanced skills in interpretation of diagnostic information by incorporating diagnostic test characteristics such as pre- and post-test probabilities, sensitivity, specificity, likelihood ratios, multilevel likelihood ratios, ROC curves, etc.
  • Understand and apply decision thresholds (testing, treatment, action thresholds) to patient care.
  • Take an active role in teaching these skills to medical students, residents and faculty.

Advanced Critical Appraisal of Medical Literature

  • Master critical appraisal of variety of study designs that include but is not limited to observational study, randomized clinical trial, adaptive randomizations, Bayesian trials, conventional meta-analysis, meta regression, and network meta-analysis.
  • Lead journal club sessions with advanced practitioner fellows and medical students.
  • Participate in peer-review process for a reputable medical journal to practice application of critical appraisal.

Program Leadership

Program Director:
Amiran Baduashvili, MD



Associate Program Director:
Carolina Ortiz-Lopez, MD