JetPack Clinical Scholarship Program

In 2017, the Division of Hospital Medicine launched “JetPack,” a scholarship program aimed specifically at clinicians interested in quality improvement or operational efforts.

The purpose of JetPack is to provide peer-to-peer mentoring within a resource rich environment to help mentees succeed, typically junior faculty with little experience in conducting or writing a research/QI project. It is designed to help hospital medicine faculty pursue academic work that will lead to the publication of a peer-reviewed paper.

JetPack is built around a core structure that includes the following elements:

  • A primary mentor: This individual works closely with the mentee to provide ongoing support and advice during the program
  • A senior mentor: This individual supports both the mentee and junior mentor, providing tactical and strategic advice and periodic assistance with projects as needed
  • Educational curriculum: JetPack is supported by Department of Internal Medicine faculty members and staff, all of whom provide an educational structure to sessions:
    • Ashwin Gupta, MD, Director of Faculty Development, oversees the program and provides support to mentees throughout the cycle of their projects
    • Martha Quinn, MPH, provides didactic sessions and support on qualitative and survey research methods
    • Jennifer Horowitz, MS, assists with IRB submissions, protocol writing, and finalization for a research/QI project
    • Todd Greene, PhD, MPH, provides support related to epidemiology, study design, and research methods
    • Jason Engle, BS, Project Manager, oversees and provides support for all JetPack sessions

JetPack selection is a competitive process open to junior faculty (Assistant Professor and below) only. The program runs for a 1-year period with mentees returning as mentors in subsequent years, creating a culture of support and academic productivity..

Class of 2019-2020

Class of 2018-2019

  • Jawad Al-Khafaji, MD, MSHA (Mentor: Ashwin Gupta): How Do Components of Currently Published Checklists to Reduce Diagnostic Error Fit Within a Human Factors Framework?: A Systematic Review of the Literature
  • Matthew Luzum, MD, MPH (Mentor: David Paje): Developing a Diagnostic Time-Out to Reduce Unnecessary Transthoracic Echocardiograms Among Patients Presenting with Suspected Syncope to a Medical Short Stay Unit
  • Jonathan Sebolt, MD (Mentor: David Bozaan): Assessing Physician Awareness of NPO Status in Hospitalized Patients
  • Porama Thanaporn, MD (Mentor: Jeff Rohde): Relationship Between 30 Day Readmission Rates in Patients Admitted for Heart Failure and Opioid Use at Discharge

Class of 2017-2018

  • Monee Amin, MD (Mentor: Vineet Chopra): How often do patients “Google” medical information during hospitalization?
  • Ruby Marr, MD (Mentor: Anu Goyal): What is the prevalence, structure, and focus of Second Victim Programs in the USNWR Top 25 hospitals?
  • David Stephenson, MD, MS (Mentor: RJ Schildhouse): How do hospitalists perceive their readiness, training, and willingness to run cardiac arrest codes?
  • Sonal Kamalia, MBBS (Mentor: Dave Wesorick): Art-Escape - Can group art therapy help improve feelings of well-being among hospitalized patients?

The ultimate goal of this program is to create a division in which every interested hospitalist is able to find effective mentorship and pursue academic work; thereby contributing new knowledge to the field, enriching a hospitalist’s career, and creating an ideal balance of clinical and intellectual effort.

For more information regarding JetPack, please email:

Ashwin Gupta, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Director, Faculty Development
Division of Hospital Medicine


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