Michael Ward, MD, MBA, assistant professor at the UC College of Medicine, has been awarded the 2011 Emergency Medicine Foundation Research Fellowship, a national competition with just a single recipient annually. Dr. Ward is an emergency medicine physician at University Hospital and is also pursuing a master of science in business analytics (MS-BA) in the Department of Operations and Business Analytics at the UC College of Business.
The two-year, $150,000 fellowship award will fund his work on integrating operations research (OR) methods into healthcare. Specifically, his grant will fund the study of the operational effects of electronic health records in emergency departments, using discrete-event simulation to model how implementation strategies can be improved.
Craig Froehle, PhD, associate professor of operations management and one of Dr. Ward's mentors on the grant, is enthusiastic about the news. "This award is further evidence of the potential for widespread improvement by applying OR to health care," Froehle noted. "We are very proud of, and encouraged by, Mike's ongoing efforts to bring the two disciplines closer together."