Back to the Bedside Grant

The ACGME Council of Review Committee Residents (CRCR) designed the “Back to Bedside” initiative to empower residents and fellows to develop transformative projects that combat burnout by fostering meaning in their learning environments; engaging on a deeper level with what is at the heart of medicine: their patients.  The ACGME recently announced the selection of funding recipients for “Back to Bedside” after narrowing down to thirty recipients from 230 submissions.  Neurosurgery resident, Dr. James Wright, was awarded one of these grants for his project entitled, “Back to the Future:  Surgical Rehearsal Platform (SRP) Technology as a Means to Improve Surgeon-Patient Alliance, Patient Satisfaction, and Resident Experience.”   His co-resident, Dr. Jessey Chugh, was also named on this grant and will be working with Dr. Wright.  

Dr. Gabriel Smith’s abstract on “HCAHPS scores impacted by length-of-stay following lumbar spine surgery” was selected for oral presentation at the annual meeting of the Ohio State Neurosurgical Society which was held on March 10th.    Dr. Smith also had another abstract accepted for poster presentation at the meeting:   “Antiplatelet and Anticoagulant Usage May Predict Mortality after Burrhole or Craniotomy for Chronic Subdural Hematoma Evacuation”.

Dr. Thomas Ostergard was invited to give an oral presentation entitled, “Primary Dural repair after endoscopic endonasal approaches to the cribriform using nonpenetrating titanium clips: initial experience and surgical technique” at the North American Skull Base Surgery annual meeting in Coronado Bay, California in February, 2018.    

Drs. Simone Dekker, Thomas Ostergard and Chad Glenn collaborated on a poster presentation at the 2018 North American Skull Base Surgery annual meeting entitled, “E-Learning in neurosurgical education - what can we learn from other specialties?”


Dr. Tiffany Hodges was presented with the 2017 Minority Faculty Development Award by University Hospitals’ Center for Clinical Excellence, Diversity and Inclusion to pursue her research interest involving Glioblastoma (GBM). 

Dr. Krystal Tomei was elected to the American Medical Association Council on Medical Education. This Council consists of 10 total members elected in sequential years by the AMA House of Delegates to serve 4 year terms. The Council serves to provide annual reports to the AMA on the current conditions of medical education in the US and make suggestions as to the various means by which the AMA may favorably influence and elevate medical education.

Dr. Krystal Tomei received an American Medical Association Foundation Excellence in Medicine Award. This award program recognizes medical students and physicians who exemplify the highest values of the profession in categories of community engagement, volunteerism, leadership and service to underserved populations. Dr. Tomei was selected as one of two early-career physician recipients in recognition of her leadership and contribution to organized medicine.

Dr. Jonathan Miller was awarded the Kaiser-Permanente Excellence in Teaching Award on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at the CWRU School of Medicine graduation ceremony.   This award is given to faculty members who demonstrate exceptional commitment to the education of the medical students.   The medical students choose the winner of the award and unanimously voted to give the award to Dr. Miller.

Manish Kasliwal, M.D. has been selected as the recipient of a 2017 Edgar G. Dawson Traveling Fellowship which is awarded by The Scoliosis Research Society (SRS). As a recipient of the fellowship, Dr. Kasliwal will be able to spend two to three days at a spinal deformity center staffed by active SRS members to enhance his education and skills in this field.