Summaries of Independent Scientist (K) Awards
Institution: University of Maryland, Baltimore
Grant Title: Improving Patient Safety and Disease Management While on Contact Isolation
Grant Number: K08 HS018111
Duration: 5 years (2009-2014)
Total Award: $689,000
Project Description: This research has three main aims:
- Identify and quantify the negative effects associated with patients on contact isolation.
- Evaluate how contact isolation modified staff behavior and hospital flow.
- Identify predictors of adverse events while on contact isolation.
Career Goals: Dr. Morgan is an Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and an Associate Hospital Epidemiologist at the Veterans Affairs of Maryland. He received his MD from the University of Rochester where he also did his residency in Internal Medicine. Dr. Morgan went on to serve as a Research Fellow in International Medicine at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. This was followed by a Clinical Fellow appointment in International Medicine and Infectious Diseases also at the Weill Medical College. The grantee is committed to a career in academic medicine as an infectious disease epidemiologist. His long-term goal is to become a leader in the area of patient safety and the optimal application of patient isolation.
Progress to Date: The grantee has completed his academic coursework and will defend his Master's thesis. He has defined the query and patient population for the historical cohort in Aim #1 and primary data collection has begun for the prospective cohort, also in Aim#1. Dr. Morgan began mentoring a PhD student.
Future Plans: Dr. Morgan will complete preliminary analysis on the patient population cohort in Aim #1 and prepare a manuscript for publication.
Highlights and Specific Accomplishments:
- Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy/Infectious Diseases Society of America (ICAAC/IDSA) Travel Award Recipient, 2008.
- Safety, Health, Environmental and Quality (SHEQ) Travel Award Recipient, 2007.
- Jonathan Freeman Scholarship awardee, 2006.
K-Generated Publications: None thus far.