Now Accepting Nominations! Program Overview, Timeline, and Application information available below. Interested physicians should ask Department Chairs for nomination as soon as possible.

Background: The MAPMG Physician Research Scholars Program is part of a multifaceted approach to increase scholarship and opportunities for research for MAPMG Physicians. The MAPMG Physician Research Scholars Program provides a select cohort of physician researchers with dedicated research time to advance clinical research projects (with emphasis on health services and operational research).

Program Structure and Outcomes

  • Up to 3 MAPMG Physician Research Scholars will be selected for a 2-year term through an application process.
  • During their term, Scholars will be granted 0.2 FTE to develop 2 projects respectively with the support of the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Research Institute (MAPRI) staff.
  • Scholars will receive scientific mentorship from a MAPRI Researcher
  • Scholars will engage in a curriculum covering research principles and approaches.
  • Scholars are expected to have 2 abstracts accepted to peer-reviewed conferences in their area of study and submit 2 manuscripts for publication in high impact, peer-reviewed journals within 24 months. Scholars will have access to the MAPRI Scientific Writer to support manuscript development and submission.
  • Scholars to attend weekly progress calls, monthly Scholars conference call, and be assessed for progress on 3-month intervals.
 Application and Selection Process:

1. Program Announcement – May 2022
2. Call for Candidates – May – June 10, 2022
3. Nominees Submit an Application – June 13 – July 22, 2022
4. Application Review – July 25 – September 2, 2022
5. Interview – September 6 – September 30, 2022
6. MAPMG Physician Research Scholars Announced – October 2022
7. Begin Research – Q1 2023

 Meet our 2021-2023 MAPMG Physician Research Scholars

Dr. Katharine Sznajder
Mentor: Nancy Weinfield

Dr. Sznajder is an OB/GYN in the DCSM Service Area.

She attended medical school at New York University School of Medicine and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan Medical Center.

Dr. Sznajder will study contraceptive use among women with complex medical conditions.


Submitted Abstracts:
Annual Clinical & Scientific Meeting
Project Title: Characteristics and outcomes associated with COVID-19 infection in pregnancy
Location: San Diego, California
May 6 – 8, 2022

Dr. Tierra Burrell
Mentor: Michael Horberg, Nancy Ortiz, Cabell Jonas

Dr. Burrell is a Pediatrician in the Baltimore Service Area.    ​

She attended medical school at The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine and completed her residency in Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.   ​

Dr. Burrell’s research will focus on methods to reduce depressive and anxiety symptoms among adolescents.


Submitted Abstracts:
Pediatric Academic Societies Abstract Submission
Project Title: Family Structure and Access to Behavioral Healthcare during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Location: Denver, Colorado
April 20 – 27, 2022
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Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine Meeting
Project Title: Adolescent Mental Healthcare Utilization during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Conference Theme: “Caring for Adolescents in a Post-Pandemic World”
Location: San Diego, CA
March 9, 2022 – March 12, 2022

Dr. Kurt Wenk
Mentor: Michael Miller

Dr. Wenk is a Dermatologist in the NOVA Service Area.    ​

He attended medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed his residency at Georgetown University Hospital Center.   ​

Dr. Wenk’s research will focus on the utilization of laboratory monitoring during oral Terbinafine therapy for onychomycosis.

Frequently Asked Questions
 Will analytic and statistical support be provided?

Yes, selected Scholars will have access to analysts and a biostatistician to support their work.

 Will basic science research be supported?

No, basic science research cannot be supported.

 Will both adult and pediatric projects be considered?


 Who is responsible for the approval of all research projects?

Dr. Michael Horberg (Associate Medical Director Research) and your Physician in Chief (PIC) must approve all research. We also have an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to approve all research protocols and provide applicable trainings.