Congratulations to the 2017 SHEA Epi Project finalists. This annual program was established by the SHEA Education and Research Foundation to foster novel research projects in healthcare epidemiology. Grant funding is awarded to an early investigator with a MPH, PhD, or a MD degree and within 5 years of completion of training. The program seeks to identify and support new healthcare epidemiology research initiatives that align with SHEA's Research Agenda.

Finalists selected from a pool of written proposal submissions will travel to the SHEA Spring 2017 Conference to deliver an oral presentation before a panel of judges. The finalists each receive $1,500 and the winner of the competition receives a research grant award of up to $20,000. This year’s competition is being held at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch in St. Louis, MO. The finalists are:

2017 SHEA Epi Project Competition Finalists

  • Jason P. Burnham, MD, Washington University in St. Louis
    Readmissions and mortality after multidrug resistant infections: the impact of various definitions of multidrug resistance

  • Margaret Fitzpatrick, MD, MS, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine Center of Innovation for Complex Chronic Healthcare Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital
    Antifungal stewardship strategies among Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America Research Network facilities

  • Sara Keller, MD, MPH, MSHP, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
    Home-based outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT): Learning about Central Venous Catheter complication prevention when patients are the providers

  • Eric Lofgren, PhD, Washington State University
    Examining the Role of Stochasticity on Hospital Infection Rate Evaluation Metrics

  • J. Daniel Markley, DO, Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center
    Current Geographic Trends in Antimicrobial Consumption Including a Novel Anti-Pseudomonal Use Metric in United States Veterans Affairs Hospitals

Visit SHEA Epi-Project Application Details for more information about this and future Epi Project events. Questions and inquiries can be sent to epicompetition@shea-online.org. Visit this page for announcements on future events.