This Month at LDI

News and Announcements
Penn selected as site for Clinical Scholars Program. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has selected the University of Pennsylvania as one of four new sites nationwide for its Clinical Scholars Program, beginning in 2005. The two-year program helps young physicians acquire new skills and training in the quantitative and qualitative sciences underlying health services research. We welcome this prestigious program back to Penn and congratulate its Co-Directors, LDI Senior Fellows Harold Feldman & Sandy Schwartz.

Kahn appointed Wharton vice dean. Congratulations to LDI Senior Fellow Barbara Kahn, who was appointed the next vice dean of the Wharton School's Undergraduate Division.

RWJ Health & Society Scholars Research and Education Fund. Penn's new RWJ Health & Society Scholars Program is offering funding to help Penn faculty develop pilot projects in population health that will attract external support for larger-scale studies, or to develop new and innovative didactic material related to population health. Five to ten grants ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 will be competitively awarded. The deadline for two page proposals is March 31. For more information, see:

LDI hosts visiting scholar from Italy. Emanuele Vendramini is visiting LDI from the Bocconi School of Management in Milan. He is a PhD candidate in Public Management from Parma University, and will be spending three months here to finish his thesis on "Programming and Control within the Health Authorities." He plans to learn more about managed care, and to study the effectiveness of balanced scorecards and other tools designed to make doctor/hospital units more accountable for their expenditures. Please feel free to contact Emanuele with mutual interests at

Upcoming Seminars
Health Policy: We are delighted to cosponsor an upcoming Sociology Colloquium, with the Department of Sociology and the RWJ Health & Society Scholars Program at Penn. The colloquium will feature David R. Williams, PhD, MPH, Harold W. Cruse Collegiate Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan, who will discuss "Race, Racism and Health: Evidence and Needed Research." Please note the date and place: Wednesday, March 26, from noon to 1:00 pm, in the McNeil Building, Room 103.
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Research: Are we getting our money's worth from the rising costs of health care in the U.S.? Please join us as Jonathan S. Skinner, PhD, John French Professor of Economics at Dartmouth, sheds new light on the subject on Friday, March 7, 2003, at 12:00 pm.
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Government Relations Update:
News about recent federal and state developments, from the University of Pennsylvania Health System's Office of Government Relations
February 28th edition

Issue Briefs
Accomodating Medical School Faculty with Disabilities
by Annie Steinberg, MD, Lisa I. Iezzoni, MD, MSc, Alicia Conill, MD, and Margaret Stineman, MD

Recent Seminars
Health Policy: Jack Rowe, MD, Chairman and CEO of Aetna, spoke about the role of insurers in improving quality and containing health care costs.
Slides from February 21 presentation

Executive Education
E-curriculum being developed. The executive education group is busy developing an e-curriculum for managed care medical directors for continuing medical education credit through distance learning. This module, the second in a series, is entitled Succeeding as an Executive - Module II, and is expected to be ready for hosting on the University of Pennsylvania's CME website by mid-summer. Several faculty from Wharton and the School of Medicine are involved as members of the Editorial Board, providing guidance and direction of the content. The objective of the curriculum is to improve the management skills of medical directors in the areas of data gathering and financial reporting.

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