Evan Calkins, MD, Community-Based Research Fellowship

The Evan Calkins, MD, Community-Based Research Fellowship provides funding for community-based research or quality improvement projects conducted by residents or junior faculty. Priority will be given to proposals directed toward the health care needs of the poor and medically disadvantaged in a community-based setting.

The annual award encourages recipients to explore and discover the rewards and opportunities of community-based scholarship.

Residents, fellows (PGY 1-7) and junior faculty whose career goals are centered around clinical practice are encouraged to apply.

Application Closed

The deadline to submit a proposal for the Evan Calkins Community-Based Fellowship Award has expired.

Information for the 2021 award will be posted as it becomes available.

Evan Calkins, MD

Evan Calkins, MD

Evan Calkins, MD, served as director of medicine at Meyer Memorial Hospital, now Erie County Medical Center, for 12 years. During that time, the clear but unmet needs of the community, especially in poor and medically underserved areas, made a strong impression on him. Calkins believed medical institutions have an obligation to improve the quality of, and access to, health care throughout the community. The Calkins fellowship is a product of this conviction.

Award Amount

Up to $4000 for distribution among 1 or more recipients.


Notification to winners by Friday, May 8, 2020.

The award will be presented at the “Celebration of Scholarship” on Friday, June 5, 2020.



Following approval of your letter of intent, you must be a resident, fellow (PGY 1-7) or junior faculty member (assistant professor on tenure or non-tenured track) in any clinical department of the medical school or the School of Public Health and Health Professions.   

Residents of the combined internal medicine/general preventive medicine residency are also eligible.


Your project must be implemented in a community setting, a community-based clinical practice, an ambulatory clinic or an emergency room setting of a UB-affiliated hospital.

Consult and execute preliminary planning with a faculty member possessing recognized expertise in community-based research or quality improvement.

An active faculty member with appropriate expertise should mentor and guide you throughout the program.

Be specific in these areas:

  • the research question or quality improvement aim
  • indicate if and how the project aligns with priorities of the community, hospitals and other organizations
  • the proposed methodology, budget and timeline
  • description of the work including measurable outcomes, impact on the community, preliminary data and relevant references
  • qualifications of your mentor to coach a research or quality improvement project and their role in guiding the design of the project
  • description of the role you will play in the conduct of the proposed research
The award reviewers will expect that your proposal contains these elements, as applicable.

Acceptable Proposals

Examples of possible proposals include:

  • description and documentation of a current problem in health care identifying specific issues preventing a positive outcome
  • controlled study of an investigation designed to address a specific management problem
  • translation of evidence-based guidelines into practice
  • replication of published research in a new setting
  • addressing one or more phases of the quality improvement cycle
  • enhancement of patient self-management

A committee appointed by the senior associate dean for graduate medical education reviews all applications.

The committee bases selections on:

  • the strength of your research proposal and personal statement
  • the study’s potential impact on community health
  • the quality of the research environment and its appropriateness for the proposed study
  • your potential to develop into a practicing physician or researcher as evidenced by letters of support
  • your agreement to present your work at next year’s UB GME Research Day if you win the award

Proposals directed toward the health care needs of the poor and medically disadvantaged, especially for work that has not yet been done in Buffalo, will receive priority.

Past Recipients


Mary Kathryn Mannix, DO Pediatric Infectious Disease An Educational Intervention to Improve Adherence to Pharyngitis Testing and Treatment Guidelines in a Private Pediatric Urgent Care Center
Kenny Jung-Taek Oh, MD Vascular Surgery Integrated
Improving Access to Healthcare-Related Legal Services: A Method to Address the Social Determinants of Health for Vascular Surgery Patients

Honorable Mention

Salman Bhat, MBBS

Internal Medicine
Optimization of Diabetes Care by Implementing Patient Education Initiatives and Evidence Based Guidelines in a Safety Net Primary Clinic: A Quality Improvement Project

Honorable Mention

Yadunath Pokharel, MBBS

Internal Medicine/Preventive Medicine
Working Together to Make Women Healthier


Patrick O. Kenney, MD Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Quantifying Discordance and Associated Demographic Factors in the Detection of Latent Tuberculosis Infections by Tuberculin Skin Testing and Interferon-Gamma Release Assays
Honorable Mention
Hassan A. Khan, MD
Internal Medicine Improving Blood Pressure Control in an Academic Safety-Net Primary Care Clinic: Quality Improvement Project
Honorable Mention
Taryn C. Spencer, MD
Internal Medicine

Improving Transition of Care for Patients With Substance Use Disorder


Joshua Lynch, DO,
Emergency Medicine Emergency Department Initiation of Buprenorphine and Rapid Referral to Treatment
Honorable Mention
Naren Nallapeta
Internal Medicine Improving PPI Prescribing Practices in an Academic Safety-net Primary Care Clinic: Quality Improvement Project


Prerana Baranwal Pediatrics Addressing Childhood Obesity through Dyslipidemia Screening: Measuring Frequency of Dyslipidemia Screening with Substitution of Random Lipid Panel for Fasting Lipid Panel
Raed Yacoub Internal Medicine Enhancing the Prevention of Microvascular Complications of Diabetes Type 2: A Resident-led QI Project


Diane E. Miller Pediatric Endocrinology Addressing Type I Diabetes in Children, and Using Telehealth to Increase Engagement of Parents and Families


Centrael Tyson Evans Opthalmology Smart Phone Attachments for Diagnosing Ophthalmological Emergencies


Kenyani Davis Internal Medicine/Social and Preventative Medicine The Giant Elephant in the Room: Under Utilization of Hospice Care Amongst the African-American Community
Honorable Mention
Timothy Bryan
Orthopaedic Surgery Emergency Department Utitlization and Follow Up for Orthopedic Care at a Tertiary Care Facility


Roberto O. Diaz Del Carpio, MD, MPH Internal Medicine/Social and Preventative Medicine A Pilot of Shared Medical Visits to Improve Diabetes Care at Hertel-Elmwood Internal Medical Center, Buffalo NY

Questions? Please contact:

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