Current Fellows - Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC)
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Current Fellows

Nina Akbar, MD

Fellowship Period: 2019 - present

Fellowship Track: Independent Investigator

Dr. Nina Akbar is a board-certified Infectious Diseases physician, completing her clinical subspecialty training at the University of Rochester Medical Center in 2019. During her clinical fellowship, she investigated how provider antibiotic prescribing behaviors could prevent the creation and propagation of infections with multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) in high-risk populations and led initiatives in outpatient antimicrobial stewardship.

Professional Interests and Goals: Dr. Akbar's research interests are in the areas of emerging MDROs as related to healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship programs. Her goal is to become a health services researcher and infectious diseases clinician with expertise in evaluating, designing, and implementing decision-making and communication models for the access and delivery of specialty care for Veterans in order to improve patient experiences and outcomes.

Why did you apply to the Fellowship with CIVIC?

"I saw opportunity in the Portland VA's HSR&D Advanced Fellowship program to support my path towards becoming a physician-scientist with its fellow-focused curriculum and experiential learning methods, fostering young investigators' growth towards acquiring grantsmanship skills and sponsoring a platform to apply for early career research development awards."

What have you gained from the program so far?

"As a fellow, you are integrated within a unique multidisciplinary research collaborative through the Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC), introducing you to a professional network of VA investigators who work with you not only to help serve Veterans in Oregon and southwest Washington but also across the United States."

What projects are you or will you be working on?

"My current projects include looking at ways to reduce HAIs by understanding antibiotic utilization, infectious disease specialty care engagement processes, and provider-directed decision support interventions for the tracking and prevention of MDRO transmission. I am also working on a project focusing on patient-physician communication and decision-making experiences to direct patient-centered outcomes."