Workforce Studies Team
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Da'Shia Davis is a project specialist at the AAMC. She provides support for several critical programs and projects across Health Care Affairs, including Project CORE and Academic Practice Plan Directors (APPD). Ms. Davis is the lead Workforce Studies staff for website analytics and intranet resources development and curation. She also assists in the planning and management of AAMC’s Annual Health Workforce Research Conference.
Michael J. Dill is Director of Workforce Studies at AAMC. During his more than eight years at AAMC, and nearly fifteen years in health workforce research, Mr. Dill has worked extensively on numerous studies of physician workforce patterns, projections and patients’ experiences of the health care system. In leading the AAMC Workforce Studies team, he is responsible for managing a team of researchers in pursuit of a research program to support and inform AAMC, its members, and the broader workforce research and policy community in their planning for the nation’s physician workforce needs.
Mr. Dill directly oversees the ongoing development and refinement of all AAMC’s physician workforce projections endeavors. He manages their annual projections updates - a critical and high-profile resource for the policy community. He is also the principal architect and lead analyst for AAMC’s innovative new physician workforce projections model, working with regional partners to develop greater insights into context-specific physician workforce planning and policy making through a process of facilitated, stakeholder-driven solutions development. He is the lead investigator on the AAMC’s biannual Consumer Survey of Health Care Access, developing new understandings of the linkages between consumer experiences of health care and health workforce planning and policy development.
He received his Master of Public Affairs and Policy from Rockefeller College.
Kara Fisher is a data analyst in workforce studies at the AAMC. They are involved in a number of projects and reports to inform the academic medicine community and policymakers about trends and issues related to the health workforce - including the State Physician Workforce Data Book, Workforce Specialty Data Book, and Medical School Enrollment Survey. Mx. Fisher earned their master’s degree in public health from Drexel University.
Sarah Hampton is a program specialist at the AAMC. She is involved in various projects within the Ambulatory Care Unit, particularly Project CORE: Coordinating Optimal Referral Experiences--Implementing eConsults and Enhanced Referrals and examining the use of telehealth. Previously, Ms. Hampton worked at a not-for-profit hospice in the Quality and Education Department and as a Health Volunteer with Peace Corps Uganda.
Karen C. Jones is a senior data analyst in workforce studies. She has recently been involved in a number of research projects that include examining the workforce implications of medical school expansion, investigating the factors that are associated with medical student career paths, and identifying the characteristics of international medical graduates over time. Prior to joining the AAMC, she was a lead research scientist in the Department of Health Policy at The George Washington University where she was responsible for the statistical analyses and data management for a variety of projects including those related to hospital quality and performance measurement. Ms. Jones earned her master’s degree in applied statistics from Louisiana State University.
Scott Shipman, MD, MPH, serves as the director of primary care initiatives and workforce analysis at the AAMC. Dr. Shipman coordinates primary care oriented activities taking place across the AAMC, and works with a wide range of primary care leaders to enhance promote dissemination of effective innovations in teaching and delivery of primary care. A general pediatrician and health services researcher by training, Dr. Shipman has studied the health care workforce extensively. He guides AAMC activities promoting the role of primary care in emerging high-value ambulatory care models, with a focus on improving care at the interface of primary care and specialty care.
Dr. Shipman graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, completed his residency and chief residency at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, and subsequently completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars fellowship at Johns Hopkins. He received his MPH from Johns Hopkins. Dr. Shipman has served a number of statewide and national committees focused on health care workforce policy. He co-founded a Physician Assistant training program in New Hampshire, and was a Commissioner for the Accreditation Review Commission for Physician Assistants. Dr. Shipman maintains a faculty position at Geisel School of Medicine and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, where he serves on the primary care leadership team and consults on new delivery models in support of high value care.
Imam M Xierali, PhD, is Senior Researcher in the workforce studies team in Health Care Affairs. His research interests are in health workforce, diversity, disparities in health and health care, statistical modeling, and spatial statistics. He joined AAMC in 2012 as Manager of Public Health and Diversity Initiatives at the Diversity Policy and Programs. He is also Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, Georgetown University Medical Center, Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Geography, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, and board member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. Previously, he was Health Geographer and Research Scientist at the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care.