Letter From Our Co-Directors

James B. Froehlich, MD, MPH

Dr. Floehlich

Welcome! I am so glad you have taken an interest in our team. We at the Michigan Clinical Outcomes Research and Reporting Program (MCORRP) feel very fortunate to be a part of the effort to study and improve healthcare. I am very proud of the group of dedicated team members you will meet in these pages. The MCORRP family has grown dramatically, from a single faculty member, our founding director Kim Eagle, to the current 16 staff, 15 U of M faculty, 20 nationwide visiting faculty and 20 international affiliated faculty, as you will see in this, our 27th Annual Report! Our team is proof that you can have fun and do great work.

The COVID pandemic has presented unique challenges to all of us. Working almost exclusively from individual homes for the past two years seemed completely antithetical to the team work environment we were so accustomed to. I am grateful and proud that the MCORRP team has risen to the challenge and showed tremendous creativity and adaptability to continue our work as a team. Under the leadership of my Co-director, Eva Kline-Rogers, and our entire team, we have found ways to continue the collaborative teamwork approach to our projects. We were even able to partially re-institute our beloved summer student internship last year, with a hybrid model of remote work, and limited on-site engagement. I am proud to say we had 30 students contribute to our ongoing projects, and each got to pursue a project of their own which were all presented at our summer internship celebration last August.

The MCORRP summer student internship program brings tremendous enrichment and excitement to our year, and we were so pleased to resume last summer. We have seen this internship grow from a single student, to a well-organized, 8-10 week program. The summer student internship, organized and run by returning students, provides them with a research, clinical, and health care quality improvement opportunity that is second to none. (Please refer to the summer internship section for more details)

Our current portfolio of projects runs a very wide spectrum, from collaborative studies of uncommon diseases (The US Registry for Fibromuscular Dysplasia, and the International Registry of Acute Aortic Dissection), to an extensive public school health and lifestyle intervention (Project Healthy Schools), and international efforts to repurpose used pacemakers and defibrillators (My Heart Your Heart). Our biggest program is one of a unique group of statewide collaborative quality improvement initiatives sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Michigan Anticoagulation Quality Improvement Initiative (MAQI2), is a consortium of anticoagulation management services which explores and implements quality improvement efforts across the state of Michigan and shares them around the country and around the world.

One particular focus here at MCORRP has been studying rare diseases. By collaborating around the country and around the world, we seek to gain sufficient experience and knowledge to better understand patterns of disease and potential causes. Our team has focused on three rare diseases: cardiac sarcoidosis, fibromuscular dysplasia, and aortic dissection. We have succeeded in assembling enough expertise and patient experience to make novel observations, which have and continue to lead to new investigations and approaches to diagnosis and treatment, as you will learn in the following pages. We are motivated by this thought: if I or a loved one had a serious but rare condition, wouldn’t we want to know that someone, somewhere, is looking for solutions?  

As you will see in the following pages, you will be hard pressed to find a research team that incorporates more volunteerism, philanthropy, global outreach, education, and fun into their work! Other than my own family, being a part of the MCORRP family gives me the greatest pride and joy. I hope you enjoy reading about our great program, and the talented people who make it happen!

 

Eva Kline-Rogers, RN, MS, NP

Eva Kline-RogersWhat began as Dr. Eagle’s vision over 25 years ago has resulted in an outcomes research laboratory that continues to thrive and challenge faculty, staff, and students to improve health care worldwide. 

We are fortunate to have a team of committed, dedicated, hard-working staff and extraordinary passion and commitment of investigators from around the world.  Dr. Eagle’s leadership has been essential; his exemplary commitment to excellence, inclusiveness and mentorship continues to promote collaboration among a variety of disciplines and professionals. 

The common goal of improving patient outcomes is always part of our collective consciousness. Our team is diverse, with collaborators from Nursing, Pharmacy, Medicine, Public Health, and others contributing to knowledge needed to improve care in a complex healthcare system. Not only do we measure clinical outcomes in cardiovascular patients and student populations, we also examine the delivery of care, ethics of health care, efficiency of care, and assess qualitative outcomes.

The COVID-19 pandemic has continued to challenge our delivery of healthcare in a variety of ways. Our team was able to adapt to the continuing challenges by providing virtual training and mentorship to our students and continued frequent communication with our collaborators around the world.

We were able to provide a student internship program during the summer of 2021 through a hybrid approach of in-person and virtual teaching/learing. The internship program was able to continue to teach team work, creative problem solving, promote leadership that contributes to the development of thoughtful, compassionate adults. Many of the students from 2021 and prior years continue to contribute to MCORRP today.

Each day I am grateful for the opportunity to be involved with this vibrant group of dedicated professionals. In my 40 year career at Michigan, I have never worked with a better group of faculty - who are not only intellectual and thought leaders in their respective fields, but are also genuinely compassionate and nice people! I am also grateful to the many donors and granting agencies who continue to invest in our work. I remain committed to providing a vibrant, challenging and caring environment for our staff but also to preparing our students for the challenges which lie ahead. We will face these challenges with thoughtfulness and compassion, armed with the collective support of members of the MCORRP Family.