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Researcher | Research Overview

Dr. Rosman developed and implemented a novel pediatric early warning score (PEWS) for use in resource-limited settings in Rwanda and validated that score. Following validation she conducted intensive nurse and physician training around PEWS, vital signs assessment, interprofessional collaboration and a rapid response team protocol and is assessing the impact of this training and implementation on process measures, interprofessional collaboration and on pediatric mortality with a goal of eventually attempting to validate this score across a wide-variety of resource-limited settings to improve care and reduce pediatric inpatient mortality. As part of decreasing pediatric inpatient mortality in resource-limited settings Dr. Rosman developed a simulation curriculum in Rwanda and conducted a study comparing traditional simulation to rapid cycle deliberate practice simulation and were able to demonstrate that low-fidelity simulation can be quite effective in improving pediatric resident resuscitation skills in complex scenarios regardless of simulation teaching method.

Dr. Rosman is also quite interested in research around both domestic and global health equity, the impact of racism and colonialism on global health, and on health disparities. During her Commonwealth Fund Minority Health Policy Fellowship she did work examining the impact of early childhood education on health outcomes. During her Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship her research focused on barriers to patients and families being able to fill necessary prescriptions on discharge from the pediatric emergency department.

Researcher | Research Background

Samantha Rosman, MD, MPH is a Pediatric Emergency Physician at Boston Children’s Hospital. Samantha also works at Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Kigali (CHUK) through the Rwanda Human Resources for Health Program, a large grant devoted to Rwandan health system strengthening. She lived and worked in Rwanda with HRH for two years from 2013-2015 and now continues her involvement working 2 months a year in Kigali. In Rwanda she has supported the strengthening of the Rwandan pediatrics residency, taught both clinically and formally about acute pediatric health care, launched a simulation based acute-care curriculum, and mentored a variety of pediatric resident research projects. Samantha’s research has focused on developing a novel Pediatric Early Warning Score for use in Resource-Limited settings as well as in simulation techniques to improve pediatric resuscitation performance in resource-limited settings. In 2016 Dr. Rosman completed the Commonwealth Fund Mongan Fellowship in Minority Health Policy at Harvard Medical School and her MPH in Health Management at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is very interested in global health equity and the impact of racism and colonialism on global health education and practice. As such she is currently co-founding and co-directing a Global Health Equity Curriculum at Boston Children's Hospital. She has facilitated a bidirectional education exchange between the University of Rwanda Department of Pediatrics and Boston Children's Hospital. In addition she teaches on the role of implicit bias in global health and the equitable implementation of global health rotations as well as global health work. Dr. Rosman is also chairing the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Social Justice Administrative Subgroup at Boston Children's where she is working to create a Departmental Statement of Antiracism and improve collection of Race, Ethnicity and Language Data within the department.

Samantha active in health policy and advocacy since medical school. During residency and fellowship she served on the American Medical Association Board of Trustees, helping lead their efforts on advocacy for covering the uninsured serving as the national spokesperson for the "Voice for the Uninsured Campaign". She continues to serve on the American Academy of Pediatrics delegation to the American Medical Association and is newly appointed to the Massachusetts Medical Society's Antiracism Task Force as well as the Society's Committee on Public Health.

Samantha is committed to addressing social determinants of health, disparities in health care, and implicit bias both in the U.S. as well as internationally.

Researcher | Publications