PACER Fellowship Program
Award up to two fellowships annually to support rsearcher
on projects of merit related to disaster preparedness and public
Completed Project Overview
The PACER Fellows Program was an incredible success, boasting
four fellows who stayed on to work in the fields of Catastrophic
Event Research, Disaster Medicine, Pandemic Influenza, Community
Resilience and Surge Capacity.
Below are the PACER fellows and descriptions of their work:
Lauren Sauer, M.Sc.
Ms. Sauer's focus was on increasing capacity in the wake of
disasters. Her work centered around hospital surge capacity,
post-disaster infrastructure resiliency and appropriateness of
post-disaster aid. Ms. Sauer continued her work with PACER after
completion of her fellowship and Masters degrees (homeland security
management and health system preparedness) by becoming the program
manager and later associate director for PACER. Once her fellowship
was complete in the first year of PACER II, she assumed
responsibilities for all administrative and educational aspects of
Andrea Dugas, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Dugas joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2010 to pursue a
PACER fellowship. Completing herfellowship in 2012, Dr. Dugas
remained on faculty to continue her research at Johns Hopkins
PACER. Dr. Dugas' current research focus is the detection and
management of infectious diseases in the context of pandemics. Her
work spans from initial detection of infection through clinical
application ofsurveillance tools, to directed antimicrobial use
based on integration of surveillance and diagnostictesting. She is
currently involved in numerous cross-disciplinary efforts
integrating clinical medicinewith disaster and public health
response. Her work as a PACER fellow was instrumental in informing
both FluCast and Hopscore (see project descriptions for Drs.
Rothman and Levin, respectively).
Jamil Bayram, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Bayram's PACER work focused around operational metrics for
assessing hospital performance in disasters. His work as a PACER
fellow was used to inform the Surge Model (see project - hospital
surge metrics.) He holds master's degrees in public health,
disaster medicine, and educational measurementand has participated
in leading citywide planning and response efforts related to
pandemic influenza, terrorism, and other public health
Erica Shelton, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Shelton was a PACER fellow in 2013 and has agreed to stay on in
the Department of Emergency Medicine to continue her work with
underserved populations in disasters. Her research interests
include health disparities and efficiency of health care delivery
models in disaster settings. She focuses on theway these areas
impact resiliency in a disaster population. Other areas of special
interest include health literacy, especially among underserved