ERLI: Education Research Lab and Incubator

The ALiEM ERLI (pronounced as “early”) is a collaborative research network, focused on a data-driven approach to advancing medical education and mentoring future education researchers who support our mission.

We are physicians, scientists, and educators working together to continually improve the way we do medical education by finding, sharing, and implementing the best possible evidence. Prior accomplishments include:

Interesting learning more? Contact us.

Simiao Li-Sauerwine, MD MSCR
Simiao Li-Sauerwine, MD MSCRERLI Chief Academic Officer
Assistant Program Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
The Ohio State University

Residency Wellbeing Innovation Hub

Our current primary focus within education research is on resident wellbeing. As result, we have collected a robust database of innovations after we asked emergency medicine residency leaders for their MOST EFFECTIVE interventions in their programs. We are thrilled to share this crowdsourced data with the collective education community.

Key Collaborators

These are collaborators who have co-authored prior publications and/or are working on active ERLI projects:

  • Newton Addo, BSc
  • Nicole Battaglioli, MD
  • Arlene Chung, MD
  • Wendy Coates, MD
  • Michelle Lin, MD
  • Matthew Melamed, MD MPH
  • Tim Moran, PhD
  • Sarah Mott, MD
  • Katie Rebillot, DO
  • Sneha Shah, MD
  • Lainie Yarris, MD MSCR

Education Research Consultation Service

Have an education research idea? We have experts who can help refine your ideas into a well-designed research study. Submit the request form, and one of our consultants will contact you.

Submit a Consultation Request

Information that we need:

  1. Introduction ~2 sentences: What is known/what is the background about this topic? What is the gap in knowledge?
  2. Methods ~3 sentences: What is your population of interest? Inclusion/exclusion criteria? What will your method of study be? What will you measure? How will you analyze your results?
  3. Results ~1-2 sentences: What results do you expect to find from your study?
  4. Conclusions ~2 sentences: How do your results fit into/contribute to the literature (or what do you expect the results to contribute)? What will next steps be?
  5. Help needed: How can the ALiEM Education Research Lab contribute to the development of this research idea? Tailoring your research question? Refining methods or data collection? Something else?

Consultation Team

Michael Gottlieb, MD RDMS
Michael Gottlieb, MD RDMS
Emergency Ultrasound Director
Rush University Medical Center;
Chief Academic Officer
ALiEM Faculty Incubator

Medical Education Superpower:
Curiosity. I approach every clinical and educational challenge by asking “how can we improve it?” and then “how can we study it?” At any given time, I have a list of at least 10 future project ideas for when any of my current projects finish.

Google Scholar citations

Simiao Li-Sauerwine, MD MSCR
Simiao Li-Sauerwine, MD MSCR
Assistant Program Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
The Ohio State University

Medical Education Superpower:
I love using data to drive progress in medical education for topics such as resident wellbeing, implicit bias, and professional development


PubMed citations

Danielle T. Miller, MD
Danielle T. Miller, MD
Clinical Instructor
Medical Education Scholarship Fellow
Department of Emergency Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine

Medical Education Superpower:
Hand me a coffee, and I will talk research methodology, curriculum design, grant writing, and competency-based medical education all day.


PubMed citations

Tim P. Moran, PhD
Tim P. Moran, PhD
Associate Research Scientist
Research Manager
School of Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine
Emory University

Medical Education Superpower:
If we can specify a research question, we can find a way to statistically model it.

Google Scholar citations

Lainie M. Yarris, MD MCR
Lainie M. Yarris, MD MCR
Professor of Emergency Medicine
Vice Chair for Faculty Development
Co-Director, Education Scholarship Fellowship
Oregon Health & Science University;
Deputy Editor, Journal of Graduate Medical Education

Medical Education Superpower:
I really enjoy bringing people together and working together on projects.  I enjoy all aspects of the research process, but I think my superpowers are generating ideas and editing.

Google Scholar citations

ERLI in the Literature

Journal PublicationAltmetric
Battaglioli N, Mott S, Moran TP, Li-Sauerwine S, Melamed M. Optimist Prime- Emergency Medicine Residents are an Optimistic Group. Journal of Wellness. 2020;2(2): article 10. Published 2020 July 15. Article
Li-Sauerwine S, Rebillot K, Melamed M, Addo N, Lin M. A 2-Question Summative Score Correlates with the Maslach Burnout Inventory. West J Emerg Med. 2020;21(3):610-617. Published 2020 Apr 21. DOI
Arnold J, Tango J, Walker I, et al. An Evidence-based, Longitudinal Curriculum for Resident Physician Wellness: The 2017 Resident Wellness Consensus Summit. West J Emerg Med. 2018;19(2):337-341. Pubmed
Zaver F, Battaglioli N, Denq W, et al. Identifying Gaps and Launching Resident Wellness Initiatives: The 2017 Resident Wellness Consensus Summit. West J Emerg Med. 2018;19(2):342-345. Pubmed
Lin M, Battaglioli N, Melamed M, Mott S, Chung A, Robinson D. High Prevalence of Burnout Among US Emergency Medicine Residents: Results From the 2017 National Emergency Medicine Wellness Survey. Ann Emerg Med. March 2019. Pubmed
Battaglioli N, Ankel F, Doty C, Chung A, Lin M. Executive Summary from the 2017 Emergency Medicine Resident Wellness Consensus Summit. West J Emerg Med. 2018;19(2):332-336. Pubmed
Chung A, Smart J, Zdradzinski M, et al. Educator Toolkits on Second Victim Syndrome, Mindfulness and Meditation, and Positive Psychology: The 2017 Resident Wellness Consensus Summit. West J Emerg Med. 2018;19(2):327-331. Pubmed