Alexis Steinberg, MD, Awarded ReSS Young Investigator Award, First Place at AHA ‘Shark Tank’

Alexis Steinberg, MD, received a Young Investigator Award for the top-scoring abstract by a trainee at the 2019 Resuscitation Science Symposium (ReSS) in Philadelphia on November 16-17. The Young Investigator Awards recognize the top scoring abstracts submitted by early career investigators in cardiac resuscitation science.

She was subsequently nominated for, and won first place at, the ‘Shark Tank’ competition hosted by the Cardiopulmonary, Critical Care, Perioperative and Resuscitation (3CPR) Council of the American Heart Association that was held in conjunction with the symposium.

Dr. Steinberg’s study “Are Providers Overconfident In Predicting Outcome After Cardiac Arrest?” asked physicians at UPMC Presbyterian and Mercy to prognosticate real-time clinical vignettes of post-arrest patients. The objective was to assess physician accuracy in predicting outcomes after cardiac arrest and to test if their subjective sense of confidence correlated with accuracy.

“We found that physicians are only accurate 66% of time when prognosticating after cardiac arrest,” said Dr. Steinberg, who is a second-year neurocritical care fellow, and one of two chief fellows for the Adult Division of the Department of Critical Care Medicine. “There are other factors that play a role besides the physician’s subjective sense of confidence.”

The study found that accuracy in prognostication is positively correlated with confidence, however, confidence explains very little in terms of the variance seen in accuracy. Dr. Steinberg plans future research that is focused on determining those “other factors” so that physicians can improve decision making about neuro-prognostication. 

As the recipient of a top-scoring abstract by a trainee, Dr. Steinberg was also nominated for the 3CPR group’s ‘Shark Tank’ event competing against five other trainees from across the American Heart Association. The competition involved preparing a four-minute elevator pitch outlining her research interest and how she will use the Young Investigator Award. This was followed by an eight-minute Q&A with a panel of senior physician-investigators. She was awarded first place in the ‘Shark Tank’ competition.

“As the winner, I got to select the mentor of my choice from the Shark Tank panel,” said Dr. Steinberg. “I chose Dr. Robert Neumar, who is chair of Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan.”

The ‘Shark Tank’ award from the AHA covers travel costs for mentorship with Dr. Neumar at his institution or it covers attendance at a conference that Drs. Steinberg and Neumar agree upon. 

Dr. Steinberg’s research project mentor is Jonathan Elmer, MD, MS, assistant professor of Emergency Medicine, Critical Care Medicine and Neurology at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Steinberg completed residency in Neurology at UPMC and is a medical graduate from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.