Category Archives: Quality Reporting

Improving Patient Care as a Trainee

Originally posted July 14, 2015

By Monica Shah

Patient safety has always been a priority for me, but it is only recently that I became aware of the many issues that threaten quality of care for patients. As a medical student, I vividly remember shadowing at the hospital and being shocked at what I saw. I walked through patient rooms and heard loud beeps going off, the constant chatter of hospital staff, and the automatic entrance into patients’ rooms without even a knock. I wondered whether all of the disruptions and commotion impacted patient recovery in the hospital and after discharge. After pondering this, I decided that I wanted to take action and see what I, as a medical student, could do to improve daily inpatient conditions. Continue reading Improving Patient Care as a Trainee

Agents of Change

By Ulfat Shaikh, MD, MPH, MS

We held our 5th Annual UC Davis Quality Forum last month. In true pediatrician-style, as the Quality Forum turns five this year, let me reflect on some of our developmental milestones.

The Forum was conceived as a germ of an idea back in 2010 with the goal of enhancing the visibility of our local clinical quality improvement (QI) efforts. At that time, we thought it was a brilliant idea, of course. As 2011 grew closer, our nervousness as new parents grew and we realized that the risk of us falling flat on our faces was very real. I am glad to report that 25 whole abstracts were submitted that first year. About 60 committed people showed up. That was the year of many firsts. We started walking and talking, spreading the word to anyone who cared to listen. Learnt to follow directions from people across the health system, and understood the concept of “no”.

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QI Clinics in NYC Aim to Transform Residency Training

By Jennifer J. Salopek

The Committee on Interns and Residents Policy and Education Initiative (CIR PEI) and the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) jointly have announced an ambitious new resident training pilot initiative specifically designed to address the gaps for which graduate medical education has been recently criticized. Resident Quality Improvement Clinics at two pilot sites, Harlem Hospital Center and Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, will bring learners together in multidisciplinary teams for didactic and experiential learning.

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Earth to Mars: Health Care Lessons from India

Originally published September 28, 2014

By Ulfat Shaikh, MD

India’s recent Mars Orbiter Mission was remarkable in many respects. India was the first country that successfully sent a spacecraft into Mars’ orbit on its first try. The mission took only two years to accomplish from announcement to execution. However, one of Mars Orbiter Mission’s most remarkable aspects was its sticker price. The mission cost $74 million, about three quarters the amount it took to make the Hollywood movie, Gravity.

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No Dignity Required: Improving Patient Engagement by Elevating Humanity

By Lisa Goren

All it takes is a single visit to the doctor’s office to place one’s pride and self-esteem a dozen notches below baseline. I didn’t think much of my appointment, knowing it was just a routine scan at the dermatologist’s office, a new annual pilgrimage resulting from a diagnosis called Middle Age.

Entering the room, the medical assistant asked me to undress and, as is customary, pointed to the gown and the sheet that would further preserve my dignity. She instructed me to tie the gown in the back and then she promptly left. What ensued was a magician’s botched illusion as I transformed from confident professional to scrawny kid about to get shoved into my own locker. My slight stature of 5’1” makes “one size fits all” a true misnomer, particularly when coupled with three pieces of raggedy fabric that I’m supposed to tie behind my back. Continue reading No Dignity Required: Improving Patient Engagement by Elevating Humanity

How to Build a Health Care System from Scratch: Revisiting New Orleans Ten Years Post-Katrina

By Ulfat Shaikh, MD

Originally posted March 24, 2013 on Pulse.

“My friend was a neurologist at a hospital in New Orleans”, my daughter’s art teacher told me when we were chatting at pick-up time about my upcoming trip to New Orleans. “She lost her home in Katrina”, she continued. “The stories she told me about how they cared for all these patients in the hospital with no electricity and water and barely any resources were just plain scary”.

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How a Fishbone Can Help You Eat Your Veggies

By Ulfat Shaikh, MD

Originally posted on February 1, 2014

February is here and it is possible that a few of you, like me, are already rethinking your new year’s resolutions. What seemed a month ago like a sure-fire plan to lose 10 pounds, exercise more, eat healthier, or manage ones finances, now seems a little more suspect. Let’s view this bump in the road, not as a reason for despair, but an opportunity for improvement.

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So Far and Yet So Near: Virtual Quality Improvement Networks in Health Care

By Ulfat Shaikh, MD

Posted December 27, 2013

Membership in the global Indian diaspora comes with a price, and my family and friends use Skype and FaceTime with regularity to bridge distances. It then comes as no surprise that health care is now using similar communication technology to provide better and safer patient care.

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