Clinical Quality Fellowship Program

Class of 2010-2011

Reena Agarwal, MD, MPH, Montefiore Medical Center

Amanda Ascher, MD, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation/Segundo Ruiz Belvis Diagnostic and Treatment Center

Maria Basile, MD, John T. Mather Memorial Hospital

Kevin Baumlin, MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Rajan Gurunathan, MD, St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center

LeWanza Harris, MD, MPH, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Luke Hermann, MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Ramiro Jervis, MD, Mount Sinai Hospitalist Group

Peter Kim, MD, FACS, Jacobi Medical Center

Christopher McStay, MD, FACEP, NYU Langone Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital Center

Yasuharu Okuda, MD, FACEP, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation/ Institute for Medical Simulation and Advanced Learning

Samar Raza, MD, John T. Mather Memorial Hospital

David Rosenberg, MD, MPH, FACP, FSHM, North Shore University Hospital

Purvi Shah, MD, Montefiore Medical Center

Anunta Virapongse, MD, MPH, Lenox Hill Hospital

 
Capstone Projects

One of the signature elements of the Clinical Quality Fellowship Program is the capstone project.  Working with an interdisciplinary team, fellows conceptualize, design, and lead projects, endorsed by their hospital leadership, to advance a patient safety or quality improvement goal in their own hospital. The 15 projects of the fellows who make up the 2010-2011 Class are briefly described below. 

Some fellows experienced modest success in their projects while others had such notable achievements that their results may be published in peer-reviewed journals.  Most important, the fellows have gained valuable knowledge and skills that will help them lead innovative quality improvement and patient safety projects at their institutions over the course of their careers.

Outpatient Care

Reena Agarwal, MD, MPH, Montefiore Medical Center, focused on improved blood pressure control within an adult clinic population.

Amanda Falick Ascher, MD, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, created an expedited medication refill process for stable patients on chronic medications in an internal medicine clinic setting.

LeWanza M. Harris, MD, MPH, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, improved blood pressure management among diabetic patients in a community health center.

Emergency Department

Kevin Baumlin, MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, redesigned emergency department space to expedite physician contact with patients and reduce the rate of their leaving unseen.

Christopher McStay, MD, FACEP, NYU Langone Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital Center, improved patient education and satisfaction through an expedited discharge process for urgent care patients.

Purvi Shah, MD, Montefiore Medical Center, expedited the diagnosis and treatment of spinal cord compression in emergency department patients before permanent damage occurs.

Admissions

Luke Hermann, MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, created better electronic medical record documentation to improve patient handoffs between the emergency department and inpatient floors.

David Rosenberg, MD, MPH, FACP, FSHM, North Shore University Hospital, streamlined the admission process for non-surgical patients who come through the emergency department for inpatient care.

Inpatient Care

Rajan Gurunathan, MD, St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center, sought to better control glucose levels in diabetic hospital inpatients.

Peter K. Kim, MD, FACS, Jacobi Medical Center, decreased the incidence of infections in surgical inpatients by improving the administration of antibiotic therapy.

Yasuharu Okuda, MD, FACEP, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation/ Institute for Medical Simulation and Advanced Learning, standardized electronic medical record documentation for patient intubations.

Anunta Virapongse, MD, MPH, Lenox Hill Hospital, focused on improving glucose management among diabetic inpatients by educating clinicians about coordinating meals with insulin administration.

Post-Discharge Care

Ramiro Jervis, MD, Mount Sinai Hospitalist Group, reduced avoidable readmissions of medical inpatients through improved coordination of follow-up care with primary care providers.

Samar Raza, MD, John T. Mather Memorial Hospital, reduced avoidable readmissions among discharged patients with congestive heart failure through more effective patient education.

Maria Basile, MD, John T. Mather Memorial Hospital, focused on improving communications between hospital administration and physicians by creating a physician-targeted website portal.

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