As a medicine consultant, my interests include working with the non-medical services and implementing safety programs and guidelines for efficient pre-operative risk assessment and optimizing patients with multiple medical comorbidities in the perioperative period.
Our hospitalist faculty group attends on the Med 3 and Med 4 inpatient medicine teams. As a result, we are in an advantageous position to influence house staff education. My focus is in using feed back to continue the tradition of academic excellence and improve the inpatient rotation experience for the residents. My interests in this sector will lead to creating educational programs in conjunction with palliative care, focused on teaching residents the art of communicating with patients in special situations. This includes facilitating family meetings and discussions regarding end-of-life issues and dealing with patients in difficult social situations, as well as patients with cultural differences.
Our constant presence in the hospital has lead to involvement in many safety, compliance and utilization efforts. One such project is in the Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Prophylaxis and Management Oversight Committee. Through this initiative, we hope to improve compliance with VTE prophylaxis on the medicine floors through education, creating risk assessment tools and order pathways for physicians and nurses.
My interest in effective discharge planning and putting the patient’s safety first is useful in assisting the case management team in evaluating difficult cases for efficient and safe transitioning out of the hospital.