Vice Chair Contributors

Looking Ahead for Ambulatory Practices

Looking Ahead for Ambulatory Practices

Posted by  | Administration, Patient Care, Vice Chair Contributors

Within the Department of Medicine we have a broad array of ambulatory practices, with diverse patients, practitioners and locations. This richness is our strength and challenge in many ways. Initiatives designed to make both the patient’s and practitioner’s experience positive and more uniform will require a coordinated effort to identify best practices in the outpatient(...)

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Innovation and Commercialization in Medicine: on DOM InCMed

Innovation and Commercialization in Medicine: on DOM InCMed

Posted by  | Education, Research, Vice Chair Contributors

The word “innovation” appears almost everywhere. According to Google’s ngram word use database, the word overtook “invention” around 1970. Now, almost 50 years later, the word is used as a noun, verb and adjective- frequently as a buzzword in entrepreneurial circles. Last year, our DOM leadership assigned two vice chairs of “Innovation and Commercialization.”  We(...)

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Provider Satisfaction

Provider Satisfaction

Posted by  | Administration, Patient Care, Vice Chair Contributors

In the era of patient-centered care, a tremendous amount of time and energy is expended in understanding the experience, perspective and needs of our patients. Understanding the patient perspective is critical to providing the excellent care in which we as a department always aspire. Meeting the needs of our patients in the hospital or in(...)

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Diversity in Clinical and Biomedical Research: A Promise Yet to Be Fulfilled

Diversity in Clinical and Biomedical Research: A Promise Yet to Be Fulfilled

Posted by  | Administration, Vice Chair Contributors

The December 2015 issue of PLOS Medicine featured a policy forum entitled "Diversity in Clinical and Biomedical Research:  A Promise Yet to Be Fulfilled." This provocative article reminds us that health disparities persist across race/ethnicity for the majority of Healthy People 2010 health indicators and that most physicians and scientists are informed by research extrapolated from(...)

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AAMC Report Examines How to Increase the Pipeline of Black Men Entering Medical School

AAMC Report Examines How to Increase the Pipeline of Black Men Entering Medical School

Posted by  | Administration, Vice Chair Contributors

In order to care for a more racially diverse U.S. population, it is critical to have a physician workforce that reflects that diversity. In the December 1 issues of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a Medical News and Perspectives piece highlights the decline in the number of black males enrolling in medical school in(...)

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Our Doctor Communication HCAHPS Scores and What We’re Doing about Them

Our Doctor Communication HCAHPS Scores and What We’re Doing about Them

Posted by  | Administration, Patient Care, Vice Chair Contributors

The Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) is the only national, standardized survey assessing patients’ experience with US hospitals. It contains 32 questions covering doctor communication, nurse communication, cleanliness, pain management and other domains. A random 50 percent of all patients discharged from Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center(...)

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Quality Improvement Interventions to Reduce Disparities in African Americans with Diabetes

Quality Improvement Interventions to Reduce Disparities in African Americans with Diabetes

Posted by  | Administration, Vice Chair Contributors

Quality improvement strategies can target several areas—health systems (case management, team changes, electronic patient registry, facilitated relay of information to clinicians, continuous QI), health-care providers (audit and feedback, clinician education, clinician reminders, financial incentives) or patients (patient education, promotion of self-management, reminder systems).  A recent systematic review and meta-analysis published in Diabetes Care in 2013(...)

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