2019-2020 GME High Value Competition Award Recipients

Eight proposals have been selected as 2019-2020 award recipients in the High Value Competition, which aims to support program directors in teaching key principles of quality improvement (QI), patient safety, and systems innovation to all residents and fellows.

The Graduate Medical Education (GME) High Value Competition Steering Committee selected these proposals to receive $7,000 in funding, as well as support in project management and EMR reporting and analytics.

The GME High Value Competition is designed to:

  • Educate housestaff (as well as GME faculty) regarding the Value Construct®, UC Davis Medical Center goals, quality improvement, and presentation skills
  • Improve patient care
  • Support residency and fellowship programs develop QI curriculum
  • Develop future leaders in health care
  • Involve and engage housestaff in local quality improvement activities
  • Disseminate findings to improve care throughout the system and beyond
  • Support winning proposals (and programs) with financial awards, project management, and analytic assistance
  • Provide an academic outlet for value-based improvement efforts of housestaff and faculty (scientific rigor and publication quality efforts are expected)

Learn more about the competition.

This year's award recipients are:

Proposal #1
Optimizing quality of care in patients hospitalized with cirrhosis to reduce hospital length of stay, morbidity, and re-admissions, minimize unnecessary blood product transfusions, improve nutritional status, and enhance patient experience
Project Lead: Dr. Abhinav Koul, PGY-6, Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Lead Faculty Mentor: Dr. Eric Chack, Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Proposal #2
Improving non-alcoholic fatty liver disease NAFLD care in diabetic patients
Project Lead: Dr. Cindy Piao, PGY-1, Internal Medicine
Lead Faculty Mentor: Dr. Souvik Sarkar, Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Proposal #3
RIPE: Residency Improvement of POLST Education
Project Lead: Dr. Rebecca Howe, PGY-2, Family and Community Medicine; Dr. Nathan Zacharias, PGY-4, Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Lead Faculty Mentor: Dr. Grace Amadi, Family and Community Medicine; Dr. Jack MacMillan, Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Proposal #4
Early Recognition and Proper Management of Seizures in the Hospital
Project Lead: Dr. Michael Chang, PGY-2, Neurology
Lead Faculty Mentor: Dr. Katherine Park, Adult Epilepsy; Dr. Trishna Kantamneni, Pediatric Epilepsy

Proposal #5
Initiating Medication-assisted treatment for Alcohol at Discharge
Project Lead: Dr. Luther Arms, PGY-3, Internal Medicine and Psychiatry
Lead Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jeremy DeMartini, Internal Medicine and Psychiatry

Proposal #6
Less Is More: Reducing Telemetry Out of the ICU
Project Lead: Dr. Brittany Bartolome, PGY-3, Internal Medicine
Lead Faculty Mentor: Dr. Hershan Johl, Internal Medicine

Proposal #7
Aggressive goal-directed management of the potential organ donor in the ICU
Project Lead: Dr. Charles Fredericks, PGY-6, Trauma and Critical Care Fellow
Lead Faculty Mentor: Dr. Edgardo Salcedo, Trauma Surgery

Proposal #8
Understanding and Improving the Care for Multi-Visit Patients with Severe Mental Illness in the Emergency Department
Project Lead: Dr. Joseph Kim, PGY-3, Internal Medicine & Psychiatry
Lead Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mithu Molla, Internal Medicine