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Health Systems Science | Healthcare Safety and Teams With Dr. Vinny Arora and Dr. Chase Corvin

Health Systems Science | Healthcare Safety and Teams With Dr. Vinny Arora and Dr. Chase Corvin

Update: 2021-02-24


Today’s guests are Dr. Vinny Arora (@FutureDocs) and Chase Corvin (@ChaseCorvin) from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Vineet Arora is the Herbert T. Abelson Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago Medicine. As Associate Chief Medical Officer for the Clinical Learning Environment, she bridges education and clinical leadership to engage trainees and staff into the institutional quality, safety, and value mission. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine whose work improving care and learning in teaching hospitals has been funded by NIH, AHRQ and the Macy Foundation, and has been cited over 10,000 times.

Dr. Chase Corvin is a general surgery resident at the University of Chicago Medicine. In addition to his medical training, Dr. Corvin has degrees in economics and business administration. He is currently completing two years of dedicated research and collaborating separately with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and the Federal Aviation Administration’s Air Traffic Organization to study quality improvement and efficiency within high reliability organizations. He also studies methods for improving interprofessional teaming within healthcare.

“Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, our institution has aimed to improve interdisciplinary teaming in the care of our patients by increasing face-to-face communication between nursing and physicians/advanced practice providers. By engineering a standard communication console in patient rooms to display a novel MD/APP-in-Room button, physicians messaged nursing staff when they were at the bedside. After successful implementation on a pilot unit with improvements in length of stay and patient experience, we scaled up the implementation hospital-wide to address interprofessional communication challenges that occurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We present our findings that this innovation has had on our efficiency and collaboration in patient care as well as the challenges to interprofessional communication in a pandemic. Our work in hospital-wide implementation is ongoing, but we are seeing promising results similar to what we previously saw on our pilot-unit.”

Sections from this episode include:

  • Developing the “MD/APP In Room” button to improve patient experience and strengthen team communication

  • How medical students can be better utilized and integrated into healthcare teams

  • The importance of health systems science and using it to identify and remedy inefficiencies within healthcare teams

With support from Elsevier, and produced in collaboration with the American Medical Association, the HSS series seeks to broaden students’ understanding of the nature of medicine, medical education, and what separates them from other human endeavors. Medicine is not a “pure science,” a kind of “applied biology.” Rather, it is fundamentally an art that uses science. As a discipline, Health Systems Science considers those ideas and concepts which are integral to medicine as a profession but don’t fall under the domain of the clinical or basic sciences.

The National Board of Medical Examiners includes HSS topics in its USMLE Content Outline and even offers a dedicated Health Systems Science subject examination. Each episode of this series will include on-the-go learning with practice exam questions explained by expert guests. 

This series is sponsored by Panacea Financial: Banking Built for Doctors, by Doctors. ITB and Panacea share a common goal which is to make med school better. Panacea Financial is designed to handle the unique situation of medical students. We hope you will check them out to see how they can make your life easier.

Learn more about the series and view the content outline on the ITB website. You can also listen to episodes in the ITB app organized into an HSS Playlist.

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Health Systems Science | Healthcare Safety and Teams With Dr. Vinny Arora and Dr. Chase Corvin

Health Systems Science | Healthcare Safety and Teams With Dr. Vinny Arora and Dr. Chase Corvin