Connecting the Department of Medicine
July 2017

Discharge Before Noon (DBN) Challenge program Receives the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) Pinnacle Award for Quality and Patient Safety

NYU Langone Health received the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) Pinnacle Award for Quality and Patient Safety for the category of a system or hospital with more than 500 beds for its Discharge Before Noon (DBN) Challenge program, a comprehensive, sustainable, and portable team-wide intervention to dramatically improve patient flow in the hospital. The goal was to increase the percentage of patients who are ready to be discharged safely before noon from 7% to 30%.

The DBN Challenge was launched in March 2012 by partnering with key stakeholders and fully leveraging the power of an interdisciplinary team. Successful results include:

  • the DBN rate increased from 7% to more than 40% and has been sustained for four years;
  • the initiative has been implemented across the institution and has been replicated at a newly acquired hospital;
  • the observed-to-expected length of stay has remained consistently low;
  • the readmission rate has held steady at 15%; and
  • patient satisfaction scores for care coordination increased by 19 points.

Shown in the photo above are Katherine Hochman, MD, FHM, Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Chair for Quality, and Tom Sedgwick, Senior Director of Social Work, receiving the HANYS Pinnacle Award on behalf of NYU Langone. Read more on atNYULMC.

Safety Stars & Award-Winning Projects at Record-Setting Quality and Safety Day

NYU Langone's ninth annual Quality and Safety Day, held on Thursday, June 1, featured a record number of posters—332 in total, a hundred more than last year. Projects and individuals from the Department of Medicine were recognized with both project awards and Safety Star Awards, which go to those whose efforts contributed to averting safety issues and catching "near misses." Here is a select list of some of the winning projects and people. For more, please visit atNYULMC.
  • Unit-Based Project Awardees
    • "Prevalence of Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections at NYU Lutheran Medical Center Intensive Care Unit" | Team Members: Audrey Daggan, Joshua Mason, Jorge Mercado, Suemede Lawrence, Stephanie Sterling, Yuri Castillo, Judith Medefindt, Christina Mastromarino, and Elizabeth Malone (pictured above: Dr. Frank Volpicelli, chief of medicine at NYU Lutheran, accepted the award on the group's behalf from Drs. Bret Rudy and Martha Radford; at right: Dr. Jorge Mercado with the team's poster)
    • "Complex Care Rounds: A Coordinated Interdisciplinary Strategy for Caring for Our Sickest Patients" | Team Members: Katherine Hochman, Anne Meara, Regina Presa, Thomas Sedgwick, and Ramon Jacobs-Shaw
  • Safety Stars
    • Dr. Jennifer Nguyen, Medical Resident, NYU Lutheran (pictured at right)
    • Cardiac Rehabilitation Team
  • Value Star Awardee
    • "Guiding the Multidisciplinary Management of Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage Patients" | Team Members: Ilseung Cho, Prashant Sinha, George Abdelsayed, Nancy Amoroso, Reed Caldwell, Chris Caspers, Mark Nunnally, Amish Patel, Joseph Shehebar, Silas Smith, Jessica Lovett, and Nicole Adler

Top FGP Performers: Cardiology Associates Leads Patient Survey

Tracking performance metrics is an essential tool for ensuring that NYU Langone is providing high-quality care in a welcoming, patient-centered setting. The CAHPS® (Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) Clinician & Group Survey, also known as CG-CAHPS, assesses patients’ experience with healthcare providers and staff before, during, and after an office visit, with patients rating office staff quality, access to care, test result follow-up, overall physician rating, and physician communication.

The Department of Medicine is well-represented in the list of the top FGP performers for the first quarter of 2017 on the Press Ganey CG-CAHPS survey. The three highest ranked practices overall were from Cardiology ( NYU Langone Cardiology Associates—Suite 9U, NYU Langone Cardiology Associates—Suite 4F, and NYU Langone Cardiology Associates—Bay Ridge), with the following practices also making the list: NYU Langone Great Neck Cardiology Group, NYU Langone Nassau Gastroenterology Associates NYU Langone Cardiology Associates—Staten Island, Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone Long Island Hematology & Oncology, and NYU Langone Pulmonary & Critical Care Associates—Suite 5D.

New Summer Scholars Welcomed by PrMEIR and MSTAR Programs

The Program for Medical Education Innovations and Research (PrMEIR) team recently welcomed their cohort of 2017 Summer Scholars (photo, above). The PrMEIR Scholars Summer Intensive Program is an innovative 8-week program designed to give students a wealth of knowledge about the variety of routes for a career in the healthcare field, provide students with advanced research experience, and facilitate professional development through a weekly series of workshops. Throughout the summer, they will be working on various projects based on their team's goals. Teams include: Business Operations, Database for Research on Education in Academic Medicine, Patient Empowerment Project, Primary Care Transformation and Enhancement, Unannounced Standardized Patients.

NYU Geriatrics also welcomed 15 students to the 2017 summer research in aging (MSTAR) program. The students come from programs nationwide and are working closely with faculty on geriatrics research. Each student will have a chance to present on their findings before the program concludes in August.

PrMEIR Hosts Expert in Physician-Patient Communication

Each year, PrMEIR hosts the Murray J. Berenson Distinguished Scholar in Physician-Patient Communication at NYU Langone. A two-day event, this program provides the opportunity to engage with a leading expert in the field of patient communication and create meaningful dialogue amongst faculty and physicians-in-training, with the goal of enhancing physician communication skill and improving patient outcomes through skilled clinical examination. This year, Zackary Berger, MD, PhD, served as the Berenson Distinguished Scholar.

Secretary Shulkin Welcomes New Residents

On Friday June 30th, the VA's first-year residents were welcomed by Secretary David J. Shulkin, MD, alongside Dr. David Stern, Vice Chair for Education and Faculty Affairs, Department of Medicine; Dr. Patrick Malloy, VA NYHHS Chief of Staff; Dr. Seagram Villagomez , Director, Advanced Medicine Clerkship; Dr. Neil Shapiro, Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program; and current chief residents.

Around the Department: Recent Events

Summer Softball
Pulmonary vs. GI, July 6th
Summer Softball
DGIMCI vs. Cardiology, July 12th

View photo galleries from the following events:
Internal Medicine Residency Graduation (password: elsa)
Department of Medicine Faculty & Staff Meeting (password: DOM)
2017 Medicine Research Day (password: elsa)


Welcoming New Fellows & Celebrating Our Graduates

Dr. Caroline Blaum and faculty from the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care celebrated the division's graduating fellows from the class of 2016-17 at a recent reception. The division also welcomed six geriatrics and three hospice and palliative medicine fellows to their 2017-18 class. Above, the graduating Geriatrics fellows pose with Dr. Blaum and Geriatrics faculty. Below, the graduating Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellows pose with faculty and staff from Hospice and Palliative Care.


On June 29th, the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism held a reception (photo below) to bid farewell to their graduating clinical fellows and to welcome the new fellows that started on July 1st. This year the division has five incoming fellows: Chelsea Baldwin, from Charleston SC, residency at U of Virginia, UVA Healthsystem; Brenda Dorcely, from New Jersey, residency at Rutgers; Jay Pendse, was accepted in 2015 at NYU Physician Scientist Accelerated Pathway program and now will continue his training as an Endocrine Fellow; Eliud Sifonte, from San Juan, Puerto Rico, residency at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, NY; and Franco Vallejo Garcia, from Cali, Colombia, residency at Icahn School of Med at Mount Sinai, NY.

The Rudin Fellowship in Medical Ethics and Humanities Project Showcase

The Rudin Fellowship in Medical Ethics and Humanities was established as a core component of the Master Scholars Program in Humanistic Medicine in 2014 through a generous grant from the Louis and Rachel Rudin Foundation, Inc. Under the mentorship of expert faculty—many from the Department of Medicine—Rudin Fellows pursue intellectual and creative scholarship relevant to the complex landscape of medicine that is beyond the scope of traditional medical education and training. This work was celebrated at a showcase on July 20th, in which the fellows presented their work through talks and posters. Find out more about this year's projects.

Patient Priorities Care: Panel Discussion of the Surgical Journey, from Patient, Surgical, and PCP Perspectives

On July 20, Caroline Blaum, MD, Co-PI of Patient Priorities Care, hosted a meeting of national experts including surgeons, geriatricians, patients, and healthcare leaders to discuss setting a Patient Priorities Care Surgery Research Agenda. The work to develop this research agenda is supported by a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Engagement Award and aims move from disease-specific care to care directed by a patient's goals and preferences.


"Love Your Liver": Asian Liver Health Program and Transplant Institute at NYULMC Hosts Community Event in Collaboration With the Forest Hills Asian Association

The Asian Liver Health Program and Transplant Institute at NYU Langone Health, in collaboration with the Forest Hills Asian Association, offered a free liver health event at the Body & Brain Yoga and Tai Chi in Forest Hills, on June 2, 2017.

Because persons of Asian descent can be at increased risk for hepatitis and liver complications, health education and screening is important in the Asian communities.

Director of the Asian Liver Health Program and clinical director of hepatology at NYU Langone, James S. Park, MD (photo, right), and Christina H. Zheng, PA-C, provided an educational seminar, "Love Your Liver: Learning about Hepatitis B and C," in both English and Chinese languages. The seminar was followed by free on-site hepatitis B and C screening, with 33 people attending and 23 undergoing screening at the event.

The event was made possible, in part, by BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy and Body & Brain Yoga and Tai Chi. It is part of a larger initiative by the Asian Liver Health Program and Transplant Institute to increase education, outreach, and increased liver disease screening and early detection in the Asian communities.



DOM Staff Town Hall

4:00-5:00pm | Smilow Multipurpose Room


Microbiome Summer Seminar Series

Speakers: Martin Blaser, MD, and Kelly Ruggles, PhD


Women & Cancer From Screening to Survivorship

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