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  • Hospital Medicine Contributes to SHM Annual Meeting

    Faculty from the division of hospital medicine were well represented at the recent Society of Hospital Medicine’s Annual Meeting. Ria Dancel, MD, associate professor of medicine and pediatrics, was invited to participate in a debate about the growth of virtual medicine technology, and whether the trend is positive or negative in the context of different topics. Of the 10 research … Read more

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    UNC’s Medicine Procedure Service, Implementation and Five-Year Experience Study

    Med-peds resident, Hillary Spangler, MD, and hospitalists, John Stephens, MD, Emily Sturkie, MD, and Ria Dancel, MD, published “Implementation of an academic hospital medicine procedure service: 5-year experience” in Hospital Practice. Procedural complications are a common source of adverse events in hospitals, especially where bedside procedures are often performed by trainees. … Read more

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    Study Highlights Need For More QI Efforts to Reduce Unnecessary Blood Cultures in Routine SSTI Cases

    Physician researchers in the division of hospital medicine and the division of infectious diseases collaborated for the study “Frequency and yield of blood cultures for observation patients with skin and soft tissue infections,” published this month in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine. The study was designed to measure frequency and yield of blood cultures obtained for … Read more

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    Hospitalists Study Prognostic Value of Labs Ordered For Patients Hospitalized with COVID-19

    Faculty physicians in the division of hospital medicine have assumed most non-intensive care unit care for the coronavirus. Based on sparse research, they developed a protocol for ordering labs for this patient population, including routine admission labs, in addition to eight COVID-19 specific labs. The goal of their recent study, published in Hospital Practice, was to determine … Read more

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    Hospitalist Quality Improvement Study Featured in ACP Hospitalist

    The article “Helping Hip Fracture Patients” published in ACP Hospitalist this month features a UNC retrospective study led by John R. Stephens, MD. The study found that patients admitted to the hospitalist service had shorter lengths of stays and a lower risk of 30-day readmission compared with patients admitted to orthopedics or other services. Read the article here.

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    Featured Physician: Rimma Osipov, MD, PhD

    Dr. Osipov says the most rewarding part of her work is the time she spends with patients. She also says new understandings about obesity and diabetes are exciting. “We are moving beyond seeing these conditions as individual moral failings and realizing that they are imbedded in every aspect of life, from the molecular to the cellular to the systemic and the social,” she said.

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    Fracture Liaison Service Narrows Gap in Osteoporosis Treatment

    Hip fracture is a common and morbid condition, and prior studies have shown that the majority of patients with fragility fracture are not treated for underlying osteoporosis.  A pre-post study led by John R. Stephens, MD, professor of medicine and pediatrics in the division of hospital medicine, was designed to improve care for patients with acute hip fracture through the impleme … Read more

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    Moore Appointed Associate Director of UNC IHQI

    Carlton Moore, MD, MS, has been appointed associate director of UNC’s Institute for Health and Quality Improvement (IHQI), and is professor of medicine in the division of hospital medicine and associate chief for research and quality improvement. Lavinia Kolarczyk, MD, has also been appointed associate director. She is associate professor of anesthesiology and chief of cardiothor … Read more

  • McEntee, Henderson Introduce New COVID-19 Elective For Internal Medicine Residents

    By the middle of March, 2020, COVID-19 had upended the traditional training experience in the UNC Internal Medicine Residency Program. Didactic coursework and clinical skills training had to be quickly converted to an online format and clinical rotations were suspended as decisions were quickly made to ensure residents had meaningful and robust curricular activities during the cl … Read more

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    Mock Appointed Director of Patient Safety for the Department of Medicine

    Clare Mock, MD, CPPS, assistant professor in the division of hospital medicine has been named Director of Patient Safety for the Department of Medicine. For the past three years and while serving as medical director at the UNC Hillsborough Hospital, Mock has been actively involved with the UNC Medical Center Improvement Council (MCIC), and through that, she’s been part of a group … Read more

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    Raffs Receive IHQI Grant to Improve Teamwork and Communication

    Lauren Raff, MD, assistant professor of surgery, and Evan Raff, MD, assistant professor in the division of hospital medicine have been awarded a grant by the UNC Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement (IHQI) to improve teamwork and communication during rapid responses. The grant provides professional development in quality improvement, as well as funds for the project. “Our … Read more

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    IHQI Improvement Scholars Announced, Five in Medicine

    The Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement (IHQI) has announced projects that will be supported through IHQI’s Improvement Scholars Program. Half of these scholars are members of the UNC Department of Medicine, and they include the following.   Mildred Kwan, MD PhD, with lead Renae Boerneke, PharmD, BCPS, CPP — Reducing the Healthcare Utilization of Broad Spectrum Ant … Read more