Second Right Care Educators program announced at Lown conference

Chief residents may apply for funds for projects aimed at avoiding medical overuse

April 14, 2016 (Chicago)—The Lown Institute today announced at its 4th Annual Conference, at the JW Marriott Chicago, that applications from chief residents are now being accepted for the second Right Care Educator program, an initiative designed to encourage clinicians to improve patient care by exploring and eliminating the drivers of medical overuse and promoting appropriate care for patients.

The program provides chief residents with training and support to implement Right Care Rounds in their hospitals and clinics. Modeled after traditional Grand Rounds, Right Care Rounds use the familiar format of case presentations, incorporating evidence-based discussions to sensitize attendees to unnecessary treatments and tests, while simultaneously exposing the many ways in which patients fail to get care they do need, particularly social support. It is estimated that as much as 30 percent of hospitalizations, medical tests and treatments in the U.S. are unnecessary.

Right Care Rounds can address barriers to accessing care, ways to care for patients without strong social networks, and failures in patient safety. Chief residents teach other residents to recognize and avoid overuse before it occurs, consider the continuum of care, and ensure patients get the care they need. In addition, the program helps young leaders teach high value care and change the culture of overuse.

Last year, 32 teams of chief residents from leading hospitals across the nation were accepted into the program, the first of its kind. Over 90 percent of the chief residents surveyed indicated that the program opened ways to improve the quality of care. One third were able to make concrete and lasting changes at their institutions to improve care as a result of Right Care Rounds within just a half-year of the program launch.

The Right Care Educator Program is generously supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

A special workshop on Right Care Rounds, titled Conducting a High-Value Educational Conference, will be given at the conference on Saturday, April 16 from 2-3:15 pm. Presenters are Brandon Combs, MD, FACP, assistant professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine; Edward Murphy, MD, instructor, University of Colorado School of Medicine; and Harry Cho, MD, assistant professor, Hospital Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Cho is one of last year’s grant recipients.

The workshop gives interested clinicians the tools they need to implement Right Care Rounds at their home institutions.

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