Reducing Unnecessary Daily Laboratory Tests on the Inpatient Medicine Teaching Services
Excessive laboratory testing contributes to the increasing cost of healthcare without enhancing patient care. Studies have demonstrated increased adverse outcomes and decreased patient satisfaction associated with excessive daily blood draws. Furthermore, unnecessary laboratory tests may contribute to errors, lower patient satisfaction, patient debt burden, hospital acquired anemia, physician information overload and ignorance of crucial data, and complications from further testing such as radiation exposure. Our primary objective is to reduce unnecessary and excessive blood testing orders for inpatients by using appropriate clinical rationale through interventions to improve education of residents.
Boston University Medical Center
Faisal Rahman, BMBCh, BA, MA, completed his medical education at the University of Oxford, UK, and currently is a third year internal medicine resident at Boston University Medical Center. He will be one of the chief residents for 2015-2016 after which he plans to pursue a career in academic cardiology.
Alexandra Kunin Wong (Sasha), MD, is a third year internal medicine resident at Boston University Medical Center. She completed her medical degree in 2012 at the University of Minnesota. Upon completion of her residency in the spring of 2015, she will remain at Boston Medical Center as one of the chief medical residents. She plans to pursue a career in pulmonary and critical care medicine. Her interests include medical education, both at the graduate level as well as at the medical school level, and quality improvement and outcomes based research.
Mayank Sardana, MD, grew up and completed medical school in India. Training in a resource poor setting has motivated him to focus on not only practicing cost conscious care, but also working toward reducing health care expenditures at the Boston Medical Center. As an avid educator, he strongly believes that educational interventions are one of the most feasible and effective methods to address the healthcare costs for medical professionals. His long term goal is to practice academic cardiology as a clinician-educator.
Tom Peteet, MD, is an internal medicine resident at Boston Medical Center. He graduated from University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2012 and completed his undergraduate studies at Wesleyan University in Middletown CT, where he double majored in physics and philosophy. After graduation, he was a TFA Corps Member in St. Louis. During medical school, he designed educational curricula for Village Health Workers in Uganda. He has worked as an adjunct professor of mathematics, physics, and philosophy at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh. After medical residency, he plans to pursue study in international health, medical education, and tropical medicine.
Dane Miller, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, studied biology at the University of Pittsburgh. He now attends graduate school at Boston University School of Public Health with a concentration in health policy and management. He has an interest in improving access to the underserved, quality improvement, and healthcare strategy.
Sherif Aly, BSc, is a second year medical student at Boston University School of Medicine. He grew up in Egypt where he received his B.Sc. in Pharmacy from the German University in Cairo. Mr. Aly moved to Boston in 2011 and completed his post-baccalaureate education before starting medical school at BUSM. He is interested in quality improvement and healthcare inequalities, and past research projects include evaluating healthcare disparities and risk factors for readmission following general surgical procedures. He is also involved in medical education and serves as a member on the Pre-Clerkship Curriculum Subcommittee and as a peer tutor at BUSM.