Hospital chief residents named to program aimed at avoiding medical overuse

Lown Institute’s 1st RightCare Educators to teach colleagues

November 2, 2015 (Boston, MA)—The Lown Institute announced today that 32 teams of chief residents from leading hospitals across the nation have been accepted to its RightCare Educator (RCE) 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 RightCare Rounds  in their hospitals. Modeled after traditional Grand Rounds, RightCare Rounds use the familiar format of case presentations, incorporating evidence-based discussions to sensitize trainees and others to unnecessary treatments and tests, while simultaneously exposing 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 United States are unnecessary.

The goals of the program are to teach trainees and other health care professionals to recognize and avoid overuse before it occurs, ensure that the entire continuum of care is considered, and that care is improved for the future. Additionally, RightCare Rounds may address barriers to accessing care, caring for patients without strong social networks, and failures in patient safety.

RightCare Rounds have been implemented at several medical centers across the country by other clinicians. The Lown Institute is looking to young leaders to grow the program nationally. When the Institute issued a call for proposals earlier this year, the response was overwhelming. Seventy-nine residents, from 19 states, were selected for the inaugural class teams.

The RCE Program is generously supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

“We are delighted that chief residents, from Maine to California, are recognizing that medical overuse clearly harms patients and that they are passionate about reversing the business-as-usual, ‘more is better’ approach to medicine,” said Vikas Saini, MD, president of the Lown Institute. “Efforts like these from enterprising young leaders will improve care for years to come,” he said.

RightCare Educators have access to a comprehensive, online step-by-step toolkit, webinar-based training, and a platform for collaboration that has been developed to help them implement the program.

See the list of RightCare Educators and their institutions.

About the Lown Institute

The Lown Institute, a nonprofit, action-driven think tank, is dedicated to transforming the culture of medicine and building a health care system that is affordable, effective, personal and just. The Institute was founded by renowned cardiologist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Bernard Lown, MD, and supports his vision for compassionate health care. Visit and follow us on Twitter at @LownInstitute.

Margie Coloian
Director of Communications