Baylor College of Medicine has awarded the Advancing Clinical Excellence in Health Care Delivery System Trainee Grants to medical residents and fellows focused on improving the safety and quality of patient care.

Dr. Paul Klotman, president and CEO of BCM, awarded grants to10 residents to help support their projects that address clinical or system issues that will impact patient care.

More than 30 grant applications were submitted from 10 different departments. Each application went through a review process before being narrowed down to the 10 recipients. Each recipient will receive up to $2,500 to be used over the next year.

Program update

Along with taking part in their year-long projects, each awardee will present a program update at the upcoming Clinical Excellence Presentation Meeting at BCM.

Members of the Advancing Clinical Excellence Committee organize the submission and review process and will also oversee execution of the projects through out the year. The grant, created by Dr. Navneet Kathuria, BCM's chief performance improvement officer, is funded through the Office of the President.

Awardees and projects

Dr. Cecilia Torres Day, clinical postdoctoral fellow in pediatrics.
"Reducing Antibiotic Use in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: Implementation of a Shared Baseline for the Diagnosis and Management of Healthcare Associated Infections"

Dr. Nicole Tapia, medical resident in surgery.
"Assessment of current handoff practices and development of a standardized resident handoff protocol"

Dr. Linda Li, medical resident in surgery.
"LEAN Surgical Discharge at the Michael E. DeBakey VAMC"

Dr. Sara Fallon, medical resident in surgery.
"Evaluation of the Efficacy of Protocolized Management in Pediatric Abdominal Trauma"

Dr. Sarfaraz Sadruddin, medical resident in radiology.
"Developing a cross platform effective radiation dose calculator."

Dr. Dona Murphey, medical resident in neurology.
"Measuring resource overutilization as a surrogate for breeches in patient safety and clinical quality in the care of patients with psychogenic nonepileptic events (PNEE)"

Dr. Jennifer Choe, medical resident in medicine.
"Delayed Diagnosis of Gastrointestinal Malignancies in the HCHD System"

Dr. Ashley Roark, medical resident in radiology.
"ACR-recommended Breast Ultrasound Labeling Improves After Implementation of Standardized Reporting Template"

Dr. Neha Patel, medical resident in anesthesiology.
"Post-Operative Pulmonary Complications: A Patient Safety Issue"

Dr. Melissa Macklin, medical resident in psychiatry and behavioral sciences.
"Implementation of a standardized clinical hand-over process within a large, multisite adult psychiatry residency training program: Needs assessment, training workshop and assessment of hand."