Baylor College of Medicine

Baylor College of Medicine ACE grants awarded

Graciela Gutierrez


Houston, TX -

A group of Baylor College of Medicine medical residents and fellows have been awarded the Advancing Clinical Excellence in Health Care Delivery System Trainee Grants to support their work toward improving the safety and quality of patient care.

Dr. David H. Berger, professor, vice president and chief medical officer of BCM Medical Center, helped select the awardees based on their project goals focused on addressing clinical or system issues that will impact patient care.

More than 35 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.

Grant recipients will present their program updates at their Clinical Excellence Presentation Meeting.

Berger helped organize the submission process and will also oversee projects throughout the year. The grants are funded through the BCM Office of the President.


Awardees and projects


Dr. Sara Fallon, medical resident in surgery "Decreasing length of hospital stay in children with acute appendicitis: a quality improvement study"

Dr. Luke Cunningham, medical resident in medicine "Outcomes with pre-internship training"

Dr. Nabid Ahmed, medical resident in medicine "Reducing hospital admissions for paracentesis at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center"

Dr. Vlad Sandulache, medical resident in otolaryngology "Defining criteria for voice rehabilitation following total laryngectomy"

Dr. Courtney Balentine, medical resident in surgery "Using an electronic evaluation to replace the traditional postoperative visit"

Dr. Jonathan Thomas, medical resident in neurosurgery "Prospective trial of a short hospital stay protocol after endoscopic endonasal pituitary adenoma surgery"

Dr. Nicole Tapia, medical resident in surgery "Development of systems safety checklist to enhance standardized patient handoff: 'PACT 2'"

Dr. Joshua Kuban, medical resident in radiology "A systematic approach to increasing IVC filter retrieval rates"

Dr. Shilpa Hundalani, clinical postdoctoral fellow in pediatrics "Using simulation to improve primary caregiver preparedness for medically complex infants at discharge from the NICU (the pep-talc course: parent emergency preparedness in tracheostomy assisted living and care)"

Dr. Natasha Afonso, clinical postdoctoral fellow in pediatrics "A three-prong approach to managing sepsis in a resource-limited setting"

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