Program for Quality Improvement/Patient Safety (QIPS)

Vijay Babu Rayudu Quality & Patient Safety Day

April 11, 2014, marked the inaugural Vijay Babu Rayudu Quality and Patient Safety Day at the School of Medicine, an annual event giving students, residents, fellows and faculty an opportunity to present their research and learn from experts in the field.

Please mark your calendar and plan to attend the 11th Annual Vijay Babu Rayudu Quality & Patient Safety Day event scheduled for:

May 3, 2024


Abstract Submission
Students, residents and fellows in the School of Medicine are invited to submit abstracts of quality improvement and patient safety projects for presentation.  Abstracts will be judged by a faculty committee with a few top abstracts selected for oral presentation and the remainder for poster presentation.  Poster presentations will be judged for awards the day of the conference.

The abstract submission window
will open in late February 2024.




2023 Speakers & Presentations

Keynote Speaker

Sanjay Kishor Saint, MD, MPH
Chief of Medicine
– VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
George Dock Professor of Internal Medicine
– University of Michigan



Dr. Saint’s research focuses on patient safety, implementation science, and medical decision-making. He has authored approximately 350 peer-reviewed papers with over 110 appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, The Lancet, or the Annals of Internal Medicine. He serves on the editorial board of 7 peer-reviewed journals including the Annals of Internal Medicine, is a Special Correspondent to the New England Journal of Medicine, and is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) and the Association of American Physicians (AAP).

He has written for The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review, and gave a 2016 TED talk on culture change in healthcare that has over 1 million views.  He has co-authored two books published by Oxford University Press:  “Preventing Hospital Infections: Real-World Problems, Realistic Solutions” and “Teaching Inpatient Medicine: What Every Physician Needs to Know.” In 2017 he was awarded the HSR&D Health System Impact Award from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Distinguished Mentor Award from the University of Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research.  In 2016 he received the Mark Wolcott Award from the Department of Veterans Affairs as the National VA Physician of the Year and was elected as an international honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London).

He received his Medical Doctorate from UCLA, completed a medical residency and chief residency at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), and obtained a Master’s in Public Health (as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar) from the University of Washington in Seattle.  He has been a visiting professor at over 100 universities and hospitals in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and has active research studies underway with investigators in Switzerland, Italy, Japan, and Thailand.


Student & Resident/Fellow Oral Presentations

  • Madeline Glodowski, MS3; Samir Mehta; Maddison Cooper; Sarah Hemme; Arkadeep Ghosh; Julia G. Harris – Improving Sleep Hygiene in Medical Students
  • Fouad Jaber, PGY2; Sohaib Khatib; Christina Gomez; Mohamed Ahmed; Hana Qasim; Michael Manalo; Brianna Stack; Quniton Palmer; Hassan Ghoz; Julie Banderas; David Wooldridge – Improving Missed Follow-up Colonoscopy Rate After Acute Diverticulitis: A Quality Improvement Project
  • Mallika Joshi, MS5; Valerica Mateescu – Reducing Laboratory Delays in Resulting Blood Ammonia Levels in an Urban Hospital Setting: A Quality Improvement Project
  • Edward Lyon, PGY5; Tracey Wetzel; Ann L Wirtz; Douglas Swanson; Rachel Moran; Jessica Peters; Darcy Carver; Christine Symes; Liset Olarte; Rana El-Feghaly – Increasing vaccination rates of 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine among patients at high-risk for invasive pneumococcal disease.

Student Poster Presentations

Resident/Fellow Poster Presentations

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2022 Speakers & Presentations

Keynote Speaker

Christopher Moriates, MD
Assistant Dean for Health Care Value
Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin

Chris Moriates, M.D., is the assistant dean for health care value in the Department of Medical Education at Dell Medical School. He is also an associate chair and tenured associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine.

Moriates led the creation of the Dell Med Discovering Value-Based Health Care online learning platform, which is currently used by medical professionals and trainees across the U.S. He also created and leads the Choosing Wisely STARS program in the U.S. and serves as co-chair of medical education strategy for the International Choosing Wisely Consortium. Moriates directs the Advancing Care Transformation for the Internal Medicine Residency program and the Hospital Medicine Fellowship in Quality and Safety. He speaks internationally on topics related to educating clinicians about health care value and how to implement high-value care programs.

Moriates is the executive director at Costs of Care, a global nonprofit curating clinician insights that drive better care at lower cost. He co-authored the book “Understanding Value-Based Healthcare” (McGraw-Hill, 2015), which surgeon and writer Atul Gawande called “a masterful primer for all clinicians.” He led the creation of the University of California at San Francisco Cost Awareness curriculum for internal medicine residents, which was described in JAMA Internal Medicine and featured in a perspective article in the New England Journal of Medicine. He is a founding editor for the “Teachable Moments” series in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Prior to joining Dell Med, Moriates was an assistant professor in the Division of Hospital Medicine at UCSF, where he led the UCSF Center for Healthcare Value’s Caring Wisely program, the Division of Hospital Medicine High-Value Care Committee and the internal medicine residency’s Cost Awareness curriculum.

Moriates received his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, and he completed his residency training in internal medicine at UCSF.

Student & Resident/Fellow Oral Presentations

Student Poster Presentations

Resident/Fellow Poster Presentations


2022 Presentations’ Video Playlist

(or utilize individual URLS in sections above)

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2021 Speakers & Presentations

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Jennifer Meyers

Jennifer Myers, MD
Director, Center for Healthcare Improvement and Health Safety at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania 

Dr. Jennifer S. Myers is Professor of Clinical Medicine and the Director of Quality and Safety Education for the Department of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Myers joined the faculty at Penn in 2001 as an academic hospitalist and has since devoted her career to improving the quality and safety of health care and training the next generation of physicians and other health care providers in quality. She oversees all aspects of quality and safety education for the Department of Medicine and has spent over a decade intensely focused on the professional career development of residents, fellows, and junior faculty who wish to lead health care quality in their future careers.  She is the Director of Penn’s Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Safety (CHIPS) fellowship program which houses a concentration in Penn’s Masters of Science in Health Policy Program and a post-doctoral certificate program in quality and safety, all designed to prepare post-graduate fellows and junior faculty for careers in quality and safety research, policy, education, and administration. Within the Section of Hospital Medicine, Jen serves as the Director of Faculty Development.  

Dr. Myers earned her medical degree from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia and completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. 

Student & Resident/Fellow Oral Presentations

Student Poster Presentations


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Resident/Fellow Poster Presentations


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2021 Presentations’ Video Playlist

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2020 Speakers & Presentations

Panel Discussion

Innovation and Experimentation: How will this pandemic change the future of healthcare?
Virtual discussion exploring the lessons learned and ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis, as experienced by healthcare leaders from the QIPS Consortium Hospital Affiliates who will serve as the expert panelists:

  • Mark Steele, MD, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Medical Officer, Truman Medical Centers
  • Peter Holt, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs, Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City
  • Robert Lane, MD, MS, Executive Vice President, Physician-in-Chief, Children’s Mercy Hospital
  • Timothy Dellenbaugh, MD, Assistant Medical Director, Center for Behavioral Medicine
  • Ahmad Batrash, MD, Chief of Staff, Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center​
  • Olevia Pitts, MD, Chief Medical Officer, HCA Research Medical Center
  • Moderated by Mary Ann Jackson, MD, FAAP, FPIDS, FIDSA, Dean, UMKC School of Medicine
  • View 2020 Event Video

Student & Resident/Fellow Oral Presentations

  • Tara Krishnan, MS4; Margaret Brommelsiek; Paul Rudy; Navin Viswanathan; Louise Arnold; Amelia Kirchhoff; Susriya Gangireddy – Beeps, Squeals, and Drones: Reducing the Impact of Noise Pollution in the Operating Room
  • Cynthia Liu, MS6; Dr. Andrew McKenzie – Semantically Ambiguous Language in the Teaching Operating Room
  • Heather Morgans, DO; Gina Gregg, BSN, MHA, RN, CPHQ; Rana El Feghaly, MD, MSCI; Rachel Cisneros, RN, BSN, CPN, CCTC; Darcy Weidemann, MD, MHS – A Systematic Approach to Improving Metabolic Acidosis in Patients with Stage 3-5 Chronic Kidney Disease in the Nephrology Clinic at Children’s Mercy Hospital
  • Anas Al Bawaliz, MD; Mahak Chauhan, MD; Islam Abdelkarim, MD; Osama Okasha, MD; Georgeanne Cornell, MD; Darryl Kemp, MD; Adnan Choudhury, MD; Julie Banderas, PharmD; David Wooldridge, MD – Reducing Unnecessary Inpatient Laboratory Testing at Truman Medical Center (TMC) – Health Science District (HSD) – Quality Improvement (QI) Project
  • View 2020 Event Video

Student Poster Presentations


Resident/Fellow Poster Presentations


2020 Presentations’ Video Playlist

(or utilize individual URLS in sections above)

View the 2020 Event


2019 Speakers & Presentations

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Sam L. PageSam L. Page, MD, FASA (’92)
Chair, St. Louis County Council; St. Louis, MO

Dr. Page earned a B.A. in Chemistry from UMKC in 1988, and a Doctor of Medicine from the UMKC School of Medicine in 1992, where he was selected to Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. Dr. Page completed a residency in anesthesiology at Northwestern University and a fellowship in Pain Management at Washington University in St. Louis. He is currently an attending physician at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at St. Louis University Medical School. Dr. Page was elected to represent the citizens of the 2nd Council District in St. Louis County in a special election held in August, 2014 and was re-elected in 2016. He has served as Chair of the St. Louis County Council since 2017. From 2003 to 2008, Dr. Page represented part of St. Louis County in the Missouri House of Representatives. As a Council Member, Dr. Page has sponsored legislation to increase the age to purchase tobacco products to 21, and he sponsored legislation to create the first Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in Missouri. Dr. Page is a Past President of the Missouri Society of Anesthesiologists and the Missouri Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Anesthesiologists, and is Chair of the Government Affairs Committee. He has served as the Cubmaster for Cub Scout Pack 499, and currently is a Merit Badge Counselor for Citizenship in the Community for the Greater St. Louis Areas Boy Scouts. Dr. Page lives in Creve Coeur, Missouri with his wife, Dr. Jennifer Page, a UMKC medical school graduate (1992), and their three sons, Logan, Luke and Jake.

Student & Resident/Fellow Oral Presentations

  • Taylor Carter, MS6; An-Ling Cheng, PhD; Molly Uhlenhake, DO – Cultivating culturally aware medical students: An analysis of the effectiveness of a two hour interactive course
  • Colin Phillips, Graduate Student – MMS/PA; Molly Uhlenhake, DO; Stephani Stancil, APRN, PhDFailing our youth: Under-documentation of electronic nicotine use in adolescents.
  • Laith Derbas, MD; Anweshan Samanta, MD; Ray Segebrecht, MD; Alison Scharber, DO; Ahmed Elkaryoni, MD; Annapoorna Singh, MD; Rahul Myadam, MD; Adnan Choudhury, MD; David Wooldridge, MD; Ashraf Gohar, MD; Julie Banderas, PharmDImproving Resident Confidence in ACLS
  • Thomas Odeny, MD; Noel Torres-Acosta; MD; Aref Qureini, MD; Claire Smith, MD; Denesh Ratnasingam, MD; Ravali Gummi, MD; Diala Alawneh, MD; Julie Banderas, PharmD; David Wooldridge, MD; John Foxworth, PharmDImproving documentation of meaningful smoking history at Truman Medical Center: a quality improvement project

Student Poster Presentations

  • Sahaja Atluri, MS2; Jacob Bly, MS3; Maria Iliakova, MD; Marissa Mendez, MD; Kayla Briggs, MD; Melissa Ott, Sr. Director, Midwest Transplant Network; Lori Markham, VP, COO Midwest Transplant Network; Harry Wilkins, MD; Dustin R. Neel, MD; Xi Wang, Grad. Student ; Michael Moncure, MD – Does Intensivist Management of Brain Dead Organ Donors result in Increased Organ Yield?
  • Ilham Boda, MS5; Larry Dall, MDA Quality Improvement Project: BP in the Ambulatory Setting
  • Elizabeth George MS5, Michael Bock, MS3; Sejla Turnadzic, StudentAntibiotic Resistance in Helicobacter Pylori: A Case Based Analysis from Truman Medical Center
  • Keerthi Gondi, MS5; Alex Luke, MS2Fracture Liaison Service (FLS) in Safety-Net Hospital
  • Chizitam Ibezim, MS5; Humza Mian, MS3; Patrick Murray, MD; Betty Drees, MD; Stephen David Simon, PhD; Jonathan R Dubin, MDFracture Liaison Service (FLS) in Safety-Net Hospital
  • Saber Khan, MS5,  Anusha Kodidhi, MS5; Krishna Trivedi, MS5; Shane Storm, MS5; Shipra Singh, MS5; Niloofar ShahmohammadiDepression within the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine Student Body
  • Dorothy Lor, MS5, Shipra Singh, MS5Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences and Implementing Trauma Informed Care at the Medical Student Level
  • Angela Nwankwo, MS3, Michele Sun, MS5Nutritional Analysis of Dually Infected HCV and HIV Outpatients
  • Shaan Patel, MS3; Karina Shah, MS3Analyzing Viral Loads Between Patients Who Do Use and Do Not Use the MyTruHealth Patient Portal System
  • Geethanjali Rajagopal, MS3; Valerie Chuy, MS ; Rachna Talluri, MS3; Larry Dall, MD; Jennifer Quaintance, PhDNon-verbal Patterns of Communication in the Operating Room
  • Karina Shah, MS3; Shaan Patel, MS3Access Barriers Preventing the Usage of MyTruHealth Patient  Portal System at Truman Medical Center
  • Shipra Singh, MS5; Saber Khan, MS5; Anusa Kodidhi, MS5; Krishna Trivedi, MS5; Shane Storm, MS5; Fariha Shafi, MD; Niloofar ShahmohammadiAssessing Anxiety in Medical Students at UMKC
  • Shane Storm, MS5; Saber Khan, MS5; Anusa Kodidhi, MS5; Krishna Trivedi, MS5; Shipra Singh, MS5; Fariha Shafi, MD; Niloofar ShahmohammadiAnalyzing the Presence of Support System and Its Effect on Mood Among Medical Students at University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
  • Rachna Talluri, MS3; Valerie Chuy, MS ; Geethanjali Rajagopal, MS3; Larry Dall, MD; Jennifer Quaintance, PhDAssessing White Coat Maintenance among UMKC School of Medicine Physicians and Students: A Comparative Analysis of Race, Gender, and Healthcare Experience
  • Danielle Terrill, MS6; Sahaja Atluri, MS4; Keaton Altom, MS5; Dylan Schwindt, MS5; Garima Thakkar, MS5;  Megan Ivy, MS6; Sree Lanka, MS4; Alyssa Fesmire, MDSurviving Sepsis Guidelines in CKD and CHF
  • Thimmapuram, Rashmi, MS4; Sree Lanka, MS4Correlation between Protease Inhibitor use and Malnutrition in TMC HIV Outpatients
  • Nicholas Yeisley, MS4; Brandon Wesche, MS4; Faith Mueller, MS4; Darya Tajfiroozeh, MS4Evaluation of Self-Sufficiency of Adults with Chronic Disease in the Emergency Setting

Resident/Fellow Poster Presentations

  • Samia Asif, MD; Eslam Dosokey, MD; Shahryar Khan, MD; Stephanie Suddaby, MD; Maaheen Ahmed, DO; Benjamin Whitt, MD; Hashaam Arshad, MD; Julie Banderas, PharmD; Shanna Ripley, DO; David Wooldridge, MDIncreasing the number of Influenza vaccinations ordered in primary care clinic at Truman Medical Center (TMC)
  • Maha Abu Kishk, MD; Jordann Dhuse, MS5; Louis Sand, MS5; Anna Davis, MS5Implementing EMR documentation tool to facilitate and standardize foot exam among patients with diabetes at Truman Medical Center (TMC)
  • Whitney Cameron, DO; Rachel Hildebrand, DO; Mary Hunter; Kristen Jones; Hannah Neuhaus, MD; Jared Palfreeman, MD; Kristi Williams, MDEvaluation of the Equality of Family Centered Rounds
  • Mahak Chauhan, MD; Parth Patel, MD; John Pham, MD; Mahak Chauhan, MD; Anas Al Bawaliz, MD; Parashar Koirala, MD William Murphy, MD; David Wooldridge, MD; Julie Banderas, PharmD; Adnan Choudhury, MDImproving Continuity of Care at TMC-HSD Clinics
  • Lauren Cummings, DO; Carrie Miner, MSN, RN; Lindsey Churchman, RN; Gangaram Akangire, MD; Julie Weiner, DO; Jodi Jackson, MDDecreased Antibiotic Use in Well-Appearing Infants Exposed to Maternal Chorioamnionitis
  • Sara Farooki, MD; Oluwaseun Olaiya, DO; Karen Lewing, MD; Nicholas Clark, MDIncreasing Palliative Care Team Involvement in Pediatric Oncology Patients
  • Matt Goldschmidt, DO; Laith Nu’man, MD; Raed Qarajeh, MD; Ali Zafar, MD; Omar Abughanimeh, MD; Moustafa Younis, MD; Julie Banderas, PharmD; Malek Mahmoudi, MD; Esmat Sadeddin, MD; David Wooldridge, MDImproving Communication between Cardiac Intensive Care Unit Staff and Moonlighting Fellows at the Mid America Heart Institute
  • Taylor Hansen, DO – Consensus guidelines for postnatal steroids in preterm infants with developing bronchopulmonary dysplasia: a quality improvement initiative
  • Robin Imperial, MD; Marjan Nazer, MD; Ahmed Elkafrawy, MD; Waled Bahaj, MD; Islam Abdelkarim, MD; Mary Shueler, DO; Harris Zamir, MD; Julie Banderas, PharmD; David Wooldridge, MDImproving interdisciplinary communication on general medicine wards through the use of a two-way HIPAA-compliant text messaging app
  • Anahat Kaur, MD; Anas Noman, MD; Hussein Asad, MD; Merrill Thomas, MD; Ahmad Al-Shyoukh, MD; Sheetal Bulchandani, MD; Reda Asad, MD; Jeffrey Hackman, MD; Adnan Choudhury, MD; Julie Banderas, PharmD; David Wooldridge, MDImpact of Patient Education on Heart Failure Readmission Rates
  • Susamita Kesh, MD; Scott Biggerstaff, DO; Emily Bonnani, MD; Samuel Cortez; Daniel Mulhall, MDStrategy for Improving Timeliness of New Consults in Inpatient General Pediatrics
  • Sara Kilbride, MD; Emily Wilkinson, MBA, RRT-NPS; Mary Moffatt, MDImplementation of HPV Vaccination for Child and Adolescent Victims of Non-acute Sexual Assault/Abuse
  • Karoline Krzywda, MD; Alvin Chi, MD; Irene Pourladian, MD; Anna Leu, MD; Lauren Hughes, MDFamilies Have Difficulty Understanding What Medications are Started During the Child’s Admission
  • Ashley Lepse, MD; Sean Stout, MD; Robert Garner, MD; Taylor Losole, MD; Matthew Warren, MDImproving Patient Satisfaction with Discharge Instructions and Communication
  • Tony Makovek, MD; Yousaf Zafar, MD; Brooks Kimmis, MD; Suguni Loku Galappaththy, MD; Rebecca Krc, DO; David Wooldridge, MD; Kavita Jadhav, MD; Julie Banderas, PharmD; Sara Boyd, MDEffects of Eliminating MRSA Precautions on Hospital-Acquired Infections
  • Eric Nau, MD; Marc Sycip, MD; Vivek Dubey, MD; Amy Scott, MD; Kayla McMullen; Tyler Fisher, MD; Mamta Reddy, MDIncreasing Blood Pressure Documentation of ED Patients with Concern for Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt Malfunction
  • Emily Paprocki, DO; Ryan McDonough, DO; Tiffany Musick, DO; Joseph Cernich, MDQuality Improvement: implementing a diabetic foot exam to improve quality of care for youth with diabetes mellitus
  • Nisha Singh, MD; Jolynn Grimes, RN; Jennifer Spies, RN; Gina Gregg; Renita Trujillo, MD; Amy Nau, MD; Doug Rivard, DO; Marita Thompson, MD; Susan Burns; Moriah Fields; Jolene Palmer; Charleen Cunningham; Maria Williams; Mary Copeland, RN; Lindsey Dodds, MLS; Kelly Huntington; Kaylene Wiley, MD; Kristen Kerwin, MD; Amanda Porter; Melanie Weinrich; Bradley Warady, MD“Save the Vein” initiative  in children with  chronic kidney disease
  • Kathryn VanderVelde, MD; Sarah Suppes, PharmD; Kate Gibbs, MD; Kevin Latz, MD; Angie Vanderpool, RN; Rana El Feghaly, MD; Amol Purandare, MD; Chris Miller, MDOptimization of Surgical Prophylaxis in Penicillin-Allergic Labeled Patients
  • Mohamed Warsame, MD; Ghazal Khan, MD; Marlena Mueller, DO; Alan Tran, DO; Omar Abu-Qamar, MD; Adnan Choudhury, MD; Julie Banderas, PharmD; David Wooldridge, MDDiscontinuation of Central Lines Upon Transfer out of ICU: A Quality Improvement Project.

2018 Speakers & Presentations

Keynote Speaker

Carolyn ClancyCarolyn Clancy, MD, MACP
Executive in Charge, Veterans Health Administration
Veterans Affairs and Health Care Quality

Dr. Clancy serves as the Executive in Charge, Veterans Health Administration, with the authority to perform the functions and duties of the Under Secretary for Health. She was previously the Interim Under Secretary for Health from 2014-2015. She is a highly experienced and nationally recognized physician executive. As the Executive in Charge, Dr. Clancy directs a health care system with an annual budget of approximately $68 billion, overseeing the delivery of care to more than 9 million enrolled Veterans. VHA is the largest integrated health care system in the United States, providing care at 1,243  health care facilities, including 170 VA Medical Centers and 1,063 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics) to over 9,000,000 Veterans enrolled in the VA health care program. VHA is the nation’s largest provider of graduate medical education and a major contributor to medical and scientific research. More than 73,000 active volunteers, 127,000 health professions trainees, and more than 306,000 full time health care professionals and support staff are an integral part of the VHA community. Prior to her current position, she served as the Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Organizational Excellence overseeing VHA’s performance, quality, safety, risk management, systems engineering, auditing, oversight, ethics and accreditation programs, as well as ten years as the Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. In 2015, Dr. Clancy was selected as the Outstanding Federal Executive of the Year by Disabled American Veterans. Dr. Clancy, a general internist and health services researcher, is a graduate of Boston College and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She holds an academic appointment at George Washington University School of Medicine and serves as Senior Associate Editor, Health Services Research. Dr. Clancy has contributed to eight academic text books and authored, co-authored and provided invited commentary in more than 225 scholarly journal articles. She served as a member of the National Quality Forum, Board of Directors, as the Chair of the AQA Alliance and served on the Board of Governors, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. An elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, Dr. Clancy was most recently presented with the 2014 Quality Champion Award, National Committee for Quality Assurance and was also named as Honorary Fellow, American Academy of Nursing.

Student & Resident Oral Presentations

  • Laura Meidl, MS5; Ashley Cooper, MD; Kelli Zuckerman, RN; Julia Harris, MDImproved Influenza Vaccination Rates Among Immunosuppressed Patients in Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic
    Nyaluma Wagala, MS5; Emily Boschert, MS4 Alcohol Intoxication and Orthopedic Trauma: Who Provides the Counseling?
  • Omar Abughanimeh, MD; Guy Fogg, MD; Bo Song, MD; Laith Numan, MD; Moustafa Younis, MD; Solomon Kim, MD; Ayman Qasrawi, MD; Noel Torres-Acosta, MD; Kristin Gillenwater, MD Improving Diabetic Retinopathy Screening In Internal Medicine Clinics.
  • Talal Asif, MD; Rehman Ukani, MD; Laith Derbas, MD; Ahmed Elkaryoni, MD; Zara Wadood, MD; Lauren Misher, PharmD; Jeane Johnson, PharmD; Julie Banderas, PharmD; David Wooldridge, MDReducing 30-day readmission rates of COPD exacerbations:  A comprehensive management approach

Student & Resident Poster Presentations

  • Deven Bhatia, MS5; Niraj Madhani, MS5; Stefanie Ellison, MD; Valerie Ruehter, MD; Angellar Manguvao, PhD; Michael McCunniff, DDS; Carol Schmer, Eileen Amari-Vaught, FNP; Kathie Ervie, PA  – UMKC Health Professions’ Interprofessional Education  The Missouri Community Action Poverty Simulation
  • Tiffany Bland, MS6; Meghna Singh, MS2 – Analysis of CAUTI After Catheter Reinsertion in Extended Care Facilities Following Hospital Discharge
  • Matt Decker, MS5; Raksha Madhavan, MS5; Namara Haq, MS3; Jeff Wiegers, MS5 – A Student Led Project to Improve Patient Care Coordination via the Post-Discharge Phone Call
  • Jordann Dhuse, MS4, Paige Charboneau, MS4; Stefanie Ellison, MD; Valerie Ruehter, PharmD; Michael McCunniff, DDS; Eileen Amari-Vaught, PhD, Carol Schmer, PhD, RN, Eathy Ervie, PA; Angellar Manguvo, PhDUMKC Health Professions’ Interprofessional Education:  A Three Activity Required Curriculum
  • Anthony Esswein, MS; Ryan Sieli, MS5 – HIV Demographics and Immune Function
  • Julia Esswein, MS5; Julie Banderas, PharmD – Inaccuracies of Adverse Drug Reactions in the Electronic Medical Record
  • Ishaan Jakhar, MS5, Sree Lanka, MS3; Rashmi Thimmapuram, MS3 – Nutritional Analysis of HIV Outpatients
  • Cindy Jiang, MS5, Niraj Madhani, MS5; Binoy Shah, MS5 – The Utility Of Procalcitonin Levels in the Detection and Diagnosis of Viridans streptococci Endocarditis
  • Ethan Johnston, MS4; Muhammed Alikhan, MS5; Lakshmi Venkitachalam, PhD; Rebecca R. Pauly, MD – Engaging Patients to Inform Hypertension Management in an Urban Population
  • Kelly Kapp, MS6; Christian Lamb, MS5 – Cardiac Valve Replacement Associated with Higher Values of Glycocalyx Production in Viridans Streptococcal Endocarditis
  • Sree Lanka, MS5; Rashmi Thimmapuram, MS; Anthony Esswein, MS – Correlation of Immune Function with Nutritional Risk in HIV patients
  • Raksha Madhavan, MS5; Nilbhi Patel, MS6; Jennifer Quaintance, PhD; Hima Veeramachaneni, MD; Hima Atluri, MD; Ian Greenberg, MD; Betty Drees, MD; Larry Dall, MD – Assessing Medical Student Knowledge About GOLD Criteria Before and After Educational Intervention in The Ambulatory Clinic
  • Jude-Patrick Okafor, MS6; Larry Dall, MD – Daily Ancillary Testing: An Overused Tool in Modern Medicine
  • Salvador Rios, MS6, Amy Stubbs, MD; Monica Gaddis, PhD; Jason Hurt, MD; – Are Women Diagnosed with ACS Under-triaged?
  • Manar Abdelmegeed, MD; John Tucker; Bonnie Poole; Maheshkumar Patel, MDUtilization of Healthcare Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (HFMEA) to Assess Ligature Suicide Risk in Center for Behavioral Medicine (CBM)
  • Hani Alturkmani, MD; Merrill Thomas, MD; Hussein Asad, MD; Carlye Marszalek, MD; Vidhi Shah, MD; Angela Kline-Couch, MD; Jeff Hackman, MD; Julie Banderas, PharmD, Kristin Gillenwater, MD; David Wooldridge, MD  Evaluation of Telemetry Utilization at an Inner City Academic Medical Center
  • Jeffrey Beckett, MD; Jeffrey Hackman, MD; James Doyle, MPA; Amy Stubbs, MD; Matthew Gratton, MD; Charlie Inboriboon, MD; Emily Hillman, MD – Swinging the Swing: Outcomes from Changing Swing Time Resident Coverage at the TMC Emergency Room
  • Ryan Eckert, MD; Osama Kaddourah, MD; Zaid Shmaisai, MD; Mahak Chauhan, MD; Obada Obaisi, MD; Julie Banderas, PharmD; Kristin Gillenwater, MD; David Wooldridge, MD – Ensuring documentation of ECG interpretation
  • Nick Evans, MD; Monica Gaddis, PhD – A Survey to Determine Knowledge of Mass Casualty Policy by Emergency department Physicians at Truman Medical Center.
  • Punita Grover, MD; Eslam Dosokey, MD; Nikita Maniar, MD; Tarana Gill, MD; Siva Taduru, MD; Ashley Tatum, MD; Ginger Jenkins, PhD; Sheena Spielberg, MD; Julie Banderas, PharmD; David Wooldridge, MD; Kristin Gillenwater, MDStandardizing the process of ordering screening mammograms in primary care clinics.
  • Pramod Janga, MD; Anweshan Samanta, MD; Yousaf Zafar, MD; Bindiya Marakkath, MD; Nicholas Donohue, MD; Alison Scharber, DO; Anthony Makovec, MD; Reem Mustafa, MD; David Wooldridge, MD; Kristen Gillenwater, MD; Raj Shah, MD; Betty Drees, MD – Prediabetes: Improving the Rate of Diagnosis and Increasing Referrals to Community-Based Lifestyle Intervention Programs
  • Kathryn Ottman, MD; Monica Gaddis, PhD; Jeremy Provance, BA The Effect of Language Barrier on Prescribing of Pain Medication for Patients Diagnosed in the Emergency Department with Kidney Stones
  • Parth Patel, MD; Julie Banderas, PharmD; David Wooldridge, MD; Walen Bahaj, MD; Badar Hasan, MD; Marjan Nazer, MD; Robin Imperial, MD; Ellen Troudt, MD; Ahmed Elkafrawy, MDImproving Rate of Screening Mammograms Completed at TMC-HH
  • Aref Qureini, MD; Matthew Goldschmidt, MD; Thomas Odeny, MD; Mahathi Indaram, MD; Zafar Ali, MD; Anahat Kaur, MD; David Wooldridge, MD; Julie Banderas, PharmD; Kristin Gillenwater, MD; Nicholas Bennett, MD; Sarah Boyd, MDEstablishing Antibiotic Benchmarks for Stewardship Opportunities in the Outpatient Clinic Setting
  • Muhammad Shafiq, MD; Lina Ya’qoub, MD; Mohamed Warsame, MD; Sravan Jeepalyam, MD; Anas Noman, MD; Ghazal Khan, MD; Ankit Mehta, MD; Kristen Gillenwater, MD; Julie Banderas, PharmD; David Wooldridge, MDReducing inappropriate use of Proton Pump Inhibitors in an outpatient setting- Quality Improvement Project
  • Mohammad Tahboub, MD; Shubba Roy, MD; Madhuri Ramakrishman, MD; Samia Asif, MD; Andrew Tomaw, DO; Shahrayar Khan, MD; Lyla Saeed, MD; Julie Banderas, PharmD; David Wooldridge, MD; David Elliott, DOVariations in daily patient weight measurements at Saint Luke’s Hospital
  • Bryon Vogt, MD; Jennifer Quaintance, PhD; Charlie Inboriboon, MD Exploring Paramedic-Physician Handoff Communication During the Care of the Critically-Ill Through a Qualitative Approach
  • Nicholas Warren, MD; Monica Gaddis, PhD – Effect of Speech Recognition on Charting Efficiency in a Hospital Emergency Department
  • Laura McCarthy, MD; Keith August, MD; Pam Nicklaus, MD; Marita Thompson, MD; Doug Rivard, DO; Melissa Gener, MD; Paul Sheeran, MD; Susan Whitney, MD; Tara Benton, MD; Jenna Miller, MD – Implementation of Bedside Huddle to Improve Communication when Coordinating Care for PICU Patients with Newly Diagnosed Anterior Mediastinal Masses
  • Derrick Goubeaux, MD; Gerald Woods, MD; Julie Routhieaux, RN; Kaitlyn Hoch; Del CofieldMedication timeliness in emergency department in sickle cell disease population presenting with vaso-occlusive episode
  • Antoinette Walker, MD; Dalya El Tawil, MDA Review of First Year Fellow Endoscopic Skills and Time to Proficiency

2017 Speakers & Presentations
Keynote Speaker

Niraj Sehgal, MD, MPHNiraj Sehgal, MD, MPH
Vice President and Chief Quality Officer, UCSF Health

Dr. Niraj Sehgal is a hospitalist, a Professor of Medicine, and the Vice President & Chief Quality Officer for UCSF Health. Over the years, his academic interests have focused on improving healthcare systems by leading initiatives that foster teamwork & communication, promote a culture for learning and improvement, and support workforce development as key strategies to deliver better patient outcomes.

His past leadership roles include directing a hospital medicine service, developing a faculty development program, directing a portfolio of physician leadership programs, leading quality/safety in the Department of Medicine, and serving as an editor the federally-funded patient safety website, AHRQ Patient Safety Network. Many of these programs led to peer-reviewed publications and opportunities to speak nationally about quality, safety, and models for academic engagement, particularly around methods to cultivate a closer marriage between the clinical and educational enterprises.

Niraj graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, earned his medical degree from Rush University in Chicago and a Master’s in Public Health from UC Berkeley. He was a resident and chief resident at Stanford University before completing a health services research fellowship at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. He was later a selected fellow of the California Healthcare Foundation Leadership Program and also recognized for his teaching and mentoring excellence with induction into UCSF’s Academy of Medical Educators. Niraj is a Chicago native and a diehard Chicago sports fan though he and his family now prefer the outdoors of Northern California over the Midwest winters.

Student Oral Presentations
  • Jacob Rash, MS5, Alyssa Fesmire, MD, Marissa Mendez, MD, Scott Sagraves, MD — Administration of Tetanus Toxoid in Trauma Patients at St. Luke’s Hospital
  • Akash Jani, MS3, Steven Phillips, Ankhita Samuel, Lawrence Dall, MD — Incidence of Nosocomial C. Diff Infection on Inpatients with Reduced Fluoroquinolone Regimens
  • Rakesh Ponnapurreddy, MD, Talal Asif, MD, Laith Derbas, MD, Alexandra Roman, MD, Reza Roohanirad, MD, Scott Reifeiss, MD, Rehman Ukani, MD, David Wooldridge, MD, Julie Banderas, PharmD — Improving Depression Screening in the Primary Care clinics
  • Mahathi Indaram, MD, Emily Tylski, MD, Zafar Ali, MD, Christa Soekamto, MD, Marjan Nazer, MD, Julie Banderas, PharmD, Reem Mustafa, MD, David Wooldridge, MD — Compliance Rates of Contact Precautions for Patients with Clostridium Difficile Infection – An Observational Study
Student & Resident Poster Presentations
  • Benjamin Bernard, MS3, Elizabeth George, MD — From Acute Care to Extended Care: a Discharge Dilemma
  • Kayla Briggs, MS6, Prashant Pandya, DO, Benjamin Powers, MD — Improving Access to Specialty Care in the Veterans Affairs Medical System: Early Experiences in the Formation of a Hepatopancreatobiliary Referral Center
  • Sanju Eswaran, MS5, Nathan Harris, MD, Mark Bernhardt, MD — Is Scheuermann’s Infraction of Adolescence a Predisposition to the Development of Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis Syndrome as an Adult?
  • Hunter Faris, M4S, Matt Decker, MS4, Larry Dall, MD — Failure to Follow-up Abnormal Radiographic Findins in Pulmonary Nodules at Truman Medical Center
  • Ravali Gummi, MS5, Mrigank Gupta, MS5, Imran Nizamuddin, MS4,  Ahsan Hussain, MS4, Sarah Alshami, MS4 — Breaking Barriers to Serve the Underserved
  • Mrigank Gupta, MS5,  Melvin Yeung, MS5, Rose Farnan, RN, Lawrence Dall, MD — Implications of Changing Demographics of HIV in the Kansas City Transitional Grant Area
  • Akash Jani, MS, Steven Phillips, Ankhita Samuel — Incidence of nosocomial C. diff infections in 60 years or older patients given probiotics
  • Diana Jung, MS3, Cassidy Onukwuli, MS3, Shiva Reddy, MS3, Larry Dall, MD — Improving Care of Hip Fracture Patients in Extended Care Facilities
  • Kelly Kapp, MS5, Shikhar Tomur, MS5, Harris Zamir, MS5, Larry Dall, MD — Glycocalyx Production by Viridans Streptococci Causing Endocarditis
  • Lakshmi Katta, MS5, Adam Kisling, MS5, Nikita Potturi, MS5, Amena Mohiuddin, MS5, Larry Dall, MD — Evaluating Alarm Fatigue in a Community Hospital and Strategies to Reduce Alarm Fatigue
  • Laura Meidl, MS4, Julia Harris, MD — Quality Improvement Project to Improve the Influenza Vaccination Rates among Pediatric Rheumatology Patients Taking Immunosuppressive Medications
  • Carlee Oakley, MS5, Elina Sagaydak, MS5, Nilbhi Patel, MS5, Larry Dall, MD — Malnutrition: The Forgotten Diagnosis
  • Binoy Shah, MS4, Cindy Jiang, MS4, Niraj Madhani, MS4, Larry Dall, MD — Sensitivity of Procalcitonin Levels in Patients with Viridans streptococci Endocarditis
  • Claire Smith, MS5, Angela Nwankwo, MS5, Larry Dall, MD — Addressing Barriers to Cervical Cancer Screening in the HIV/AIDS Population
  • Shikhar Tomur, MS5, Dan Chernoff, MD, Dane Church, MD, Jonathan Dubin, MD — MRI Overutilization in the Evaluation of Patients Aged 50 Years and Older with Mechanical Knee Pain
  • Sai Vanam, MS5, Raveena Basra, MS5, Anchana Dominic, MS5, Harris Zamir, MS5, John Foxworth, PharmD, Larry Dall, MD — Nutrition Risk Index: Identifying Malnourishment and its Associated Risk Factors
  • Hima Veeramachaneni, MS6, Himachandana Atluri, MS6, Ian Greenberg, MS6, Raj Shah, MD, Mudassar Zia, MD, Jennifer Quaintance, PhD, Betty Drees, MD — Evaluating Medical Student Pre-Diabetes Knowledge Before and After Implementation of Educational Intervention in the Ambulatory Care Setting
  • Tania Ahluwalia, MD, Shobhit Jain, MD, Angela Myers, MD — Reducing Rapid Streptococcal Pharyngitis Testing in Patients Less than 3 Years Old
  • Simran Arora, MD, Mara Horwitz, MD, Jamesia Durden, MD, Joshua Lester, Sara Gardner, MD, Shubra Srinivas, MD — Improving Clinic Continuity in a Resident Run Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Primary Care Clinic
  • Jeremy Avila, MD, Molly Uhlenhake, MD — An assessment of nonuse of the online patient portal at Truman Medical Center’s Red Clinic.
  • Waled Bahaj, MD, R. Imperial, MD, O. Kaddourah, MD, Z. Shmaisani, MD, S. Khan, MD, J. Pham, MD, B. Bhardwaj, MD, R. Mustafa, MD, Julie Banderas, PharmD, David Wooldridge, MD — Improving the Satisfaction for Electrocardiogram (EKG) Reporting
  • Amine Bourbia, MD, Hisham Elsherbiny, MD, Hani Alturkmani, MD, Merrill Thomas, MD, Hussein Asad, MD, Angela Kline-Couch, MD, Reem Mustafa, MD, David Wooldridge, MD — Implementation of Evidence-based Telemetry Parameters: Methodology
  • Jay Crockett, DO, Kristen Fickenscher, MD, Amie Robinson, MD, Dan Smock, MD — Transformation of the MR Safety Culture at Children’s Mercy Hospital
  • Christina Davis-Kankanamge, MD, Jeannette Higgins, RN, Tazim Dowlut-McElroy, MD, Julie Strickland, MD — Experience with Flexible Vaginoscopy, Insights from an Ongoing Quality Improvement Project
  • Alyssa Fesmire, MD, Marissa Mendez, MD, Wayne Mashas, Md, Scott Sagraves, MD — A Proposed Treatment Algorithm for Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections
  • Kelsee Halpin, MD, Jennifer Boyd, DO, Ryan McDonough, DO, Tiffany Musick, DO, Joseph Cernich, MD — Using the Electronic Health Record to Improve Screening and Management of Dyslipidemia in Pediatric Type 2 Diabetes Patients
  • Wilson Harrison, MD, Bryan David, MD, Molly Carnahan, MD, Joann Paul, RN — Perceptions versus Reality for following Clostridium Difficile Barrier Precautions in Surgical Patients
  • Matthew Marr, MD, Megan Frazier, RN, Farzad Alemi, MD — Improving access to patient supplies
  • Marissa Mendez, MD, Alexandra Bors, MD, Robert Corn, MD, Kelly Kapp, MS4, Fatima Sharif, MS4, Farzad Alemi, MD — Addressing Barriers to Reporting Needlesticks Among Surgical Residents
  • Liza Murray, MD, Mary Moffatt, MD, Andrea Raymond, BA-HCM, RRT-NPS — Reducing Secondary Traumatic Stress Among Workers Routinely Exposed to Abused Children
  • Barbara Nguyen, MD, Khang Le, MD, Jordan Myhre, MD, Aaron Sparks, MD, David Shanberg, MD, Joann Paul, RN — Reducing Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI): Use of Chlorhexidine for Universal Bathing
  • Parth Patel, MD, Ryan Eckert, MD, Badar Hasan, MD, Yazan Ghanem, MD, Sara Blake, MD, Saad Ashraf, MD, Julie Banderas, PharmD, Reem Mustafa, MD, David Wooldridge, MD — Improving Compliance with Guideline Recommended Screening Measures of Health Maintenance in TMC-HH clinics: Continuation of a QI Project
  • Madhuri Ramakrishnan, MD, Sibghat Tul Llah, MD, Siva Taduru, MD, Abdallah Abdelrazeq, MD, Punita Grover, MD, Mohammad Tahboub, MD, Eslam Dosokey, MD, Sheena Spielberg, MD, Julie Banderas, PharmD, David Wooldridge, MD, Reem Mustafa, MD — Improving outpatient follow up within 7-days of discharge after hospitalization for acute heart failure exacerbations: A quality improvement project
  • Shubha Deep Roy, MD, Arooge Towheed, MD, Sola Kim, MD, Gautham Kandukurig, MD, Sandeep Reddy, MD, Ashley Tatus, MD — Implementation of a Standardized Order-Set to Conform to Evidence Based Best Practices for Management of Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Anweshan Samanta, MD, Raj Shah, MD, Rakesh Ponnapureddy, MD, Yousaf Zafar, MD, Bindiya Marakkath, MD, Talal Asif, MD, Akshit Sharma, MD, Pramod Janga, MD, David Wooldridge, MD, Reem Mustafa, MD — Prevalence of Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes Mellitus Among Patients Presenting to a Large Urban County Hospital: Importance of Implementing Appropriate Screening and Referral Process
  • M. Shafiq, MD, S. Doran, DO, S. Jeepalyam, MD, L. Ya’Qoub, MD, S. Manthravadi, MD, S. Kankam, MD, H. Jarmakani, DO, M. Warsame, MD, D. Woodridge, MD, R. Mustafa, MD, S. Spielberg, MD, J. Banderas, PharmD — Decreasing time to paracentesis in patients admitted with ascites
  • Jacob Shepherd, MD, Nicholas Miller, MD, Whitney Trusty, MD, Noushin Ansari, MD — Prospective Quality Improvement Study Comparing Usage of Apollo Sepsis App Verses Traditional Identification Method In Identifying Sepsis
  • Scott Smith, PhD, Lisa Warren, MD, Linda Cooley, MD — Solid Tumor Chromosome Analysis: The Children’s Mercy Cytogenetics Database of Culture Methods
  • Wood, Nikki, DO, Lauren Amos, MD, Nicholas Clark, MD, Chris Klockau, RPH, Kelly King, RN, Alan Gamis, MD, Karen Lewing, MD — Standardizing Medication Reconciliation for a Safe and Successful Discharge Home in Newly Diagnosed Pediatric Oncology Patients
Student & Resident Clinical Vignettes
  • Edward Nabrinsky, MS5, Badar Hasan, MD, Talal Asif, MD — Betel Nut Use and Hyperglycemia
  • Zafar Ali, MD, Talal Asif, MD — Call for Improved Patient Education: A Case of Diabetic Ketoacidosis
  • Talal Asif, MD, Badar Hasan, MD, Rebecca Pauly, MD — An Appeal for Vigilance for Adverse Drug Events: A Case of Ibuprofen Induced Acute Hepatitis
  • Talal Asif, MD, Badar Hasan, MD, Rebecca Pauly, MD — A Call for Vigilance Against Falls in the Hospital: A Case of Acute Post Traumatic Encephalopathy
  • Talal Asif, MD, Amena Mohiuddin, Rebecca Pauly, MD — Importance of Thorough Physical Examination: A Lost Art
  • Matt Goldschmidt, DO, Omar Abughanimeh, MD, Guy Fogg, MD, Mouhanna Abu Ghanimeh, MD, Ayman Qasrawi, MD, Daulath Singh, MD, Noel Torres-Acosta, MD, Reem Mustafa, MD, Kristin Gillenwater, DO, David Wooldridge, MD — To improve the quality of documentation in resident primary care clinics using standardized templates
  • Badar Hasan, MD; Talal Asif, MD, Aamir Malik, MD — Rapidly growing mycobacterial infections: call for awareness
  • Badar Hasan, MD; Talal Asif, MD, Amr Edrees, MD — Call for Vigilance – Red Flags in SLE
2016 Speakers & Presentations
Keynote Speaker

051316-Bagian-WPJames P. Bagian, MD, PE

Director, The Center for Healthcare, Engineering and Patient Safety

Student Oral Presentations
  • Sarah Blake, MD, Yazan Ghanem, Johnathon Blake, Badar Hasan, Andre Arsenault, Sean Doran, Sola Kim, Daulath Singh, Shehabaldin Alqalyoobi, Ryan Eckert, Amanda Harrell, Rhea Bhargava, Kristin Gillenwater, Brent Beasley, MD, John Foxworth, PharmD, David Wooldridge, MD, Reem Mustafa, MD — Improving Compliance with Guideline Recommended Screening Measures of Health Maintenance in TMC-HH Clinics: Continuation of a QI Project
  • Christina Davis-Kankanamge, MD, Julie Strickland, MD, Molly Carnahan, BA, Jeannette Higgins, RN, Tazim Dowlut-McElroy, MD  — The Association Between Body Mass Index and Angrogen Levels in Adolescent Girls with Irregular Menses or Amenorrhea
  • Sean Doran, MD, Mazen Shobassy, Muhammad Shafiq, Lina Ya’qoub, Sashi Manthravadi, Sravan Jeepalyam, Hani Alturkmani, Reem Mustafa, MD — Decreasing Time to Paracentesis in Patients Admitted with Ascites
  • Hunter Farris, Matt Decker, Nial Castle, DO, Lawrence Dall, MD — Failure to Follow-up Abnormal Radiographic Findings
  • Ingrid Hsiung, Bob Song, Asha Nookala, Abid Bhat, MD — How Many Patients do not make an Appointment with the Sleep Clinic after Referral by their Primary Care Physician
  • Ponnapureddy, Rakesh, Reem Mustafa, MD, Alexandra Roman, Andre Arsenault, Hema Pamulapati, Talal Asif, Rehman Ukani, David Wooldridge, MD — Save the Blood:  Reducing Inpatient Phlebotomy in Academic Hospital
  • Thumar, Vishal, Edward Nabrinsky, Lawrence Dall, MD — Summary Box Impact on Provider Communication and Patient Throughput
  • Wells, Corey, Sean Bonanni, Lyla Masters, RN, Jonathan Dubin, MD, Betty Drees, MD — Fracture Liaison Service Improves Post-Fracture Osteoporosis Care in Academic Setting
Student & Resident Poster Presentations
  • Abdalla Abdelrazeq, Sibghat Tul Liah, Punita Grover, Lance Brandenburg, Devika Kapuria, Madhuri Ramakrishnan, Siva Taduru, David Wooldridge, MD, Reem Mustafa, MD — Optimization of Physician-Nurse Communication
  • Seenu Abraham, Imran Nizamuddin, Lawrence Dall, MD — Distinctive Demographics and Prevalence of Ischemic vs. Non-ischemic Etiologies of Congestive Heart Failure at Truman Medical Center
  • Himachandana Atluri, Rick Harlow, MD, Mike Dorsey, CEO, Lawrence Dall, MD — Geographic Rounding:  Quality Outcomes
  • Hanqing Bai, Jude-Patrick Okafor, Melvin Yeung, Sabato Sisillo, Lawrence Dall, MD — Increasing Appropriate Inhaler Use in Inpatient COPD Patients
  • Amine Bourbia, Omar Samarah, Abdul Qazi, Nathan Sanderse, Hisham Elsherbiny, Ahmed Elkhanany, Paramdeep Baweja, Reem Mustafa, MD, David Wooldridge, MD — Evaluation of Telemetry Utilization at an Innter City Academic Medical Center
  • Jasleen Ghuman, Charles Van Way III, MD — Improving Patient Care Through Assessment of Nutritional Status
  • Aditya Gutta, Roomana Ahad, MD, Mouhanna Abu Ghanimeh, MD, Ayman Qasrawi, MD, Daulath Singh, MD, Guy Fogg, MD, Reem Mustafa, MD, Kristin Gillenwater, DO, David Wooldridge, MD — To Improve the Quality of Documentiaton in Resident Primary Care Clinics
  • Osama Kaddourah, Erin Algeo, Salman Khan, Bhaskar Bhardwaj, Zaid Shmaisani, Hani Alturkmani, Nikolai Khromouchline, Reem Mustafa, MD — A Prospective Study on the Effects of Educational Intervention on Colonscopy Preparation
  • Neil Kapil, Raj Shah, Sean Ghosh, Zara Wadood, Hima Veeramachaneni, Fadi Hamid, MD — Risk Factors for and Quantification of Radiation Exposure in IBD Patients
  • Raksha Madhavan, Ravali Poreddy, Lawrence Dall, MD, Tom Simmons, MD — Preventing Falls in Hospitalized Patients
  • Sruthi Patibandla, MD, Emily Tylski, Mohamed Omer, Chandra Stockdall, Mahathi Indaram, Rachael Brashears,       Gene Kim, David Wooldridge, MD — Improving Accurate Daily Weights Recorded in Patients with CHF Exacerbation
  • Adithi Reddy, Kavelin Rumalla, Sirisha Tumalapenta, Manoj Mittal, Lawrence Dall, MD — Assessing Quality of Patient Care in Pediatric Stroke Hospitalizations: An Analysis of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample
  • Adithi Reddy, Valerie Hummel, Brittany Nwokeji, Elizabeth Onishchenko, Michael Phan, James Phillips, Nikita Rafie, Elizabeth Robin, Nicole Rogers, Kavelin Rumalla, Shane Storm, Valerie Rader, MD — The Effect of Night-Time Melatonin Administration on In-Hospital Quality of Sleep and Associated Outcomes in Patients Hospitalized with Stroke
  • Kavelin Rumalla, Chester Yarbrough, MD, Ian Dorward, MD — Incidence and Risk Factors for Patient Safety Indicators and Hospital Acquired Conditions in Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury
  • Kavelin Rumalla, Chester Yarbrough, MD, Ian Dorward, MD — Assessing the Quality and Safety of Patient Care in Lumbar Spine Surgery: A Population-Based Nationwide Analysis
  • Akshit Sharma, MD, Raj Shah, MD, Saiprasad Narsingham, MD, Betty Drees, MD — Increasing Identification of and Referrals to Community Based Lifestyle Intervention Program for Pre-Diabetics
  • Arooge Towheed, MD, Reem Mustafa, MD — Implementation of a Standardized Order-set to Conform to Evidence-based Best Practices for Management of Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Corey Wells, Lawrence Dall, MD, Olevia Pitts, MD — Sitting with Patients: A Method to Encourage Dialogue and Improve Patient Satisfaction
Student & Resident Clinical Vignettes
  • Talal Asif, MD, Zara Wadood, Ravali Gummi, Kristy Steigerwalt, Rebecca Pauly, MD —An Unusual Presentation of Acute Appendicitis: How Dislodging Anchored Thinking Can Improve Patient Safety and Outcomes
  • Christina Davis-Kankanamge, MD, Julie Strickland, MD, Tazim Dowlut-McElroy, MD — Vulvar Manifestations of Sjogren’s Syndrome in Adolescents
  • Jacob Hanin, Mouhanna Abu Ghanimeh, MD, Aaron Jones, MD, John Foxworth, PharmD, Nurbanu Pirani, MD — Keep Calm, It’s Just an Abscess
  • Brian Miremadi, Ankhita Samuel, Cody Braun, Lawrence Dall, MD — Hospital Acquired Hiccups:  A Case Report
2015 Speakers & Presentations
Keynote Speaker

handler_michaelMichael Handler, M.D.

Medical Director, Missouri Center for Patient Safety




Student Oral Presentations
  • Isadore Tarantino — Screening for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA): How Effective is the Modified Mallampati Scoring Method?
  • Rohit Saha, Ryan Eckert — Baseline Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) Among Years 2-6 Students
  • Peter Everson — Creating an Efficient Instrument Tray and Drape Pack for Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery
  • Seenu Abraham, Peter Vayalil, Sagar Patel — Polypharmacy and Distinctive Demographics of Congestive Heart Failure Patients
  • John Loftus, Nial Castle, Sandy Peterson — Antibiotic Stewardship: Improving Antibiotic Utilization in Hospitalized Patients
  • Evan Martin — Spreading Awareness of Advanced Directives by Surveying Patients Knowledge and Beliefs the Impact on Documentation of Their Wishes
  • Jeffrey Klott, Haley Merrill, Rajesh Rangarajan — Post-Fracture Pain Management: Do Orthopaedic Surgeons Adequately Design, Explain and Document Pain Control Regimens for Post-Fracture Patients
  • Rohit Saha — Evaluation of Bronchiectasis in Patients with Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Naman Agrawal, Kent Buxton, Matthew Decker, Caitlin Lamb, Hafsa Lodhi, Katie Payne, Jeffrey Wiegers — Influence of Interpreters on Emergency Room Interactions
Student & Resident Poster Presentations
  • Andre Arsenault, MD, Hema Pamulapati, MD, Alexandra Roman, MD, Rakesh Ponnapureddy, MD, Govind Pandopatam, MD, Suzanne Miller, MD, Akshit Sharma, MD, Aly Abdelrahman, MD, Komal Piryani, MD, Ali Someili, MD — Increasing the Use of Aspirin for Primary Prevention in Continuity Clinic
  • Sarah Blake, DO, Audrey Bearden, MD, Yazan Ghanem, MD, Amanda Harrell, DO, Rhea Bhargava, MD, Bhaskar Bhardwaj, MD, Reed Cope, MD, Shehabaldin Alqalyoobi, MD, Sood Kisra, MD, Ata Bajwa, MD, Reem Mustafa, MD — Improving Compliance of Guideline-Recommended Screening Measures of Health Maintenance in TMC-HH Clinics: A QI Project
  • Hema Pamulapati, MD, Alexandra Roman, MD, Andre Arsenault, MD — Hospital Acquired Anemia: An Under-Reported and Preventable Problem
  • Sood Kisra, MD, Saiprasad Narsingham, MD, Samrat Patel, MD, Mihir Brahmbhatt, MD, Asha George, Vritti Gupta, MD — Evaluation of the Reporting Process of the Tests Pending at Discharge in an Academic Hospital
  • Nathan Sanderse, MD, Hisham Elsherbiny, MD, Mazen Shobassy, MD, Sean Doran, MD, Brett Bartels, MD, Hani El-Halawany, MD, Mir Fahad Faisal, MD, Sashidhar Manthravadi, MD, Hassan Salameh, MD, Aref Bin Abdulak, MD, Ajay Sekhon, PgCert — Improving Medication Reconciliation Completion in a Residents’ Primary Care Clinic
  • Raj Shah, MD, Felicia Ratnaraj, Aditya Gutta, MD, Natasha Mathews, BS — Eating Smart Education in a Safety Net Hospital Population
  • Raj Shah, MD, Beenish Ahmed, Neha Husain, Kirbi Yelorda, Hima Veermachaneni, Aditya Gutta, MD — Efficacy of Colorectal Cancer Screening Education Via CDC Pamphlet Versus Inflatable Colon
  • Raj Shah, MD, Kristin Gillenwater, DO, Rebecca Pauly, MD — An Extension of the Residents as Teacher Curriculum: A Resident Led Docent Approach
  • Raj Shah, MD, Kristin Gillenwater, DO — Improving Colorectal Cancer Screening in a Safety Net Hospital: Development and User Testing of a FIT Algorithm
  • M. Abu Ghanimeh, MD, Nathan Bammes, MD, Talha Farid, MD, Dany Jacob, MD, Aditya Gutta, MD, Mohamed Omer, MD, Daulath Singh, MD, Roomana Ahad, MD, Emily Tylski, DO, A Gard — Residents Primary Care Clinic Patients’ Hand-Off: Quality Improvement Project to Improve Transition of Care
  • Udit Bhatnagar, MD, Zaheer Ahmed, MD, Gurminder Dhillon, MD, Joshua Weir, DO, Mohannad Abu Omar, MD, Mohammed Ansari, MD, Arooge Towheed, MD, Sibghat Tul Llah, MD, Abdullah Abdelrazaq, MD, Sola Kim, MD — Tobacco Cessation Quality Improvement Pilot Project
Student & Resident Clinical Vignettes
  • Arooge Towheed, MD, Udit Bhatnagar, MD, Aref Bin Abdulhak, MD — Overambitious Diabetic Control in Elderly
  • Arooge Towheed, MD, Sibghat Tul Llah, MD, Salman Khan, MD, Bhaskar Bhardwaj, MD — Mollaret’s Meningitis
  • Reid Waldman — Melanoma In-Situ in a Small Pox Vaccination Scar: A Case Report to Highlight the Importance Monitoring Burns and Scars to Improve Patient Safety
2014 Inaugural Speakers & Presentations
Keynote Speaker

gandhi_tejalTejal K. Gandhi, M.D., M.H.P., C.P.P.S.

President, National Patient Safety Foundation and the Lucian Leape Institute and associate professor of medicine at the Harvard School of Medicine

Student Oral Presentations
  • Ryan Eckert, Rohit Saha — Year 1 through 6 Baseline Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes of Patient Safety
  • Evan Martin — Advanced Directive Initiative in Continuity Care Clinics
  • Peter Vayalil, Sagar Patel — Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) and Polypharmacy
  • Christopher Brett, Nicholas Gier — Follow up Contact Improves Patient Safety and Satisfaction in the TMC Medical Clinics
  • McKenzie Lutz — Increasing Diabetes Education in the TMC Internal Medicine Clinics by a Self-Administered Quiz
Student & Resident Poster Presentations
  • Apurva Bhatt, Peter Lazarz — MAKING THE SWEET CHANGE! An evaluation of the control of diabetes at the Sojourner Free Health Clinic
  • Meena Subramanian — Not Your Typical Carpal Tunnel: Levaquin Induced Neuropathy
  • Megan Litzau — Inaugural UMKC All Health Profession Schools Interprofessional Education Class: A Student Facilitator’s Perspective: “It is Everyone’s Role to Provide Safe Patient Care”
  • Nikolai Khromouchkine — Whole Exome Sequencing and the Potential to Improve Diagnostic Workup for Genetic Disease
  • Suzanne Miller — Review of Quality Improvement (QI) Curricula in Internal Medicine (IM) Residency Programs and Development of the UMKC IM QI Curriculum
  • Eva Omoscharka, Priya Skaria, Kamani Lankachandra — Importance of follow up in patients with Papaniculaou test findings of endometrial cells. A Truman Medical Center experience.
  • Hamid Zia — Improving Appropriateness of Blood Utilization through Prospective Review of Requests for Blood Products: The Role of Pathology Residents as Consultants
  • Beth Rosemergey, Suzan M. Lewis — Improving NCAQ Compliance by Instituting Point-of-Care Hemoglobin A1C Evaluation
  • Katie Jackson, Katie Barger — Depression Screening in Type 1 Diabetes
Faculty Oral Presentations
  • Peter Almenoff — Predicting potentially avoidable hospitalizations
  • Mamta Reddy — Building an Organizational Framework for Patient Safety and Systems Reliability
  • Brent Beasley — Tackling Sepsis Mortality in the SLHS
  • Shauna Roberts — Redesigning Systems and Processes of Care for Targeted Outcome Improvements