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“Deterioration to Door Time”: An Analysis of Delays in Escalation of Care for Hospitalized Patients

Background: The identification of clinically deteriorating patients on general inpatient floors and the timely escalation of their care continue to present significant challenges to medical providers and health systems. Clinical deterioration that occurs after admission [...]

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“Neglected Guidelines of Staphylococcus Aureus Bacteremia”

Background: Staphylococcus aureus is a leading cause of both community-acquired and healthcare-acquired bacteremia resulting in complications with high morbidity and mortality. There are increasing concerns in health care community regarding the physician’s compliance with recommended guidelines. [...]

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“If You Play It, They Will Come…and Learn:” the Effectiveness of Using Game Show Format in Medical Student Teaching

Background: The use of game show formats as a teaching strategy is gaining popularity as an alternative to traditional didactic lectures in medical education. However, data regarding the learning experience associated with this format are [...]

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“Who’s My Doctor, Anyway?” Impact of a Hospitalist Pamphlet on the General Medicine Service

Background: Hospitalized patients are visited by numerous health care professionals daily and are often unable to identify the attending physician who is in charge of their care. Methods: We asked alert and oriented patients on [...]

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30-Day Potentially Avoidable Readmissions Due to Adverse Drug Events in Medical Patients

Background: Adverse drug events occurring after hospital discharge are an important reason for readmissions within 30 days. However, these events need to be better characterized in order to find the most appropriate risk reduction interventions. [...]

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A Breakdown of Level One Inpatient Admissions at an Academic Medical Center

Background: As academic hospitalist groups (AHG) grow, the need for financial solvency while providing excellent care is vital. Given that the current procedural terminology (CPT) code for each clinical encounter is directly tied to reimbursement, [...]

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A Brief Educational Intervention During the Internal Medicine Clerkship to Increase Medical Student Confidence with Cost-Effectiveness Analysis and Patient Financial Counseling

Background: The United States spends more on healthcare than other nations but often has worse outcomes.1,2 Healthcare costs place a substantial burden on American families and are a leading cause of bankruptcy.3 Patient access to healthcare [...]

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A Dedicated Bedside Procedure Team Enhances Resident Education and Patient Care: A Survey of Internal Medicine Residents

Background: There are few procedures which internal medicine residents must be able to perform competently to become ABIM certified. However, residents are concerned that the elimination of these requirements may have affected their procedural training and [...]

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A Distinct Variant of Diabetic Amyotrophy with Abdominal Pseudo-Herniation and Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Cases

Background: Diabetic amyotrophy (DA) with abdominal pain and unilateral herniation may relate to a rare but severe variant. It is often misdiagnosed leading to extensive work up for intra-abdominal pathologies. We performed a systematic review [...]

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A Multifaceted Hospitalist Quality Improvement Intervention: Decreased Frequency of Common Labs

Background: Common labs such as a daily complete blood count (CBC) or a daily basic metabolic panel (BMP) represent possible waste and have been targeted by professional societies and the Choosing Wisely campaign for critical [...]

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A Physician Led, Skills-Based Ehr Training Curriculum Can Improve Ehr Skills for Interns

Background: Electronic health record (EHR) systems are being implemented nationwide, but little is known about how to best train physicians in their use. EHR training for interns is typically lecture based, led by IT personnel [...]

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A Prospective Observational Study of Care Transitions: Are the Doctors Talking to Each Other?

Background: Improper care transitions or hand-offs account for more than 12 billion dollars in estimated added health care costs. No scholarly studies address the influence of communication between acute care provider, or hospitalist and the [...]

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A Safe and Effective Discharge Curriculum Implemented in 11 Internal Medicine Programs

Background: The transition out of the hospital is a vulnerable time for patients and families and is ripe for physician training.  We implemented a discharge curriculum focusing on the competence of a ‘Safe and Effective [...]

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A Silver-Lining in the Clouds?: A Qualitative Analysis of Patient’s Sentiments on Hospitalist Service Changes

Background: Inpatient service handoffs are a frequent source of discontinuity in inpatient care. Despite the large amount of research on handoffs, none has described the patient perspective when cared for by a hospitalist physician. We [...]

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A Time-Motion Study of Hospitalists in the Community Hospital Setting

Background: Previous studies have shown hospitalists reduce the length of the stay and costs during inpatient visits.  However, hospitals are under continuous financial and regulatory pressure to improve the quality and efficiency of inpatient care. [...]

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