GME High Value Idea Competition  

Winners 2013-2014


Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix Graduate Medical Education Housestaff High Value Idea Competition has a set of winners!

The innovative project ideas for our first annual contest really impressed the chairs and judges. We had 46 entries from residents and fellows in 11 programs.

Residents of the three winning projects will implement their ideas with the support of Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix's  multidisciplinary teams and present their improvements at Graduate Medical Education Quality and Safety Day on May 16, 2014.

High Value Competition winners

Winning entrants from 2013-14: (Left to Right: Ryan Evans, MD; Lise Harper, MD;
Christian Hourani, MD; Jeffrey Abildgaard, MD)

Congratulations to the winning residents!

  • Jeffrey Abildgaard, MD, Orthopedic Surgery: Attempted reduction of unnecessary diagnostic testing b y utilization of cost transparency.
  • Ryan Evans, MD, Family Medicine: An evidence-based approach to reducing the incidence of catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infections.
  • Christian Hourani, MD, and Lise Harper, MD, Internal Medicine:
    Implementation of a hospital-wide system to increase the appropriate use of cardiac stress testing.

The following projects are awarded special recognition as finalists:

  • Natasha Bhuyan, MD, Family Medicine: Voice your Choice: Increasing values- based medical decision-making through planned group visits.
  • Lauren Drake, MD, Family Medicine: Healthy after Hospital: Wellness starts at home.
  • C. Luke Peterson, DO, Family Medicine: Team-based reductions in admission frequency in cirrhosis (TRAFIC).
  • Erica Peterson, MD, MPH, Medicine/Pediatrics: Appropriate therapy for MSSA. Elijah Poulos, MD, Pulmonary/Critical Care: DuoTub es in the stomach are just fine.
  • Rustan Sharer, MD, Internal Medicine: Yearly observation of gastrointestinal response to prob iotics (YOGRT-B).
  • Nicholas Sparacino, DO and Sandra Till, DO, Pulmonary/Critical Care: Electronic order entry aid for improving compliance with accepted best practices in ARDS.
  • Valerie Swan, DDS, and Gregory Romney, DMD, Oral maxillofacial surgery: Providing safe, efficient, effective and timely care: OMFS Non-Traumatic Dental Clinical Pathway.

Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix hosted its first annual Graduate Medical Education Quality and Safety Day on May 16, 2014. 

Co-Chairs:  Steven R. Brown, MD, Cheryl O’ Malley, MD, Emily Mallin, MD 
Housestaff, faculty and facility and health system leader attendees heard a national keynote speaker, oral presentations, viewed housestaff posters and celebrated accomplishments.  

The three winners of the High Value Idea competition presented their project outcomes and the judges panel awarded an additional $2,500 to the grand prize winner.

Residents and fellows submitted 21 posters for display at the Quality and Safety Day poster showcase. The residency program with the highest level of participation was recognized.

Outstanding posters:
Identification of Unnecessary Daily CBCs in Decompensated Heart Failure Patient. Rishi Basnyat, MD, Danny Wang, MD, Appu Basnet, MD, Internal Medicine.

Readability and Content of After Visit Summaries in One Family Medicine Residency Clinic. Sarah Coles, MD, Family Medicine.

Appropriate Use Criteria for Diagnostic Coronary Catheterization in a Large Tertiary Care Facility. Tomas Rivera-Bonilla, MD, Michael Sultan, MD, Richard Gerkin, MD, Timothy Byrne, DO, Ashish Pershad, MD, Cardiology Fellowship.

Program participation winner:
Family Medicine

Outstanding poster abstract selected for oral presentation:
Can patients in a family medicine residency stop overusing proton pump inhibitors? William Dabbs, MD, Family Medicine.

Overall $2,500 “High Value Idea” Competition Winner: 
Cutting out the CAUTI: A multidisciplinary approach to reducing the incidence of catheter-associated urinary tract infections. Ryan Evans, MD, Family Medicine.


Photo (L to R): Drs. Brown, O’Malley and Shah


Photo (L to R): Drs. Abildgaard, Hourani, Harper, Evans and Dabbs

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Keynote Speaker
Neel Shah, MD: The challenge of considering costs while care for patients.

Thanks to our oral presentation judges:
Rachel Behrendt, RN; Jason Krupp, MD; Betty Davis, MD; Robert Groves, MD; Neel Shah, MD; Alan Leibowitz, MD; Richard Gerkin, MD

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