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Back to Bedside


The ACGME Council of Review Committee Residents (CRCR) designed the “Back to Bedside” initiative to empower residents and fellows to develop transformative projects that combat burnout by fostering meaning in their learning environments; engaging on a deeper level with what is at the heart of medicine: their patients.

The ACGME received 223 proposals focusing on:

  • Creating opportunities for more time engaged in direct, meaningful patient care
  • Developing a shared sense of teamwork and respect among colleagues
  • Decreasing effort spent on non-clinical, administrative responsibilities
  • Fostering a supportive, collegial environment
  • Increasing patient satisfaction through more meaningful time with their care delivery team

Due to the enthusiastic response and large number of submissions, the selection process was highly competitive. It was very difficult to narrow down the choices to only five recipients and, essentially, reject so many wonderful ideas. Therefore, the ACGME expanded the opportunity by awarding 30 grants at different funding levels.

For more information read the press release.

The ACGME is pleased to announce the resident/fellow-led Back to Bedside  project recipients:

  • Baylor College of Medicine

    Project Leads: Brett Styskel, MD and Reina Uchino Styskel, MD
    Internal Medicine
    Humanism Rounds: Fighting Physician Burnout Through Strengthened Human Connection

  • Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

    Project Lead: James M. Wright, MD
    Neurological Surgery
    Back to the Future: Surgical Rehearsal Platform (SRP) Technology as a Means to Improve Surgeon-Patient Alliance, Patient Satisfaction, and Resident Experience

  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

    Project Lead: Nathaniel D. Bayer, MD
    What’s in a Name? Strengthening the Care Relationship from the Start

  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

    Project Lead: Bryn Carroll, MD
    Project SPHERE: Shaping a Patient- and Housestaff- Engaged Rounding Environment

  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation

    Project Lead: Dhruvika Mukhija, MD
    Internal Medicine
    Tracking Device Guided Feedback to Enhance Patient-Physician Interaction

  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock/White River Junction VAMC

    Project Lead: John Howe, MD & Swapna Sharma, MD
    Internal Medicine
    Back to Bedside to Recentralize the Patient Story and Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health for Complex Veterans

  • Emory University School of Medicine

    Project Lead: Jhody-Ann Hendricks, MD
    Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
    Case Pearls: Incorporating Technology at the Bedside

  • Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine at Cohen Children's Medical Center

    Project Lead: Joshua Belfer, MD
    Resident Trading Card Program

  • Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital

    Project Lead: Nicole Nghiem, MD
    All About Us: Starting the Conversation on Patient and Provider Values

  • Kaiser Permanente Southern California (Los Angeles)

    Project Lead: Isabel Chen, MD
    Family Medicine
    The 6th Vital Sign: Reconnecting with our Patients as a Means to Improve Resident and Patient Experiences

  • Morehouse School of Medicine

    Project Lead: Emily Wang, MD, MPH
    Centering Pregnancy and Centering Ourselves

  • New York Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia Campus)

    Project Lead: Liliya Pospishil, MD
    Adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology
    Improving Physician Engagement through Emotional Intelligence, Self-Efficacy and Motivation

  • New York University School of Medicine

    Project Lead: Surein Theivakumar, DO
    Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Back to Bedside: Doctors, Let’s Do Lunch!

  • Oregon Health & Science University

    Project Lead: Katherine A. Kelley MD & Heather E. Hoops MD, MS
    Returning the Patient to Medical Conferences: Can we improve physician burn-out?

  • Scripps Mercy Hospital (Chula Vista)

    Project Lead: Usha Rao, MD
    Family Medicine
    Trainees to the Bedside

  • University at Buffalo

    Project Lead: AnneMarie Laurri, MD
    Internal Medicine
    Redefining Meaning in Residency

  • UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine/UCLA Medical Center/Olive View

    Project Lead: Kyle Ragins, MD, MBA,
    Emergency Medicine
    A Novel Approach to Restructuring the Emergency Department Workflow to Improve the Resident Physician Educational Experience

  • University of California (San Diego) Medical Center

    Project Lead: Ali Mendelson, MD
    Hospice and Palliative Medicine (Multidisciplinary) Capturing Dignity

  • University of Colorado

    Project Lead: Emily Ambrose, MD
    Time to Teach: A Time-banking Initiative to Promote Resident Led Patient Education

  • University of Connecticut

    Project Leads: Erin Goode, DO and Owen Kahn, MD
    Building meaning in the work of residents through enhanced communication

  • University of Maryland School of Medicine

    Project Lead: Ahmed Khan, MD
    Cardiovascular Disease
    "Inspire. Mentor. Recognize."

  • University of Massachusetts Medical School

    Project Lead: Emily Chen, MD & Emily Levoy, MD
    Internal Medicine/Pediatrics
    Mindful Rounding: A Back to Bedside Initiative

  • University of Michigan Health System

    Project Lead: Jenna Devare, MD
    Meaningful Encounters at the Bedside: A Novel Resident Wellness Program

  • University of Minnesota

    Project Lead: Carly Dirlam, MD
    Mental Health Electronic Medical Record Clinical Tools

  • University of North Carolina Hospitals

    Project Lead: Kathryn Haroldson, MD
    Internal Medicine
    The FaceTime Fraction: A Patient-Focused Shift in Emphasizing Empathic Communication and Multidisciplinary Rounding

  • UPMC Medical Education

    Project Lead: Alicia Topoll, MD
    Addressing Code Status Discussions and Interventions for Vascular Surgeons

  • University of Texas Health Science Center School of Medicine at San Antonio

    Project Lead: Morgan Hardy, MD, MPH
    Bedside Therapy

  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

    Project Lead: Kershaw Patel, MD
    Cardiac Point of Care Ultrasound: Bringing Internal Medicine Residents Back to the Bedside on Inpatient Cardiology Rotation

  • University of Vermont Medical Center

    Project Lead: Michelle Lombardo, MD
    Family Medicine
    Bringing Residents Back to Bedside: A Continuity Hospital Discharge Clinic

  • University of Washington

    Project Leads: Kathryn M Stadeli, MD and Jay Zhu, MD
    "Standardizing Evening Bedside Huddles To Promote Patient-Centered Care and Inter-Disciplinary Teamwork"
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