Scholarly and Academic Activities

Our residency program is committed to fostering an environment of inquiry and scholarship among our residents which is actively promoted by our learning culture.  During their three years of residency, each of our residents will present a clinical vignette or research abstract at the Oregon Chapter Meeting of the American College of Physicians or the Northwest regional meeting for the Society of General Medicine, and they have enjoyed unprecedented success for a program of any size.  In addition, our residents have presented their scholarly work at a variety of National conferences listed below.

National Meetings 2016-17
4 Residents presented clinical vignettes at the American Thoracic Society Meeting
2 Residents presented clinical vignettes at the Society for Critical Care Medicine Meeting
1 Resident presented a research poster at the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer Meeting
1 Resident presented a clinical vignette at the Endocrine Society Meeting
1 Resident presented a clinical vignette at the American College of Gastroenterology Meeting
1 Resident presented a research poster at the National ACP Meeting

Regional Meetings 2016-17
16 Residents presented scholarly work at the Oregon Chapter ACP Meeting
4 Residents presented scholarly work at the Regional SGIM Meeting

National Meetings 2015-16
1 Resident presented a clinical vignette at the American Thoracic Society Meeting
1 Resident presented a clinical vignette at the National ACP Meeting

Regional Meetings 2015-16
14 Residents presented scholarly work at the Oregon Chapter ACP Meeting
2 Residents presented scholarly work at the Regional SGIM Meeting

You can view a complete list of recent awards and presentations here.

Quality Improvement

Medicine isn't just about knowing what to do to help people, it's about actually doing the things that we know work. At Providence St. Vincent, we teach not just evidence-based medicine, but quality improvement–the art of doing the right thing every time, for every patient. Each resident designs and implements a quality improvement project during protected time over the three year program. Our residents "learn by doing" and graduate with a unique set of skills including a deep understanding of systems of care delivery.

The overall goal of the QI curriculum is to develop the resident's knowledge and skills to evaluate and improve patient care practices.

Current and Past Quality Improvement Projects

Class of 2018
Delirium Prevention in the ACU - Madiha Ahmad, MD & Jill Provaznik, MD
Fall Prevention for Clinic Patients - Lan Ban, MD & Paulie Bruns, MD
Pneumococcal Vaccination for High Risk Patients – Ivan Biley, MD
Frailty Assessment to Prompt Palliative Care Consultation in the ICU – Angela Gibbs, MD
Prompt PCP Follow-up after Discharge to Prevent Readmission – Graham Wolf, MD

Class of 2017
Using the Teach-Back Method to Improve Adherence in Clinic – Lee Anthony, MD
Plain Language Hospital Discharge Instructions – Stephanie Griffith, MD
Improving COPD Inhaler Technique to Prevent Readmission – Maeve MacMurdo, MD
Nurse Coaching to Improve CHF Outcomes in Clinic – Candace Meinen, DO
Lung Cancer Screening in Clinic – Justin Moyers, MD
Reduction of Polypharmacy in Clinic – Skye Robins, MD
Cost Reduction through Appropriate Use of Telemetry – Wendy Yu, MD
Hepatitis C Screening – Danny Wightman, MD

Class of 2016
Root Cause Analysis of Sepsis Mortality – Rhett Butler, M.D.
iPad ACP Decision Support Videos to Standardize POLST Discussions in Clinic – Jacque Dunn, M.D. & Brandon Young, M.D.
Improving influenza immunization rates in patients ≥65 – Jason Heino, M.D.
Improving documentation of immunizations in patients ≥65 – Laura Holton, M.D.
Hepatitis A and B Vaccination for Patients with Chronic Liver Disease – Amer Salam, M.D.
Early Mobilization in the ICU – Roberta Trandev, M.D.

Class of 2015
MEWS screening for Sepsis - Michael Bleet, M.D.
Sepsis Order Set Utilization - Natalie Freidin, M.D.
Patient Videos - Code Status & Goals of Care - Lela Gonzales, M.D.
Homelessness curriculum - Abby Hikida, M.D.
Shared Decision Making to decrease MRIs for Low Back Pain - Thuy-Tien Pham, M.D.
Improving inpatient satisfaction on the ACU - Leela Rao, M.D.
Value-based healthcare rounds - Saneea Tanwir, M.D.

Class of 2014
Chronic Pain Assessments - Lakshmi Aggarwal, M.D.
Chronic Pain Assessments - Jeremy Cree, M.D.
Patient Videos - Code Status & Goals of Care - Sarah Dawson, DO
MEWS as a predictor of Code Blues - Patricia Fogarty, M.D.
Tracking out-of-office care utilization - Steve Francis, M.D.
Optimizing COPD Registry - PFTs - Laura Longwell, DO
Reducing Benzodiazepine Use - Tom Shi, M.D. 
Palliative Care in CHF Patients - Jennifer Vineyard, DO
Central Line Placement Intern Education - Tyler Weaver, M.D.