Advancing clinical care at the bedside

The Division of Hospital Medicine is currently pursuing research in the following core competencies of hospital medicine: Medical Education, Patient Safety/ Quality Improvement in Healthcare, Perioperative Medicine, Anticoagulation, and Nutrition.

Medical Education and Patient Safety

Armed with $750,000 in funding over a two-year period (2014-16) from the Florida Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association (FMMJUA), principal investigator and nationally known patient safety expert Joshua Lenchus, DO, RPh. FACP, SFHM, continues his novel studying the effects of simulation-based procedural education with internal medicine residents on reducing thoracentesis-induced iatrogenic pneumothorax rates. Dr Lenchus has previously published with funding from the FMMJUA similar research on teaching internal medicine residents proper placement of central venous catheters, lumbar punctures, paracentesis, and dialysis catheters. His work is leading the American Board of Internal Medicine and Society of Hospital Medicine to re-think what are acceptable ways to teach these competencies. Efrén Manjarrez, MD, SFHM has worked with Internal Medicine residents to safely handoff the patients they are caring for to other providers because when these transitions of care are carried out poorly, the results are adverse patient outcomes as well as adverse outcomes to physicians. He is now changing his focus as part of the Society of Hospital Medicine Task force on identifying best practices in glucose control in hospitalized patients i.e. “Glucometrics”.

Perioperative Medicine and Anticoagulation

Steven Cohn, MD, FACP, SFHM two passions: perioperative medicine and anticoagulation. His current project focuses on the prevention of venous thromboembolic events to hospitalized patients with the use of blood thinners. He has previously carried out similar research in preventing blood clots in patients undergoing surgery.