In 2015, ABIM Foundation and Costs of Care launched the Teaching Value in Health Care Learning Network. As it enters its third year, this dynamic community of medical residents, students, faculty and others committed to learning, teaching and sharing the principles of stewardship and high-value care continues to grow.
Dr. Arjun Gupta joins the effort as the inaugural Teaching Value in Healthcare Learning Network Fellow for 2017–2018. Dr. Gupta is Chief Resident for Quality, Patient Safety and High Value Care at University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) in Dallas. He attended medical school at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and completed residency in internal medicine at UTSW.
“Having received my early medical training in a resource-limited setting, during residency I immediately noticed the waste all around me in health care,” Dr. Gupta said. “As a resident, I was fortunate to participate in courses such as our Clinical Safety and Effectiveness Course, American Society of Clinical Oncology Quality Training Program, and UT Dell Medical School’s Discovering Value-Based Health Care modules. As I learned the basic principles of quality improvement and high value care, I started to see medicine through a different lens.”
Inspired by Choosing Wisely, Dr. Gupta and his resident colleagues began to address the overuse that they saw, and their efforts led to multiple publications in JAMA Internal Medicine’s “Teachable Moment” series.
Some of the projects Dr. Gupta is working on at UTSW include reducing unnecessary staging imaging procedures for patients with breast cancer, reducing the delay in chemotherapy administration time, and moving several multi-day chemotherapy regimens from the inpatient setting to the outpatient setting.
“As a chief resident, I have a unique opportunity to teach our house staff and to collaborate with other training programs on how to best include high-value care in the curriculum,” Dr. Gupta said. “Specifically, I hope to increase the impact of the Teaching Value in Healthcare Learning Network among trainees — our health care leaders of tomorrow — with the ultimate goal of doing the right thing at the right time for our patients and their families.’’
The Teaching Value in Health Care Learning Network is open to anyone in the medical education field. The community features monthly “Third Thursday” webinars with leaders in medical education to highlight implementation models and innovations in value-based training.
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