Vineet Arora,MD- Elected to ASCI

February 01, 2017

Bana Jabri,MD,Ph.D

Vineet Arora,MD, Associate Professor of Medicine (Section of General Internal Medicine) and Assistant Dean for Scholarship & Discovery for the Pritzker School of Medicine, has been elected to the prestigious American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI) . This honor recognizes Dr. Arora’s contributions to the understanding of optimizing patient handoffs and managing resident fatigue during long shifts. Dr. Arora will be officially inducted into the ASCI at the AAP/ASCI/APSA Joint Meeting on April 21, 2017.

Dr. Arora is an academic hospitalist who studies educational interventions to improve the quality, safety, and value of patient care delivered by residency trainees in teaching hospitals. She has made significant contributions to the understanding of how to improve the clinical learning environment in academic teaching hospitals, particularly with respect to how to communicate during patient handoffs and resident sleep and fatigue. She is an internationally recognized expert in patient handoffs, having led the development of guidelines for conducting handoffs for the Society of Hospital Medicine, which represents over 20,000 hospitalists and serving as an expert reviewer for the creation of a National Handover Guideline for the Irish Health Department. She was the first to describe a model how academic hospitals can standardize handoffs, which is one of only 3 citations noted in “Pathways to Excellence” document, which guides U.S. academic teaching hospitals through the new ACGME Clinical Learning Environment Review. With funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, she developed and validated a novel tool to measure handoff communication quality that is being used by investigators worldwide. She was also the first to study the impact of a night float intervention on resident sleep and fatigue using objective measures and also to outline the impact of increasing resident workload on sleep, fatigue, and duty hours. Dr. Arora’s work in these areas were influential in the ACGME decisions to implement duty hours restrictions and handoff education and assessment requirements in 2011. She testified to the Institute of Medicine on duty hours and fatigue, and many of her studies are cited in the 2009 Institute of Medicine Report on Resident Duty Hours: Enhancing Sleep, Supervision, and Safety. Because of her research, she served as an expert panelist to the CDC Worksite Health Scorecard on promotion of save practices for managing sleep loss and fatigue.

Apart from the clinical learning environment, Dr. Arora is also a leader in testing novel educational and systems-based interventions to improve care. She was the first to document the effectiveness of mobile tablet computers in improving resident efficiency and patient care. With funding from the NIH/NIA, she was the first to describe that patients receive 2 hours less sleep in the hospital compared to home, and to use objective methods to describe hospital noise levels and show they can be as loud as a chainsaw at 15 feet, and are related to patient sleep in the hospital. Dr. Arora is currently principal investigator of SIESTA: Sleep for Inpatients: Empowering Staff to Act. This 4-year NIH/NHLBI sponsored study is testing a complex educational and systems intervention to improve sleep in hospitalized patients. With FDA funding, she is testing messages to promote generic prescribing among primary care physicians and nurse practitioners.

The ASCI , established in 1908, is one of the nation's oldest and most respected medical honor societies. The ASCI seeks to support the scientific efforts, educational needs, and clinical aspirations of physician-scientists to improve human health. The ASCI comprises more than 3,000 physician-scientists from all medical specialties elected to the Society for their outstanding records of scholarly achievement in biomedical research. The ASCI represents physician-scientists who are at the bedside, at the research bench, and at the blackboard. Many of its senior members are widely recognized leaders in academic medicine.The ASCI is dedicated to the advancement of research that extends our understanding and improves the treatment of human diseases, and members are committed to mentoring future generations of physician-scientists. The ASCI considers the nominations of several hundred physician-scientists submitted from among its members each year and elects up to 80 new members each year for their significant research accomplishments. Because members must be 50 years of age or younger at the time of their election, membership reflects accomplishments by its members relatively early in their careers.