Ian Chua, MD, MHPE is a bicoastal pediatric hospitalist and assistant professor of pediatrics at Stanford Children’s Health (Palo Alto, CA) and Children’s National Medical Center (Washington, DC). He completed his residency at Stanford Children’s with concentrations in medical education and quality improvement. He obtained his Masters’ in Health Professions Education at University of Illinois in Chicago. He currently directs the ACGME Fellows’ Common Core Curriculum, the PHM Fellowship Medical Education Pathway, and the Pediatric residency medical education pathway at Children’s National Medical Center. His interests have been in educational scholarship and professional development of transitional learners including junior faculty.

Clinical Focus

  • Pediatrics

Academic Appointments

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

Professional Education

  • Medical Education: Stanford University School of Medicine (2010) CA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Hospital Medicine (2019)
  • Board Certification, Pediatric Hospital Medicine, American Board of Pediatrics (2019)
  • Master's, University of Illinois Chicago, Master's in Health Professions Education (MHPE) (2018)
  • Fellowship: Children's National Medical Center Pediatric Hospitalist Fellowship (2018) DC
  • Residency: Stanford University Pediatric Residency (2013) CA
  • Internship: Stanford University Pediatric Residency (2010) CA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatrics (2015)

All Publications

  • The Patient Experience Debrief Interview: How Conversations With Hospitalized Families Influence Medical Student Learning and Reflection. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges Chua, I. S., Bogetz, A. L., Bhansali, P., Long, M., Holbreich, R., Kind, T., Ottolini, M., Park, Y. S., Lineberry, M., Hirshfield, L. E. 2019


    PURPOSE: To determine the effect of patient debrief interviews on pediatric clerkship student depth of reflection and learning.METHOD: The authors conducted a multi-institutional, mixed-methods, cluster randomized trial among pediatric clerkship students from July 2016 to February 2017. Intervention students completed a debrief interview with a patient-caregiver, followed by a written reflection on the experience. Control students completed a written reflection on a memorable patient encounter. Three blinded authors scored written reflections according to the 4-level REFLECT rubric to determine depth of reflection. Inter-rater reliability was examined using kappa. REFLECT scores were analyzed using a chi-squared test; essays were analyzed using content analysis.RESULTS: Eighty percent of eligible students participated. One hundred eighty-nine essays (89 control, 100 intervention) were scored. Thirty-seven percent of the control group attained reflection and critical reflection, the two highest levels of reflection, compared to 71% in the intervention group; 2% of the control group attained critical reflection, the highest level, compared to 31% in the intervention group (chi(3, N=189) = 33.9, P < .001). Seven themes were seen across both groups, three focused on physician practice and four focused on patients. Patient-centered themes were more common in the intervention group whereas physician-focused themes were more common in the control group.CONCLUSIONS: Patient debrief interviews offer a unique approach to deepen self-reflection through direct dialogue and exploration of patient-caregiver experiences during hospitalization.

    View details for DOI 10.1097/ACM.0000000000002914

    View details for PubMedID 31365398

  • Promoting Shared Decision-Making Behaviors During Inpatient Rounds: A Multimodal Educational Intervention ACADEMIC MEDICINE Harman, S. M., Blankenburg, R., Satterfield, J. M., Monash, B., Rennke, S., Yuan, P., Sakai, D. S., Huynh, E., Chua, I., Hilton, J. F., Patient Engagement Project 2019; 94 (7): 1010–18
  • Promoting Shared Decision-Making Behaviors During Inpatient Rounds: A Multimodal Educational Intervention. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges Harman, S. M., Blankenburg, R., Satterfield, J. M., Monash, B., Rennke, S., Yuan, P., Sakai, D. S., Huynh, E., Chua, I., Hilton, J. F., Patient Engagement Project 2019


    PURPOSE: To estimate the effectiveness of a multimodal educational intervention to increase use of shared decision-making (SDM) behaviors by inpatient pediatric and internal medicine hospitalists and trainees at teaching hospitals at Stanford University and the University of California, San Francisco.METHOD: The 8-week Patient Engagement Project Study intervention, delivered at 4 services between November 2014 and January 2015, included workshops, campaign messaging, report cards, and coaching. For 12-week pre- and postintervention periods, clinician peers used the 9-point Rochester Participatory Decision-Making Scale (RPAD) to evaluate rounding teams' SDM behaviors with patients during ward rounds. Eligible teams included a hospitalist and at least 1 trainee (resident, intern, medical student), in addition to nonphysicians. Random-effects models were used to estimate intervention effects based on RPAD scores that sum points on 9 SDM behaviors per patient encounter.RESULTS: In total, 527 patient encounters were scored during 175 rounds led by 49 hospitalists. Patient and team characteristics were similar across pre- and postintervention periods. Improvement was observed on all 9 SDM behaviors. Adjusted for the hierarchical study design and covariates, the mean RPAD score improvement was 1.68 points (95% CI, 1.33 to 2.03; P < .001; Cohen d = 0.82), with intervention effects ranging from 0.7 to 2.5 points per service. Improvements were associated with longer patient encounters and a higher percentage of trainees per team.CONCLUSIONS: The intervention increased behaviors supporting SDM during ward rounds on 4 independent services. The findings recommend use of clinician-focused interventions to promote SDM adoption in the inpatient setting.

    View details for PubMedID 30893066

  • Shared Decision-Making During Inpatient Rounds: Opportunities for Improvement in Patient Engagement and Communication JOURNAL OF HOSPITAL MEDICINE Blankenburg, R., Hilton, J. F., Yuan, P., Rennke, S., Monash, B., Harman, S. M., Sakai, D. S., Hosamani, P., Khan, A., Chua, I., Huynh, E., Shieh, L., Xie, L., Satterfield, J. M. 2018; 13 (7): 453–61

    View details for DOI 10.12788/jhm.2909

    View details for Web of Science ID 000437294500002

  • Shared Decision-Making During Inpatient Rounds: Opportunities for Improvement in Patient Engagement and Communication. Journal of hospital medicine Blankenburg, R., Hilton, J. F., Yuan, P., Rennke, S., Monash, B., Harman, S. M., Sakai, D. S., Hosamani, P., Khan, A., Chua, I., Huynh, E., Shieh, L., Xie, L. 2018


    BACKGROUND: Shared decision-making (SDM) improves patient engagement and may improve outpatient health outcomes. Little is known about inpatient SDM.OBJECTIVE: To assess overall quality, provider behaviors, and contextual predictors of SDM during inpatient rounds on medicine and pediatrics hospitalist services.DESIGN: A 12-week, cross-sectional, single-blinded observational study of team SDM behaviors during rounds, followed by semistructured patient interviews.SETTING: Two large quaternary care academic medical centers.PARTICIPANTS: Thirty-five inpatient teams (18 medicine, 17 pediatrics) and 254 unique patient encounters (117 medicine, 137 pediatrics).INTERVENTION: Observational study.MEASUREMENTS: We used a 9-item Rochester Participatory Decision-Making Scale (RPAD) measured team-level SDM behaviors. Same-day interviews using a modified RPAD assessed patient perceptions of SDM.RESULTS: Characteristics associated with increased SDM in the multivariate analysis included the following: service, patient gender, timing of rounds during patient's hospital stay, and amount of time rounding per patient (P < .05). The most frequently observed behaviors across all services included explaining the clinical issue and matching medical language to the patient's level of understanding. The least frequently observed behaviors included checking understanding of the patient's point of view, examining barriers to follow-through, and asking if the patient has any questions. Patients and guardians had substantially higher ratings for SDM quality compared to peer observers (7.2 vs 4.4 out of 9).CONCLUSIONS: Important opportunities exist to improve inpatient SDM. Team size, number of learners, patient census, and type of decision being made did not affect SDM, suggesting that even large, busy services can perform SDM if properly trained.

    View details for PubMedID 29401211

  • Patient Feedback Requirements for Medical Students: Do Perceived Risks Outweigh the Benefits? CLINICAL PEDIATRICS Chua, I. S., Bogetz, A. L. 2018; 57 (2): 193–99


    Patient feedback has increasingly become part of medical students' training and formative assessment. We conducted a qualitative study using focus groups to explore students' experiences soliciting patient feedback, including the benefits, challenges, and potential strategies to obtain it. Fifteen medical students participated. Thematic analysis revealed students' (1) discomfort soliciting feedback and concern of being viewed as self-serving; (2) concerns about eroding patient trust; (3) indifference to nonspecific, positive feedback; and (4) belief that informally solicited feedback is most helpful for their learning. Strategies for soliciting more useful patient feedback included (1) team-based solicitation, (2) empowering patients as teachers, and (3) development of feedback instruments that allow patients to comment on specific student-identified learning goals. Solicitation of patient feedback is challenging for medical students and provokes discomfort. Strategies to integrate patient feedback into medical student training and assessment must attend to students' needs so the value of patient feedback can be realized.

    View details for PubMedID 28952367

  • The SDM 3 Circle Model: A Literature Synthesis and Adaptation for Shared Decision Making in the Hospital. Journal of hospital medicine Rennke, S., Yuan, P., Monash, B., Blankenburg, R., Chua, I., Harman, S., Sakai, D. S., Khan, A., Hilton, J. F., Shieh, L., Satterfield, J. 2017; 12 (12): 1001–8


    Patient engagement through shared decision-making (SDM) is increasingly seen as a key component for patient safety, patient satisfaction, and quality of care. Current SDM models do not adequately account for medical and environmental contexts, which may influence medical decisions in the hospital. We identified leading SDM models and reviews to inductively construct a novel SDM model appropriate for the inpatient setting. A team of medicine and pediatric hospitalists reviewed the literature to integrate core SDM concepts and processes and iteratively constructed a synthesized draft model. We then solicited broad SDM expert feedback on the draft model for validation and further refinement. The SDM 3 Circle Model identifies 3 core categories of variables that dynamically interact within an "environmental frame." The resulting Venn diagram includes overlapping circles for (1) patient/family, (2) provider/team, and (3) medical context. The environmental frame includes all external, contextual factors that may influence any of the 3 circles. Existing multistep SDM process models were then rearticulated and contextualized to illustrate how a shared decision might be made. The SDM 3 Circle Model accounts for important environmental and contextual characteristics that vary across settings. The visual emphasis generated by each "circle" and by the environmental frame direct attention to often overlooked interactive forces and has the potential to more precisely define, promote, and improve SDM. This model provides a framework to develop interventions to improve quality and patient safety through SDM and patient engagement for hospitalists.

    View details for PubMedID 29073314

  • Case 1: Acute-onset Vomiting, Fever, and Bulging Fontanelle in a 7-month-old Boy. Pediatrics in review Fernandez-Pol, C., Ben Wallenstein, M., Chua, I. 2016; 37 (12): 536-538

    View details for PubMedID 27909108

  • GOT SDM?: A MULTIMODAL INTERVENTION TO IMPROVE SHARED DECISION-MAKING DURING INPATIENT ROUNDS ON MEDICINE AND PEDIATRIC SERVICES Blankenburg, R., Rennke, S., Sakai, D. S., Harman, S. M., Yuan, P., Hosamani, P., Xie, L., Shieh, L., Chua, I., Khan, A., Huynh, E., Satterfield, J., Monash, B. SPRINGER. 2016: S233–S234
  • Case 1: Infant With Intrauterine Growth Restriction, Dehydration, and Weight Loss. NeoReviews Le, K. P., Wallenstein, M. B., Chua, I. 2015; 16 (12): e708-e710

    View details for PubMedID 26705399

  • SHARED DECISION-MAKING DURING INPATIENT ROUNDS: DISSIMILAR YET CORRELATED PERSPECTIVES OF PATIENTS/GUARDIANS AND PHYSICIAN OBSERVERS Rennke, S., Monash, B., Blankenburg, R., Yuan, P., Harman, S. M., Hilton, J. F., Sakai, D. S., Chua, I., Huynh, E., Hosamani, P., Khan, A., Shieh, L., Xie, L., Satterfield, J. SPRINGER. 2015: S252
  • SHARED DECISION MAKING DURING INPATIENT ROUNDS: OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVEMENT IN PATIENT ENGAGEMENT AND COMMUNICATION Harman, S. M., Hosamani, P., Shieh, L., Huynh, E., Rennke, S., Monash, B., Yuan, P., Hilton, J. F., Blankenburg, R., Sakai, D. S., Chua, I., Khan, A., Xie, L., Satterfield, J. SPRINGER. 2015: S251