Clinical Focus


  • Emergency Medicine

Academic Appointments


Administrative Appointments


  • Clinical Decision Unit, Medical Director, Stanford Healthcare (2020 - Present)

Professional Education


  • Board Certification: American Board of Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine
  • Fellowship: Stanford University Emergency Medicine Residency (2020) CA
  • Residency: UCSF Emergency Medicine Residency (2019) CA
  • Medical Education: Harvard Medical School (2015) MA

All Publications


  • Financial Incentives to Enhance Participation of Resident Physicians in Hospital-Based Quality Improvement Projects. Joint Commission journal on quality and patient safety Chen, E. H., Losak, M. J., Hernandez, A., Addo, N., Huen, W., Mercer, M. P. 2021

    Abstract

    Methods to promote successful trainee participation in quality improvement projects are poorly studied. This project studied the effects of a trainee pay-for-performance program and quality improvement education at a safety-net hospital.In this program, trainees worked with quality improvement faculty, participated in projects aligned with the hospital's priorities, and designed their program-specific project. Each trainee who worked at least 88 days in the institution was eligible to earn $400 for every target achieved for at least six months (maximum of $1,200).Among hospitalwide goals, needlestick injuries per quarter decreased from [mean (standard deviation; SD)] 18 (4.6) to 12 (2.6), 95% confidence interval (CI) = -10.1-1.9, p = 0.02; percentage of excellent provider communication improved from 76.8% to [mean (SD)] 80.5% (2.9), 95% CI = 0.8-8.3, p = 0.08; and mean length of stay for discharged emergency department patients requiring specialist consultation decreased from [mean (SD)] 523 (120) to 461 (40) minutes, 95% CI = -162-37.2, p = 0.11. Among resident-initiated projects, the percentage of Family Medicine patients undergoing colorectal screening increased from 65.1% to [mean (SD)] 67.7% (0.4), 95% CI = 1.7-3.5, p = 0.01; percentage of at-risk patients receiving naloxone at hospital discharge increased from 9% to [mean (SD)] 63% (7.2), 95% CI = 36.1-71.9, p = 0.01; percentage of adolescents screened for chlamydia increased from 34% to [mean (SD)] 55.8% (6.4), 95% CI = 5.9-37.6, p = 0.03; and percentage of high-dose opioid prescriptions following cesarean section decreased from 28% to [mean (SD)] 1.7% (2.9), 95% CI = -33.5 to -19.2, p = 0.001. Eleven of 14 programs achieved three goals. All resident-led goals were met.A pay-for-performance improvement program that aligns educational and hospital priorities can provide meaningful experiential learning for trainees and improve patient care.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jcjq.2021.04.004

    View details for PubMedID 34023276