Bio


Preetha Basaviah, MD, is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University where she serves as Assistant Dean of Pre-clerkship Education, Director of the Practice of Medicine Course (two-year doctoring course) for Stanford medical students, an Educator for CARE (Compassion, Advocacy, Respect, Advocacy), and as inpatient and outpatient attending. At Stanford since 2006, she has completed certification and faculty development through the Stanford Faculty Development Center in Professionalism and Teaching, Faculty Fellows Program, and through the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare. She received the 2011 SGIM National Award for Scholarship in Medical Education, 2007 General Internal Medicine Division Teaching Award, the 2009 Kaiser Award for excellence in preclinical teaching, the 2010 Larry Mathers Award for exceptional medical student teaching and mentoring, the 2010 California Region Clinician Educator of the Year Award, and the 2011 SGIM National Award for Medical Education Scholarship. She previously worked at UCSF from 2000-2005, where she served as an academic hospitalist, general internist, member of the Academy of Medical Educators, Teaching Scholar working with Dean David Irby, and Co-Director of the Foundations of Patient Care Course at UCSF Medical School. She received a BA and MD from Brown University. She completed a Primary Care Internal Medicine residency at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard University, and she then served as a Primary Care Chief Resident for the Beth Israel Hospital residency training program at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, located in West Roxbury, MA. After completing residency, Dr. Basaviah pursued a fellowship in medical education at the Harvard Institute for Education and Research as well as a faculty position as Associate Firm Chief and hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard University. While at Harvard, she received the Lowell B. McGee Teaching Award and the Katherine Swan Ginsburg Award for humanism in medicine.

Dr. Basaviah has been active directing doctoring courses and developing clinical skills curricula for medical students to introduce them to hospital and outpatient clinical setting culture and experiences. In addition, she teaches and mentors residents in both outpatient and inpatient settings. She has written articles and book chapters in these areas of medical education (hospital medicine, bedside medicine, cultural competency, update in hospital medicine, cardiac auscultation curricula, feedback, information literacy, discharge process, and communicating professionalism). AAMC, WGEA (Co-Director of 2011 WGEA), ACP, SGIM, SHM (Director of 2005 national meeting), ACLGIM, and APDIM are venues in which she has presented workshops, plenary sessions, and panels regionally and nationally. She has actively participated in the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) and Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) at regional and national levels by chairing and co-chairing committees involving national meetings, clinical vignettes, medical education, and clinical updates. She served as SHM Annual Meeting Chair in 2005, Pre-Course Chair in 2004, CA Regional SGIM President in 2004-5, and WGEA Co-Director in 2011. She was recently inducted into the Association of Chairs and Leaders in General Internal Medicine (ACLGIM) and served as Annual Meeting Co-Chair and Leadership Summit Co-Chair in 2011-12.

She enjoys dancing (Indian classical, folk, ballet, and jazz), tennis, hoola-hooping, traveling, and most of all, spending time with her family and friends. She and husband Venky Ganesan, a venture capitalist in Palo Alto, are the lucky parents of 3 girls.

Clinical Focus


  • Internal Medicine

Academic Appointments


Administrative Appointments


  • Chair, Stanford Committee on Curriculum, Advising, and Policy (2013 - 2015)
  • Assistant Dean of Preclerkship Education, Stanford University School of Medicine (2013 - Present)
  • Educator for CARE, Stanford University School of Medicine (2008 - Present)
  • Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine (2006 - Present)
  • Course Director, Practice of Medicine, Stanford University (2007 - Present)
  • Co-Director, Foundation of Patient Care Course, UCSF Medical Center (2000 - 2006)
  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF (2000 - 2006)
  • Associate Firm Chief, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard (2000 - 2001)
  • Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine (2006 - Present)
  • Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF (2006 - 2006)
  • Director, Nurse Practitioner Course, "Chronic Illness", UCSF (2003 - 2004)
  • Director, Quality Improvement, Hospitalist Group, UCSF (2001 - 2003)
  • Associate Firm Chief, G. Kurkland Firm, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard (1999 - 2000)
  • Co-Director, Area of Concentration in Medical Education, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (1998 - 2000)
  • Attending Physician, Beth Israel Deaconess, Harvard (1998 - 2000)
  • Staff Physician/General Internist, Beth Israel Medical Center, Harvard (1998 - 2000)
  • Staff Physician/Hospitalist, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard (1998 - 2000)
  • Revision Committee: Program in Liberal Medical Education, Brown University (2000 - 2000)
  • 25th Anniversary Commencement Aide, Brown University (2000 - 2000)
  • Research Intern, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (1991 - 1991)
  • Teaching Assistant, Brown University (1991 - 1991)
  • Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School (1998 - 2000)
  • Clinical Fellow in Internal Medicine, Harvard Medical School (1995 - 1998)

Honors & Awards


  • SGIM National Award for Scholarship in Medical Education, Society for General Internal Medicine (SGIM) (2011)
  • 2010 California Regional SGIM Clinician Educator of the Year Award, SGIM (2010)
  • L. Mathers Award for Exceptional Commitment to Teaching, Stanford Medical School (2010)
  • Pre-Clinical Teaching Award, Kaiser Family Foundation (2009)
  • Fellow, Fellow in Hospital Medicine (2009)
  • Faculty Fellow, Stanford University (2008-2009)
  • Educators for CARE, Stanford Medical School (2008)
  • Division of General Internal Medicine Teaching Award, Stanford University (2007)
  • Harvard Macy Scholar, Harvard Macy Institute (2006)
  • Academy of Medical Educators induction, UCSF (2004)
  • Stanford Faculty Development Program, Stanford University (2006)
  • Awardee: STAR award for clinical service, UCSF Medical Center (2004)
  • Teaching Scholars Program, UCSF School of Medicine (2002-2003)
  • Nominee: Division of General Internal Medicine Teaching Award, Stanford University (2006)
  • Nominee: Clinical X track for Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF (2005)
  • Nominee: Kaiser Teaching Award, UCSF School of Medicine (2005)
  • Nominee: Crede Award for Teaching, Division of General Internal Medicine, UCSF (2004)
  • Nominee: Outstanding Clinical Teaching, Class of 2004, UCSF (2004)
  • Nominee: Outstanding Foundation of Patient Care Facilitator, Class of 2007, UCSF (2004)
  • Nominee: Crede Award for Clinical Care, Division of General Internal Medicine, UCSF (2003)
  • Nominee: Outstanding Foundations of Patient Care Educator, UCSF (2003)
  • Honoree: UCSF Women in Medicine Residency Group, UCSF (2002)
  • Nominee: Kaiser Teaching Award, UCSF School of Medicine (2002)
  • Nominee: Crede Award for Clinical Care, Division of General Internal Medicine, UCSF (2001)
  • First prize winner, Clinical Vignette National Poster Competition, National Association of Inpatient Physicians (2001)
  • Institute Scholar, Harvard Institute for Education and Research (2000)
  • Nominee: Award for Excellence in Teaching, Harvard University Medical School (2000)
  • 25th Anniversary Commencement Aide, Brown University School of Medicine (2000)
  • Katherine Swan Ginsburg Memorial Award for Humanism in Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (1998)
  • Lowell McGee Memorial Teaching Award, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (1998)
  • Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation for Scholastic Achievement, American Medical Women's Association (1995)
  • Upjohn Achievement Prize for Outstanding Performance and Contribution, Brown University School of Medicine (1995)
  • Outstanding Category Ranking, Brown University School of Medicine (1995)
  • The Joseph Collins Scholarship for Academic Achievement, Brown University (1993-1995)
  • Association of Women Psychiatrists' Leah J. Dickstein, M.D. Award, Brown University School of Medicine (1993)
  • Society for Pediatric Research Scholar, Department of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Columbia University School of Medicine (1992)
  • McGraw-Hill Book Award for Academic Achievement, Brown University School of Medicine (1992)
  • Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society, Sigma Xi (1991)
  • Emery Fellowship for Scholarly Ability and Excellence of Character, Brown University (1991)
  • George W. Hagy Prize in Human Biology, Brown University (1991)
  • Babette and Peter Stewart Prize for Overall Achievement in the Program in Liberal Medical Education, Brown University (1991)
  • Magna Cum Laude, Brown University (1991)
  • National Science Foundation Fellow, Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University (1990)
  • Honors Research Program Intern, Roche Institute of Molecular Biology (1988)

Professional Education


  • Fellowship:Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Harvard Medical School (1998) MA
  • Residency:Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Harvard Medical School (1998) MA
  • Board Certification: Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine (1998)
  • Medical Education:Brown University Program In Medicine (1995) RI
  • M.D., Beth Israel Deaconess Center, Fellow in Medical Education (1999)
  • M.D., West Roxbury VA Medical Center, Harvard, Chief Resident (1998)
  • M.D., Beth Israel Hosital, Harvard, Residency (1998)
  • M.D., Brown School of Medicine, M.D. with Honors (1995)
  • B.A., Brown University, Human Biology with Honors (1991)

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


Medical education, preparation for clerkship curricula and hospital medicine.

2014-15 Courses


All Publications


  • Medical Students and the Electronic Health Record: ' An Epic Use of Time' The American Journal of Medicine Chi, J., Kugler, J., Chu, I., Loftus, P., Evans, K., Oskotsky, T., Basaviah, P., Braddock, C. 2014; 127 (9): 891-895
  • The flipped classroom paradigm for teaching palliative care skills. The virtual mentor : VM Periyakoil, V. S., Basaviah, P. 2013; 15 (12): 1034-1037
  • Developing a national collaborative of medical educators who lead clinical skills courses Teaching and Learning Medicine Taylor J, Hunter N, Basaviah P, Mintz M 2012
  • Medical Student Wellness: An Essential Role For Mentors Medical Science Educator Osterberg L, Basaviah P, Hillard P 2011; 21 (4)
  • Hospitalist handoffs: a systematic review and task force recommendations J Hosp Med Arora VM, Manjarrez E, Dressler DD, Basaviah P, Halasyamani L, Kripalani S 2009; 4 (7): 433-40
  • Deficits in Communication and Information Transfer Between Hospital-Based and Primary Care Physicians: Implications for Patient Safety and Continuity of Care. JAMA Kripalani S, Lefevre F, Phillips C, Williams M, Basaviah P, Baker D 2007; Feb: 28;297(8):831-41
  • Update in hospital medicine ANNALS OF INTERNAL MEDICINE Basaviah, P., Frost, S. 2006; 145 (9): 685-691

    View details for Web of Science ID 000241707800007

    View details for PubMedID 17088582

  • From classroom to bedside; A curriculum for first year medical students Med Education Basaviah P, French L, Muller J 2003; May: 37(5):477-8
  • Is there a New Doctor in the House? Hospital Medicine in the United States Swiss Medical Journal (Schweiz Ärztezeitung) Goldman L, Basaviah P. 2002; July (83): 2045-2051
  • Developing A National Collaborative Of Medical Educators Who Lead Clinical Skills Courses TEACHING AND LEARNING IN MEDICINE Taylor, J. S., Hunter, N., Basaviah, P., Mintz, M. 2012; 24 (4): 361-364

    Abstract

    The majority of US medical schools now have pre-clerkship clinical skills (PCCS) courses. Course directors for these often logistically complicated courses may be in different medical specialties and, historically, have had few formal opportunities for communication and collaboration with their counterparts at other institutions. As such, we hypothesized that leaders of PCCS courses would benefit from a national network.In this paper, we outline the methodology used to form a national collaborative from grass roots interest. Over three years, a self-identified eleven-person task force with national representation has created an organization for PCCS course directors from US medical schools called Directors Of Clinical Skills courses (DOCS) that meets annually.Through iterative presentations at regional and national medical education meetings, we have produced an inventory of educational issues for those developing, administering, and evaluating PCCS courses. Further development of this nascent organization is ongoing. Our process is generalizable.

    View details for DOI 10.1080/10401334.2012.730452

    View details for Web of Science ID 000315219600013

    View details for PubMedID 23036005

  • Hospitalist Handoffs: A Systematic Review and Task Force Recommendations JOURNAL OF HOSPITAL MEDICINE Arora, V. M., Manjarrez, E., Dressler, D. D., Basaviah, P., Halasyamani, L., Kripalani, S. 2009; 4 (7): 433-440

    Abstract

    Handoffs are ubiquitous to Hospital Medicine and are considered a vulnerable time for patient safety.To develop recommendations for hospitalist handoffs during shift change and service change.PubMed (through January 2007), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Patient Safety Network, white papers, and hand search of article bibliographies.Controlled studies evaluating interventions to improve in-hospital handoffs (n = 10).Studies were abstracted for design, setting, target, outcomes (including patient-level, staff-level, or system-level outcomes), and relevance to hospitalists.Although there were no studies of hospitalist handoffs, the existing literature from related disciplines and expert opinion support the use of a verbal handoff supplemented with written documentation in a structured format or technology solution. Technology solutions were associated with a reduction in preventable adverse events, improved satisfaction with handoff quality, and improved provider identification. Nursing studies demonstrate that supplementing verbal exchange with a written medium leads to improved retention of information. White papers characterized effective verbal exchange, as focusing on ill patients and actions required, with time for questions and minimal interruptions. In addition, content should be updated daily to ensure communication of the latest clinical information. Using this literature, recommendations for hospitalist handoffs are presented with corresponding levels of evidence. Recommendations were reviewed by hospitalists at the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) Annual Meeting and by an interdisciplinary team of expert consultants and were endorsed by the SHM governing board.The systematic review and resulting recommendations provide hospitalists a starting point from which to improve in-hospital handoffs.

    View details for DOI 10.1002/jhm.573

    View details for Web of Science ID 000269981200008

    View details for PubMedID 19753573

  • Scholarship and Career Development for the Hospitalist Clinician Educator In Hospitalist as Teacher - Just the Facts by McGraw-Hill Basaviah P, Ramani S 2008
  • Acknowledgement for coding surveys and input: Preparing medical students for Clerkships: a descriptive anlaysis of transition courses. Acad Med Poncelet, A., O'Brien, Bridget 2008; 83 (5): 444-451
  • Deficits in communication and information transfer between hospital-based and primary care physicians - Implications for patient safety and continuity of care JAMA-JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION Kripalani, S., LeFevre, F., Phillips, C. O., Williams, M. V., Basaviah, P., Baker, D. W. 2007; 297 (8): 831-841

    Abstract

    Delayed or inaccurate communication between hospital-based and primary care physicians at hospital discharge may negatively affect continuity of care and contribute to adverse events.To characterize the prevalence of deficits in communication and information transfer at hospital discharge and to identify interventions to improve this process.MEDLINE (through November 2006), Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, and hand search of article bibliographies.Observational studies investigating communication and information transfer at hospital discharge (n = 55) and controlled studies evaluating the efficacy of interventions to improve information transfer (n = 18).Data from observational studies were extracted on the availability, timeliness, content, and format of discharge communications, as well as primary care physician satisfaction. Results of interventions were summarized by their effect on timeliness, accuracy, completeness, and overall quality of the information transfer.Direct communication between hospital physicians and primary care physicians occurred infrequently (3%-20%). The availability of a discharge summary at the first postdischarge visit was low (12%-34%) and remained poor at 4 weeks (51%-77%), affecting the quality of care in approximately 25% of follow-up visits and contributing to primary care physician dissatisfaction. Discharge summaries often lacked important information such as diagnostic test results (missing from 33%-63%), treatment or hospital course (7%-22%), discharge medications (2%-40%), test results pending at discharge (65%), patient or family counseling (90%-92%), and follow-up plans (2%-43%). Several interventions, including computer-generated discharge summaries and using patients as couriers, shortened the delivery time of discharge communications. Use of standardized formats to highlight the most pertinent information improved the perceived quality of documents.Deficits in communication and information transfer at hospital discharge are common and may adversely affect patient care. Interventions such as computer-generated summaries and standardized formats may facilitate more timely transfer of pertinent patient information to primary care physicians and make discharge summaries more consistently available during follow-up care.

    View details for Web of Science ID 000244485000026

    View details for PubMedID 17327525

  • Hospital Discharge Hospital Medicine Basaviah P, Williams M, Ed, Wachter R, Hollander H, Goldman L 2005: 31-36
  • Clinical Updates SGIM Forum Basaviah P 2004; January
  • Innovations in Medical Education Update SGIM Forum Basaviah P, Kalet A 2004; January
  • Core Competencies Update The Hospitalist Pistoria M, Dressler D, Basaviah P 2002; March
  • Asthma Guide to Internal Medicine Pauuw D, Basaviah P. 2002
  • Structuring Residency and Fellowship Curricula in Hospital Medicine The Hospitalist Basaviah P, Amin A. 2002; November
  • Clinical Vignettes Update SGIM Forum Malik T, Basaviah P 2001; 24 (11): 4-7
  • "Through the Eyes of a Physician" in This Side of Doctoring: Reflections of Women in Medicine Sage Publications Basaviah P 2001; December
  • Through the Eyes of a Physician. In: Reflections in Medicine: A Time to Heal Brown University School of Medicine 25th Anniversary Publication Basaviah P 2000; May