Curbside Consults Podcast

Published January 13, 2021

In this special episode of Curbside Consults, we interview Dr. Elissa Falconer, the team leader of the NEJM Resident 360 QI Challenge winning submission. Dr. Falconer is a general surgery resident at Atlanta VA Healthcare System. The title of their quality improvement project is “Standardizing Discharge Opioid Prescribing to Improve Patient Safety: A General Surgery Pilot.” Their poster can be viewed here.

0:00 – Introduction
3:18 – Project summary (reference)
5:04 – QI methods used in this project
6:03 – Advice on creating process maps
7:43 – Lessons learned from using PDSA cycles
10:20 – Future developments for this project
11:10 – Personal experience and highlights from competing in the QI Challenge
12:21 – Working with NEJM Catalyst as part of the winning prize
13:27 – Outro

Resources and articles discussed in this episode:

1. NEJM Resident 360 QI Challenge home page
2. All submissions for the NEJM Resident 360 QI Challenge
3. NEJM Resident 360 Expert Consult on Quality Improvement 
4. NEJM Resident 360 Curbside Consults episode introducing the NEJM Resident 360 QI Challenge 
5. NEJM Catalyst
6. Twitter for Dr. Elissa Falconer @falco__e

The Curbside Consults series complements the foundational information in Rotation Prep by taking a deep dive into key clinical topics with expert clinicians and educators. These podcasts explore and critique the evidence behind clinical practice and break down statistical concepts for the busy clinical trainee.

Dr. Falconer is a general surgery resident at Atlanta VA Healthcare System.
Ken Wu was a 2019-2020 NEJM Editorial Fellow and a paediatrician working in the National Health Service of the United Kingdom. He graduated from Imperial College School of Medicine and is training in general paediatrics in London.
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