Jason is a general surgery resident at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. As of June 2017, he will return to his fourth year of clinical training after having completed a year-long burn research fellowship at the Firefighters’ Burn and Surgical Research Laboratory. Jason earned his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and his Bachelor’s of Arts degree with honors from the University of California, Berkeley.
Throughout his first three years on the surgical wards, Jason noticed countless opportunities for improving patient care. Urinary catheters and central venous lines remained in place longer than necessary, resulting in infections that not only added to patient harm, but also hospital cost. Only a few surgical services participated in Interdisciplinary Model of Care (IMOC), during which the surgeon, nurse, nutritionist, physical therapist, and social worker all rounded on each patient together to make a comprehensive plan in real-time. Rather, many patients experienced disjointed care in which a plan given by a junior resident conflicted with that of the senior resident and attending physician. It was not uncommon that the patient, nurse, and other ancillary staff had no idea what the plan was for the patient. Jason was also personally involved in a case in which a retained laparotomy pad after surgery resulted in the patient needing three additional operations and a month delay for discharge.
His experiences have fueled his desire to make a difference. Although he has engaged in Quality Improvement Projects as a junior resident, he is aware of the major challenges as a surgical resident to find the time, energy, and financial resources to conduct a quality research project from start to finish. However, he looks forward to taking ownership over the quality research projects at his institution as an upcoming senior resident with insight and support from the QIPS research council and Telluride Patient Safety Camp program.
During his free time, he loves to explore the treasures of Washington, DC with his wife Sarah. In the spring, they delight in visits to the National Arboretum and Dumbarton Oaks Gardens. In the evenings, they love to attend musicals at the Ford Theatre and live storytelling events featured by The Moth.