UW Housestaff in the News


If this issue is of interest and you would like to get involved, please contact Dr. Ying Zhang (zhangy07@uw.edu)

Welcome Fellows and New Residents!

UWHA, and the entire housestaff community, would like to welcome you to UW. There will be a lot going on this year, much of it relavent to more senior housestaff. We hope you will stay involved. If you have any questions, or would like to provide senior leadership as a UWHA fellow representative, please contact us.

Welcome Interns!

UWHA, and the entire housestaff community, welcomes you to the UW family. We look forward to getting to know you and working with you throughout the year. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions about anything. See you on Wednesday! 

EXPLORE the Seattle Water Instead of Just Staring at it.

That's right Magellan, your chance has arrived.  Join the adventurous GME for a SUNSET CRUISE, Thursday, 06/12 7pm-10pm over the dashing Elliot Bay.  The event is - drum roll - TOTALLY FREE.  Simply provide a holding check, find a plus one to say bon voyage with, and come. be. enchanted.  Your check will be returned to you and you'll take home memories that even Columbus will envy.

Argosy Tours, the GME, and your social chair - keeping it fresh on the daily.
~ Alok Patel PGY2 Pediatrics


UWHA in the news

By request, here is the link to the essay.

UWMC Standardized Text Paging Rolling Out

The goal of this text-paging initiative is to establish a standard format and language for text pages. Starting April 21st, nurses on some floors of UWMC will begin utilizing a new, standardized text paging format with standardized response codes. These changes will help you triage pages, improve your workflow and minimize contextless numeric pages. There are 3 codes that you need to be familiar with in order to respond appropriately. 

FYI: No call back necessary
CTC (Call to Confirm): Call back within 30 minutes
URGENT: Either go to the bedside or call back within 5 minutes

New Format:
Response Code, Patient Name, Issue, Name of RN, Phone Number

CTC, Pt. George, hct dropped from 23 to 19, Mary, 89723
FYI, Pt. Rogers, Family has finally arrived, Vicky, 89709

This is a resident-designed text paging system, originally implemented at Seattle Children's Hospital. Residents and nurses have both found this system better than the status quo, and believe that it improves patient care. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

UWMC Roll out Schedule:
MICU, SICU, CT-ICU, Cardiology ICU - April 21st
Med/Surg floors (4-6) - May
Rest of UWMC - June/July  


EPIC is coming to a clinic near you on May 20th!

All outpatient clinics at UWMC, HMC and Northwest Hospital will switch from current documentation (ORCA, paper, etc) to EpicCare starting Tuesday, May 20th. This transition may be stressful, but as computer-savvy early adopters you are uniquely situated to help your attendings navigate this new technology. It is also a good opportunity to learn one of the most widely used EHR systems on the market. If you haven't already completed training, ask your program administrator to sign you up. You can find more info here: https://intranet.uwmedicine.org/BU/ClinApps/Pages/EpicHome.aspx or contact Dr. Jared Klein at jaredwk@uw.edu with any questions.


The DJ kept things buzzing, all you cats let loose, and we raised over $1500 for API Chaya and efforts to end human trafficking/sex slavery.  Oh the sunshine and magic that can happen when all get together and dance for a cause.  A huge thanks from all of us at UWHA for coming out - you keep the spirit and we'll keep the fun coming.

Down with umbrellas,
Alok Patel PGY 2 Peds (the guy who writes those emails)

UWHA SPRING FLING 2014 | Saturday, 3/29, Sole Repair

Why Did the Bumblebee cross the road?
It finally stopped raining and it's time to jam.

Spring is here, come dance, relax, and groove.  You know we'll brighten your life.

This go around, we're partying in the name of a worthy, local cause.

$10 suggested donation goes directly to local victims of human trafficking/sex slavery

LEARN MORE www.chayaseattle.org
That party-throwin loud mouth,

Dr. Alok Patel PGY2 (Pediatrics)

The New ORCA Problem List

The Oscars just took place on Sunday, but there appears to be an early frontrunner for 2015. 

There are changes coming to the Problem List - stay tuned for more information or check in with your department's representative on the Housestaff Quality and Safety Council.

Anesthesiology - Irving Ye
Internal Medicine - Anshu Abhat, Andrew Dervan, Leah Marcotte
Nephrology - Zita Shiue
Orthopaedic Surgery - Jacques Hacqueboard
Otolaryngology - Hitomi Sakano
Pediatric (Residents and Fellows) - Carolyn Schook, Hiromi Yoshida, Faisal Malik, Christopher Beatty, Sarah Zaman
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - Cody Gillenwater, Margaret Jones
Psychiatry - Katie Norfleet, Stamatis Zeris
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine - Bridget Collins, Sarah Jolley, Seppo Rinne
Diagnostic Radiology - Jenny Favinger, Jessica Germino General
Surgery - Meghan Flanagan, Katy Flynn-O'Brien, Lacey Lagrone, Jonathan Sham, Amelia Simpson