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Fellow Presenter Spotlight: Rena Yadlapati

March 15, 2016

Dr. Yadlapati provides suggestions for DDW 2016 quality-improvement abstract presenters.

Ahead of Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2016, we asked last year's quality-improvement abstract presenters to provide advice for this year's participants.

AGA will welcome selected fellows to present their quality-improvement abstracts and posters during a special DDW 2016 session, Advancing Clinical Practice: GI Fellow-Directed Quality Improvement Projects.

The session, which is scheduled for Monday, May 23, 2016, provides a unique opportunity for fellows to network, learn from one another and more.

Q&A with Rena Yadlapati, MD:

Dr. Rena Yadlapati, of Northwestern University, focused her DDW 2015 quality-improvement abstract project on bowel preparation improvement for colonoscopy. She filled us in on on her abstract process and the impact it's had on her career.

Abstract title: Implementing an Interdisciplinary Quality Initiative to Improve Inpatient Colonoscopy Preparation is Effective and Shortens Hospital Length of Stay. Read the abstract online

Topic area: Bowel Preparation

If you could sum up your abstract in one sentence: Structured electronic quality improvement interventions, including a modified split-dose bowel preparation and nursing documentation, resulted in significant improvement in inpatient bowel preparation quality, and reduction in repeated procedures and costs.

Brief background about the process for developing your abstract: I tried to maximize the use of images/figures and animations to highlight my abstract, and generally keep the slides simple.

Did this abstract have an impact on your future research or career path? This research project was the first study I led during fellowship, and in the process I learned that I enjoy leading quality initiatives, collaborating in multidisciplinary groups and designing interventions. Subsequently, I immersed myself in various quality initiatives, and now am a T32 fellow planning to pursue a research career in health-care quality of esophageal disorders. In other words, yes it certainly has impacted my future career path!

Advice for 2016 presenters: Reflect back on how you got involved with quality improvement and challenges you faced along the way. These stories are great experiences to share with the audience members either during the Q&A or during the poster session, and you may inspire another colleague to lead their own quality initiative!

Lightning Round:
Something you may not know about me is: that I love Texas Hold 'Em.
In my free time I like to: play LEGOs with my daughter. 
Are you attending DDW 2016? Yes 
What are you most looking forward to at DDW 2016? The DDW fellow-focused session of course!

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