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Residents are still mastering medicine, but can they fix healthcare problems too?

from Stanford Medicine

Kathryn Kvam, MD, wants the neurology residents to think not just like a neurologist, but also like an engineer at a car factory. "Engineers are trained to think about processes, how they can cut waste and improve products," she said. "More and more, physicians are expected to have these quality improvement skills." Kvam, a neurohospitalist at Stanford, has an undergraduate degree in healthcare management, so she has always had an eye on the patient care process — how it can be improved to deliver better results for patients while saving money. more


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