News & Updates

Vascular Biology Research Finds Impact of E-Cigarette Use on Cholesterol

November 18th, 2019

Study conducted by Vascular Biology postdoctoral fellow Dr. Sana Majid finds that e-cigarettes impact cholesterol and heart health of smokers.  "Those who vaped, the study found, had higher levels of unhealthy LDL cholesterol, on average, compared with nonsmokers. And levels of healthy HDL cholesterol were lower among people who used both traditional... More

Dr. Weining Lu Named BU Innovator of the Year

November 14th, 2019

Dr. Weining Lu, associate professor in the section of Nephrology, has been named 2019 BU Innovator of the Year. Dr. Lu's research focuses on the gene ROBO2 as it relates to a kidney’s filtering ability, and has led to a collaboration with Pfizer’s Centers for Therapeutic Innovation (CTI) since November 2012.  This unique... More

Removing Unnecessary Contact Isolation Precautions

November 14th, 2019

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacterium that can be transmitted via skin-to-skin contact and may cause severe infections.  BMC has a policy to place MRSA-colonized patients on contact isolation precautions.  An estimated 15-30% of colonized patients clear within 90 days giving us the opportunity to reduce the need for... More

Resident Corner Fall ’19

November 14th, 2019

STARS Candy Rounds by Swetha Ramachandran, MD and the QIPS Residents As part of the internal medicine residency program at BMC, there is a Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) pathway for residents who are interested in identifying patient safety issues and improving outcomes using quality improvement methodologies. This year the... More

BMC Joins the Age-Friendly Health System Community

November 14th, 2019

To better support older adults and improve their health outcomes, health systems must put in place comprehensive, coordinated evidenced-based models that better deliver care to the growing aging population. In September 2018, BMC joined John A. Hartford Foundation-Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) Age-Friendly Health System Community in spreading age-friendly care with... More

Success of New Hyperglycemia Crisis Management Guideline

November 14th, 2019

In AY2018 the Endocrine Subcommittee of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee rolled out changes to the longstanding BMC Hyperglycemic Crisis Management Guideline, which had been in use for more than a decade.  A QI project done the prior year had shown higher rates of hypoglycemia (blood glucose (BG) <70) in... More

BMC Quality Goals for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY 20)

November 14th, 2019

Reducing Preventable Harm Index (PHI) PHI is comprised of the 4 major Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) with a goal of 1.0 (YTD 0.84): Catheter associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI), Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLASBI) Hospital acquired Clostridium difficile infections (CDIFF) and Methacillin-Resistant Staph aureus bacteremia The PHI also contains several perioperative/periprocedural... More

BMC Physician Quality Leaders

November 14th, 2019

In July 2016, BMC reorganized the Physician Quality Leaders, funding fewer quality leaders but giving each more responsibility and time to actually get things done.  They report to Dr. James Moses, BMC Chief Quality Officer, and address patient safety events as well as promote hospital quality initiatives.  They are also... More

Angelique Harris, PhD, New Director of Faculty Development & Diversity

November 13th, 2019

We are delighted to announce that Angelique Harris, PhD will begin as our new Director of Faculty Development and Diversity in the Department of Medicine, and Director of Faculty Development for the BU Medical Campus, starting on Tuesday, November 12th. She joins our faculty, having previously served as an Associate... More

Geriatrics Patient Tea Party

November 13th, 2019

Our geriatrics patients really know how to have a good time! The Geriatrics Section hosted their 2nd Patient Tea Party for on November 1st in the Geriatrics clinic on Shapiro 9. About 20-25 patients, many of them 95-100 years old, and family members mingled with Geriatric physicians, nurses, and support staff. We... More