Important RSC Events

High Value Innovation Challenge

Academic Year 2019-2020

Dear Residents and Fellows,

Given the current economic environment as well as evidence that high level care can be provided at lower cost, it is imperative to identify and eliminate waste in medical care while maintaining or improving quality.*

To this end, we called for proposals last summer for the high value innovation challenge for awards of $500 to residents and fellows from both Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health to generate novel ideas and meaningful approaches to promote high value care and reduce unnecessary costs.

We are excited to announce the winners of our winners in our round #1 high value innovation challenge.

Josh Jaramillo (General Surgery):   

Reduction of unnecessary SICU admissions for rib fracture patients.

Branden Tarlow (GI): 

Elimination of low-value inpatient fecal occult blood testing

Rachel Herdes (Pediatrics)

Improving care for intestinal failure patients

Honorable Mention:

Eric Keller (IR)

Making informed consent an informed choice

We are now calling for Round 2 of proposals of the high value innovation challenge.

Selected proposals will be referred to Stanford’s Cost Savings Reinvestment Program ( to give residents and fellows the opportunity to work on their projects with hospital leadership and department faculty. 

Proposal Template can be found on the right side panel

Email proposals, and questions, to Dr. Lisa Shieh ( 

Deadline for 2st round of awards is February 15, 2020 

We appreciate the great care you provide for our patients and hope you will take the high value innovation challenge so that we increase efficiency and enhance value in healthcare.




Lisa Shieh, MD, PhD

Associate Chief Quality Officer, SHC

Medical Director of QI Programs, Graduate Medical Education

Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine

Paul Maggio, MD, MBA

Associate Chief Medical Officer, SHC

Director of Cost Savings Reinvestment Program, SHC

Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery

Amy Lu, MD

Associate Chief Quality Officer, SHC

Associate Chair of Quality, Safety and Performance Improvement

Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

Becky Blankenburg, MD, MPH

Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Associate Chair of Education
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital

Terry Platchek, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine
Fellowship Director, Clinical Excellence Research Center
Associate CQO and Vice President, Performance Improvement and Patient Experience 
Stanford Children’s Health

Laurence Katznelson, MD

Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education

Professor of Neurosurgery and Medicine (Endocrinology)

David Entwistle

President and Chief Executive Officer, SHC


Other Important Events

If you are a Team Leader, Vice Chair, or Chair, please keep your eye out for emails from the GME Office to schedule monthly Team Leader and executive meetings.  The date and time(s) of these meetings  will vary by month.

After the QI symposium, you will be asked to help vote on Vice Chairs and Chair(s) for the upcoming year.  Good luck to all that apply!