AAIM 2021 Handoff Best Practices

In this session, practicing hospitalist and former Director for Handoff Education at the Penn IM residency program, Dr. Subha Airan-Javia, will share her experiences in transforming handoffs from being one of the most error prone and time consuming parts of a resident’s shift to one that is streamlined. (hint: it takes more than an acronym to get there).

From Ugh to Ahh: How Penn Medicine Implemented I-PASS to Improve Handoffs and Resident Wellness.

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