The first two physician fellows from the Intermountain Healthcare-Stanford Medicine Population Health and Care Delivery Science Fellowship have graduated from the unique two-year master’s degree program in health services research.

The collaborative program teaches future physician leaders how to apply innovation and healthcare quality improvement at the two premier health systems.

“The fellowship is a first of its kind,” says Raj Srivastava, MD, MPH, assistant vice president of research and co-director of the Healthcare Delivery Institute at Intermountain Healthcare. “These future healthcare leaders take high-quality coursework from Stanford Medicine and are able to apply those principles with clinical teams to implement system-wide projects across Stanford Health Care and Intermountain Healthcare.”

Dr. Srivastava co-developed the fellowship with Steven Asch, MD, MPH, professor of medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Coursework for the fellowship is concentrated in the first year at Stanford Medicine. In year two, all fellows attend Intermountain Healthcare’s Advanced Training Program in Clinical Quality Improvement at the Healthcare Delivery Institute while working with mentorship teams at both institutions to develop a project from conception to completion and publication.

Fellows also receive an in-depth introduction to top operational initiatives during a day of strategy with Intermountain’s executive leadership team. The fellows applied the knowledge they gained around the concept of adaptation, as each pivoted their work to make meaningful contributions to the COVID-19 responses within each organization.

Recent graduates and their projects include:

  • Harris Carmichael, MD, an internist who recently joined Intermountain as a hospitalist following his fellowship. He worked with Eddie Stenehjem, MD, on a system-wide rollout in urgent care locations to test ways to reduce unnecessary antibiotics. To assist Intermountain and Stanford Medicine in their COVID-19 responses, he helped develop a predictive model for clinical deterioration and a telemedicine evaluation.
  • Stacie Vilendrer, MD, MBA, a family physician, who recently joined Stanford Medicine as a clinical instructor of medicine. She worked on innovative methods of providing patient satisfaction ratings to physicians, and incentivizing physician participation in quality and efficiency improvement efforts. To assist in the COVID-19 response, she worked on outpatient pulse oximeter deployment and evaluating telemedicine in nontraditional settings like inpatient wards and for surgical and neurology visits. She also helped evaluate an application for connecting essential workers to Stanford Medicine COVID-19 testing.

Read more about other fellows and their current projects here.