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MD 2024 candidates launch HOME Clinic Database Project
Date: August 24th, 2022 in JABSOM News
The JABSOM Homeless Outreach and Medical Education (HOME) Project provides students with hands-on experience for patient care through its clinics for houseless populations. To improve patient care in the community and to identify health disparities in Hawaii’s communities, two JABSOM students began to develop a database for their patients.
Created by MD 2024 candidates Dylan Singh and Brendan Seto, the HOME Project database aims to improve houseless patient care in Hawaii as well as provide students with more clinical training and research opportunities. Both Singh and Seto were inspired by their own experiences volunteering with the HOME Project as part of their community health curriculum with their faculty mentors, Drs. Teresa Schiff and Jill Omori.
“I have always been passionate about helping underserved communities and it is my goal to help alleviate health inequities through a career in reconstructive surgery.,” Singh said. “The HOME Project sparked an interest as their mission aligned with my internal drive to help houseless – both sheltered and unsheltered individuals on an individual level, community level, and societal level at large, and in addition, to develop quality improvement efforts, to prevent disease progression and late stage complications for our patients.”
The database project was approved by the UH Institutional Review Board (IRB) permitting the information to be used for student research purposes. With this database, students involved in the HOME Project better understand the demographics of the patient population they are treating, and on a larger scale, identify and address care needs in the clinics. Two outcomes from the database include improving the quality of wound care-related treatments and inclusion of cardiac care.
“At the end of the day, it’s all about the patients,” Singh said. “We can collect all the information possible, but if it’s just numbers that we collect without action, it’s not meaningful for our patients. So our goal is to identify the most important things which we can actually act on and improve.”
Singh and Seto are now in their clinical training years, but they recruited first and second-year students to review patient charts and set the stage for continuing this important work with future classes.
“Another great opportunity for us is the ability to look back to these notes and see how we can improve medical student charting by review of our charts,” said Seto, who hopes this project will continue on for future medical students, including his brother Jason (JABSOM 2025) and others seeking to enter medical school. “The main takeaway for me is that we’re setting a framework for future quality improvement and research projects. Our initial analyses, hopefully, will benefit patients and enhance learning and teaching opportunities for students.”
By Vina Cristobal, JABSOM Communications Coordinator