Munish Luthra, MD, FCCP
Emory University School of Medicine

I joined Emory University School of Medicine in February 2016 to serve as Clinician Educator in the Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine. I am involved in Interprofessional education initiatives at Emory since 2016, and serve on the Interprofessional Team Training Days working group and also served as Co-Chair for the taskforce on IPE for School of Medicine to provide recommendations for the Interprofessional education curriculum for Medical students. I practice pulmonary and critical care medicine at Grady Hospital, one of the main teaching sites within Emory SOM and my interest area besides medical education is taking care of patients with lung cancer or pulmonary complications of cancers and immunocompromised host.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:
In the fall of 2018, approximately 600 students from across several disciplines at Emory University participated in a team training event. The purpose of the event was to provide education for the use of SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment, and Recommendation) as a communication tool to improve healthcare outcomes. The overarching aim of the study was to assess whether the education and small group practice using SBAR improved communication among various disciplines. Additional goals were to determine whether students (1) collaborated more effectively in planning patient care, (2)…
To combat medical error and improve communication, training programs have begun to implement curricula that encompass all members of the care team. Communication failures are a major factor in medical errors. Structured communication tools such as the situational briefing tool, “Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation” (SBAR) has been suggested as a model to structure clinical communication. Effective training of health professions students is important as these students transition into clinical practice. We plan on describing a SBAR training program and assessment of this program…
Communication failures have been estimated to be a major factor in many healthcare errors. During the transfer of information between providers, inadequate communication of vital information can occur. Standardized communication is one means of improving safety during this transfer of information. One commonly used tool is the situational briefing tool, “Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation” (SBAR). The purpose of this study was to design and develop a reliable, defensible instrument to assess SBAR skills among our health profession students. The initial draft of the rubric…