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3rd Edition of

International Public Health Conference

March 21-23, 2024 | Singapore

IPHC 2023

Vanita Ahuja

Speaker at International Public Health Conference 2023 - Vanita Ahuja
Yale School of Medicine, United States

Title : Incorporating social determinants of health in quality projects


Objective: To propose a new framework to design and implement quality improvement within research projects.

Backgrounds: The design and implementation of resident-driven clinical research quality improvement projects has become increasingly complex.

Methods: We propose using the AHRQ systematic seven-step model to guide research projects and the SMART question method to conceive the clinical research questions Results.

Conclusion: Our model provides a practical approach to guiding mentors and residents in their pursuit of quality improvement projects

Audience Take Away Notes: 

  1. Provide a framework to study and understand a patient safety or quality issue
  2. Develop the steps to implement a quality project in a short timeframe
  3. Understand resources and stakeholder analysis in developing a project


Dr. Vanita Ahuja is the Chief of General Surgery at the Connecticut Healthcare System-Veterans Affairs, and is the Surgery Quality Liaison for Yale Surgery Residency Program.

Dr. Ahuja earned her medical degree from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences located in Bethesda, Maryland. She then attended Portsmouth Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, where she completed her internship. After completing her internship, Dr. Ahuja went on to complete her residency, which she completed at Johns Hopkins Hospital, located in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition, Dr. Ahuja is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Ahuja most recently was the Director of the surgical residency program at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. Dr. Ahuja also led the Pennsylvania Consortium ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) and serves as a Consultant for the American Board of Surgery.

Dr. Ahuja is affiliated with Yale University and VA Connecticut Healthcare System.  She has more than 40 peer-reviewed publications and is reviewer for multiple surgical journals.