Seminar on operations research by Rubén A. Proaño: Scheduling of doctors in training

On Friday September 30, 13.15–14–15, Dr. Rubén A. Proaño, visiting from Rochester Institute of Technology will give a seminar in NI:C0802. Abstract and bio follow.

Scheduling of doctors in training: An Operations Research implementation to ensure fairness and facilitate continuity of care

Completing a residency program is a requirement for medical students prior to practice medicine independently. Residency programs in internal medicine must undergo a series of supervised rotations in elective, inpatient, and ambulatory units. Typically a team of chief residents is charged to develop a yearly rotational schedule. This process is complex as it needs to consider academic, managerial, regulatory, and legal restrictions while also facilitating the provision of patient care, ensuring a diverse educational experience, balancing workload, and improving resident satisfaction. Simple formulations for residence scheduling problems have been proved to be NP-complete. This study presents  (1) a multi-stage multi-objective optimization approach for generating year-long resident rotation schedules; and (2) the use of AHP (Analytical Hierarchy Process) to compare schedules across multiple criteria to design and select those that are more equitable, easier to adopt, and to implement. Furthermore, the presentation will discuss the opportunity of integrating the proposed optimization-based system as part of an IoT solution capable of generating dynamic schedules that can respond to patient demand uncertainties, and to information that becomes increasingly richer and more reliable as the academic year evolves.

Bio: Dr. Rubén A. Proaño

Dr. Proaño is an Associate Professor in Industrial Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology. He received a Ph.D. and a M.S. degrees in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Universidad San Francisco de Quito, and is United World Colleges (UWC) alumnus. Dr. Proaño’s research focuses on the application of optimization models to the solution of problems affecting healthcare delivery, and the supply of pediatric vaccines. Dr. Proaño enjoys teaching and interacting with students and actively introduces students to healthcare systems engineering problems. Dr. Proaño believes in the benefits of a multicultural education and he is convinced that Operations Research, “The Science of Better” provides the tools to engineer decision-making and has an important role to play in international development.  Dr. Proaño’s work on vaccine supply is currently funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He is a member of INFORMS, the board of directors of the Health Systems  Engineering Alliance, and serves as one of the directors of the Operations Research Division Board of the Institute of Industrial Engineering.

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