Bringing Grand Rounds to Research: A New Take on an Old Tradition

OCHIN Grand Rounds
By William Pinnock, and Tiffany Prescott, Research Coordinators

In medicine, Grand Rounds are an essential teaching tool that allows medical professionals to present case studies, medical problems, and treatment best practices to an audience of doctors, residents, and medical students as a way to inform and improve patient care.

OCHIN Grand Rounds differ in a few key ways. First, while traditional Grand Rounds are typically closed events, the OCHIN Grand Rounds series is open to the public. Anyone interested in attending a session is welcome to register, and even ask questions of the presenter. OCHIN Grand Rounds also differ from the traditional practice in that they utilize technology to enhance accessibility and allow for remote attendance. Finally, OCHIN Grand Rounds content is intended to be appropriate for a wide audience including researchers, patients, clinicians, students, and the general public. As such, these presentations are focused around our research priority areas and include learnings relevant to community health centers and safety net clinics. Additionally, OCHIN Grand Rounds are intended to engage the audience, and we encourage participants to take advantage of the ability to ask presenters their questions in real time.

Grand Rounds May 2018

This month we are excited to host Dr. Rachel Gold from Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research and OCHIN, Inc. and Aldreen Venzon from the Cerner Corporation as they present “PRAPARE” Yourself: The Evolution of Social Determinants of Health Collection in the EHR!

Attendees will learn about:
  • The ways in which social determinants of health data have been historically collected, captured, and coded
  • Social determinants of health tools now available in OCHIN Epic
  • The evolution of OCHIN’s social determinants of health tools and the recent improvements made to these tools

  • The event will take place online on Friday, May 18th from 12:00 – 1:00 PM PT. Register for this event here.

    Next month, we will conclude our 2017-2018 Grand Rounds Series with a presentation from Dr. Gary Bennett of Duke University titled: Digital Obesity Treatment Among Medically Vulnerable Patients.

    The event will take place online on Friday, June 15th from 12:00 – 1:00 PM PT and registration details will be released a few weeks prior to the event. If you are interested in attending, please email William Jacob Amadeus Pinnock at to join our mailing list and receive registration details.

    Past presentations are available upon request.