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Naseema Merchant

FCCP, FACP, FHM, MBBS
Associate Professor of Medicine (General Medicine); Physician Lead, High Reliability Organization, Medicine; Site Director, Chief Residency Program in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, Medicine; Site Director, Internal Medicine Clerkship, Medicine; Co-Director, Distinction Pathway, Quality Improvement and Physician Leadership, Medicine; Associate Director, Health Equity, Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Distinction Pathway

Contact Information

Naseema Merchant, FCCP, FACP, FHM, MBBS

Mailing Address

  • Internal Medicine Clerkship

    VA Connecticut Healthcare System, Medical Service, 5th Floor, Building 1, 950 Campbell Avenue

    West Haven, CT 06516

    United States

Appointments

Education & Training

  • Point of Care Ultrasound Training
    Yale University (2019)
  • Faculty Development Course in Clinical Teaching (Developed by Stanford Faculty Development Center for Medical Teachers)
    Yale University (2019)
  • Fellow, Medical Education
    Yale School of Medicine (2014)
  • Fellow
    Yale University School of Medicine (2000)
  • Resident
    University of Illinois at Chicago (1996)
  • Intern
    University of Illinois at Chicago (1994)
  • Intern
    Aga Khan University Hospital (1992)
  • MBBS
    Aga Khan University, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (1991)
  • Non Degree Program
    St. Lawrence College, Premedical Track, Higher Secondary School Certificate (1985)

Certifications

  • Board Certification
    AB of Internal Medicine, Focused Practice in Hospital Medicine (2016)
  • Board Certification
    AB of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease (1998, recertified: 2020)

Activities

  • Bedside Beyond Teaching the Physical Exam: Flexible, Efficient and Psychologically Safe Strategies to Bring Learners Back to the Bedside
    AAIM Faculty Development Webinar Series 2024 2024
    Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine Webinar Series 2024
  • Allyship for Women in Medicine and Beyond
    Stamford, CT, United States 2024
    Medical Grand Rounds, Stamford Hospital , Stamford, CT
  • Reinvigorate High Value Care Education for your Residents and Faculty in the Classroom and at the Bedside: A Practical Tour of Accessible HVC Educational Tools
    Minneapolis, MN, United States 2024
    APDIM Fall Meeting 2024
  • Bringing Them Together: Creating year-Round, Diverse, Interprofessional and Inclusive Educational Space for All Employees to Engage in a Safety Dialogue
    Orlando, FL, United States 2024
    VHA National Center for Patient Safety Symposium: Past , Present and Future of Patient Safety
  • Revamping The Traditional M&M: Designing a Psychologically Safe, Inter-professional Education Approach to Promote an Open Dialogue on Safety Events
    Orlando, FL, United States 2024
    VHA National Center for Patient Safety Symposium: Past , Present and Future of Patient Safety
  • A systematic Focussed Approach to Improving HRO Maturity Amongst Medicsal Trainees Through a Novel Patient Safety Curriculum in the Clinical Learning Environment
    Orlando, FL, United States 2024
    VHA National Center for Patient Safety Symposium: Past , Present and Future of Patient Safety
  • Learning from the Patient Safety Conference: High Reliability Principles in Action
    Orlando, FL, United States 2024
    VHA National Center for Patient Safety Symposium: Past , Present and Future of Patient Safety
  • Fostering a Culture of Safety through a Unique, Tiered, High Reliability Organization Themed, All Employee Safety Recognition Program
    Orlando, FL, United States 2024
    VHA National Center for Patient Safety Symposium: Past , Present and Future of Patient Safety

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Excellence in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Connecticut Chapter, Society of Hospital Medicine2024
"Certificate of Appreciation," Mentorship in the Internal Medicine CommunityAmerican College of Physicians2022
"Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award"Connecticut Chapter, American College of Physicians2021
Prosci Change Management Certification (Lead in Successful Organizational Change)2021
"Anthony DiMarco Teaching Lecture Award"American Society of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals2020
Lean Six Sigma Certification (Health Care Process Improvement), Green Belt Level Candidate2019
"Top Hospitalist"Hospitalist Journal, American College of Physician2017
"Medicine Service Line Award for Patient Safety"Veterans Integrated Service Network 1 (VISN 1)2016
"Laureate Award for Professional Service"Connecticut Chapter, American College of Physicians2016
Lean Six Sigma Certification (Health Care Process Improvement), Yellow Belt Level2016
"CT Immigrant Day Award"Connecticut Refugee and Immigration Coalition, State of Connecticut2015
Fellow in Hospital MedicineSociety of Hospital Medicine2012
"Special Award for Teaching Recognition," Family Medicine Residency ProgramMiddlesex Hospital2011
FellowAmerican College of Physicians2004
FellowAmerican College of Chest Physicians2002
"Master Teacher" (2001-2011), Family Medicine Residency ProgramMiddlesex Hospital2002
"Teaching Attending of the Year," Family Practice Residency ProgramMiddlesex Hospital2001
"PGY-1 of the Year," Department of Internal MedicineUniversity of Illinois School of Medicine1994

Professional Service

OrganizationRoleDate
VA NAtional Center for Patient Safety Chief Resident in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety ProgramThis role involves serving as a coach for a group of national chief residents in QI and Patent Safety ( den) and serving as the den leader, coach and mentor2024 - Present
University of Connecticut Pre-Med Society, Careers in Health Sciences MeetingExpert panel member for UCONN's Pre-Med society, Careers in Health Sciences Meeting hosted by undergraduate students for all students interested in health careers.2024
Department of Medicine and Residency Leadership CommitteeMember2023 - Present
American College of Physicians Coach for New Career and QI Coaching Program at the 2023 ACP Internal Medicine Meeting2023 - Present
The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety Reviewer2023 - Present
American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria Committee-Acute Respiratory Illness in Immunocompetent PatientsReview appropriateness criteria for imaging in acute diffuse lung diseases2022 - Present
American College of Physicians, Physician Co-Lead, Hospital Medicine Content, Internal Medicine Scientific Program Committee 2023Physician Co-Lead, Hospital Medicine Content, Internal Medicine Scientific Program Committee, 2023, American College of Physicians2021 - 2023
American College of Physicians, Connecticut Chapter, Diversity CommitteeCommittee Member2021 - Present
Society of General Internal Medicine- Clinical Practice CommitteeMember, Clinical Practice Committee2021 - Present
Society of General Internal Medicine- Academic Hospitalist CommissionMember, Academic Hospitalist Commission2021 - Present
American College of PhysiciansGrant Reviewer, “Building Trust and Equity in Internal Medicine Training Program. Applicants all over the country applied for grants for their project and each application/grant proposal was reviewed and scored.2020 - 2021
New England Journal of Medicine- NEJM Resident 360 (Teaching on the Wards Series)Expert Panel Member2020
New England Journal of Medicine- NEJM Resident 360 (QI Challenge Poster Competition)Expert Panel Member2020
New England Journal of Medicine Resident 360Panel expert, Teaching on the Wards: Resident as Teachers.2020
New England Journal of Medicine Resident 360Poster Judge, NEJM Resident 360 series QI Challenge Poster2020
Society of General Internal Medicine - Quality and Patient Safety SubcommitteeMember, Quality and Patient Safety Subcommittee of the Clinical Practice Committee2020 - Present
American College of Physicians, Advance QI Coaching ProgramQI Coach, ACP Advance QI Coaching program2020 - Present
New England Journal of Medicine- NEJM Resident 360 (Quality Improvement Series)Expert Panel Member2019
New England Journal of Medicine Resident 360Panel Expert- NEJM Resident 360 series: Quality Improvement2019
British Medical Journal- BMJ Case ReportsReviewed manuscripts2018
The LancetReviewed manuscripts2018
American College of Physicians, Connecticut Chapter, Annual Scientific ProgramReviewer, resident and student abstracts for the annual meeting2018 - Present
Journal of General Internal MedicineReviewer2018 - Present
American Lung Association, Connecticut Pulmonary Section (formerly Connecticut Thoracic Society)Senior Councilor, Executive Committee2017 - Present
VA Connecticut Healthcare System, Patient Safety Champions CommitteeCo-Chair2016 - 2019
VA Connecticut Healthcare System, Hospital Patient Safety CommitteeCo-Chair2016 - Present
VA Connecticut Healthcare System, Annual Hospital-Wide Patient Safety Conference Program Planning CommitteeCo-Chair2016 - Present
Society of General Internal Medicine- New England RegionPoster judge, annual meeting, New England Region, SGIM2016 - Present
American Lung Association, Connecticut Pulmonary Section (formerly Connecticut Thoracic Society)President2015 - 2017
Society of General Internal Medicine- New England RegionAbstract reviewer, Annual meeting, New England Region, SGIM2015
American College of Physicians, Connecticut Chapter, Annual Scientific Program Planning CommitteeCo-Chair2015 - Present
American College of Physicians, Connecticut Chapter, Annual Scientific Program Planning CommitteeResponsible for planning the educational program to meet the needs of our diverse trainees and attending physicians in the Connecticut Internal Medicine community.2014 - Present
VA Connecticut Healthcare System, Continuous Quality Improvement CommitteeMember2013 - 2019
VA Connecticut Healthcare System, Patient Flow CommitteeMember2013 - 2018
VA Connecticut Healthcare System, Falls CommitteeMember2013 - 2015
American Lung Association, Connecticut Pulmonary Section (formerly Connecticut Thoracic Society)Vice President2013 - 2015
American College of Physicians, Connecticut Chapter, Annual Scientific Program Planning CommitteeCommittee Member2013
VA Connecticut Healthcare System, Peer Review CommitteeAd-hoc reviewer2012 - 2021
VA Connecticut Healthcare System, Pay Panel CommitteeAd-hoc Member2012 - 2019
Society of Hospital MedicineFellow2012 - Present
Society of Hospital MedicineMember2010 - Present
American College of Physicians Fellow2009 - Present
American Lung Association, Connecticut Pulmonary Section (formerly Connecticut Thoracic Society)Executive Committee Member2008 - 2013
American College of Physicians, Connecticut Chapter, Diversity CommitteeServed as the chair of the diversity committee of the chapter helping with events and initiatives to support DEI.2007 - 2021
American College of Physicians, Connecticut Chapter, Annual Scientific ProgramResident poster judge, annual meeting2007 - 2009
American College of Chest Physicians Fellow2002 - Present
American College of PhysiciansMember2001 - Present
American Thoracic SocietyMember2000 - 2012
American College of Chest PhysiciansMember1998 - 2010

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