Procedure Service

Andy Lai imageAndrew Lai, MD, MPH
Medical Director of
Procedure Service

The Hospitalist Procedure Service (HPS) is committed to providing the safest, highest quality and patient-centered bedside procedures to adult inpatients at Moffitt-Long Hospital at UCSF Health. In addition, the service offers comprehensive teaching on safe and appropriate procedural assessment, technique, and follow-up to internal medicine housestaff early in their residency. The service, started in 2008 by Drs. Diane Sliwka and Michelle Mourad, was one of the first in the country devoted to providing bedside procedural care in a teaching environment. In this model, during a dedicated two-week housestaff rotation, hospitalists with extra procedural training and experience directly supervise interns in ultrasound evaluation and guidance in performing paracentesis, thoracentesis, lumbar puncture, and knee arthrocentesis.

In a 2011 paper published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine, Drs. Michelle Mourad and Diane Sliwka demonstrated that our service model was associated with high levels of patient satisfaction with inpatient bedside procedures. In a 2012 paper published in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education, HPS faculty Drs. Michelle Mourad and Diane Sliwka also showed in a randomized controlled trial that our service significantly improved the knowledge, experience, and confidence of interns early in their training, with effects sustained through their second year of residency. 

The service is available to all adult inpatients from Monday to Friday, 8:00a-5:00p. HPS faculty also teach an annual half-day course on ultrasound evaluation and bedside procedures during the UCSF Hospitalist Mini-College CME course open nationally each fall.

Questions about the Hospitalist Procedure Service can be directed to Andrew Lai at [email protected].