People of SHAPE
Clinical Assistant Professor
I studied Biology and Philosophy as an undergraduate at Stanford. I subsequently went to UCSF for medical school, where I took time off to do research in neuroimaging. I completed my residency and chief residency at Stanford. One of the greatest joys of my job is having the privilege of working closely with medical students, interns and residents, on both a clinical and research basis. I currently have a variety of high value care projects that housestaff could take the lead on; please feel free to contact me if you are interested. I am also available to meet anytime over coffee regarding career advice. Read more
Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine
Interim Division Chief, Hospital Medicine
Medical Director - General Medicine Wards
Associate Residency Program Director
Dr. Ahuja has been committed to the optimization of medical education for both medical students and housestaff, as a former POM course director, former Medicine/Pediatrics program director, and as a current associate residency program director. Her role in caring for inpatients on the Stanford General Medicine wards has inspired her to work with her colleagues to find ways to optimize patient care/satisfaction through quality improvement initiatives and to emphasize opportunities for clinical teaching, including Bedside Rounds. The ample contact she has with housestaff and hospitalist faculty provide her with many enriching opportunities to engage with and mentor the next (amazing!) generation of physicians. Read more
Clinical Professor, Medicine
Medical Director for Quality
Medical Director, B3/C3 Inpatient Unit
Hospitalist, Division of GIM
Director of SHAPE
Since early in my medical school career, I have an interest in education and learning theory. It was that interest that motivated me to create the SHAPE Program. Most of the research I pursue focuses on medical education, including curriculum design, assessment efficacy (such as the USMLE Step 1), and optimal learning methods. Currently, I am the PI for a bedside ultrasound curriculum/study for the 2017-18 intern class. I also have ongoing projects devoted to the SHAPE Program and curriculum design in the residency program. As a side project, I am currently writing a textbook of medicine that I plan to incorporate into a new interactive website to augment medical student learning. I am open to having mentees join on any of these projects! Read more
Clinical Assistant Professor (Affiliated)
I am an academic hospitalist at the Palo Alto VA Medical Center. I earned my MD at the University of California, Los Angeles and completed an Internal Medicine Residency at the University of California, San Francisco. Interests include medical education and training at the residency level as well as Quality Improvement initiatives to improve the care of veterans. With respect to Quality Improvement, I am currently working on a pilot program to assess the need for and impact of starting Hepatitis C treatment in high risk populations while inpatient, particularly in groups with mental health, substance use, and marginal housing issues. I additionally direct the Department of Medicines weekly Multi-Disciplinary Conference, working directly with hospitalists, specialists and our chief residents to prepare cases. Lastly, I have three kiddos at home and as such have focused much of my mentorship on work/life alignment and creating a sustainable and fulfilling career.
SHAPE Resident-Co Lead 2017-2019
I earned my medical degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine prior to starting residency at Stanford. My interest in hospital medicine stems from my passion for quality improvement, medical education, and acute care medicine. As a SHAPE co-lead, I am working on improving our hospitalist-focused curriculum to best prepare SHAPE members for a career in hospital medicine. I also hope to involve my co-residents in ongoing quality improvement projects. I am currently working on implementing a high value care checklist on the general medicine wards to improve appropriate use of telemetry, level of care, and laboratory orders.
SHAPE Resident-Co Lead 2017-2019
I grew up in Southern California and went to Yale University for college, where I studied Biology and History of Medicine. I then moved to the Bay Area where I pursued my medical degree and business degree at Stanford. I am passionate about providing high quality, cost effective care to those in need, and leveraging technology to improve the care we deliver our patients. SHAPE has given me the opportunity to explore these interests since my intern year, and I am excited to continue working with our fantastic group of residents and mentors to help shape the program's future.
SHAPE Resident-Co Lead 2016-2018
I earned my medical degree at the University of Wisconsin, where I first became interested in hospital medicine as a career that could combine my passions for complex disease management and nurturing strong patient relationships with care for underserved populations. This motivated me to become involved with and take a leadership role in SHAPE. In 2017, we re-instituted the quarterly Stanford Quality Improvement newsletter to highlight the major quality improvement initiatives at Stanford and empower involvement in QI. Collaborating with the Stanford hospitalists, we developed an initiative to improve the delivery of constructive feedback from Stanford hospitalists to internal medicine residents. Through all of this, I feel most fortunate to partner with our incredibly talented co-residents and learn from dedicated hospitalist mentors
SHAPE Resident-Co Lead 2016-2018
I went to college at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where I earned a degree in biological engineering. I subsequently went on to earn my medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco, where I developed my passion for internal medicine, and specifically hospital medicine. I have been involved with SHAPE since my intern year, first as a member, and now as a resident co-lead with Surbhi Singhal. Together, we have introduced several new initiatives to the SHAPE program including the Quality Improvement Newsletter, introduction of the SHAPE website, and furthering the SHAPE image challenges. I am extremely excited for the future of SHAPE and hope to encourage more residents interested in hospital medicine to become involved in our community. In the future, I hope to pursue a career in academic hospital medicine with a focus on medical education and quality improvement.