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IE-OPIM Joint Graduate Seminar: Beste Kucukyazıcı (McGill University)

 Patient Admission and Bed Allocation Policies in Acute Care Wards; An Application to a Neurology Ward

Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Time: 13:40 – 14:30
Location: FENS G035

Abstract: We study patient admission policies in acute care wards recognizing multiple patient types with different medical characteristics.  Recent studies have shown that patients who need acute care are more effectively treated in specialized inpatient settings. The benefits of such specialized care, however, might be offset by long boarding times at the emergency department due to bed unavailability at the ward. This research is inspired by the managerial challenges at the neurology ward of Montreal Neurological Hospital (MNH), where the optimal care pathway for patients with neurological diseases is particularly time-sensitive.

We model the patient admission and bed allocation problem using an average cost dynamic programming framework. By solving the dynamic program, we determine the dynamic admission policy that provides the best care for all patients in light of limited bed availability. We present an integrated solution approach, which combines queuing methods and approximate dynamic programming. We compare the performance of the proposed policy with that of other heuristic admission policies. Our approach also has some implications for similar general multi-class queuing problems. This is joint work with Saied Samiedaluie of University of British Columbia, Vedat Verter of McGill University, and Dan Zhang of the University of Colorado at Boulder..

Bio: Dr. Beste Kucukyazıcı is an Assistant Professor of Operation Management at Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University. She is also a Research Associate at St. Mary's Hospital Center and a Research Affiliate at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics. Prior to joining to McGill University, Dr. Kucukyazıcı was a Professor of Supply Chain Management at the MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program from 2009 to 2012. She holds a PhD in Operations Management from McGill University and also participated as a practitioner trainee in the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Health Informatics Strategic Training Program (CHPSTP).


Prof. Kucukyazıcı’s research interest is in decision-making problems under uncertainty with special interest in the health care policy design, health care operations, optimization of medical interventions and medical decision-making. She is particularly interested in the mathematical modeling and analysis of such problems through the use of the methodologies of Markov decision processes, stochastic analytical models, simulation and biostatistics. Prof. Kucukyazıcı has published papers and has papers under review in leading operations research and health care journals. She is the Director of McGill's MD-MBA program and also named as the faculty fellow of Marcel Desautels Institute of Integrated Management.