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Meistaravörn í tækni- og verkfræðideild - Sigrún Bryndís Gylfadóttir

An optimization model for doctors’ schedules at Landspítali - The National University Hospital of Iceland

  • 7.6.2019, 14:00 - 15:00

On Friday June 7th at 14:00, Sigrún Bryndís Gylfadóttir will defend her MSc thesis in Engineering Management in room M208. All welcome.

Student: Sigrún Bryndís Gylfadóttir

Supervisors: Hlynur Stefánsson & Eyjólfur Ingi Ásgeirsson

Examiner: Agni Ásgeirsson

Title: An optimization model for doctors’ schedules at Landspítali - The National University Hospital of Iceland

Making a fair and functional staff schedule can be a big challenge for most companies. It can take days or up to weeks to develop a feasible schedule. Every staff scheduling problem is different from each other when considering the various requirements of companies and employees.

The main goal of this thesis is to improve and construct a staff schedule for foundation doctors in the internal medicine department, which is the largest department of Landspitali University Hospital in Iceland. Constructing a fair schedule has a high impact on doctors working conditions; it is also crucial that the hospital is not understaffed — better staff scheduling results in better health care. Today the doctor schedule in the department is mostly done manually, which is time-consuming and increases the likelihood of errors.

A mathematical model, using integer linear programming was created for the scheduling problem in the department. The model captures the realistic constraints related to the prob- lem, such as Icelandic wage agreements and hospital policies. One of the main scheduling problems in the department is fulfilling the vacation hours that the employees earn after shifts that are longer than eight hours, the mathematical model solves this problem very well.

The results show that a feasible solution can be found with automation that meets more requirements than the current plan, and the scheduling time is much less.


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