This project has been undertaken by Jonathan Ng and Ryan Gleue over the duration of the 2015-2016 academic year, in an attempt to optimize the scheduling done by Student Health Services of Washington University in St. Louis. The crux of the problem is the same that afflicts any health care facility: every patient needs to be seen, but what’s the best way to schedule them? It seems like a simple question, but it has a very complex answer.

For our solution, we will be applying knowledge obtained in ESE403, the Operations Research course taught at WUSTL. We have decided to limit the scope of our project to General Health Visits. We will be using Simul8, which we have dabbled in but have not had much of a chance to experience the nuances of. Our advisor, Dr. Dan Livengood, has a lot of experience in this area and will be an extremely useful resource.

With all of this in mind, we will upload our Simul8 model, along with the code (known as Visual Logic, or VL, in Simul8) to display the decision making.

Finally, we would like to extend our utmost gratitude to the following people:

  • Dr. Dan Livengood, for countless meetings, advice, and nudging in the correct directions
  • Dr. Lisa Ross, for providing us with a problem to solve, as well as necessary information to influence our programming