Quality improvement plays a key role in raising the standards of patient care. Therefore, it is imperative to teach the basic QI concepts to our doctors-in-training. The goals of the Children’s National Health System (CNHS) pediatric resident QI curriculum are as follows:
- To increase understanding of the basic steps of QI for analyzing clinical practice
- To inculcate the practice of self-assessment with the intention of continuously improving patient care
- To improve communication and coordination among the various disciplines providing patient care
- To demonstrate leadership that enhances teamwork, raises situational awareness, and promotes patient safety
Every CNHS pediatric resident completes a quality improvement project during residency. And within CNHS, multiple QI opportunities are available to the residents:
- Joining a hospital system-wide committee & further investigating one of the committee’s QI initiative
- Under faculty mentorship, participating in a national clinical QI collaborative
- Leading and facilitating monthly Resident Morbidity & Mortality conferences
- Conducting an independent quality improvement project which focuses on a clinical setting at CNHS – such as a subspecialty clinic or a medical unit
- Designing and conducting longitudinal QI research through REACH
The resources available to the residents are numerous – from highly experienced faculty who can serve as QI mentors to a very active Performance Improvement department that is involved in multiple QI initiatives at both hospital and national levels.
For additional information on the pediatric resident QI curriculum at CNHS, contact Amina Khan.