Individual “Quality Improvement” Project
During the clinical experiences, students will be asked to identify an area of possible quality improvement within their particular PCMH. Students will research an area of improvement that fits within any of the PCMH principles, develop a possible solution or improvement tailored to their PCMH, and give a presentation to their classmates and colleagues.
Presentations would be given during the final didactic session, and students would be evaluated on their ability to identify an area of needed improvement, design a plausible solution, the originality and applicability of the solution, and the quality of their presentation. (Examples might include developing a clinical protocol for the treatment and follow-up of a condition, or developing a clinical screening tool for a particular population and illness) In this manner, students will gain practical experience in the overall process of clinical improvement, a key component of the PCMH model. In addition, PCMH preceptors could benefit from the innovations and solutions offered by the students.