Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
Throughout the four years of
training residents are taught the basics of quality improvement (QI) and learn
how to implement change across the different healthcare site. Residents in
their 2nd and 3rd years of training are required to participate in the clinic-based
QI project. In 2018 the Med-Peds program partnered with the Colorado Department
of Public Health to identify a QI project that would address the low STI
testing rates in Denver. Residents spent 4 days together with national QI experts
completing several PDSAs and developing new clinic processes to improve how
patients were being screened for STIs. Previous QI projects, including one that
addressed screening for TB in our high risk continuity clinic population, led
to oral presentations and posters at ACP and SGIM. We are excited to grow our
QI curriculum and plan to have future collaborations with the Colorado
Department of Public Health.
Residents interested in QI are
encouraged to participate and complete the various trainings offered by the University of Colorado Institute for Healthcare Quality,
Safety and Efficiency.
Residents in their 4th year of
training are given dedicated time to learn about patient safety and disclosure
of errors. As a final project, each resident presents a M&M case at a
Med-Peds academic half day.