Quality Improvement(QI) is the systematic and continuous action that leads to measurable improvements in health care services. A number of residents in their 2nd year and beyond may choose to do a QI project for their scholarly activity. By this time residents have become familiar with their environment and may have had time to come up with ideas on how they could change some factors in order to provide better patient care. Regardless of the project, QI is all about ultimately improving patient care. This may be by making processes more efficient, addressing safety issues, or even improving patient flow through the hospital.
To complete a QI project you will need a faculty mentor who can guide you through the process. Ideally, the project would be backed by the resources of the sponsoring department. However, QI projects are rarely department based and will usually require buy-in from a number of other health professionals.
The DMAIC Process is a commonly used framework for QI and the one we will be looking at for this guide.
Based on a PowerPoint by Dr. Wendy Ward, Dr. Michael Morris, and Doreen Tooch.
The Quality Improvement in Advanced Learners Program (QIALP) is a 9-month QI program designed to train advanced learners (i.e. residents and fellows in medical school, clinical pharmacy, psychology, or other advanced learners in health care professional fields) to work effectively on interprofessional quality improvement project teams (each with two faculty facilitators) while using quality improvement science methodology. By the end of the course participants should:
This interprofessional education program will be conducted as part of the Office of Interprofessional Education (OIPE)’s efforts to build collaboration skills across the three missions: research, clinical care, and training. To learn more contact the Office of Interprofessional Education at IPE@uams.edu or (501)-686-5686.
QI Resources Toolkit from Interprofessional Education
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