Our goal at the University of Michigan Health System is to provide excellence in all areas of patient care. The Department of Pediatrics has an active quality improvement (QI) program. During residency, trainees receive specific education in QI methodology, project development and data management.
Residents receive a formal QI and patient safety curriculum during the first year of training. This is achieved in small groups led by mentors with expertise in QI. In the second and third years residents have the chance to conduct their own QI projects – both as groups and individually.
Quality improvement projects are diverse and incorporate our full team of physicians, pharmacists and nurses, encompassing projects in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Our residents have successfully presented their QI projects and outcomes at local research symposiums and national meetings.
Selected examples of past projects include:
- Standardized Asthma Pathway for Hospitalized Patients
- Improving Patient Education Materials
- Understanding and Improving Family Centered Care
- Safety in the Discharge Medication Process
- Firearm Safety Education for Residents
- Increasing Well Child Visit Rates in the first 15 months
- Reach Out and Read Education for Residents