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Tip of the week: Implement resident-driven quality improvement projects

Residency Program Insider, December 16, 2008

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The common program information form (PIF) asks for an example quality activity or project that at least one resident participated in. To ensure that you successfully complete this question, your departmental quality assurance (QA) committee should have a resident member; that resident should assist in the review of patient care issues assigned to the QA committee. The resident could research medical literature to help determine whether patient care in a specific case lacked acceptable medical practice. Another option is to create a resident team to initiate a quality improvement project with the guidance of a faculty member. Documentation of this project could include:

  • Written description of a quality issue
  • Actions necessary to correct the problem
  • Implementation of a new policy
  • Results of the new policy


During your ACGME site visit, be sure to have this documentation handy in case the site review committee wants to see it.

Today’s tip comes from The Residency Program Director’s Handbook, by Robert V. Higgins, MD.



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