Improving Pediatric Health Care Delivery by Engaging Residents in Team-Based Quality Improvement Projects

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The goal was to implement and evaluate an experimental and longitudinal team-based curriculum in quality improvement (QI) for pediatric residents that would increase their ability to apply QI methodology while improving clinical processes and outcomes. The curriculum evolved over 3 years based on resident feedback. Working in teams, residents and faculty apply QI principles to systematically design and implement QI projects. Residents increased their level of comfort with key QI concepts. They showed an increase in QI skills by meaningful integration of the following QI concepts into their projects: establishing the magnitude of the problem, developing focused aims for improvement, identifying areas to change, using QI tools, collecting data, and assessing if changes were successful. The 10 resident-led projects conducted over the past 3 years also resulted in improvements in measures of multiple clinical processes and outcomes. This curriculum was effective and feasible within the constraints of residency work hours.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)120-126
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Medical Quality
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2013



  • delivery of health care
  • internship and residency
  • medical quality improvement
  • quality improvement education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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