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WSU Graduate Medical Education, Crittenton host second resident quality improvement forum

Crittenton’s Frank Sottile, M.D., and WSU’s Tsveti Markova, M.D., spoke at the event.

Crittenton’s Frank Sottile, M.D., and WSU’s Tsveti Markova, M.D., spoke at the event.

More than 100 guests attended the WSU Resident Quality Improvement Forum on Sept. 25, 2013.

More than 100 guests attended the WSU Resident Quality Improvement Forum on Sept. 25, 2013.

The Wayne State University School of Medicine Office of Graduate Medical Education held its second Resident Quality Improvement Forum Sept. 25 at Crittenton Hospital Medical Center in Rochester, Mich.

The forum is the now annual end result of  “Aligning Graduate Medical Education with Hospital’s Quality Improvement and Safety Strategies,” an ongoing project that launched in January 2012 and will continue to be implemented and improved upon with each new class of WSU residents.

Crittenton is home to the School of Medicine’s internal medicine, family medicine, otolaryngology and transitional year residencies.

The projects were led by WSU residents in the 2012-2013 academic year and targeted improvement of patient outcomes, efficiency of health delivery and cost effectiveness and process improvement in a team-based environment. Project teams included residents and hospital staff connected to the project topic, including representatives from informational technology, nursing, pharmacy, social work and more. Teams were sponsored by WSU residency program directors Pierre Morris, M.D.; Khalid Zakaria, M.D.; and Giancarlo Zuliani, M.D.

More than 100 WSU faculty and residents, Crittenton physicians and staff attended Wednesday’s forum, which featured three quality improvement research project presentations and team recognitions. Frank Sottile, M.D., Crittenton’s chief medical officer, and WSU Professor Tsveti Markova, M.D., associate dean of GME and designated institutional official, kicked off the event with words of appreciation for the partnership between their organizations. Dr. Markova also presented each resident team member with a Crittenton Process Improvement pin for their commitment to hospital quality improvement.

“The quality of the presentations was outstanding. I am very proud of the residents who underwent intensive process improvement didactic sessions to be more effective team leaders for project completion,” Dr. Markova said. “We are constantly invigorating the process by introducing new curriculum elements, such as engaging in new QI projects, redesigning the interdisciplinary teams and developing leadership QI training for faculty. We are already planning the next wave of projects, some new, some building upon the findings of previous years.”

Family medicine residents Zainab Al-Obosi, M.D.; Kelvin Kemp, M.D.; Hasan Suleiman, M.D.; and Salieha Zaheer, M.D., reported their progress on Congestive Heart Failure Readmission Rates. Transitional Year 2013 graduates Sacha Baldeosingh, M.D.; Frank Cao, M.D.; and Andrew Rubens, M.D., were also a part of this team. Internal medicine resident Robinder Dhillon, M.D., outlined a proposition for Proton-Pump Inhibitor Analysis and Improvement, which he and Miran Abdulhadi, M.D., designed. Otolaryngology resident Ross Mayerhoff, M.D., presented a process for Tracheostomy Care Improvement, developed with cohort Vibhav Sekhsaria, M.D.

“Residents spoke highly of the quality improvement process, and said that the experience and training helped them understand components of QI in health care settings that were novel to them,” said Lisa Dillon, GME director of research and education. “The participating residents appreciated the support and participation from hospital staff on their teams, many of who were in attendance.”

The residents also appreciated the opportunity to change a measurable process they could watch unfold in their learning environments. “Participants were encouraging their fellow residents to become involved in QI projects because of the added educational value,” Dillon said.

The quality improvement project won the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers’ Alliance Innovation Award earlier this year.

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