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Quality improvement educational initiative proves to be a model program for surgical residents
Date:6/5/2013

Chicago (June 4, 2013): Researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, have developed a novel graduate medical education initiative that enables surgical residents to hone their skills in quality improvement (QI). Surgical trainees who completed the year-long educational program found the QI training to be beneficial, and more importantly, believe it put them in a position to lead QI initiatives in the future. The report appears in the June issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

Today, there is little question that quality measurement and QI in health care has become of great importance, yet formal resident training programs that blend both the theory and practice of QI training remain scarce.

"Clearly, quality improvement is becoming a bigger part of life for our physicians, so we need a way to formally introduce residents to the concepts of QI taking into account formal training in theory and a practical experience so they can implement a process improvement or a quality improvement initiative on their own," said senior author Karl Bilimoria, MD, MS, assistant professor of surgery and director of the surgical outcomes and quality improvement center at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.

To bridge this gap, Dr. Bilimoria and his colleagues developed a 12-month curriculum, the Northwestern Surgical Resident Quality Improvement Educational Initiative, that teaches surgical residents the fundamentals of QI theory and then pairs them with process improvement and clinical mentors who can offer guidance as they design and lead their own hands-on QI projects. The aim is to harness residents' perspectives on surgical health care to help improve patient safety and quality throughout hospital systems.

The program teaches residents to ask pointed questions about health care quality issues: What is wrong with the current process? What do we want to achieve
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Contact: Sally Garneski
pressinquiry@facs.org
312-202-5409
American College of Surgeons
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