Residents form & join teams comprised of residents, faculty, medics, nurses, and administrative personnel to conduct performance improvement project each year. These resident- driven projects have led to tangible changes and improvements within our program.
Current Resident PI/QI Projects
PI/QI at NCC Pediatrics
The NCC Pediatrics Residency and the Department of Pediatrics are leaders in Quality Improvment and Patient Safety initiatives in Military Medicine. Our faculty were Principal Investigators and our program was a test site for the I-PASS Handoff Study that is now the standard at Walter Reed Bethesda and military & civilian hospitals throughout the country and world. The Department of Pediatrics also brought the concept and practice of patient-centered (rather than location-centered) safety huddles to Walter Reed Bethesda. Residents and faculty routinely participate in the weekly Safety Huddle and systematically review all patient safety reports that involve children - no matter where in the hospital they occur.
Resident Quality Improvement Curriculum
All residents train in Quality & Patient Safety through the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Residents form & join teams comprised of residents, faculty, medics, nurses, and administrative personnel toconduct performance improvement project each year. Projects are aligned with the American Board of Pediatrics Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program for Earning Part 4 MOC Credit. Residents can receive Part 4 MOC credit that is 'banked' for their first 4 year cycle after residency graduation. Meaningful participation in a NCQA-certified Patient Centered Medical Home also earns Part 4 MOC credit. Faculty and residents submit their proposals, projects, and PCMH participation through the Maintenance of Certification Activity Manager
Programmatic Self-Evaluation and Quality Improvement
The educational program itself has a robust self-evaluation and quality improvement process. The program uses nationally administered surveys, aggregate results of the in-service training exam, alumni surveys, monthly resident feedback, board passage rates, and a yearly outside educational review of a rotation chosen by residents. On the resident level, clinical effectiveness feedback is provided in the realm of clinical productivity metrics and population health metrics for their panel.