Department of Pediatrics Quality Academy
January 24, 2017
Developing internal quality improvement expertise was identified as a clinical priority for the Department and Children’s Hospital. Children’s leadership including Drs. Webber, Brock, and Rush along with CEO Luke Gregory supported the establishment of Quality Academy.
Quality Academy is a year-long course built around mentored QI projects related to improving clinical care or processes. The inaugural class includes Dr. Whitney Boon (Pediatric neurology – improving receipt of new patient records), Dr. Karishma Datye (Pediatric endocrinology – improving rates of ADA-recommended screening labs for patients with diabetes), and Dr. Andy Smith (Pediatric critical care – reducing nuisance alarms in the PCICU).
Along with eight colleagues from surgery and nursing, they will complete their course work in June. Through monthly 4-hour interactive didactic sessions and leading their own projects, they are learning fundamentals of improvement science including teamwork, the psychology of change, statistical process control, implementing small tests of change, principles of high reliability, and publishing QI work.