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Three from Department Graduate from Quality Academy
June 8, 2018

QualityAcademy at Monroe Carell Jr.Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is a year-long course designed to teach quality improvement (QI) principles and science among provider, nursing, and administrative leaders through project-focused and didactic learning. Participants envision, create, and lead a team to complete a robust QI project focused on improving one or more of the following: patient outcomes, hospital or department goals, value by reducing waste, efficiency, or USNWR reporting. 

As the Department works to have trained QI faculty from every Division, Quality Academy Cohort 3 (2018-19) participants will be Drs. Debra Braun-Courville (adolescent medicine), Paul Dressler (developmental medicine), and David Parra (cardiology). For Cohort 4 (2019-2020), we will solicit applications from all faculty next spring.

Drs. Rebekah Brown (pulmonary), Diana Riera (GI), and Adam Vukovic (emergency) were members of the second Quality Academy cohort at Children’s and graduated in June.


Rebekah Brown: Multiple projects including reducing sweat chloride QNS results and increasing transition readiness planning for patients with cystic fibrosis.

Rebekah Brown

Diana Riera: Improving percent of patients with inflammatory bowel disease with completion of physician global assessment (disease classification) in clinic note.

Diana Riera

Adam Vukovic: Improving percent of patients with discharge vital signs in the Peds ED.

Adam Vukovik

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