QI Resident Education

  • Intern Lecture Series: GME Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Curriculum
    • Quarterly lecture series led by hospital-wide quality leaders during intern year.
  • Quarterly QI morning reports co-led by chief residents and Dr. Bartlett
  • Fundamentals of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety 101
    • Optional certificate program offered by The University of Chicago Medicine annually for interested residents, fellows, faculty, and staff.
    • Please contact the Chief Residents if you are interested in this course.
  • Please go to the following website to complete the application process required for all UCMC QI projects:
  • Multiple institutional opportunities are also available throughThe University of Chicago Medicine Office of Clinical Effectiveness and The University of Chicago Medicine Center for Quality and Healthcare Delivery and Science and Innovation

Individual Opportunities

  • Comer Children’s Hospital Quality Committee meets monthly and is open to all residents who would like to attend.
  • Individual Scholarly Projects
    • Individual QI projects are a great opportunity for residents to work within a hospital system and improve patient care.
    • Multiple opportunities are available to residents interested in creating institutional guidelines and protocols with faculty oversight.
  • Contact the Chief Residents for further information and assistance.

QI Class Project Requirement

In addition to an individual scholarly project, each class must complete a Quality Improvement Project by the completion of their residency.

  • QI Class Chairs are chosen during intern year to help lead the class QI project.
  • Every resident must help participate in some fashion in order to qualify for graduation.
  • The class QI project will then be presented during the Department of Pediatrics Annual Research Day, The University of Chicago Quality & Safety Symposium, and/0r at regional or national conferences.

QI Class Chair Roles and Responsibilities

  • Champion and lead the QI class project from inception to completion throughout their three years of residency.
  • Meet monthly with chief residents and Dr. Bartlett to update leadership on progress of project.
  • Current Class Chairs
    • Class of 2018: Nahiris Bahamon, MD; Jessica Lander, MD; Joseph Lee, MD
    • Class of 2019: Rebecca Levin, MD
    • Class of 2020: Claire Hailey, MD; Tovah Schwartz, MD

Former Class Projects

  • Class of 2017
    • “Improving care of children admitted to the hospital with failure to thrive (FTT).”
      • Presented at Association of Pediatric Program Directors’ Annual Meeting in April, 2017.
      • Presented at Department of Pediatric Research Day 2017.
  • Class of 2016
    • “Impact of pediatric resident education regarding a children’s hospital’s septic shock protocol.”
      • Presented at Pediatric Academic Society Meeting in April, 2016.
      • Presented at Department of Pediatric Research Day 2016.
  • Class of 2015
    • “Intimate partner violence in teens: an intervention for resident education.”
      • Presented at Department of Pediatric Research Day 2015.
  • Class of 2014
    • “Improving Care for Patients with Sickle Cell Disease: Outpatient Management of the Febrile Illness.”
      • Presented at Annual Educational Conference: Illinois Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics in September, 2014.
  • Class of 2013
    • “Comparison of Patient-Resident Physician Continuity in a Single Urban Community Health Center after Intervention of After Visit Summaries and Electronic Appointment Orders.”
      • Presented at Department of Pediatric Research Day in 2013.