Quality Improvement (QI) Resident Education

Individual Opportunities

  • Comer Children’s Hospital Quality Committee meets monthly and is open to all residents.
  • 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 selected by their co-residents during intern year to 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/or 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 regularly with chief residents and Dr. Palama to update leadership on progress of project.
  • Current Class QI Chairs
    • Class of 2021: Ira Kraft, MD; Yuliya Oumarbaeva, MD
    • Class of 2022: Jeff Ni, MD; Sandeep Palepu, MD; Emerald Souza, MD; Jasmine Thomas, MD
    • Class of 2023: Kellie Barsotti, MD; Stella Bivens, MD; Matthew Nathan, DO; Catherine Waymel, MD

Former Class Projects

  • Class of 2020, led by Drs. Claire Hailey and Tovah Schwartz:
    • Improving Discharge Education Using Teach-back Method”
      • Presented at The University of Chicago Quality & Safety Symposium (October 2020)
  • Class of 2019, led by Dr. Rebecca Levin:
    • “A Residency Class Project to Decrease Labs in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit”
      • Presented at High Value Practice Academic Alliance 2018 and Annual Leadership Conference 2018
      • Awarded Best Residency Initiative to improve healthcare value at HVPAA2018
  • Class of 2018:
    • “Improving Communication Between the Hospitalist Service and the PCPs in the Community”
      • Presented at Department of Pediatric Research Day 2018
  • 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 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 Societies 2016
      • Presented at Department of Pediatric Research Day 2016