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 2020: Claire Hailey, MD; Tovah Schwartz, MD
    • Class of 2021: Ira Kraft, MD; Yuliya Oumarbaeva, MD
    • Class of 2022: TBD

Former Class Projects

  • Class of 2019:
    • “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