Quality Improvement (QI) Resident Education

Individual Opportunities

  • Comer Children’s Hospital Quality Committee meets monthly and is open to all residents.
  • Individual Scholarly Projects
  • Multiple opportunities for residents to create institutional guidelines and protocols with faculty oversight

QI Class Project Requirement

In addition to an individual scholarly project, each class must complete a QI Project by the end of their third year.

  • QI Class Chairs are elected by their co-residents during intern year to act as project leads
  • Class QI projects are routinely presented during the Department of Pediatrics Annual Research Day, The University of Chicago Quality & Safety Symposium, and/or at regional or national conferences.
  • Current Class QI Chairs
    • 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 2021, led by Drs. Ira Kraft and Yuliya Oumarbaeva
    • “Improving Resident Handoff”
      • Presented: University of Chicago Quality & Safety Symposium (2021)
  • Class of 2020, led by Drs. Claire Hailey and Tovah Schwartz:
    • Improving Discharge Education Using Teach-back Method”
      • Presented: 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: High Value Practice Academic Alliance & 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: Dept. of Pediatrics Research Day (2018)
  • Class of 2017:
    • “Improving care of children admitted to the hospital with failure to thrive (FTT).”
      • Presented: Association of Pediatric Program Directors’ Annual Meeting & Dept. of Pediatrics Research Day (2017)
  • Class of 2016:
    • “Impact of pediatric resident education regarding a children’s hospital’s septic shock protocol.”
      • Presented: Pediatric Academic Societies & Dept. of Pediatrics Research Day (2016)