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    Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
    Department of Pediatrics
    Medical Center Boulevard 
    Winston-Salem, NC 27157


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Quality Improvement

Our residents learn quality improvement (QI) through didactics and participation in a mentored group QI project. 

Beginning intern year, the residents attend conferences covering the fundamentals of quality improvement and patient safety. After this introduction, residents choose the clinical area in which they would like to design a QI project during their second year. Once the teams form, they meet regularly to select a problem, design an improvement project, then conduct PDSA cycles to make improvements. There is faculty support to aid in data collection and analysis. Worksheets and progress reports help guide teams as they work together.  

As a supplement to this didactic and experiential learning, GME has purchased access to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement “Open School”, which provides online learning modules on improvement capability, patient safety, quality, cost and value. 

Examples of our resident QI projects from recent years include: 

  • Improving weight management visits in the primary care setting
  • Improving access to postpartum contraception visits for mothers of our newborns in the primary care setting
  • Designing a process to inform PCPs of hospital discharges and improve the show rate at hospital follow-up appointments
  • Identifying immunization status in hospitalized children and partnering with their PCP’s to receive timely catch-up vaccine
  • Improving multi-disciplinary huddle on the wards through developing a standardized handoff too
  • Implementing a rebound prediction tool for newborns receiving phototherapy 

In addition to our QI curriculum, residents have the opportunity to learn more about patient safety and quality care by participating in a Pediatric Quality and Process Improvement Conference (QPI). The QPI committee at Brenner’s is unique in that it is resident-driven. It focuses on identifying key systems issues identified during a clinical case review. Under the guidance of the chief residents and faculty mentors, a dedicated resident team follows up on these issues and works to implement change. The group strives to improve the quality of care at our hospital in a safe, non-judgmental environment. 

Many residents work one-on-one with attendings in their area of interest to do longitudinal projects in addition to our group QI curriculum. There is ample support to learn the IRB process and prepare for publication and presentation on the national stage.

Our pediatric residents have achieved recognition statewide and nationally for their QI projects. This year, a project aimed at preventing rebound hyperbilirubinemia in the newborn nursery has been chosen to be presented at the 2019 AAP National Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans. Our pediatric residents have earned a top prize at our institutional QI showcase three years in a row out of more than 60 resident and fellowship training programs and are consistently recognized as top performers in QI in our health system.  Residents have also taken part in clinical practice pathway committees to improve and standardize evidence-based care of common pediatric issues including community acquired pneumonia, asthma, and neonatal fever.


  • Contact Us
  • 336-716-2694

    pedsres@wakehealth.edu

  • Additional Information

    Please email us if you would be interested in speaking with one of our alums in your area.


    Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
    Department of Pediatrics
    Medical Center Boulevard 
    Winston-Salem, NC 27157


    Donate Now
    Donate to Residency Fund

    *select "other" and in the box add pediatric residency education