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


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Quality Improvement

Our residents learn quality improvement (QI) by participating on a QI team made up of residents from each class and a faculty mentor.

At the beginning of the academic 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. Once the teams form, they meet regularly to select a problem, design an improvement project, then conduct PDSA cycles to make improvements. 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 family-centered rounds model to improve patient care as well as family, nurse, and resident satisfaction 
  • Improving the timeliness of pain medication administration in triage for patients with musculoskeletal pain in the Pediatric Emergency Department 
  • Creating a Sickle Cell Action Plan to equip families to treat pain at home effectively 
  • Educating residents and faculty on the costs of common labs and imaging in an effort to promote cost containment 
  • Improving efficiency and quality of resident hand-off by implementing the I-PASS system
  • Increasing use of a standardized template for ADHD care in the outpatient clinic 
  • Reducing the time from decision to admit to actual admission from the Pediatric ED by creating a list of admission diagnoses that can be seen by the pediatrics team on the floor rather than waiting to be seen in the ED 

In addition to our QI curriculum, residents have the opportunity to learn more about patient safety and quality care by participating in the pediatric morbidity and mortality conference (M&M) planning committee. The M&M 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. 

The Department of Pediatrics at Brenner Children’s Hospital has been granted the designation of “Portfolio Sponsor” by the American Board of Pediatrics. This allows our internal MOC review committee to review and approve the multitude of Quality Improvement efforts that our faculty members are engaged in on-site.

This promotes a culture rich in continual improvement with a multitude of ongoing QI efforts that residents can choose to take part in.

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.

A recent resident-led improvement project promoting couplet care in the newborn nursery was presented at the 2014 Pediatric Academic Societies meeting. 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
    Department of Pediatrics
    Medical Center Boulevard 
    Winston-Salem, NC 27157


    Donate Now
    Donate to Residency Fund

    *select pediatric residency education from menu