The Quality and Safety track brings together residents from all disciplines who are highly motivated to address the challenging issues of quality and safety in patient care.
The multidisciplinary program consists of the following:
- Formal training in quality improvement
- A longitudinal capstone project
- Executive mentorship
Three weeks of elective time are dedicated to the QI and Leadership training, which comprises a series of structured didactic sessions and workshops focused on QI tools, innovation, health policy, operations and finance. Residents also develop specific skills such as root cause analysis, rapid-iteration, and apply these skills in their capstone quality improvement project for which an additional four weeks of elective time are allocated.
Additional once monthly evening meetings throughout the academic year teach residents the skills of change management and rapid-iteration innovation. Each quality resident also receives executive mentorship from senior health system executives outside of the radiology department.
Resident Quality and Safety Subcommittee
The Penn Radiology Residency program has established a Resident Quality and Safety Subcommittee with the mission of promoting quality, safety and efficiency, identifying opportunities to improve performance and reduce errors for better patient safety and improved health outcomes. The resident-run subcommittee provides a forum to discuss potential and ongoing quality improvement projects, facilitating engagement of all clinical care team members in an effort to promote a culture of quality and safety.
In addition, an annual Penn Radiology Resident Quality Award was established to honor exemplary resident quality improvement projects in an effort to recognize resident initiatives to improve the quality and safety of patient care with an honorarium of $500.
More information about the Healthcare Leadership in Quality Track can be found here.