The QI Innovation Institute Launches to Give Residents New Tools for Change

In 2014, the CIR Policy and Education Initiative (PEI) launched the QI Innovation Institute. A new initiative, the Institute was founded to offer resources and expertise to residents.

“After conducting a multi-hospital needs assessment at several teaching hospitals, our results showed that residents could benefit greatly from QI-specific programming,” said Dr. Farbod Raiszadeh, founder of the QI Innovation Institute.

“We couldn’t ignore the success of the QI projects at Maimonides and Bronx-Lebanon hospitals. The model of residents and faculty working together for patient safety as well as the successes of the What’s Your QI IQ? conferences has really helped to foster a culture of QI at CIR,” said Vivian Fernandez, Quality Improvement Director.

The QI Innovation Institute will provide a space for testing and disseminating innovations in curriculum development, technology solutions and leadership development. Relying on an advisory panel of nationally recognized experts, the aim of the institute is to ensure the effectiveness of its programs by offering the following: dynamic trainings, QI clinics, individual data and QI support, digital opportunities for publishing and sharing work (such as www.QIGateway.org) and other services.

“We want to test and implement new models and be data-driven so we can learn what works and what doesn’t. But most of all we want to engage, train and empower future generations of leaders,” said Dr. Raiszadeh.

The national quality improvement movement in healthcare started with the Institute of Medicine’s Report in 1999, which highlighted unacceptable prevalence of medical errors in U.S. hospitals. The movement has had many successes since its inception but much remains to be done. Front-line workers such as residents are among the key players in successful transformation of care and improvement of quality in any healthcare setting. Furthermore, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has mandated housestaff engagement in QI and PS programs.

“Quality improvement is not an elective,” said Dr. Farbod Raiszadeh. The ultimate goal of the QIII is to provide access to high-quality/high-impact resources that inspire leaders and help train effective physicians. “We want QI to become a way of life for all of our residents.”

For more information about The QI Innovation Institute, contact Dr. Farbod Raiszadeh MD PhD, fraiszadeh@cirseiu.org

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