Director: Ryan Quarles, MD
Location: Baystate Medical Center, 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA
This elective is designed to explore the fundamental issues in defining, measuring, and improving healthcare quality and safety. The student will gain an appreciation for how healthcare quality is defined and of the practical application of evidence-based medicine.
The student will:
- Recognize the challenges in measuring patient safety and strategies employed to
measure patient safety
- Understand Quality measurement and reporting, including the practical use of "pay for
- Define the structure/process/outcome triad for measuring healthcare quality
- Analyze a quality problem by identifying the quality gap and designing potential
- Develop an Aim statement, a measurement strategy for a QI project and a PDSA cycle
- Understand the use of organizational change in healthcare, including employing
concepts of "teamwork" and thinking of "safety as a system property"
- Understand the process redesign of our delivery system and how "reliable systems" can
be applied to healthcare
The elective will allow the student to:
- Participate in a research or practical project pertaining to either quality improvement or patient safety
- See QI principles in action and participate in error analyses, peer review teams, and improvement projects
Hours per Week
1 student per Block
Yes, at the discretion of the Director
Available on a first-come, first-served basis
|Prerequisite: Successful completion of Medicine Clerkship.
If you would like to apply for this elective, please refer to Application Process.