Baystate Health's Resident Quality Council is an interprofessional, interdisciplinary council focused on learning and disseminating quality improvement science through exploration of clinical care of our patients.
Incorporating Quality Science in Residency Education
Residents play a key role in patient care at academic medical centers. As trainees, they spend many hours in the hospital and have unique insights into problems that occur there. Our Resident Quality Council (RQC) was developed in 2011 to engage all resident programs in quality improvement with the aim of improving patient care, safety, and inter-disciplinary collaboration.
The ACGME recognizes the importance of quality improvement science by requiring programs to incorporate the competency of "establishing systematically analyze practice using quality improvement methods, and implement changes with the goal of practice improvement" into their curricula.
Why Join the Resident Quality Council?
There are many advantages of being an RQC member:
- Learning about quality improvement science and being able to practically apply it to patient care
- Becoming a QI champion for your residency program
- Working on QI projects—individually or collaboratively—with mentorship and guidance throughout implementation
- Networking with other residents and professionals
- Building your CV and becoming more marketable
Who is Eligible?
Any resident in good academic standing within their department who is interested in learning about, and being actively engaged in, quality improvement science and patient safety may submit an application for membership. Fellows and faculty may also apply to join the RQC.