Background: The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) recommends integrating improvement activities into residency training. A curricular change was designed at the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Louisville, to address selected ACGME competencies by incorporating practice-based improvement activities into the routine clinical work of family medicine residents. Methods: Teams of residents, faculty, and office staff completed clinical improvement projects at three ambulatory care training sites. Residents were given academic credit for participation in team meetings. After 6 months, residents presented results to faculty, medical students, other residents, and staff from all three training sites. Residents, staff, and faculty were recognized for their participation. Program evaluation: Resident teams demonstrated ACGME competencies in practice-based improvement: Chart audits indicated improvement in clinical projects; quality improvement tools demonstrated analysis of rootcauses and understanding of the process; plan-do-studyact cycle worksheets demonstrated the change process. Conclusions: Improvement activities that affect patient care and demonstrate selected ACGME competencies can be successfully incorporated into the daily work of family medicine residents.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: May 1, 2003
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Published monthly, The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety is a peer-reviewed publication dedicated to providing health professionals with the information they need to promote the quality and safety of health care. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety invites original manuscripts on the development, adaptation, and/or implementation of innovative thinking, strategies, and practices in improving quality and safety in health care. Case studies, program or project reports, reports of new methodologies or new applications of methodologies, research studies on the effectiveness of improvement interventions, and commentaries on issues and practices are all considered.
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