Quality Improvement for Residents & Fellows

What is Quality Improvement?

A formal approach to the analysis of performance and systematic efforts to improve it. Learn more through this talk given by Dr. Mike Evans called "An Illustrated Look at Quality Improvement in Health Care."   

USF Quality Improvement Mission

Guided by a focus on quality, patient safety, and co-production of care, our physicians will strive to continuously improve healthcare delivery in our communities. We are invested in co-producing doctors who continuously improve healthcare.

QI vs Research

What are some differences between QI and Research? Read more at Quality Improvement Versus Research.

2018-2019 GME-TGH Surviving Sepsis Initiative

GME is partnering with Tampa General Hospital for a GME-wide initiative called Surviving Sepsis. Data has proven delays in sepsis treatment are associated with increased mortality. Compliance with the evidence-based Surviving Sepsis Campaign recommendations for acute management of sepsis and septic shock resulted in a significant decrease in hospital mortality and length of hospital and ICU stay. GME and TGH are providing support for inter-professional teams targeting surviving sepsis and infection-related initiatives. This includes educational workshops and QI coaching, as well as data analysis and project management support. 

To learn more about this initiative, or if you are interested in starting a QI project and need assistance, please Contact Us.  

Project Tools

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School

The IHI Open School curriculum brings you essential training and tools in an online, educational community to help you and your team deliver excellent, safe care. When you engage with the Open School courses and chapters, you build core skills in improvement, safety, and leadership. IHI provides an abundance of QI resources; check out a few of these in their Video Library.

Residents and fellows can register for the IHI Open School curriculum using the IHI Registration Process.

From the IHI Open School online curriculum, we recommend the following courses:

QI 101: Introduction to Health Care Improvement
QI 102: How to Improve with the Model for Improvement
QI 103: Testing and Measuring Changes with PDSA Cycles
QI 104: Interpreting Data: Run Charts, Control Charts, and other Measurement Tools
QI 105: Leading Quality Improvement

SQUIRE 2.0 Guidelines

SQUIRE 2.0 guidelines can assist teams in project development. Most journals will require authors to adhere to these guidelines for publication. Delve into the SQUIRE 2.0 guidelines.

QI Workbook

This Quality Improvement workbook walks teams through QI project development and implementation. It also includes a number of links and resources.


If you are unsure if your project requires IRB approval, please contact us by email. Please note that IRB approval is also required at the institution where your project is being implemented (i.e.-TGH, MCC, etc).


Glossary of QI Terms

For any questions or assistance, please contact

Maya Balakrishnan, MD, CSSBB
Director of Quality Improvement and Safety 

DeLaura Shorter
GME Administrator

Chris DeClue, MD
Resident in Radiology, RAC member, QI chair