Quality Improvement

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Continuous quality improvement (CQI) has become an increasingly important part of the health care industry, both in patient care and in education. A recent national policy statement from the Institute of Medicine urges physicians to take the lead in improving the quality of the U.S. health care system. Resident participation in CQI is required by the ACGME under the competency of “practice-based learning and improvement”. In addition, the American Board of Pediatrics requires a Quality Improvement project for recertification. Given this new emphasis, we have developed a robust QI program that spans all three years of residency.

By the completion of residency, our residents should be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively participate in a CQI effort and demonstrate an appreciation for the need to improve quality in health care. This program utilizes the following components:

Online Training Modules

Several on-line training modules, ranging from the basics of CQI to a more “graduate” level, are available by iPad or other internet-connected devices.


Interactive Discussion Session

This workshop occurs at the end of intern year, and includes a review of the residency CQI program. It allows for an interactive discussion of QI concepts and brainstorming to generate ideas for potential QI projects.


QI Project

Q1 PROJECTResidents are required to participate in a CQI project. These projects are collaborative and interdisciplinary in nature. They build teamwork skills and foster a sense of inquiry and personal responsibility for overall healthcare for our patient population. Residents can do short (a few months) or long-term projects in groups with other residents, faculty, hospitals, etc. All residents must complete a project by the end of their third year. Graduating seniors must present their projects in poster or oral format during an annual scholarly projects forum their senior year. Projects may also be presented at a regional pediatrics conference in the spring of each year and at Grand Rounds. Many may rise to the level of publication in peer-reviewed journals.

2020-21 Resident QI Projects

  • Evaluating Knowledge and Implementation of Early Introduction to Peanut Guidelines. S Sullivan, N Pineros, M Kidder, Y Gonzalez, P Crocus, C Bindernagel. Presented at USF Pediatric Grand Rounds, USF Health Research Day, accepted for publication in The Florida Pediatrician.
  • Project S.K.I.N (Skin-to-Skin) Knowledge Introduction in the NICU: A Resident-Led Quality Improvement Project. K Coombs. Presented at USF Health Research Day.
  • Fresh Start QI: A Collaborative Approach to Improve Nutrition and Exercise for Our Patients. T Wiseman, T Osmani, B Alvarez, S Soviravong. Presented at USF Pediatric QI/Research Forum and USF Pediatric Grand Rounds.
  • Take Five: Resident Clinical Documentation Improvement Project. B Russi. Presented at JHACH Research Symposium.
  • The Impacts of a Resident Clinical Documentation Improvement Curriculum. N Bhatia, B Russi, T Osmani. Presented at USF Pediatrics QI/Research Forum.
  • Implementing a NICU Support Group, A Quality Improvement Study. M Hojnicki and V Bray. Presented at USF Health Research Day.
  • Evaluating the Effectiveness of Educational Interventions in Improving Recognition and Diagnosis of Pediatric Hypertension. C Carre and B Compton. Presented at SPR, USF Health Research Day, USF Pediatrics QI/Research Forum.
  • Resident Led CDI Education Improves Knowledge. H Obrien. Presented at USF QI/Research Forum.

2019-20 Resident QI Projects

  • Evaluating Knowledge and Implementation of Early Introduction to Peanut Guidelines: A Resident-Led Quality Improvement Study. Sullivan, Gonzalez, Kidder, Mayba, USF Health and Pediatric Research Days, USF Pediatric Grand Rounds, accepted to PAS, submitted to NCE AAP.
  • HOT DOCS: A Power-Packed Punch of Behavioral Management Teaching for Residents. Reynolds and Melvin, presented at USF Health and Pediatric Research Days, Pediatric Grand Rounds, accepted to PAS.
  • Influenza Improvement Study. Crocus, Garcia, Shah, presented at USF Pediatric Research Days and Pediatric Grand Rounds.
  • Implementing a NICU Support Group-A Quality Improvement Study. Bray, Hojnicki, USF Health and Pediatric Research Days.
  • Improving Ambulatory Pediatric Blood Pressure Measurement and Management. Compton, USF Health and Pediatric Research Days, accepted to PAS.
  • QI: Improving First Dose Hepatitis B Vaccination Rates in the NICU. Brasher, USF Pediatric Research Day.
  • Impact of Low Flow Nasal Cannula Failure Criteria on High Flow Nasal Cannula Utilization: A Quality Improvement Project. Russell, Compton, submitted to AAP NCE.
  • Standardization of Weight Based Dosing of HFNC for Viral Bronchiolitis on the General Pediatric Wards Impact on General Safety and Quality Metrics. Russell, Russi, PHM Conference.

2018-19 Resident QI Projects

  • Newborn Murmur Management: A Quality Improvement Study. Tan, C, Rye-Buckingham, S.
  • Scholarly Activity Group: Using a Resident Led Group to Improve Participation in Scholarly Activity. Maier, C, Rosario, M.
  • Using Baseball Cards to Improve Doctor and Patient Communication. Maier, C, Dinh, L, Furman, L.
  • Improving Continuity in Resident Clinic: A Resident Perspective. Blanco, M, Melvin, M, Churilla, M.
  • Impact of Academic Half Day: Resident and Faculty Perceptions Post Implementation. Hagerman, J, Blanco, M, Howard, A, Engel, E.
  • Improving Recognition and Response to Pediatric Sepsis at Tampa General Hospital. Cullinane, A, Howard, A.
  • Implementing a State Wide Quality Initiative in Our Own Unit; Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative NAS Initiative at Tampa General Hospital. Wright, T.
  • Increasing Clinical Pharmacist Engagement in Discharge Medication Reconciliation Process for Patients at High Risk for Adverse Drug Events. Gates, M.
  • Just Keep Breathing: Improving Mental Health Screening in Cystic Fibrosis Patients. Simone, C. 
  • Hospitalists "Take 5" to Improve Resident Satisfaction with CDI Education. Simone, C, Maier, C.

residents quality improvement

2017-18 Resident QI Projects

  • Improving Asthma Education with Asthma Action Plan Wallet Cards, Cristoforo, T
  • Batter Up! Using Baseball Cards to Improve Patient- Doctor Relationships, Dressing, M, Ketchum A
  • Influenza Improvement Study, Greenup, E
  • TIPS to Improve Inpatient General Surgery Admission Medication Reconciliations, Hagerman, J, Martin, H, Simone, C
  • Development of a NICU Pocket Guide for Residents to Increase Preparedness in the NICU, Swanson, L
  • Fire Drill-Putting out Fires on the Pediatric Wards, Introduction to an Innovative Morning Report Curriculum, Engel E.
  • Increasing the Use of Clinical Photos and HER to Improve Patient Care and Follow-up, Millette, K, Alberdi, T, McCrary K., Pagan, C

2017-18 Resident QI Projects

2016-17 Resident QI Projects

  • Improving Better Practice Guidelines for Late Onset Sepsis Evaluation, T Penton
  • Quality Improvement in Med-Peds Clinic, A Mahmud
  • Healthy Nuggets Happy Meal Week: Educational Initiative to Improve Pediatric Cardiovascular Risk Assessment, J Hagerman, C Nereim, E Peterson, K Schuette
  • Resident Board  Review, S Butler, R Plant, N Armstrong
  • Improving the Quality of a QI and Patient Safety Curriculum in a Pediatric Residency Program, H Cobb, D Abrahan
  • Improving Resident Driven Feedback for Medical Students, C Root, P Sosa
  • Influenza Improvement Study, S Scionti, E Greenup, S Farooqi
  • Se Habla Espanol,  Improving Care for Patients with Limited English Proficiency by Implementing Resident Education on the Use of Medical Interpreters, J Robles, A Pargas, 

2016-17 Resident QI Projects