Telluride Alumnus Shares QI Project Inspired by Conversations at Resident Summer Camp 2012

On the closely approaching eve of the 2013 Telluride Patient Safety Educational Roundtable & Student/Resident Summer Camps (#TPSER9), Nate DeFelice MD, a 2012 alumnus, sent us the following report of a project that was inspired by his time at the Resident Summer Camp last year. Stay tuned for more great stories and learning from this year’s Summer Camps kicking off Sunday night, June 9th.

By Nate DeFelice, MD, Department of Internal Medicine, University of New Mexico Hospital

UNM_Journal_Cover2At the University of New Mexico Hospital, a group of residents across departments created and published a journal featuring resident-led QI projects called, University of New Mexico Journal of Quality Improvement in Healthcare (check it out!). As far as we know, it is the first of its kind in the country, and the 2nd edition was released at the beginning of the month with great excitement.

The journal includes resident-initiated projects, both completed and in-progress, covering a range of topics from readmissions to handovers to medication safety. It is an impressive showcase of the many ways residents have used their energy and time to make the UNMH healthcare system more patient-centered, efficient and safe. This journal has not only increased the level of excitement around QI projects for residents, but we are hopeful that the sharing of ideas will springboard even more innovative work in our departments. The support and commitment to this journal has been inspiring to watch — it’s hard to believe this is only its second year.

On a personal note, this editions includes a project by myself and another internal medicine colleague, first conceived during my time at the Telluride Patient Safety conference last year. During this conference, several residents from other programs across the country, along with director David Mayer MD, discussed the great work they were doing on increasing resident reporting of adverse events and near misses. We decided to give it a try at UNMH, and began an internal medicine resident near miss/adverse event reporting system. The data is still rolling in, but we are hopeful that reporting of near misses has increased, and our patients are safer as a result of our efforts.

The journal was made possible because of a strong collaboration between our resident union, CIR; GME; and UNM Health Sciences Center. Funding for the journal was made possible through funds we negotiated in our last contract that are set aside to assist residents in carrying out QI projects. We imagine after such a strong showing of support it will continue to grow stronger, and the journal will continue to improve while at the same time, making our hospital safer.

For more information on the Telluride Patient Safety Educational Roundtable and Student/Resident Summer Camps, see the following video!

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