Integrating Quality Improvement and Graduate Medical Education into a Hospital's Strategic Mission

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Quality and safety initiatives are national priorities for healthcare, yet the role of graduate medical education in QI has not always been clear. In academic medical centers, residents and fellows play a critical role in patient care and, as such, their integration into QI presents a unique opportunity to affect change. Presenters Gary S. Kaplan, MD, FACP, FACMPE, FACPE, chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason Health System, and Kimberly Pierce-Boggs, executive director of the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers (AIAMC), share successful examples of QI-GME integration and the positive results realized.

The session provides a framework for QI-GME integration based upon the eight-year track record of the AIAMC National Initiative: Improving Patient Care through Medical Education. More than 450 residents and faculty from 55 hospitals and health systems across the United States have participated in the AIAMC's National Initiatives, and key lessons learned from these transformative experiences will be shared. AIAMC members from Virginia Mason Medical Center have participated in all four National Initiatives, and Dr. Kaplan describes their journey of QI-GME integration, including the Toyota Production System, improvement workshops and systems-based electives.