Not only is patient safety and quality improvement (PSQI) required for an ACGME accredited otolaryngology program, many health systems and employers are requiring employees to participate in initiatives.
At UIC, we have taken this mission of PSQI to heart. We want our graduating residents to not just have participated in projects but to have the formal tools develop their own projects and ultimately become leaders.
We have implemented the following structure to achieve this goal:
- A formal didactic lecture series within the Department of Otolaryngology. Monthly lectures in addition to M&M given by invited experts of UIC and UI Health.
- Participation in a 3 days dedicated QI program resulting in a certificate of completion
- Design and execution of QI projects that apply skills and knowledge to identified problems and issues of patient safety. Residents may develop their own projects, work as a PGY class to design a program, or become involved in programs within UI Health