The residency quality improvement (QI) curriculum includes both instruction on QI principles and successful implementation and completion of a QI project for every resident. Residents learn QI terminology, methodology and data through didactic lectures, web-based modules and readings.
Residents are able to apply this knowledge by performing a QI project in a class project during their second year. Recent projects have tackled projects in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.
In addition to the 2nd year class project, Utah residents participate in a number of quality improvement projects with faculty mentors from different divisions at Primary Children’s Hospital, with many choosing to use their protected scholarly activity time to do so. As a University of Utah resident working at an Intermountain hospital, Utah pediatrics residents are optimally positioned to learn and practice improvement skills practicing at the interface of two organizations considered leaders in quality and value.