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Ambul Pediatr. 2003 May-Jun;3(3):131-6.

Integrating improvement competencies into residency education: a pilot project from a pediatric continuity clinic.

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Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637, USA. jmohr@dacc.uchicago.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requires residents to attain 6 core competencies. This article describes a model for integrating 2 of these competencies (practice-based learning and improvement and systems-based practice) into residency education and assesses the clinical outcomes achieved for patients.

STUDY DESIGN:

An observational study with before-after comparisons.

INTERVENTION:

Pediatric faculty facilitated multidisciplinary improvement team meetings (which included 8 residents) and implemented an established improvement model to improve the selected clinical condition (immunizations).

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

The proportion of consecutive children who were up-to-date on DTP, polio, MMR, HIB, and hepatitis B vaccines by 24 months of age.

RESULTS:

The residents' improvement team successfully implemented 5 changes in the clinic process, which coincided with an increase in immunization rates for 2-year-olds during the 1-year study period. Clinic immunization rates increased from 60% at baseline to 86% at follow-up (P =.04).

CONCLUSION:

This study suggests that it is feasible to integrate practice-based learning and improvement and systems-based practice into residency education while providing a valuable learning experience for residents and improving patient outcomes.

PMID:
12708889
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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