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Connecting the Dots: Building the Infrastructure Linking Patient Care to Professional Education to Scholarly Work and back to the Patient Again

Project Description: The University of Wisconsin Health System (UW Health) has established a rich collaboration between the Office of Continuing Professional Development (OCPD) in the University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine and Public Health and the UW Health Department of Quality, Safety and Innovation (QSI) and in 2013 the partnership gained status as one of the original Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Multi-specialty Portfolio Program Sponsors. UW Health has also established a strong relationship between QSI and the Health Innovation Program (HIP). This collaboration links health services researchers with quality improvement projects, bridging the chasm between ‘what we do’ and ‘what we know we should do.’

We propose to ‘close the loop’ and build the infrastructure to support alignment between continuing education (OCPD), quality improvement education and implementation (QSI), and practice-based learning and scholarly contributions (HIP). Preliminary discussions with physicians working with the UW Health MOC Portfolio Program enthusiastically supported the concept of working with HIP to build a web-based resource to support the preparation of manuscripts for submission to a peer-reviewed journal, facilitating the evolution from quality improvement project to generalizable knowledge. Support for scholarly work will benefit from health services researchers contributions and researchers will benefit from having access to “real life” improvement efforts at the frontline, uncovering additional areas for further collaboration. The award will be used to develop the online portal and processes to link two existing, and successful, partnerships at UW Health, resulting in better patient care, improved efficiency for physicians required to complete recertification and academic requirements, and researchers learning about current improvement efforts at the frontlines of care, identifying potential areas for sharing expertise and new areas for investigation.

Primary contact: Sally Kraft, M.D., M.P.H.; Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Medicine; Medical Director, Quality, Safety and Innovation
Institution: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

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