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The Quality Improvement and Patient Safety committee: A bridge to multidisciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration to build a culture of high value high quality care

Project Description: In 2010, the Department of Medicine formed the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) committee whose focus is on proactive efforts to improve the quality and safety of patient care in the hospital and community practice. With representatives from nursing, physicians, and department as well as hospital leadership, our committee is designed to promote and foster scholarship through multidisciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration for QI education, mentorship, projects and research. Our flagship program provides annual funding support for QI projects that demonstrate (1) multidisciplinary leadership; (2) an improvement focus on high value care relevant to the department and the hospital to encourage inter-institutional collaboration; (3) high probability for sustainability and dissemination.
To date, 24 projects have been showcased at our annual QI poster session. Nine were spearheaded by residents under faculty supervision. Six focused on high value care. Five were presented at national conferences. Over the next five years, we aim to develop systems of sustainable improvement which include programs for faculty continuing education in QI, establishing a formal mentorship network and raising the awareness of QI research through publications and national dissemination of our achievements. We have encountered many barriers to efforts to elevate our program to the next level. Mentoring in applying QI core principles and formal research design, research and data entry support and analysis have been challenging to provide. Funding sources are needed in order to continue to meet the growing needs required to move the program forward and reach our goals.

Primary contact: Jennifer I. Lee, M.D., FACP; Assistant Professor of Medicine
Institution: Weil Cornell Medical College

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