Scholarly Activity

Quality Improvement

Residents undergo a Quality Improvement Curriculum during their residency, which incorporates Institute of Healthcare Improvement modules, didactic lectures, focused mentoring, and a Quality Improvement Project.  All residents are required to complete a Quality Improvement Project during their training. Residents present their project formally during their PL-3 year.

Examples of recent resident QI projects include:
  • Depression screening for adolescents in the outpatient visit
  • HPV vaccination rate improvement in a single pediatric office
  • Impact of a pediatric trained transport team on patient care and hospital unit placement
  • Improving knowledge of blood product ordering practices through physician education
  • Increasing the number of needs identified among low-income families
  • Increasing resident efficiency and knowledge for the routine well child visits
  • Improvement of inpatient Asthma Action Plan
  • Promoting exclusive breastfeeding through prenatal classes
  • Evaluation and development of a reliable Transport Risk Assessment in Pediatrics Score
  • Increasing resident efficiency and knowledge for the routine well child visits
  • Increasing the number of patients seen in a resident pediatric practice by implementing a separate newborn clinic
  • Improving translation services in the outpatient clinic


Residents are encouraged to pursue clinical research, present their findings at national and local conferences, and publish manuscripts.

Recent resident research projects have been presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference, Society of Critical Care Medicine Annual Congress, North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Annual Meeting, and American Thoracic Society Conference.