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 at the Orlando Health Quality Retreat during their PL-3 year.
Recent resident QI projects include:
- Increasing rate of HPV vaccination in a low performing outpatient pediatric office using an evidence-based patient-friendly handout
- Increasing resident confidence with addressing adolescent depression and suicide
- Improving efficiency at the Orlando Health Primary Care Pediatrics Clinic with the introduction of age-specific well-child guides
- Creation of a NICU continuity clinic improves flow in a resident pediatric practice
- Oral glucose gel treats transient hypoglycemia in newborns and decreases separation of the infant-mother dyad
- Improving breastfeeding rates via a 3-step motivational interview
- Improving poverty screening for low-income families at a pediatrics clinic
- Impact of a pediatric-trained transport team on patient care and hospital unit placement
- Implementation and utility of the Transportation Risk Assessment in Pediatrics (TRAP) score at Arnold Palmer Hospital
- Improving timely administration of scheduled albuterol treatments for patients admitted with asthma exacerbations from the pediatric emergency department
Residents are encouraged to pursue 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, American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Conference, and American Thoracic Society Conference, Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP) Conference, and The Orlando Health Quality Retreat, among others.