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April 21, 2016- DMC QuESST Research Day Aimed at Improving Health Care Safety and Quality

Yesterday, the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) recognized the winners of its fifth annual Quality Education and Safe Systems Training (QuESST) Graduate Medical Education Research Day competition. This year's first place winners and their project titles were: Dr. Steve Dudick for Performance of a Kaizen Event to Improve Patient Throughput and Satisfaction in the University Health Center Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic; Dr. Taylor Franckowiak for Derivation and Validation of a 30-Day Hospital Readmission Risk Index; and Wayne State University medical student Rebecca Bajkowski for Electrocardiogram Interpretation Errors Made by Emergency Physicians.

The DMC’s Graduate Medical Education (GME) program is very proud of the extraordinary contributions of its GME trainees towards the development of improved processes and protocols that promote a safe and effective health care environment for patients and health care workers alike, while ensuring delivery of high-quality care.

“The QuESST program provides opportunity to educate residents in quality improvement methods and celebrate the improvement projects led by our outstanding medical students, residents and fellows at the Detroit Medical Center,” says Heidi Kromrei, PhD, assistant vice president of Academic Affairs at the DMC. “GME trainees learn how to conduct quality improvement methods via online training through the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and, with support from their faculty and program directors, subsequently design and implement projects that enhance the care provided to DMC patients and their families.”

The 2016 QuESST GME Resident Research Day showcased the projects of fellows, residents and medical students recognizing a variety of patient safety and quality improvement efforts conducted in clinical settings throughout the DMC over the past year.

"QuESST is very important because it's a catalysts to bolster the fact that we are not just doctors who provide medicine, but doctors who are actively working to improve patient and family satisfaction in the hospital setting," says Chaitanya Mandapakala, M.D. pulmonary & critical care physician and third place QuESST winner. "The quality of projects that have emerged over the past couple of years have been amazing, and I'm excited to see my colleagues sharing my enthusiasm for quality improvement and patient safety."

During the half-day event, students discussed their projects with other students, residents, faculty, and hospital administrators who, in turn, offered thoughtful feedback regarding opportunity for project expansion or enhancement. The QuESST program is designed to assist medical students and residents in further developing critical thinking and medical knowledge application while strengthening their leadership, communication and collaboration skills.

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