Each year after an application process, QISP scholars are paired with Duke University Health System faculty conducting forward-thinking Quality Improvement and Innovation work. In addition, scholars complete a formalized curriculum (IHI Open School Modules) and discussion sessions led by faculty members.
Examples of past project opportunities include:
Standardizing Text Paging to Improve Physician-Nurse Communication: A Pilot Study
Standardizing Protocols in the Duke Outpatient Clinic.
Developing patient literacy evaluation processes
Assessing the efficiency of primary-care-to-specialty-care referrals
Creating pediatric care guidelines and improving adherence to evidence based care
Reconciling quality indicators in surgery across multiple databases
Developing a balance sheet of provider performance to improve efficiency in outpatient, underserved settings
Applications to the Quality & Innovation Scholars Program 2021-2022 are NOW OPEN!
Congratulations to our 2018-2019 QISP Travel Scholarship winners! Alexander Gunn and Alexis Musick for their project “Evaluating Pharmacy- Provider Discrepancies in Discharge Medication Reconciliation”
Dr. Jennifer Perkins returned for the exciting conclusion of our OpSwap series this year. Over 30 students in the DIHI community from various schools on the Duke campus joined us for dinner and discussion on Dr. Perkins’ projects in improving access to specialty care here at Duke.
A big thank you to Dr. Perkins for a wonderful session- and to all those in attendance!
On November 29th, Dr. Kevin Shah returned to present the first OpSwap of the 2018-2019 year. As the first of the series, Dr. Shah presented the two major quality improvement models, Six Sigma and LEAN, and offered a crash-course in the basics of QI.
We then took a deeper dive into a specific case of QI innovation and implementation here at Duke in terms of the management of diabetic hypertension. Dr. Shah highlighted the importance of working in a diverse team and carefully observing every level and every step in any complex process when trying to improve a system. Our audience, composed of students from the School of Medicine, Fuqua, and the Nursing School, divided into teams to solve four different aspects of this particular case.
As always, our thanks go out to Dr. Shah and too all of our attendees for making this another successful event!
Launching the 2018-2019 year of IHI program was our Kickoff with Chancellor Washington. Students from across our campus gathered for this event, representing the schools of Business, Medicine, Nursing and Policy. The Chancellor highlighted the impacts and potentials of healthcare improvement, describing his work at the highest level at Duke as CEO of DUHS. He shared with our students his unique perspective on the healthcare systems, and the future directions and landscape into which we might be headed. We were honored to have the Chancellor join us in welcoming and inspiring this year’s IHI class.
Our most sincere thanks go out to all those who attended, and Chancellor Washington!
This month the 2017-2018 QISP participants gathered to share the results of their work through the program. Through the QISP program students receive didactic learning on quality improvement and patients safety and attend discussions sessions led by faculty members. The scholars are also paired with Duke University Health System faculty conducting forward-thinking Quality Improvement and Innovation work. This April, the students gathered at the School of Medicine for our annual symposium to share the results of their work with fellow students and faculty members! 25 QISP student participants presented their work at the symposium – with 18 posters and 8 podium presentations.
Student posters describe their work on QI and Patient Safety Projects
Students and Faculty gather to discuss QISP Participant’s work and experiences
In addition the winners of the Chancellor’s Scholarship were announced. The scholarship provides students the opportunity to travel and present their QISP project at the National Forum on Quality Improvement in Healthcare. The 2017-2018 Chancellor’s Scholarship winners are:
Jordan Hildenbrand for her Project, “The Duke Heparin Protocol”
Briana Shipley & Alexandria Hurley for “Improving Migraine Care for Children in the Duke University Hospital ED”
They each won $1000 towards attending the National IHI Forum in December.
Chancellor’s Scholarship winners Briana Shipley & Alexandria Hurley with their poster
Congratulations to the 2017-2018 QISP participants for their hard work and success!
Would like to get more involved in student-led healthcare improvement, quality, and patient safety efforts at Duke? Would you like the opportunity to engage with student leaders from various graduate programs? Then join the Duke IHI Leadership. Please see this page for a list of the available positions and a description of the positions.
Duke IHI is a dynamic student organization that brings together graduate students from across disciplines to promote and support explorations in healthcare improvement. Our mission is: “To coordinate, connect, and inspire inter-professional students to learn about, engage in, and lead toward healthcare improvement across DUHS and beyond.”
Any questions, please reach out to our 2017-2018 Co-Presidents, Allison Kratka (allison.kratka [at] duke.edu) and Kristian Becker (kristian.becker [at] duke.edu).
On Wednesday March, 21 Dr. Kevin Shah lead the second IHI OpSwap for this year. Students from the School of Medicine, Fuqua Business School and Sanford School of Public Policy were in attendance. Dr. Shah’s talk focused on the importance of quality in healthcare, and how definition of quality can vary based on the perspective of providers, patients, and payers.
Dr. Shah also talked about the principles of quality improvement, including the SixSigma and Lean models – and how these methods have been implemented to improve quality and safety in other fields, such as the aviation industry.
Dr. Shah then discussed ongoing quality improvement and patient safety efforts here at Duke, particularly Duke Primary Care’s efforts to improve care and quality, given examples of the challenges and opportunities for improving care for patients with chronic illnesses, such as diabetes. He emphasized the necessity of interdisciplinary teams in this process, and the the use of data to drive decision making and measure success.
A big thank you to Dr. Shah for his excellent talk, and to all the student participants!