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Quality Improvement

Nicklaus Children's Hospital GME Department has a structured Quality Improvement (QI) Curriculum for Residents, Fellows, and faculty development for faculty mentors. Trainees are expected to engaged in a self-generated and designed QI project during their training. The QI projects may follow PDSA, LEAN, Six Sigma, or other widely established QI methodologies. Trainees document their projects on a QI Project Documentation Form. Projects are presented in a QI forum using a QI Reporting Template and at the end of the academic year in the Annual Residents' and Fellows' Scholarship Day.

Below is a listing of the 2015-2016 Fellows' QI projects completed:

Improving Time Efficiency in the Adolescent Medicine Clinic Nitika Dhir, MD
Loretta Duggan, MD
Adol Med Fellows
Metee Comkornruecha, MD
Increasing Competency of Defibrillator Use During Pediatric Cardiac Arrest Michael Fundora, MD
Michael Lopez, MD
Ped Cardiology Fellows
Courtney Allen, DO
Katherine Semidey, MD

Ped Residents
Anthony Rossi, MD
Aligning Family and Care Team Goals for EMU Admissions Julia Henry, MD
Chandu Miskin, MD
Clinical Neurophysiology Fellows
JAnn Hyslop, MD
What You Don't Know Might Actually Hurt You:
Pursuing genetic results in a timely manner assists in prognosis and management of cardiac patients
Natasha Noel, MD
Tuan Nguyen, MD
Ped Cardiology Fellows
Nancy Dobrolet, MD
Jason Katz, MD
Ideal Contrast Injection Parameters for CT Abdomen Exams Brett McKeon, MD
Ped Radiology Fellow
Luisa Cervantes, MD
Minimizing Transfusion in Cranial Vault Remodeling Surgery Blake Murphy, MD
Craig Rowin, MD
Craniofacial Plastic Surgery Fellows
Chad Perlyn, MD
Anthony Wolfe, MD
Reduction in Trauma CT Time-in-Scanner Doreen Benary, MD
Ped Emergency Medicine Fellow
Lynn Model, MD
Ped Surgery Fellow
Michelle Blumstein, MD
Fuad AlKhoury, MD
Quality Improvement for the Management of Children Hospitalized with Urinary Tract Infections Marina Bishai, DO
Pediatric Academic Hospitalist Fellow
Veronica Etinger, MD
Melissa Clemente, MD
Improving post-op neurosurgical sign outs prior to arrival to PICU Luis Lee, MD
Alexander Ortega, MD
Ped Critical Care Fellows
Fernando Beltramo, MD
Powerplan for Diabetes Insipidus Sushil Devarashetty, MD
Ped Critical Care Fellow
Bala Totapally, MD
Blunt Trauma Solid Organ Injury Protocol Gavin Falk, MD
Ped Surgery Fellow
Cathy A. Burnweit, MD
Improving Resident and Ancillary Staff Performance During Simulated Pediatric Codes Jose F. Hernandez Rivera, MD
Ped Critical Care Fellow
Balagangadhar Totapally, MD
Pneumonia Guidelines Adherence

Isamar Sosa, MD
Charles Suastegui, MD
Ped Emergency Medicine Fellows

Marc Linares, MD
A Formal Nursing-Surgeon-Anesthesiologist Debriefing to Minimize OR Turnover Times AR Abd-el-Barr, MD
Angela Gupta, MD
Ped Urology Fellows
Miguel Castellan, MD
PDSA-Based QI Project Related to On-Call Neurosurgery Team Resources Travis Tierney, MD, PhD
Ped Neurosurgery Fellow
Sanjiv Bhatia, MD
Recycling Unused Medical Equipment for Use in Developing Countries Paul Khalil, MD
Ped Emergency Medicine Fellow
Barbara Pena, MD
Improving trauma room equipment and accessibility  Jahzel Gonzalez Pagan, MD
Ped Emergency Medicine Fellow
Michelle Blumstein, MD

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