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 our fellows' completed 2022-2023 QI projects:

To Improve Pediatric Residents’ Knowledge on Management of Inpatient Eating Disorders & Abnormal Uterine Bleeding Tiffany Han, MD
Adolescent Medicine Fellow
Metee Comkornruecha, MD
Improving Knowledge and Understanding of Echocardiographic Basics in Prospective Operators Stephen Girgis, MD
Nicolas Ortiz, MD
Ped Cardiology Fellows
Jason Katz, MD
Improving the Functionality of the PICU Procedure Cart Brittany Plescher, MD
Ped Critical Care Fellow
Michael Leoncio, DO
Rani Gereige, MD
Introduction of a Sedation Weaning Protocol at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Daniel Torres, MD
Ped Critical Care Fellow
Kaitlin Kobaitri, DO
Anamaria Pulido, MD
Bala Totapally, MD
Improving Compliance with Sleep Hygiene Measures to Decrease Delirium Incidence in Critically Ill Children Less than 2 Year of Age Camila De Avila, MD
Ped Critical Care Fellow
Kaitlin Kobaitri, DO
Monique Taurrau, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CPN
Improving Communication During ICU Rounds Adam Beaton, MD
Ped Critical Care Fellow
Kaitlin Kobaitri, DO
Improving Visiting Residents’ Workflow in the Psychiatric Unit Nicole Redondo, MD
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow
Americo Padilla, MD
AHCA-Mandated Lab for Patients on Anti-Psychotics Jorge Jorge, MD
Sabih Iqbal, MD
Leisha Quinones, MD
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellows
Americo Padilla, MD
Increasing the Use of Intranasal Versed for Laceration Repair in the ED Ana Ruiz-Castaneda, MD
Ped Emergency Medicine Fellow
Vincenzo Maniaci, MD
David Lowe, MD
Improving Provider Knowledge of Current Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI)/ Concussion Guidelines in the Emergency Department (ED)MOC part 4 credit. Ana Ruiz-Castaneda, MD
Alexis Kowalski, MD
Ped Emergency Medicine Fellows
Ana Paez, MD
John Dunlop, MD
Naiomi Cohen, MD
Oranit Shaked, MD
Marla Friedman, MD
Enhancing ED Shunt Consultation Efficiency Erik Brown, MD
Ped Neurosurgery Fellow
John Ragheb,MD
Standardization of the Transition of Care in Patients Discharged from the Hospital with Asthma Exacerbations Stephanie Montarroyos, DO
Ped Hospital Medicine Fellow
Mario Reyes, MD
Veronica Etinger, MD
Role of Topical Tanexamic Acid on Peri-operative Blood Loss and Transfusion Requirements in Patients with Neuromuscular Soliosis Ergin Coskun, MD
Pediatri Orthopedic Spine Fellow
Thomas Errico, MD
Stephen George, MD
Subaraman Ramchandran, MD
Teams Implementation Within the Radiology Department Joana Diaz, MD, MPH
Daylen Burgos, MD
Ped Radiology Fellows
Nolan Altman, MD
Improving Disease Awareness in Patients with Primary Immunodeficiency Disorders and Their Families Stephania Lairet, MD
Allergy-Immunology Fellow
Vivian Hernandez-Trujillo, MD
Jose Calderon, MD
Treating Traumatic Arrests as Traumatic Codes Monica Chow, MD &
Victoria Ko, MD
Pediatric Surgery Fellows
Patricio Lau, MD
Incidence of Ear Tubes in Cleft Lip / Palate Patients Savannah Moon, DO
Craniofacial Plastic Surgery Fellow
Jordan Steinberg, MD, PhD
Improving PICU Admission Medication Reconciliation Adam Beaton, MD
Ped Critical Care Medicine Fellow
Kaitlin Kobaitri, DO
Improving Management of Acute Pancreatitis in Keeping with Most Updated NASPGHAN RecommendationsMOC part 4 credit.

Gabriel Vidal, MD
Ped Gastroenterology Fellow

Annette Roberts, MD, MPH
Ashley Fonseca, MD
Sofia Colon, MD
Pediatric Residents

Lina Felipez, MD
Jesse Reeves-Garcia, MD
Maria Behnam, DO Andrew Farias, MD
Mirta Rios, RD