Designing and Implementing Residency Quality Improvement Projects

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    • Pediatrics
    Medical Director of Quality at Floating Hospital for Children; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Tufts University School of Medicine; Pediatric Hospitalist
    Medical Director of Quality at Floating Hospital for Children; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Tufts University School of...

    Dr. Nina M Dadlez is the Medical Director of Quality at Floating Hospital for Children and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Dadlez is a strong proponent of patient safety, family centered care and evidence based medicine. She is interested in rigorously investigating pediatric patient safety and quality improvement. Her research focuses on reduction of medication prescribing errors, understanding the epidemiology of preventable medical errors in the pediatric population and safe transitions of care throughout the medical system.  She has served as a quality improvement coach for several national quality improvement collaboratives as well as serving as a resource to faculty and trainees in the development and execution of quality improvement projects at the local level. Dr. Dadlez attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency training at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital (Columbia University).  Dr. Dadlez completed a Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore and a Masters in Clinical Research Methods at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

    • Internal Medicine
    • Hospital Medicine
    • Assistant Professor, Director of Quality Improvement, Section of Hospital Medicine at The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

    Dr. Cerasale received his undergraduate degree in biology from Purdue University, and then attained his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine, and later his master of public health degree from Michigan State University. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI, where he was selected as a chief medical resident and remained as an attending in the Division of Hospital Medicine.  Dr. Cerasale served as the Performance Improvement Director for Hospital Medicine and was the QI Teaching and Research Director for Inpatient Services within the Internal Medicine residency program.  In those roles, he launched a quality improvement and patient safety focused curriculum on the Hospital Medicine teaching service. He also initiated the implementation of an EHR-based venous thromboembolism risk stratification tool across the health system. Currently, Dr. Cerasale is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago Medicine and is the Director of Quality Improvement for the Section of Hospital Medicine. At the University of Chicago, Dr. Cerasale helps deliver the QI curriculum for Internal Medicine, as well as lectures on QI topics to undergraduates, medical students, and faculty. His major improvement projects include EHR optimization for provider use and data collection, development of actionable provider-level clinical metrics, and continued implementation of evidence-based venous thromboembolism practices via EHR-supported tools. Dr. Cerasale is actively engaged with the Society of Hospital Medicine, from which he has received the designation of Senior Fellow and is the current chair of the Quality Improvement Special Interest Group.  His quality improvement work has been recognized by the National Quality Foundation, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Society of Hospital Medicine, American Heart Association, and American College of Physicians.

    • Internal Medicine
    • Staff Physician in the Division of General Internal Medicine, Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at University of Toronto
    Brian Wong is a staff physician in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He holds several University-wide leadership positions related to quality improvement (QI) and medical education, and has served as the Director of Continuing Education and Quality Improvement since 2011 and the Associate Director for the Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at the University of Toronto since 2013. Nationally, he is a Clinician Educator with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the Medical Education Lead for Choosing Wisely Canada. His scholarly activities lie at the intersection between medical education, quality improvement and patient safety, and has been extensively involved in developing curricula to teach patient safety, quality and resource stewardship to health professionals across the learning continuum. He chaired the CanMEDS 2015 Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Expert Working Group and authored a report that informed the eventual integration of patient safety and quality improvement competencies into the CanMEDS 2015 physician competency framework​.
    • Infectious Disease
    • Staff Physician, Division of Infectious Diseases and Assistant Professor at University of Toronto

    Dr. Philip Lam is an Infectious Diseases physician at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy at the University of Toronto, followed by a degree in Medicine at Queen's University. He returned to Toronto to complete a residency and Internal Medicine and fellowship in Infectious Diseases. During fellowship, he was the resident-lead in a quality improvement project aimed at reducing the inappropriate use of double-lumen peripherally inserted central catheters. He is now completing a Master's degree in Quality Improvement at University of Toronto, with his thesis focused on improving cefazolin use as pre-operative prophylaxis in patients with a reported beta-lactam allergy. His other interests include antimicrobial stewardship, and improving the use of virtual care in the management of infectious diseases.

    • Pediatrics
    Pediatric Fellow, Imperial College Healthcare
    Pediatric Fellow, Imperial College Healthcare

    Lucy is a Pediatric Fellow at Imperial College Healthcare, London and Faculty at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Cambridge MA. She has particular interests in the upstream determinants of child and adolescent health, improvement science and innovation within healthcare. Lucy works on the IHI’s program of developing a population approach to maternal and infant health. Clinically, she is a general pediatrician, has an MPH from Harvard, and a medical degree and BSc from Imperial College.