Course Director: Michelle Hamline, MD, PhD, MAS

Our innovative Pediatric Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) curriculum prepares residents to be leaders in improving health care delivery in their future practices. Residents are initially introduced to QIPS concepts through didactics and web-based curricula. Then, working in teams, residents are mentored by faculty to design and implement a QIPS project to improve clinical outcomes.

Residents may also choose to focus on QIPS for their scholarly project. Past resident projects have led to permanent systems-changes that have improved clinical care in a variety of areas. Residents have presented this work at various regional and national conferences, including the annual meetings of the Western Society for Pediatric Research, Pediatric Academic Societies, and AcademyHealth, and have been successful in publishing their work in a variety of high-impact journals. Several examples of recent resident quality improvement projects include the following topics:

Julia Lee presents on “Improving asthma care in a pediatric teaching clinic



University of California Davis Health offers additional opportunities to supplement resident education in QIPS concepts outside of the Department of Pediatrics and facilitates multidisciplinary collaborations with faculty and trainees across the health system.

  • The Office of Graduate Medical Education sponsors the annual High Value Competition, which provides funding and project support to quality improvement efforts submitted by residents and fellows. Our pediatric residents have successfully competed for these awards previously, and the Department of Pediatrics offers mentorship and support in project application.
  • The Annual UC Davis Healthcare Quality Forum fosters a culture of continuous improvement, serving as a platform for clinicians, trainees, and staff to share initiatives to improve healthcare quality and patient safety across disciplines.
  • The Fundamentals of Healthcare Quality Improvement is a 2-day interactive workshop featuring quality improvement leaders across UC Davis Health. The course guides clinicians, trainees, and staff to design and implement a quality improvement initiative of their choosing. Key topics include basic quality improvement methods, root cause analysis, measurement tools, managing change, and teamwork and communication. The Pediatric Residency Program will fund interested pediatric residents for attendance.
  • For those interested in obtaining additional training in QIPS research following residency, the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research houses the Quality, Safety, and Comparative Effectiveness Research Training in Primary Care (QSCERT-PC) Program, a 1-3 year fellowship training program for board-eligible primary care physicians, advanced practice providers, PhDs, and other researchers. Trainees learn quality, safety, and comparative effectiveness research techniques through their participation in journal clubs, research conferences, a mentored research project, and coursework culminating in the completion of a Masters of Public Health or Masters of Advanced Study in Clinical Research degree.