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Quality Improvement and Research

Quality Improvement (QI)

We are very enthusiastic about having a robust QI curriculum for residents. We have been able to offer this curriculum because of a large number of faculty with training in and a passion for QI. Our residents work individually or in teams with a faculty mentor on a QI project of interest. Incoming interns may join an existing QI project or take time to develop their own, working individually or with a new team. Resident projects have contributed to improvements in patient care, education and wellness. Our monthly QI conference combines didactics and interactive sessions during which residents present their work and receive feedback from peers and faculty.  We end the year with presentations at our annual Quality Improvement and Scholarship Day.

Research  

UMass Chan Medical School faculty members are engaged in research in areas ranging from medical education and simulation, to HIV/AIDS, asthma and diabetes, to children’s mental health services and health care for children with special health care needs. In the past, residents have initiated studies based on their clinical work and interests or joined ongoing teams involved in bench and clinical research. Residents are supported and encouraged to pursue grants and conference presentations. We celebrate each other's work as noted at the annual Quality Improvement and Scholarship day, with this past year's agenda highlighted below.

Additionally, UMass Chan Medical School hosts one of only two Pediatric Global Health Fellowships in New England! Our residents benefit from the expertise and experience of leaders in Pediatric Global Health, including a robust global health and refugee health curriculum. While the COVID-19 pandemic has limited ability to travel, past residents have traveled abroad during their elective time to participate in global health projects. Recent locations include Ecuador, Haiti, India, and Liberia.