The LSU School of Medicine’s Enhancing Quality Improvement for Patients (EQuIP) rotation provides an in-depth orientation to the principles of quality improvement, patient safety, and process improvement for House Officers. The rotation is available as a two-four week block and offers a flexible schedule and curriculum to best accommodate resident quality and safety education needs.
Overall EQuIP Rotation Goals and Objectives
The EQuIP rotation aims to emphasize the importance of a multisource, multidisciplinary and interprofessional approach to integrating Patient Safety (PS) and Quality Improvement (QI) initiatives within the healthcare system by using core principles of Quality Management (QM), Performance Improvement (PI) and Patient Safety.
Rationale for the Rotation
The Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education’s (ACGME) Common Program Requirements require that residents integrate and participate in interdisciplinary clinical QI and PS programs at their clinical sites. Further, their Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) visit has added a conceptual framework that includes a focus on patient safety and healthcare quality such that residents must participate in the reporting of errors, unsafe conditions and near misses through involvement in interprofessional teams aimed at promoting safe care and improving systems and processes that improve patient outcomes.
The EQuIP rotation provides exposure to multidimensional aspects of Quality Management and Performance Improvement. It allows exposure to the ACGME accreditation process, including the CLER site visit, residency training RRCs, program requirements and program specific milestones, the Joint Commission, the function and duties of the LSUHSC School of Medicine EQuIP office and an introduction to and participation in UMCNO Quality, Safety and Risk Management committees and practices.
The rotation is consistently positively rated by resident participants, as evidenced in the rotation’s pre and post-survey results over 3 consecutive years. The ideal deliverable, upon completion of the rotation, is active resident participation in meaningful, well-planned and measurable quality or safety projects that utilize industry-standard quality and safety methodologies.
If you are interested in involving some, or all, of your residents, in the EQuIP experience, please contact Mrs. Leigh Peters at 504-568-2092 or firstname.lastname@example.org, in the Graduate Medical Education EQuIP office, or Dr. Fred Rodriguez at 504-201-5489 or email@example.com. Please provide copies of your resident schedules (as soon as available) to Ms. Peters if you decide to schedule any resident for an EQuIP rotation.
For more information, visit the EQuIP rotation website at http://www.medschool.lsuhsc.edu/medical_education/graduate/EQuIP/rotation.aspx.