On May 22, 2019, the Weill Department of Medicine (WDOM) hosted its sixth annual Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) Poster Session in Griffis Faculty Club to showcase the many innovative projects across the institution. The largest QIPS event to date, this year marked the beginning of a new partnership with the Physician Organization Quality and Patient Safety division. The event included 30 posters from projects led by medical students, residents, fellows, attending faculty, and the Department of Nursing across seven departments on the Weill Cornell Medicine, Lower Manhattan, and NYP-Queens campuses.
The event also celebrated the third graduating class from the Quality University Department of Medicine. Launched in 2016 under the leadership of Dr. Jennifer Lee, Vice Chair for QPS, and Dr. Robert Kim, with program management by Dr. Deanna Jannat-Khah, the advanced QI faculty development program has graduated 18 physicians and nurses totaling 14 completed projects (of which four have been published to date). The Class of 2019 represented a new collaboration with the Department of Nursing and the expansion of the program to include fellows from the departments of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine. The nine graduates were congratulated, including WDOM faculty Dr. Carl Crawford (Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology), Dr. Alexis Vien (Division of General Internal Medicine/Hospital Medicine), and Dr. Michael Wagner (Medicine Chief Resident of Quality and Safety).
“This is a big year of ‘firsts’ for us including successful collaboration with the Department of Nursing, being included in their successful Magnet journey, partnering with the Physician Organization QPS Division in sponsoring this poster session,” said Dr. Lee at the QIPS event, “as well as a rebranding of the training program to Quality Improvement Academy - Weill Cornell Medicine (QIA) to signify the expansion of the program across the medical college. This evening is to pay tribute to the amazing work of all our QIA graduates and our commitment to improving patient care across our institution.”
Dr. Lee also expressed thanks to Dr. Augustine M.K. Choi, Dean, Weill Cornell Medical College, and to Dr. Anthony Hollenberg, Chair, Weill Department of Medicine, for their continued support of the event.