University of Washington/VA Puget Sound -Chief Resident in Quality and Patient Safety The University of Washington PM&R residency program has been awarded a new one year PGY-5 Chief Resident in Quality and Safety based at VA Puget Sound Health Care System. We are currently recruiting for a candidate to begin in July 1, 2019 who has or will be graduating from an ACGME accredited program in PM&R. The Rehabilitation Chief Resident in Quality and Patient Safety (CRQS) position will develop future leaders in rehabilitation healthcare service delivery who can improve clinical performance and disseminate knowledge to trainees and staff. At the completion of the one-year experience, the CRQS will graduate with strong experiential and theoretical foundations in quality improvement (QI), patient safety (PS) and healthcare operations. The experience will entail direct ownership of QI/PS projects and access to QI/PS mentorship within the Veterans Health Administration- the largest united healthcare network in the United States. . To support these activities, candidates will have structured local and national education opportunities. You will have direct access to operational data and design innovative UW resident curriculum on QI/PS which integrates real time feedback on actual performance. At graduation, you will have experience implementing QI projects, educational credentials, and a mentorship network to prepare candidates for leadership positions in health care service delivery. · Personal Development: The CRQS will achieve learning objectives through a mix of formal and experiential learning. Significant proportions of the curriculum will be tailored according to the individual's development goals. o The CRQS will join CRQS's across the nation to participate in a year-long monthly course series with travel to a 1 week intensive "boot camp" to learn about QI/PS tools; o Participation in leadership retreats and committees ; o Benchmarking trips to local healthcare and non-healthcare institutions to explore best practice QI systems and cultures Participation in rapid process improvement workgroups, leading and managing QI projects, and disseminating best practices via scholarly work. · Teaching. Up to thirty percent of the CRQS's time can be spent in developing and teaching QI/PS curricula for the residency program. o Assist residents in designing a QI project; o Develop a longitudinal quarterly series of case-based conferences for the residents, to be incorporated into the Resident Teaching Conference curriculum; o Lead a monthly noon conference on QI/PS;
· Clinical. Clinical experience of the healthcare system, while not a focus of the CRQS year, will be required to allow the trainee to have sufficient understanding of the systems he or she wishes to change. Clinical time is intended to hone skills in QI and remain connected to the busy reality of daily clinical operations, not to be a service obligation, and is limited to no more than 20% of overall time and applicants are encouraged to ensure maximum time for work on QI/PS projects.
Ileana Howard, MD
Stephen Burns, MD
About University of Washington/VA Puget Sound
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the U of W in Seattle