ACGME Seeks Proposals for Quality Improvement

The DO (08/22/2018) Foston, Nikitta

An 18-month quality improvement initiative has been unveiled by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The group is requesting suggestions from ACGME-accredited sponsoring institutions for its second such effort, which addresses healthcare disparities. The initiative is part of the Pursuing Excellence Initiative and the Pursuing Excellence Pathways Leaders component. Kevin B. Weiss, MD, MPH, senior vice president, Institutional Accreditation for ACGME, explains: “The focus will be on aligning residents and fellows with their institution's quality improvement culture, and teaching them the skills to recognize, analyze, and act upon healthcare disparities to improve patient outcomes.” If deemed effective, new models, tools and lessons will be shared during the ACGME's 2019 Annual Educational Conference. Institutions selected to participate will use four essential clinician skills, based on The National Collaborative for Improving the Clinical Learning Environment, to form, appraise and carry out models to enhance healthcare. Requests for proposal applications should include such elements as organizational commitment, measurement and evaluation strategy, sustainability and knowledge dissemination. The application deadline is Oct. 3, 2018, and selected participants will be notified by Nov. 9, 2018.

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