May 11, 2021

10th annual Quality Improvement Research Day winners announced 

The Wayne State University School of Medicine Office of Graduate Medical Education conducted the 10th annual Quality Improvement Research Day in collaboration with clinical partner Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital. The event, held May 4, showcased quality improvement projects conducted by residents in the Internal Medicine, Family Medicine and Transitional Year programs at Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital.

Sheryl Wissman, M.D., chief medical officer for Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital, opened the day with welcoming remarks.

The keynote address was presented by Robert Flora, M.D., chief academic officer and vice president for Academic Affairs at McLaren Health. Dr. Flora discussed the importance of QI projects in residency education and recent innovations in QI research methodology.

The top scorers of the eight Internal Medicine presentations included:

“Decreasing Inappropriate Use of Vancomycin,” George Nahal (presenter), with co-authors Monica Dhawan, Mohammad Albu, and faculty mentors Sarwan Kumar and Vesna Tegeltija.

“Improving the Quality of Managing Outpatient Diabetes,” Saad Chaudhry (presenter), with co-authors Mary Dickow, Padmini Giri, Zachary Johnson, Warda Zaidi, and faculty mentor Zain Kulairi.

The top scorer of the five Family Medicine/Transitional Year presentations was:

“Educational Intervention to Reduce Inappropriate Testing for Hospital-Acquired C. difficile Infection,” Ben Maynard (presenter), with co-authors Abraham Baidoo, Katrina Siemiesz, and faculty mentor Eleanor King.

Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education and Designated Institutional Officer Anne Messman, M.D., acknowledged the guidance provided by program leadership, including Sarwan Kumar, M.D., program director; Vesna Tegeltija, M.D., associate program director; Zain Kulairi, M.D.; Pierre Morris, M.D., program director; Eleanor King, M.D., associate program director; Tess McCready, D.O., program director; and Elizabeth Towner, Ph.D.

Judges included Lisa Dillon, Ph.D., associate designated institutional officer and assistant vice president for Academic Affairs at the Detroit Medical Center; Robert Klever, M.D., WSU clinical assistant professor of Emergency Medicine; and Chiedu Chukwuemeka, M.B.B.S., infection preventionist in Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital’s Department of Quality Management.

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