Grace D. Brannan, Ronald Russ, Terry R. Winemiller, Eric Mast. Linking Community Hospital Initiatives With Osteopathic Medical Students’ Quality Improvement Training: A Pilot Program. J Am Osteopath Assoc 2016;116(1):36–41. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.2016.004.
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Quality improvement (QI) continues to be a health care challenge, and the literature indicates that osteopathic medical students need more training. To qualify for portions of managed care reimbursement, hospitals are required to meet measures intended to improve quality of care and patient satisfaction, which may be challenging for small community hospitals with limited resources. Because osteopathic medical training is grounded on community hospital experiences, an opportunity exists to align the outcomes needs of hospitals and QI training needs of students. In this pilot program, 3 sponsoring hospitals recruited and mentored 1 osteopathic medical student each through a QI project. A mentor at each hospital identified a project that was important to the hospital’s patient care QI goals. This pilot program provided osteopathic medical students with hands-on QI training, created opportunities for interprofessional collaboration, and contributed to hospital initiatives to improve patient outcomes.
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