Medical Education  |   January 2016
Linking Community Hospital Initiatives With Osteopathic Medical Students’ Quality Improvement Training: A Pilot Program
Author Notes
  • From the Centers of Osteopathic Research and Education at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens (Drs Brannan and Russ); Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (Dr Russ); St. John Medical Center in Westlake, Ohio (Mr Winemiller); and Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky, Ohio (Dr Mast). 
  •  *Address correspondence to Grace D. Brannan, PhD, 1 Ohio University, 030A Grosvenor Hall, Athens, OH 45701-2942. E-mail: brannang@ohio.edu
     
Article Information
Medical Education / Professional Issues
Medical Education   |   January 2016
Linking Community Hospital Initiatives With Osteopathic Medical Students’ Quality Improvement Training: A Pilot Program
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, January 2016, Vol. 116, 36-41. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2016.004
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, January 2016, Vol. 116, 36-41. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2016.004
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Abstract

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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