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Quality Improvement

Why QI

Quality Improvement (QI) is the framework we use to systematically improve health care that is delivered to our patients. QI is a core professional value and skill for physicians to analyze what we do and try to improve.

Medical schools are attempting to bridge the gap between education and practice by providing meaningful opportunities for medical students to engage in QI. Schools using the traditional “block model” for core clinical training find this to be challenging. The Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC) model provides a unique year-long opportunity for students to fully engage in systems improvement.

Our Colorado Springs Branch students embraced the opportunity to develop, implement, perform and analyze the data from their QI projects this year. They applied the PDSA (Plan-Do-Study-Act) model for tracking the progress of their projects. This publication details their QI projects and describes their thought processes and ideas for future projects in our community.

Currently, QI education is evolving and we are proud of the accomplishments of our students. We thank the Colorado Springs Branch preceptors who have worked with our students on their projects. It’s exciting to see the Colorado Springs’ health care community engage in work that will improve the care we deliver to our patients!  

 -Dr. Jaime Baker, CSB Associate Director for Education​​​


Check out our past QI Projects!

Class of 2021 Quality Improvement Projects

PDSA Worksheets Booklet

Acute Rehabilitation Transitions of Care_An analysis of gaps in timely deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis after intracerebral hemorrhage

Appropriateness of Opioid Prescribing Practices in a Colorado Springs Emergency Department

Diamond in the Rough Exploring the Management of Postpartum Depression in a Pediatric Clinic

Elucidating Scope of Practice For Critical Care Techs at Penrose-St. Francis Health Services

Expanding the Pediatric Mental Health Approach 

Impact of SURPAS Surgical Risk Calculator on Patient Satisfaction

Implementation of a Collaborative Care Integrated Behavioral Health Model at a Local Clinic

Improving Compliance of ADA Diabetic Goals

Improving Diabetic Eye Disease Follow-up Via Electronic Communication     

Increasing Preventative Care Visits 30 Minutes Today for a Healthier Forever

Interdisciplinary Rounds for Weight Loss in the Nursing Home

Obstetrical Hemorrhage Simulations and their Impact on Use of an Obstetrical Hemorrhage Risk Assessment Tool

Outdoor Recreation and Exercise Help Us Help You

Screening for Erectile Dysfunction in Diabetes

Should We Have Called a Code White

Using Communication to Improve Patient Adherance and Satisfaction
Class of 2020 Quality Improvement Projects

PDSA Worksheets Booklet

All the Cool Kids Get Vaccinated-Addressing non-vaccination in a nursing home

Use of Flowcharts to Improve Understanding, Reporting, and Coding of Patient Safety Indicators

Quality of Life on the Problem List-fraily indentified and addressed in a geriatric population

Connecting At-Risk Adolescents-Partnering with Pediatricians and Behavioral Health Providers

Analyzing Patient Education Effectiveness for Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) and Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)

Assessing Function & Medication Changes in Patients on Chronic Opioid Therapy

Dazed and Confused - Trauma Opioid Prescriptions at Discharge After Provider Education

Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitors-A Game Changer in Managing Hypertension

Addressing Patients’ Concerns About Colonoscopy-Addressing the Conversation

Transitions of Care- Encouraging Patients to Take an Active Role in the Hospital Discharge Process

Patient Self Hygiene Practices in the Hospital- A Quality Improvement Investigation

Stopping Pneumonia Before It Happens-Improving Pneumococcal Vaccination Rates at Iron Horse Family Medicine Clinic

Navigating Colorectal Cancer Doesn’t Need to Be A Pain in the Butt

Not Kidding Around Home Firearm Safety Screening at a Community Pediatrics Clinic

Investigating Ventriculostomy Associated Infection- A Challenging Task due to Documentation Variance

Improving Health Literacy Around Marijuana Use in Pregnancy

Decreasing appointment times at a student ran free clinic in Colorado Springs

Do you know your patient’s end of life goals

Hepatitis C-Approving Rates of Screening in Ddults Born Between 1945-1965






Class of 2022 Quality Improvement Projects

PDSA Worksheets Booklet

Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Among the Uninsured and Under-insured

Bridging the Gap-Guidelines for Planned Community Births to Hospital Transfers

Colonoscopies Close to Home-Family Medicine Providers Reduce Screening Disparity

Combating loneliness in COVID-19 inpatients- A novel pilot program

Destigmatizing Suboxone- Implementing MAT (Medication-Assisted Therapy) at Evans Army Community Hospital.

From Plains to Peaks_ Implementing a Regional QI Process for EMS Agencies in Eastern Colorado

Helping to OEND the Opioid Crisis- Naloxone Co-Prescriptions in a Military Primary Care Setting

Improving ADHD Education in Medical School

Improving Postpartum Hemorrhage Management

Investigating Loss to Follow up for Outpatient Burn Care

NAT On My Watch-Universal Child Abuse Screening in Colorado Springs Pediatric Emergency Department

Patient Education in the time of COVID-19- Educational Videos in the Inpatient Setting

Postpartum Depression-Breaking Down Barriers and Improving Behavioral Health Care Access

Prescription Pantry- Proposed Screening _ Management for Food Insecurity at Mission Medical

Standardizing Follow Up and Objective Measures In Patients With Depressive Disorders

Standardizing Physician Approach to Disability Accommodations- Prescribing Support Animals

Stethoscope Sanitation- Current Knowledge and Practices

Time to Antibiotics for Pediatric Open Fractures

Unmasking Empathy-Bridging Quality of Care Gaps During a Pandemic

Virtual vs In-Person- an Analysis of Encounter Quality