GME Quality and Safety Incentive  Program

The GME Quality and Safety Incentive Program works to align quality and safety initiatives between clinical training sites and residency and fellowship programs. The Incentive Program is a collaborative effort between GME, the affiliated hospitals, and the Housestaff Association. Please note eligibility requirements for participation in this program. The reporting period for the 2023-2024 Incentive Program is July 1, 2023 to April 30, 2024.

Which metric(s) apply to my program?

University of Colorado Hospital (UCH)

The University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) metric for 2023 – 2024 is based on resident/fellow attendance at certified UCHealth Collaborative Case Review conferences (CCR) and completion of the UCH Quality/Safety Module.

UCH metric instructions

CCR conferences will be certified by the University of Colorado Hospital Quality and Patient Safety Team. To promote inter-departmental collaboration, residents/fellows from any training program may attend any certified CCR including those outside their parent department, and some are be offered virtually. Please note that if a conference is not listed on the document below at the time of attendance, it will not count toward attendance for the incentive program.

Click here to see the active list of available certified conferences.

NOTE: If you do not see your conference listed you think is a Collaborative Case Review conferences, please inquire with the conference coordinators to fill out this certification request form: UCH Collaborative Case Review Certification Survey (to request certification for your conference by UCH). 

Individual attendance must be tracked and submitted to GME for payout determination. Residents can complete a CCR attendance form via the link below or on MedHub.

Complete the UCH Quality & Safety Module

Click Here to Submit a CCR Attendance Form

Denver Health 

Residency and Fellowship programs with a designated amount of clinical time at Denver Health will be responsible for Denver Health Metrics as a part (50%) of the incentive. The 2023-2024 metric for programs who rotate at Denver Health is based on trainee submission of patient safety occurrence reports through the STARS system at Denver Health and attendance at loop closure meetings.

To achieve the incentive, training programs need to meet a pre-specified number of submissions determined by the monthly average of trainees in the program rotating at Denver Health. 

The STARS reporting metric is based on program-wide reporting and accounts for 50% (up to $250) of the possible payout. Each resident in the group will earn the same amount depending on the final performance. 

The Loop Closure Attendance metric is based on individual attendance. Each individual must document attendance in at least 2 loop closure meetings throughout the year to earn the rest of the DH payout (up to $250). 

For these programs, the other 50% (up to $500) of the incentive is determined by meeting University of Colorado Hospital metrics. 

DH metric instructions

About Loop Closure Meetings


Residents and fellows can attend loop closure meetings from any specialty; it does not have to be one hosted by your program. Loop closure meetings could be morning huddles, existing outcomes or case conferences, etc. – they do not need to be newly established meetings just for addressing patient safety (STARS) reports. We want to encourage these discussions regularly and in settings that work best for a particular team. DH does not keep a central list of meetings happening in each department, it’s a great idea to reach out to other departments/programs with whom you work to share schedules and give opportunities to your residents for attending discussions across specialties.


Denver Health Loop Closure Opportunities


Submit a Denver Health Loop Closure Attendance Form


Helpful Resources

Click here to see reporting tier requirements for the Denver Health Metric.

Denver Health SI System Transition to STARS - Info Sheet for Residents

Click here for a helpful guide about Loop Closure Events

Click here for examples of events to report

STARS Reporting System


Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO)

Pediatric Residency* Metrics:

There are two quality improvement metrics set by the Pediatric Residency for 2023-2024: Safety Event Reporting (QSRS/PSI) , In-person interpreter utilization.

Achievement will be measured over the course of the year and averaged to determine final incentive payouts. 

*includes Pediatrics/Medical Genetics & Genomics, Pediatrics/Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. 

Pediatric Fellowships Metrics:

CHCO Fellows metric instructions



Submit your Project to GME for Incentive Program Credit


Helpful Resources

CHCO QI Project Instructions & Tips

A3 Templates & Information

Example A3

Graduate Medical Education (SOM)

CU Anschutz

Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place


Aurora, CO 80045


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