Physician Leadership in Quality Improvement
The new quality landscape creates opportunity for physicians. As regulatory authorities promote increasingly broad, complex initiatives, and we narrow the gap between what needs changing and how to change it, rigorous evaluation methods and innovative areas of scholarly inquiry are opening.
As Shojania and Levenson remark in a recent JAMA commentary, this new group of physician leaders in quality “range from clinician scientists with full-time research programs focused on health care quality to more operationally oriented faculty who lead local QI projects.” (jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/reprint/301/7/766) Physician leadership in quality is necessary and valuable--it enhances the clinical performance of the institution and trains the next generation of physicians to “assess and improve health care quality.” On the other hand, the expanding landscape of quality improvement is also a challenge for academic departments. Rewarding physician leadership in quality through academic promotion is still uncommon, and publishing the results of local initiatives can be challenging.
Continuing in its tradition of innovation and strong leadership, the Einstein-Montefiore Department of Medicine has embraced quality improvement and wants to highlight the efforts of physician leaders in quality within our faculty. We hope this website becomes a resource to all the physicians, housestaff, nurses, and staff in our Department who work every day to improve the quality of care we provide to our patients. We thank all the quality improvement leaders for their time and enthusiasm in their daily work and in creating the content for this website.
Calie Santana, MD
Associate Director of Quality